Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Adventures

Autumn is a time that seems to be full of even more adventure and excitement for Orion than the summer had.  The last few weeks have been non-stop and this weekend was pretty much the same.  We had a visit from Aunt Jaime and a trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  He loved running around the ranch and seeing all the people.  He also seemed to really enjoy finding the exact pumpkin he wanted to take home.  We could tell (by his snarky attitude) that he was getting tired by the end of the evening for sure, but I'm glad he had a good time.

He also has more frequently began to talk about family and how much he misses them.  When he's not talking about anyone specific, he calls them his "ancestors."  I'm not sure where he came up with this term, honestly, but I think it's adorable.  He has also attached himself to his cousins (my step-sister's sons) and frequently tells me that he misses them.  Very few days go by that he isn't telling us that he misses one family member or another, be it Aunt Ashley,  Little Grandpa, or just his Ancestors in general.  He's such a sweet kid and loves his family so much.  It's a very interesting development in him and I couldn't be more proud of the loving boy he has grown into.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Catching up...again.

At this point, it's quite obvious that I fail at being a regular blogger of any sort.  I have no excuse, other than the chaos of life, family, work, school, and all the other activities that take up so much of our time. We have been very busy through the summer, and the fall doesn't look like it's slowing down any time soon.  Here are some of the highlights of the last few months: 

Orion has taken to talking on his phone.  He tends to talk with his hands and it makes me laugh a lot. 

He still loves hanging out downtown and is getting so big.  We just had to get him new clothes because his arms and legs are too long for practically everything.  

He has become such a sweet kid and has learned to enjoy some time by himself, whether it's playing or just watching the lake.  He's such an amazing kid.  

We do still sporadically take pics together, just because it's fun.  

We visited Lauritzen Gardens again, which is a beautiful park with tons of flowers and walkways.  It was a beautiful visit and we hope to go back again in the spring. 

We also attended a PowWow to explore some Native American culture.  It was very interesting and Orion loved the teepees and all of the drumming. 

Sue came to Omaha, to the Durham museum, so we decided to pay her a visit.  Orion is obsessed with dinosaurs and can spout more facts about them than I can.  He frequently shows off to strangers and makes me proud of his brain.  

 Of course we visited the zoo a few times and rode both the train and Skyfari for the first time.  We were nervous to have O up so high, but he did a great job. 

We have also frequented several local ethnic festivals, including the Greek, Italian, and German festivities.  It's great to live somewhere that we can expose Orion to diverse cultures. 

In July, Orion went to spend a few days with my parents while Seth was out of town for a conference and I was busy with work. We stopped at the Kool-ade museum in Hastings on our way home, which was an interesting experience. 

I have also made friends with a lovely woman who has two little girls about Orion's age.  They play together super well and are adorable together.  

We've spent a lot of time at Fontenelle Forest lately and I love the beautiful environment out there. 

Orion likes it out there too. 

We went to Octoberfest with the Kyles and that was a lot of fun. 

We also went on a horse & buggy ride down town 

Big Grandpa came to visit us, so we got to go to supper with him. 

We also went to the local fair.  

So as you can see, we definitely haven't been spending much time sitting at home with nothing to do.  It's been crazy busy.  Hopefully someday I'll be able to realistically keep up with things on this blog again....but I'm not gonna hold my breath.  I hope things are well with you all.  Have a fantastic day.