With the sickness lingering for so long, we haven't had many opportunities to spend quality time together, which is the opposite of nursing back to health time and lying in misery on the couch time and stuck inside going crazy time. Those times we've had aplenty.
We did manage to do a few fun things. Like a little watercolor/marker/coffee filter craft (which I still haven't gotten around to cutting into leaves and stringing into awesome autumn garland...mommy fail).
We made a quick trip to the reservoir on Sam's first fever-free day to give the poor kid some fresh air and sunshine. We didn't overdo it, but he was elated to be feeling better and to be outside. And we were relieved to see him happy.
Second fever-free day we went to see The Box Trolls at a nice theater with reclining seats. Pretty awesome.
Lena has been doing "really hard work", as she calls it, at ballet class lately. And she's right - it is hard work. Last year's ballet class was basically just a bunch of kids running around with wands and ribbons. This class is teaching her fundamentals and combinations and stretching and strengthening. She's the tiniest one there, but she does a good job. We feel like she's getting good exercise and learning something, which is awesome. Yeah Straub!
Sam missed so much soccer during his lengthy illness, but was finally able to play last week. This was his game on Saturday and it was COLD! He's not a very aggressive kid, so he has trouble understanding the competitive edge to sports (which I believe he acquired genetically from both Rich and me). But he has fun with it, it's great exercise, and I think his coach is teaching him good things. Yeah WASA!
Sunday at Freeman's Farm. Pumpkin picking and kettle corn eating and hay riding fun was had by all!
Of course Lena had to be the little kitty.
They are growing like...sunflowers!
My handsome man.
That last photo is my favorite. It makes my heart swell full of this unimaginable kind of love for these people. Rich is too handsome and kind, too smart and funny, too good and patient and loving with our kids and with me to be true. Yet there he is every day doing and being all of those things. And more. And those kids...ugh, those kids. They are both so unique and insane and mysterious and amazing and beautiful and crazy in the most awesome ways. They make me feel complete in places I didn't realize I was lacking.
My family...overwhelming and true, oozing goodness from the depth of their blue eyes and joy from the breadth of their smiles, making the world a little brighter and a little better just by being them.