Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. I just love the leaves changing color, the change in temperature, the smell of apple cider and candy. It was especially exciting because Gabriel finally understood dressing up in a costume to knock on strangers doors for candy.
This post is going to be very picture heavy, more than ever before.
This past spring I joined a mommy group in efforts to get Gabriel to socialize with other kids his age. There was also the hope to gain a couple new friends for not only the boys but myself. I’m thankful that we have gotten to know so many great people because of this moms group.
I became super excited when one of my mom friends mentioned she had a blog. Rachel Roberts of Ladybugs and Lattes has an awesome site where she applies Pinterest Pins to her everyday life. Right now she has a series on homeschooling her preschool-aged daughter (she was a preschool teacher before having her daughter). I’m definitely going use some of her ideas on days that we are home and have free time.
Lately I’ve debated on homeschooling Gabriel when it came time to get him enrolled into preschool. Unfortunately I’m short on time these days with Grandpa and other obligations. We have him enrolled in a co-op preschool that starts next week that will hopefully be a good fit for him. I do want to be involved with his education so being able to volunteer is a pretty awesome deal. Grandpa’s radiation ends soon which will free up a lot of time during the week.
Is it bad that I’m nervous and excited about Gabriel starting preschool? We did a similar program through the park district during the summer, but I wasn’t a big fan at the end. I didn’t like that it was easy for just anyone to walk right into the classroom, the lunch lady voiced very loudly how she thinks food allergies are a bunch of baloney, and how one day Gabriel came home crying then didn’t want to go back. Oh well. Only time will tell how this round will work out.
Tuesday I ran errands with both boys by myself. It was the first time I took the little ones by myself to Whole Foods. The only reason this is a big deal is because the nearest Trader Joe’s or Whole foods is more than 30 minutes away. We don’t have a good place to shop for good organic meats and veggies in our area unless there is a farmer’s market going on.
I also had to return a Blender Bottle that was broken when I bought it. I only found that out when I washed it and filled it up with orange juice before my workout one night. Even after all that Whole Foods let me exchange it. I LOVE their return policy!!
And Gabriel LOVES the little shopping carts! It helped curb my spending since the basket is so small.
I hope Rafael would sleep through the Ergo transfer. Obviously he did not.
If you have never been to a Whole Foods before they have free samples all over the store. Gabriel had to stop at each one to try something new. It is mostly tortilla chips and bread that they have out but he loves trying to take them out with the tongs. This picture cracks me up since that’s the way my grandfather leans on the shopping cart.
Today we went to the Color Aloft Balloon Festival. It was a first for the whole family. The sun was pretty hot but I don’t think most people cared.
I didn’t get to see most of the balloons inflate since I was helping out at the Little Lake County booth. David took the boys to walk around the whole time I was occupied. It looked like Gabriel had a blast listening to the band and watching the ballons go up.
Next year it would be fun to watch the whole process from set up to launch.