Soon, he will be one.
Saturday was so perfect for our family. I think it was perfect because we had a few weekends of traveling and craziness, and it felt so good to be together again in our own town. We started a tradition last year, and we continued it this year. We went to the cutest little pumpkin patch in Madrid for the second year in a row. It is small and quiet and peaceful. It is the perfect country setting. After picking out our pumpkins, we picked up a pizza in Polk City at our favorite pizzeria and headed down to the shores of Saylorville Lake. We ate the pizza straight out of the box and the boys threw rocks in the lake. It was so perfect. It was so fun.
I had some heartburn last year over the fact that Evan was in our family and didn't yet have a stocking. Well, I finally fixed that problem! The first 4 stockings (E,C,H,O) were made all at the same time, which made it easy because the first one was more like a trial run and by the last one I had all the kinks worked out. I wrote down the pattern but, since it had been 2 years since making these stockings, I found myself puzzled by some of the details. Even though it took a little longer than it did making the stockings in the past I am impressed with myself that I was able to duplicate it as well as I did (it is the red "E" stocking on the far right). Also, our stockings used to spell ECHO. I like this because my favorite Christmas song uses the word Echo. Now we really can't make a word out of this. I suppose if we had another child, it would have to start with a "T" so we could spell out "Cheeto." Or, 2 more kids to start with an "R" and an "I" to spell "Cheerio." OK, this is my OCD speaking. And obviously these thoughts are totally foolish. Time to quiet that down.
I changed my magnet board and printed pictures off my computer from past halloweens. I made magnets out of Dollar Tree erasers.