Eric read a study as he was preparing for Sunday's sermon that said the average family spends 49 minutes together a day.
Yesterday we spent that and then some harvesting pumpkins.
We are either preparing to welcome fall like, today, or jinxing it's arrival. It's our version of groundhog day. If fall sees a pumpkin before it's ready does that mean we'll have 6 more weeks of summer? Because...no. Too hot.
See, Yaya has created the most beautiful and fruitful pumpkin patch in the back yard and those little beauties oranged up a few days ago and are just taunting us! We picked one a week or so ago and already carved it. Too soon?
Amos is the only kid who would look at the camera, bless him. He was enthused as you can tell.
Then a stroke of genius...
There we all were with a spare Yaya to take over the camera...
Family Photo Shoot!
Fall is my favorite and pumpkins are my favorite and they...those kids up there and that fella...
I'm going to visit my sistas in Seattle next week and I will be hitting up my photog sista for a shutter remote for my sweet camera (and to fix the filter thing that I cracked into shards and now can't get off the lens - but that's another story) but until then the 10 second timer will have to do.
We snapped these wandering on campus the other day. I'm in love. And they are perfect for Embracing the Camera with the Anderson Crew today.
This one was my favorite until my sister pointed out that Amos' head looks like it fell off backwards and now I can't unsee it that way. Now you won't be able to either. Whoops.
Remember a few weeks ago when Eric and I decided to de-clutter and de-hordify the place and upgrade from the dorm room chic furniture we've been dragging around for 13 years?
And we bought this snazzy night club sectional? (Eric will tell you about the round swiveling lounge loveseat that I put my foot down against. It all but came with a neon sign that said, "Get your lap dance here.")
We chose it because it was less bulky than most and would fit in the space but the fuzzy orange dots were not really the vibe or color story we were going for.
But, in my famous last words in the store I was like, "I can recover those, no problem."
Well, ye of little faith, I went and did it.
Pretty right? And I love how the kiddos silhouettes are perfectly showcased in the oval mirror. That was total luck.
I have very few opportunities to shop for upholstery fabrics.
It is the first to be plucked from the patch in Yaya's garden. There are about a dozen still brewing there. But this little guy has been calling to him.
So today, he answered.
We found an angry birds template and tool set at target and lo and behold, nearly 5 year old Eli is big enough, dextrous enough and doggone it, he wants to carve his own.
Holy big kid batman.
Blowing raspberries to extinguish the candle = Hilarious.
Hazel was a bit flummoxed by the whole proposition.
Yes. I know the date. September 16. This pumpkin will be long since rotted before the leaves start to fall. But there's a patch full out back and in the support of excitement, I let Eli follow his carving calling.
And I roasted the first batch of pumpkin seeds. To a crisp! Doh.