Wednesday, November 2, 2016


October was such a crazy month for us! I feel like we had something to do every weekend, which is great, but also I am ready for a break. Let's hope November brings lots of empty weekends and beautiful fall days.

We started out the month by exploring the National Arboretum. We had never been there before and it was a really pretty drive around all of the trees. A welcome relief from city life. We also found some cool columns to hang out at!

We spent a few days at the park and met a new friend, Champ.

We visited Cox Farms with friends. It was so fun and festive and a great way to kick off the month. 

Char & Benson

Getting attacked by goats- James was screaming and crying the whole time.

Riding a horse

All the babies (benson, drew and char)                   Family photo (minus daddy)

James loved going down all the slides!

James started Co-op preschool this month. He loves hanging out 
with his friends and doing new projects.

Visiting the National Zoo!

Rob and I went on a date night to get gelato and walk around the monuments. The gelato was delicious and it was so cool seeing the monuments at night.

I threw Rob a little surprise birthday party at Good Stuff Eatery. We had fun hanging out and eating dinner with friends and then playing games at our house. He's getting old!

We visited daddy on campus and had lunch with him.

Kiddos sharing a stroller at the zoo

Char wearing her cute outfit knit by the amazing Susanne

Playdate with Sephora

We went on a triple date and did an escape room. 
We made it out with a whopping 3 minutes to spare!

Me and my little lady before church. 

Love these cute kiddos so much!

Charlotte turned 7 months old this month! I seriously have no idea why time is going by so fast but I hate it. I just want her to stay little forever! At 7 months Charlotte is sitting up on her own, eats solids twice a day, sleeps an almost solid 12 hours at night, loves to laugh and smile, loves watching her brother, is close to crawling, and is totally dramatic. We love her so much!

We went to Old Town Alexandria and fed the ducks and got ice cream.

Trunk or treat for the ward party. Rob won best costume!

Charlotte learned how to clap! This video is the cutest!

Charlotte's first time in a shopping cart. 
Everyone kept stopping and telling me how cute they were.

Finding the LOVE sign in Old Town. The sign moves around Virginia and is part of an ad campaign to advertise the state.

Celebrating James Birthday! We decked the house out in Paw Patrol gear and he was so excited to see it when he woke up. We started the morning off with pancakes and bacon, his favorite breakfast. He opened a new train set from Grandma and Grandpa. He picked Red Robin for dinner because he wanted "mac and cheese and chocolate milk." After dinner we came home and had cake and ice cream with friends. He had such a fantastic day and it was so fun watching him realize his birthday is special. The next morning he woke up and asked if it could be his birthday again.

We took the kids trick or treating in Old Town on Halloween. It is always so festive and fun down there. Everyone dresses up and it's fun to see all of the kids costumes. All of the little kids loved James costume and kept saying "There's Chase!" He was loving it. Char was a little lamb for her first halloween. She loved riding in the stroller (pushed by her adoptive Aunt Bri) and watching all of the kids. Some people gave her little candies to hold on to as we walked. She thought it was the best!
We finished the night off with a $3 dinner at Chipotle. I love this time of year!

James and Cohen dressed as little Paw Patrol buddies

What we are looking forward to:
-Auntie Ruth visiting for Thanksgiving
-Thanksgiving! (YAY FOOD!)
-Christmas shopping
-Cooler weather