Corn maze, take two

We met Trish & family at Troy’s soccer game which was half way between us and right near the corn maze we met at last year.  We got there just in time to see the end and see him score-Go Troy!

This year, Trish & I decided to give up our own way and stick with Kelly & Chris (last year was quite a disaster, see corn maze 2011 post:(121027_CornMaze_005


And, they’re off, Ez & Troy wanted to go by themselves (maybe next year boys!)


A sign we never saw last year!


I gave Trish the camera for a bit

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Happy to have mom along this year:)

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Soccer boys

Both boys played soccer this fall, we loved Ezra’s team last year so signed him up with coach Tom again and decided to have Kelly coach Tobin’s team so we had control over the number and day of practice-and because Kelly is a pretty good soccer player;).  Our first mistake was not realizing that because of Tobin’s late birthday, he would actually be in U6 (Ezra started in U7), and let me tell you BIG DIFFERENCE!  It was an interesting season, I ended up running the practices because for the first time ever, I think Kelly actually “needed” me, he was admittedly completely out of his comfort zone with this group of small people (I happen to really dig 5 & 6 year olds!).  But, we really only had one kid on the team who actually focused on playing/scoring/defending, some would do ok during practice but then stay as far away from the ball on the field as possible, it was pretty ugly, we generally got beat 20ish to 1.  Not sure when but Tobin scored a goal and then he was all in, and was playing pretty well so that helped give our good player someone to play with.  There were lots of tears, lots of coaxing away from parents onto the playing field, lots of pep talks, and honestly, pure exhaustion from Kelly & I.  And, because it’s a fall/spring season, we get to start it all over again in April:0, but they all improved greatly during the year and will be a whole 6 months more mature:)


Here’s Tobin about to score . . .


Ezra’s team on the other hand, won every game except one and he continues to amaze us with his very natural ability


Here he is scoring one of many goals


Playing in the leaves

I found myself taking beautiful pictures this past fall for my clients, and none of our own family!  God has blessed this growing photography business and we’re trying to figure out the balance.  I don’t want to be so wrapped up in business pictures that I don’t feel like taking pictures of my own kids:)

I picked Emma & JC up early from daycare for some playtime and dinner,

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Perfectly gorgeous light


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They found a neighbor with a lot of leaves (we don’t have anymore) and asked to rake


so they could jump in, I’m not sure Emma & JC have ever done this before:)


A Saturday in October

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What you don’t see pictures of is them playing on the iPad & Wii-still frustrating me which is why I sent them outside to “move” and then to the couch to read and “use their brain”.  I think we need to make some changes to our screen-time on weekends only, Tobin especially NEVER tires of it!

Kelly made this cool train with the Citiblocs:)



Weather watching

Ezra brought home a book about weather watching, and it had instructions for making your own rain gauge and chart, we had to do it immediately.  Truth is I’ve wanted a rain gauge for awhile anyway.  It was pretty special when it rained the next day and Ezra called Grandpa Mike to find out how much rain they got on the farm (a conversation my dad & I have had many times), here he is telling Grandpa all about his chart and gauge:)

Love that gappy, “real” smile . . .

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