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Kiddie Rides

We learned quickly at Idlewild this summer that Elinore wasn't afraid of riding a few rides!  In fact, she loved them.  So when the fair came around earlier this month, she was of course excited for her turn to ride too.  Caden and Caleb were AWESOME big brother helpers and took care of her.  Her first ride was with Caleb, who got her right in the front and helped buckle her in as she held onto the handles!

She was nervous at first, but smiling before long! 
After this ride, she was ready to go again.  Caden rode with her the second time in the back, and by the look on her face, it sure didn't look like she was as big of fan of back there.  But as soon as the ride stopped she said "I go again!" 

While she didn't get to ride the dragon again, she did ride another couple all by herself!

Her brothers tried out a few others too. 


Caden and Caleb love riding the Scrambler.  They loved it at Idlewild earlier this summer; they love it at the fair, anywhere they can ride it, they're on it. 

Keith and I watched as they waited for the ride to start.  We couldn't resist snapping a few photos of them sitting there with their legs crossed like little old men waiting on the fun to begin!

Blue Jeans

Earlier this month, we were heading into the fairgrounds for another evening of fair fun.  I was dressing Elinore when she wanted pockets.  She has a shirt with pockets on it she really likes, but it was dirty, so I thought maybe it was time to try some of the second hand blue jeans I'd gotten her a few months back.  They fit and she was adorable in them!

She looks so grown up in them!

Candy Theif

Earlier this month, one stormy evening the boys were playing Minecraft and Elinore was running around before bedtime, I decided to try a new candy recipie I'd found.  It was simple enough, just some mixing, kneeding and rolling.  I decided to make peppermint candies, and was rolling them at the kitchen counter before pressing them with the fork on a cutting board on the kitchen table. 

I quickly learned Elinore could too easily reach the kitchen table and moved them to the counter. 

There I quickly learned she could reach the counter now too!  So I moved them to the top of some jars of spagetti sauce I'd canned and moved them back away from the edge on those. 

Elinore, she's smart.  She went and got the step stool and could still reach them!  So we headed off to bed, and while I was saying prayer with the boys, she ran out to the kitchen again to steal more!

50 States

A few years ago I put this list together here.  I think it's time for an update! Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Well, I could cross one more state off the list anyway. 

Fun House Fun

During the fair this year, Keith took the kiddos in the fun house!


One morning after the boys got on the bus, Elinore ran over to the swing set to show off her newest trick again.  She can reach the handles on the moneybar swing! 

At first she couldn't reach and hold her blankie under her arm, so she had to carefully set it down on the swing next to hers. 

Then we reach the handles and tip toe back and forth with them!

Then her arms must have gotten tired as she moved to the big kid swing on her chest/tummy!

Then I have to chase her down to get in the car to head off for the day!

Photos from 9/3/14

Morning Bus Routine

We have a new routine in the mornings for the bus this year.  The bus now comes from the other direction to our house, which means we can't watch for it from the family room anymore.  Before we could stand at the sliding door and watch for it to come down the street, but that is no more!  In fact, you can't see the bus coming at all from inside our house.  So we have to stand outside and wait now.  Because we live so close to the school, it's also hard to tell which bus coming down the street is going to make the turn onto our street since most of the buses go past our house!  So as long as we can stand to wait outside with the weather, and as long as I can continue to get up on time, we'll be waiting outside for the bus. 

One day the first week of school or so we watched 6 buses go by our house, but none were ours.  After waiting 10-15 minutes I took them to school and saw two more buses head past our house.  Turns out, ours was just very late and I passed it coming …


Elinore has been quite interested in acting like a lion or bear or tiger (all look and sound the same depnding on the day).  She'll come at your roaring and with her hands drawn like claws! 

Folding Laundry

With a family of 5 I spend a lot of time folding laundry.  Elinore is usually around when I'm folding laundry too.  I usually have a basket or more needing folded in the family room, and when she asks me to sit with her I'll fold too.  She usually starts to help folding by pulling the laundry out of the basket, faster than I can fold it, and handing it to me.  She also names who the article of clothing I'm folding belongs to.  She gets the mostly all right too!

Not Working

Over the last few months as Elinore leads, we've been introducing her to the concept of the potty and being a big girl using the potty.  She gets the concept and on more than one occasion will go pee pee in the pottty.  On one occasion she pooped in the potty my mom claims, but Keith or I have yet to see it happen! 

I've been trying to do a better job to encourage her more and ask her more often if she needs to use the big girl potty.  She cheers when she does go, but sometimes she doesn't.  In the cases where she doesn't she tells us "not working!"  Pee pee "not working!"  You can tell she's tried, but generally her diaper is already wet, so there really isn't much of an opportunity anyway. 

She's a smart cookie, she knows when she's going.  She's even started asking for her diaper to be changed sometimes.  We can definately tell when she's pooping, and she'll tell you too sometimes.  But if I ask her to poop in the po…

College or Farming

Caleb is convinced he doesn't want to go to college. He's been sold on this for months now.  Keith and I have talked to the boys about college, and certainly don't discourage it, we haven't said it is a requirement either.  We do stress that they have to have a plan.  There has to be something that they are going to do with themselves after high school.  Caleb's plan, he's going to be a farmer.  He's maybe going to be a babysitter on the side too, but he's really going to be a farmer.

Bedtime Routine

Our current bed time routine isn't always routine, but more often than not follows the pattern.  We usually start with getting the boys in bed, which some nights I think takes a good 20 minutes!  I go in and talk to them for a little bit, we pray together and I kiss them goodnight.  Caleb get just close enough I can give him a little peck before he scurries away in his bed.  Caden gets ready to give you a big hug and kiss back.  Elinore tells them goodnight and sometimes she just terrorizes their room or somewhere else in the house while this is happening.

Then it's off to put Elinore in bed.  New diaper and jammies for her followed by a drink of milk and rocky-ing.  She usually decides who's going to rocky her first, mommy or daddy.  Daddy will rocky and sing her a song he's made up from an old song he once knew that he sings about her now.  Then she insists on another rocky from mommy.  (Although sometimes it's in reverse order.  I think she decides based on what…

Tiger Out, George In

Up until the last few weeks, Elinore's favorite TV show has been Daniel Tiger.  She loves it. 

But a few weeks ago she started watching Curious George with the boys, and now she's strictly a Curious George fan! 

Caleb has really liked George for years; he's obviously shared that with Elinore now since he introduced her to it!  Caden tolerates it too, but it's not his favorite.  He's into bigger kid things.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

One of the things Elinore has been insisting on at bedtime from me is to sing the song the Itsy Bitsy Spider.  It's been going on for a few months now.  When it first started she would ask for the Bug song after prayer.  Then it became the Itsy song.  More recently it's the Itsy Spider song.  Regardless of what she calls it, she likes it and we sing it nearly every night.  Strangest lullaby I've heard!  But it makes her happy, so we will continue with it!

End of Summer Fun

The boys started second grade on a Wednesday, so I took the Monday and Tuesday before that off to enjoy our last few days of summer.  We didn't do anything spectacular, but we spent Monday at home hanging out and Tuesday I took them out for lunch.  They picked the Green Leaf to eat. 

Then we stopped to see Grandma at work.

Then I suprirsed them with a stop at Putt 'N Stuff for a round of mini-golf.  The had been asking to play off and on over the summer, so I thought that would be a nice way to wrap up the summer, plus I had a coupon! 

I didn't anticpate how swelteringly hot it was going to be though!  Phew! 

We played Caden and Caleb style instead of trying to play for real.  They like to just down their own thing, cheat like crazy and have fun, so due to Elinore running around, the heat and me being the only adult, we played their way and had just as much fun anyway, maybe more.  Who need to know how to play mini-golf the right way anyway?

As seen in that last photo, …

Spray Park

Over the summer the kids and I spent an afternoon at the spray park with a friend of mine and her two young boys.  It was great to spend time with them and catch up at a free public spray park!  Especially since my kids love the water so much.  Elinore is fearless when it comes to water!

Petting Zoo

For Elinore's second birthday we took her to a petting zoo in Amish Country.  She loves animals, but she's not too sure about being up close to them.  She wouldn't pet them.  But she sure liked to look when she was close to mom and dad!  Daddy tried to get her to feed some large goats right away, which scared here immediately (of course, silly Daddy!) and she was done touching them. 

Her brothers took pony rides.  Elinore had the chance to as well, but cried and refused!

Elinore's favorite thing was the bunnies!  Her fascination with bunnies started when she started at her summer day care, they had a pet bunny there named Coconut.  Now, she's a big fan of bunnies!  Daddy helped her hold and pet the bunnies.

But after a bit she'd had enough and told Daddy to put the bunnies back as she pointed back to their cage!


There were presents for Elinore's birthday too!

Caden and Caleb each picked something out in advance of her birthday and we orded them online.  The came and say hidden in boxes for awhile before we wrapped them the week of her birthday.  We found some plain blue paper in the closet, wrapped them and the boys along with the girls from next door went to town decorating them with stickers for Elinore!

Caleb gave Elinore a gas pump to go with her little tikes care she plays without outside.  Although mostly the playing with it is coloring it with sidewalk chalk! Caden gave her a toy garden set that goes with her barn and doll house you can see in the background of some of the photos. Mommy and Daddy gave her a doll baby stroller to push her babies around in, which she loved too.  Grape Jelly's already going for a ride in the last photo!

Elinore Turned 2!

Over two months ago now, Elinore turned 2!  (Time flies!)

We celebrated with a day off for mommy and daddy from work and a trip to Amish Country.  We went to lunch at the Der Dutchman and headed to the petting zoo at Hersbergers for the afternoon. 

We had a family movie night at home for supper with cupcakes!

(We have terrible lighting in our living room!)


Elinore's Aunt Kate and Uncle Brent gave Elinore a bubble machine for her birthday.  All three of the kids were SO excited to get to play with it.  Sadly we quickly ran our of bubbles, but after about 2 months, I finally ordered some more, so maybe soon we'll play again!