Sunday, October 26, 2008

A lion & his Steak.
So I was a bit of a slacker this year when it comes to Halloween costumes. Spencer was a lion, again, and it took me forever to think of something for Tate to be. So at the last minute I took some fabric and sewed it on the back of a romper she already had. Tada! She was a steak for Spencer to eat! So yesterday we spent the morning downtown, Spencer clad in lion costume, Tatum as his slab of meat, Braeden as a pumpkin and Ryllie as Little Red Riding Hood. The kids had fun getting their candy and I got many confused faces when people looked at Tatum... But once I explained she was a steak and her brother was a lion, they laughed. By the end of the morning she had fallen asleep sucking her thumb.Later that evening we went over to Nathan & Sheri's house to eat pizza and carve pumpkins. Spencer wanted a Lightning McQueen one so I did my best seeing as the kids just ran around screaming in the back yard while Sheri & I carved. Here's my pumpkin... Tony opted not to carve his because he had picked a 35 pound pumpkin and would have had to dig out all the goo. He did, however, help dig out our pumpkins. :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Punkin' Patch 2008!

So every year we take a trip to Bauman Farm in Gervais with my fam in search for the perfect pumpkins. This year was no exception. Our trip involves a walk through the "petting zoo" consisting of your usual farm animal variety: goats, pigs, chickens, & a pony every year.

Then we'll walk around tasting kettle corn, apples & wine (after washing our hands of course) then watch the apple cider get pressed. This year the cider pressed was not in action, but it didn't ruin our trip. Before heading over to pick out our pumpkins we got some tasty apple cider and donuts (Tony's favortie part of the trip) then we purchased our yearly bottle of Honeywood Holiday Cheer white table wine with cranberry juice, orange exract and cloves (my favorite part of the trip)! Sidenote: tastes very good warmed up!

We then headed over to the pumpkin patch. Last year it was super muddy so we were prepared with boots! But alas, no mud. One of the wheelburrows was so clean all the kids piled in so Uncle Nathan could push.

The kids loved picking out pumpkins and Spencer even found his own.

He's not a fan of dirt, so Daddy had to help him load it into the wheelburrow. Tate was perfectly content hanging out with mommy and Ryllie picking out ghords. Braeden just wanted to see if he could pick any of the monstrous size pumpkins up. Lots of photo ops. ;)

I think there's actually a family photo of the McIntyre's floating around somewhere where everyone is smiling AND looking at the camera!

By the end of the trip Ryllie was so over the picture taking!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Recent pics of the kids:

This was my dress as a baby... I searched all over to find red tights like I had.

Spencer insists on helping everytime it's Tate's turn to eat.

My 5 month old little girl.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My little man is 3!

This is the only photo I have of Spence & I the day he was born. It's hard to remember back to when he was running around and talking up a storm. Just the other day he came up to me and put his coat down next to me and said, "Mommy, can you watch my coat for me, I have to go check on Daddy real quick. It'll only take a minute. Thanks." Such a little man.

It's funny how birthdays change as your kids get older. I remember Spencer's first birthday and how I felt. At the time, to me it was like the anniversary of the most awful pain I've ever experienced. I felt more like we should celebrate me and my triumph of giving birth to a ten pound 4 ounce child. Not to mention that Spencer wasn't too interested in the party. He was diagnosed with pneumonia 2 days earlier. Looking back, I feel terrible for still having the party anyway. He did not want anything to do with his chocolate cake - That should have been a sign to send everyone home. But he was a trooper. He loved opening all his presents.

At his second birthday, I was in the early stages of pregnancy with Tatum and had planned this little party with his friends in the morning. Too bad I got a appendage numbing, vomit induced, mentally confused migraine. Fortunately an awesome friend of mine took Spencer and the rest of the mommy's kids to her house. I was heartbroken that I wasn't there to sing to him and help him open presents. But he was a big talker even only at 2 and when he got home he told me all about blowing out the candle on his cupcake and the cool presents he had gotten from all of his friends. Not to mention, Tony got over there to help before picking up my prescription. But we did get to celebrate a couple days later with a pancake cake I had made him seeing as his favorite meal in the world is breakfast! Even when he wakes up from his naps, the first thing he asks for is breakfast in the middle of the day. :)

This year was by far the most fun birthday yet. Spencer had been asking about his birthday and if it had come up yet for weeks. We finally made a sticker chart so he could see exactly how many days until his birthday. When he saw his dinosaur cake for the first time that morning he was so excited he screeched, "I love it!" and then tried to give it a hug.

Spencer has had his ups and downs over the past 3 years, but despite the recent onset of tantrums, the daily battle over eating dinner, 3 cases of pneumonia, 4 cases of bronchiolitis, many sleepless nights, being pooped & puked on, he is the the sweetest, well mannered, loving boy I could have ever wished for.