Monday, October 29, 2012


We're getting into the Halloween spirit this week. First up: Eric and me at a masquerade party this weekend. Look for other spooky photos throughout the week!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Favorite

 This is my new favorite photo of Oliver. It's almost too much to handle. The curls...the coy smile...the mums...the pumpkins...the tractor...the autumn leaves. Ah! So much cuteness!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's Corny

Is there anything more fun than scooping, digging, and driving trucks in a box full of corn? Not if you ask these kids.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012


To say that Ellis and Oliver have had a rocky start in their relationship would be an understatement. As of last month, Ellis was still asking for us to send Oliver to live with another family. It's a heart wrenching roller coaster at times, but I have hope that they'll be okay. I try to give Ellis the space to express his feelings and validate them as best I can. And I watch as Oliver grows and wins over Ellis' heart--by hugging him out of the blue, or kissing him first thing in the morning, or tackling him playfully outside. Or affectionately calling him "Bubba," as Oliver has been doing in the last few days. I smile and take in these moments and trust these little loving moments will take root and grow into a loving brotherhood.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Autumn Days

A really cold patch last week reminded us that we need to get out and play while we still can this fall! Before we know it, we'll be practically homebound...and longing for the days when we could throw on a jacket and play outside!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ellis' Restaurant

Yia Yia and Papou have moved into a temporary home after their fire last spring. It's a lovely home, and if you ask the boys, the loveliest part is the backyard. There's a lot of space, filled with a swing set, a playhouse, and a treehouse. Here are a few photos of the boys playing in the playhouse. Oliver was fixated on the door, opening and closing it repeatedly, while Ellis had fun playing "restaurant." Which, of course, had me singing the Arlo Guthrie song "Alice's Restaurant." (You can thank me when you're singing it all day.)

You can get anything you want at Ellis' restaurant...including fried chocolate potatoes!

Monday, October 15, 2012