Here’s a little recap of the rest of October for our family.

Dedication Family Pic

We had Cecilia’s baby dedication on the 22nd. I enjoyed dressing her up in a sweet smocked dress that belonged to my sister’s girls for the occasion. The dedication was lovely.
Baby Girl and Daddy

Siblings

Mama and Baby
The week of Halloween was full of fun activities.

The Sunday before Paxton dressed up for AWANA and then did Trunk or Treat right after AWANA! The boys had a blast with that and received so much candy. When we got home that night, we gave them each a jelly sized mason jar and let them fill their jar up with their candy and that was their Halloween candy – the rest was sent to work with daddy to share!Storytime at Library

Tuesday was Storytime at the Library and the kids dressed up for that. They really enjoyed dressing up and going to the library!
Halloween 2014

Sheriff Woody Costume

Paxton was Sheriff Woody this year. He loved his costume that his Mimi bought for him – and it’s now in the dress up drawer and being played with frequently!Woody Costume

Little Lion

Weston wanted to be so many things for Halloween this year – we finally found this adorable little lion costume that he liked so he was a lion. He had a really vicious little ‘roar’ to go with his vicious little costume too!Little Lion Tail

My favorite part of this lion costume- the padded bottom and tail – so stinkin’ cute!Baby Owl
Cecilia was a Baby Owl this year. We kept her costume simple since she’s so little and I knew she’d be spending most of her time in the baby carrier!
Sweet Siblings

On October 30, we went to one of our church campuses Fall Festival – the boys played on inflatables, had popcorn and a piece of pizza and played a few games and had so much fun!
3 Little Ones

 

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October was a full month for our family – from visiting with family to special events and Halloween fun! This is a 2 part post because I had so many good pictures I wanted to share and little things I wanted to remember about this month!

Siblings Playing

This moment is the very first time Cecilia showed interest in exactly what the boys were playing with. All three of them sat and played together while I was preparing dinner and I just had to document the moment!
New Playhouse
At the beginning of October, Papaw David came down to visit. Daddy, Papaw and the boys added on to their playset in the backyard, making a much larger playhouse. Crawling Girl

Cecilia started crawling forward – she’s on the move!!
Sleeping Brothers

These boys slept in the living room one night, I love how their sleep positions are so similar!
Family

This is not the best photo but we were all sitting on the couch, very close together watching something! We tend to move around our home as a big bunch – we joke that if we had a bigger house, it’d be a waste of money and space because we’d all still be on top of each other. Cousin Brooklynn

We spent a few days at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park on the Tennessee River with my family. The boys favorite part of this trip was spending time with cousin Brooklynn!With My Little Ones

My sweet little ones. You can hardly tell, but Cecilia is tucked into the baby carrier – see her polka dot hat?!Our Family

My Parents
My parents and my little ones. 

7 Months Old

Cecilia was 7 months old on the 20th.

Here are some milestones from 6 to 7 months:

    • Crawling
    • Sitting self up from lying position
    • Started solids
    • Started pulling up at 6 months, 11 days old
    • Lowered crib
    • First haircut on October 1
    • No longer sleeping through the night :(

Cecilia

Picnic

The boys insisted on having a  picnic lunch one afternoon. Their picnic table was in the yard and they set it up and enjoyed lunch on the lawn! I joined them.
Pulling Up

Our little lady thinks she’s bigger than she really is – since she’s mastered crawling, she’s moved on to pulling up on everything! It’s pretty adorable!

With Mimi

Mimi visited one weekend and we enjoyed lunch in Chattanooga and walking around downtown! Paxton walked the entire length of the walking bridge – I was so proud of him!Rachel and John David

With my sweet hubby – I’m trying to take more pictures of us together because we’ve really neglected taking pictures of us. Wearing Baby GirlWearing my sweet girl in the Boba while walking downtown.

So that was part one of October – part 2 is even better because it has lots of pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes!!

 

The months are just flying by it seems! I’m doing my best to just savor the everyday with these 3 sweet little ones of mine because they are growing so quickly.

Here are some highlights from the month of September:

We started ‘school’ on September 2. We’re currently using the Sonlight P3/4 reading list and activities for our planned learning. Here’s a post about the Sonlight Curriculum: Choosing Preschool Curriculum

Our philosophy on preschool learning is lots and lots of reading, fun activities, following the child’s interest and a lot of outdoor play. We’re not focusing on ‘academics’ but we’re making learning fun and we’re amazed at how much they’re soaking up.

We read 1-3 stories from our Sonlight P3/4 books and do some type of related activity. We also read a Bible story a day from My First Hands-On Bible. (This Bible and The Jesus Storybook Bible are our favorites!)

Our library has story time once a week. The children’s librarian reads 2-3 stories, has an game or activity that goes along with the stories and sings a song. We’ve been attending that pretty regularly so the boys can be around other kids their age and be read to and taught by someone else. We all enjoy our library days and picking out stacks of books to read. (We really love reading around here!!)

First Day Pre-K
Paxton was just a little excited about his first day of Pre-K!

First Day Preschool
I’m letting Weston join in the learning fun! That’s the beauty of Sonlight, it works for multiple ages. While I wasn’t doing anything formalish for Paxton at this age, I’m letting Weston join along with Paxton’s learning. He has an amazing attention span for a 2.5 year old little boy and is learning so much too.
Brothers
When I had the camera out snapping the first day pictures, they wanted me to take pictures of them! Of course I said yes. Love this loving shot.

Sweet Brothers

Home Depot Kids Workshop
We attended the Home Depot Kids Workshop at the beginning of the month. We let Weston attend this month. They built and painted little birdhouses and both boys really enjoyed building and painting. They didn’t get bored the entire time but worked hard getting their birdhouses together.

Little Free Library
We also found a Little Free Library at the park up the road from our house! We put 2 of our books into the library and picked out new to us books to read and then return. This was a fun little find for this family of book lovers. We’ve also found Little Free Library’s at 2 other parks in our area!

6 Months Old
This sweet little lady was 6 months old on the 20th.

Here are some milestones:

  • Rocking up on her knees! Rolling, scooting, army crawling wherever she wants to go!
  • Almost sitting up unsupported.
  • Playing with toys and other objects (like leaves, blades of grass). She studies them and of course they go into her mouth.
  • Sucks on her fingers to soothe
  • Wearing 6 month clothes and starting to wear some of her 9-12 month fall clothes on cooler days!
  • Exclusively cloth diapered – bumGenius One Size on medium setting with regular insert and doubler.
  • Exclusively breastfed up until the day she turned 6 months. Nursing every 3-4 hours during the day.
  • Sleeping through the night almost every night!!!
  • Loves splashing in the bathtub.
  • Loves being worn in the Boba.
    Sweet CeciliaI took some pictures of her outside in a sweet little dress on the day she turned 6 months. She wasn’t too excited about me taking pictures, she wanted to move around and explore the grass so the pictures aren’t great but I managed to get a few sweet shots.

Mama and Baby
Mama and baby girl! This little sweater was mine when I was a baby – my mama kept it and brought it to me when Cecilia was born. It’s such a sweet little sweater.
First Bite of Food

We wait until 6 months to introduce solids to our babies. Cecilia’s first food was a soft boiled egg yolk from a pastured egg. (Just egg yolk, no egg white!) She seemed to like it and did pretty well eating for the first time. (The next 2 weeks after starting solids, she wasn’t too into food but she’s getting the hang of it now and really enjoying her foods!)
Messy Baby
Messy baby girl after eating her first solid food. Love those rolls on this healthy baby girl!

Sweet SiblingsAnd, here they are all together. These 3 little people keep me busy wiping bottoms, feeding seemingly bottomless bellies, doing a ton of laundry and a lot of cuddling. Many days it feels like I get absolutely nothing important done but nourishing my growing children, loving them and teaching them that Jesus loves them really is the most important thing I can do with my life.

Homemade Applesauce

One of my favorite fall traditions is making applesauce. Each fall, my parents give me a bunch of Arkansas Black apples from my grandparents farm and these apples make delicious applesauce.

Making homemade applesauce is easy – it just takes a few hours from start to finish. The yummy homemade applesauce is worth every hour spent in the kitchen.

Apples

Arkansas Blacks aren’t technically good applesauce apples because they are a hard apple. Good varieties for applesauce include Gala, Fuji, Stayman Winesap and Pink Lady to name a few. I use the Arkansas Blacks because they’re given to me so making applesauce from them is free!

Here are the simple steps to making homemade applesauce:

Peel Apples

Step 1: Peel the apples.

Slice Apples

Step 2: Slice/core the apples.

(An Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer would definitely speed the applesauce making process up. I can’t justify spending money and using valuable cabinet space for an appliance that I would use once a year.)

Put Apples in Pot

Step 3: Place apples in a large pot with a little water.

Cook Apples

Step 4: Watch them cook, stirring often. Add water as needed to prevent burning.

Applesauce

Step 5: You have applesauce. Add sugar if you want (we never add sugar because apples are naturally so sweet) and cinnamon if you want cinnamon applesauce.

At this point, you can refrigerate your applesauce and eat it over the next few days. Or, if you’ve made a large quantity, the next step is to can the applesauce.

To can, place applesauce in jars, put on lids/bands and put in water bath to can. They need to process for 20 minutes (for pint jars).

Canned Applesauce

Step 6: You have canned applesauce. I ended up with 9 pints of plain and 3 of cinnamon this round.

It took me approximately 4 hours from start to finish (canning completed & kitchen clean) to make these 12 pints.

And, one of my favorite parts of making applesauce, it always makes my house smell oh so homey!