Friday, November 09, 2012

Fall Fun

October was a fun, busy month--and, as always, it went by too fast....

Lennon & Tesla enjoying the fall afternoon before the first snow of the season hit:
 Lennon is always so generous with his hugs and kisses to his sister.  And with each passing day, you see her eyes light up even more when it comes to her brother!
 First Snow
We had our first snow of the season on October 5th.  Lennon was so excited to get outside and play in the snow, even though there was only an inch or so.
 It may have been exhaustion or the cold, but Tesla wavered back and forth between fascination and crankiness.  Here's her mildly amused:
...and the crankiness (these two pictures were taken about 30 seconds apart):
Remax Pumpkin Festival
Each year we go to the Remax Pumpkin festival for pumpkins and pancakes.  Lennon was cranky at the beginning again this year:
 And he's rarely thrilled about pictures:
 Apparently, Tesla was just bored!
 Lennon asked to go in the bouncy castle, which is huge for him, since he has never wanted to do it with other kids in there.  It's so fun to see him breaking out of his shell a bit--he had a blast!
Littleton Historical Museum
The day after the Remax festival, we met up with the Perlman and Dow families at the Littleton Historical Museum.
Lennon trying to pretend his sister is happy:
We got to go to the CCU Carnival again this year and I forgot how much fun it is.  Lennon had a blast--this was the year that Halloween clicked with him.  He was on a mission to get as much candy as possible!
 He had to play every game they had so that he could get his piece of candy--he's deciding where he's off to next:
 They had a blow-up obstacle course and a blow-up slide.  Lennon wanted to do both of them, multiple times--so fun!
 Zebra and Duck butts!
 The cutest zebra ever!
 Pumpkin Carving
Tesla didn't mind the pumpkin guts--she was just happy to be in on the fun....for a few minutes that is.  Once she realized that I was going to work on carving the pumpkins, the fun was over for her!
 This was the extent of Lennon's help--he refused to help clean out the insides of the pumpkin.  He had his own pumpkin that he enjoyed "cutting" with his knife.   Adam and I were exhausted after everything was said and done--two of the four pumpkins were really big and it has never been so hard to cut into them; it's was almost like they had a second skin on the inside.
 The four pumpkins (we really only got three, but Marilyn gave us hers--at the time it was just more work, which is why we just did a simple "S").  A zebra pumpkin for a zebra baby, Donald Duck for an awesome Duck boy, and a Tiger (by request of Lennon). Since the squirrels or the rabbits immediately ate the Buzz & Woody pumpkins last year, I was going to do my best to stop that from happening again.  I rubbed down each pumpkin, inside and out, with cayenne pepper--did it work?  Not really, though not as bad as last year--I guess our neighborhood critters like a little heat.
Like we've done for the past couple of years, we went down to the Dow's for Trick-or-Treating.  It was so fun to see Lennon get into it--like at the CCU carnival, he was on a mission to get as much candy as possible.  He would always be the first to get the candy, and then most of the time would sneak one more piece after Harper and Huck got theirs.  Here he is, annoyed with me because I was holding him up from running to the next house!
Tesla wasn't too interested in what was going on--she was tired and she just wanted to be held.
 But back at the house, even Tesla wanted the candy:

Bath Times
We've been experimenting with different bath methods for Tesla--she has not been thrilled with bathtime since she's been born, which is the exact opposite of Lennon who has always loved baths.  It has always depended on her mood whether she has been irritated at the bath or plain mad.  However, I busted out the bath seat (something Lennon never liked) and it seems to be working!  But I guess anything where she can sit and watch her brother is a good time.  She has even started to splash a bit. I did have to give her a quick bath the other morning because of a blow-out and she actually had fun just lying on her back, so maybe she's finally used to the concept of a bath and starting to enjoy it!
This was her very first time in the bath seat--still checking things out a bit:

4 Months!
Well, now it's 4.5 months (at least I took them when she first turned 4 months and I got them posted before she is 5 months!).  She is becoming a little bit more easy going (maybe she'll be less like her mom and more like her dad after all), though she is still feisty.  And she knows how to work a room--completely charming when it's right for her and completely fiery and stubborn when it suits her needs.
She is also on the move (which I'm kind of in denial about).  She will roll forward and backwards, spin and scoot--and she does not like it when something gets in her way.  I'm hoping she'll stay this way for a long time, but I keep watching her and know that the second she realizes to consistently kick her feet down to the floor, there won't be any chance at stopping her.  Such a difference between the first and second--with Lennon I was excited for him to reach the crawling phase--with Tesla I'm trying to prevent it!!