While I am talking about Austin here, I'll do his update first. He's another week older and is becoming so much fun to care for!!! He smiles so much. He even gave us a giggle the other night. I feel like this is a recording but he still loves his gym set the most. I'm totally fine with that! I put him in the swing every now and then just to switch things up but he often whines his way back to the mat on the floor. :) He's doing better at night again too! When he caught a cold in Ohio, he went from sleeping good at night to waking up several times a night. It was challenging because I knew he could sleep much better! I tried hard to not give in and feed him during the night hours. Even if he waits till 4:00 AM to have his bottle, that is better than 2:30 AM!!! We hear all the time that he looks like Matthew! Or like Hunter. I agree when I look at past pictures. He's also doing better in his car seat. He first would cry and cry every time we would strap him in. The minute we got him out, he stopped crying. He just hated it! He still cries now and then but does a whole lot better!!! :) That makes any road trip a much more pleasant experience now!!!
Ashlyn had a real blast this week with some of her cousins. On Monday, she was with Kia and Shae for the day. I was out for lunch, did some shopping for the house and then took the two oldest to the dentist after school. Tuesday night, we took family pictures with my whole family. It was a circus to finally decide if we should take them or cancel because of the rainy forecast. We decided to stick to the plans and take photos. We hope they turn out and not be too dark or dreary! We all ate hot dogs and soup at dad's after all so Ashlyn got to play with the twins and all her girl cousins that night! Then on Wednesday, we were down at moms helping her house clean. Again, she got to play with Shakia, Shaylyn, Addison and Olivia. The fun didn't stop there! After Mike got home from work, we all went to the fair. We got pretzel wraps, fries and cheese steak for supper. Then we all enjoyed some Hershey's ice cream on a warm waffle sandwich. Matt and Lena and the boys met us over there. Ashlyn and Hunter took two rides together. One of motorcycles and another on the merry go round. Both times they giggled and laughed! Such fun! Then we watched the parade. That is until about 10 minutes into it, Austin starts crying. He cried and just didn't seem to like all the blankets wrapped around him and like he had a belly ache. I went out to the Yukon with him and tried to calm him down. Nothing seemed to help. I finally called Mike and he came out and drove us home. The other children were still having a ball collecting candy from the parade floats and so they came home with Matt's. They all swished in their car! :) Austin relaxed after we got home and even enjoyed some "gym" time before bed time. Ashlyn had a fun day!!!
Hadassah is always working on something for school. It's else volleyball practice, studying for tests or working on algebra! She loves school and does well with her grades. She works very hard and deserves all her good grades! She loves her cousins too and had a blast with everyone on Tuesday night. The pictures that I took of her turned out nice. We are excited to see what Martha Rose took!
My man ... I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!
The house project is coming along well. Things are a total mess over there and very much under contruction. I'm not sure how else a big remodel would get done? Dirt, mud, nails and workers!!! This week the garage and new basement floors got concreted. The brick are being laid. The roofers are done for now. They ran out of material and need to come back one more day to finish up. The plumbers are there installing pipes, floor heat and heating units. The electrician is putting lots of recess lighting in our home. The Smucker Brothers have their crew there almost day to do all the framing. Wood Art, the cabinet company, came one morning to do some measuring. He will be back next week to get the final measurements. It's exciting to stop in almost every day and see the work get done!
We have a fun weekend ahead of us so I'm off to bed and then pack up some bags tomorrow!!!
Through the busyness of life, I am loving the Fall smells, tastes and season!!! Just today, I went over to the house to find some warmer clothes for us. The chills are coming. The daylight is shorter. I love autumn time!