It’s advent time again! My favorite time of year. This year the boys got Lego Star Wars advent calendars which they are very excited about. We also do this super sweet online advent calendar by Jacquie Lawson. It’s very Downton Abbey! But my favorite one and the one that really is the reason that I love advent so much us our Activity Advent! It’s just a nice way to remember each day to slow down and spend time with the boys. This years activities will be pretty much the same as the last few years. We do art projects, we decorate, we bake, we make gifts, we donate toys and food, we play, the list goes on. I can’t wait to get started!
This year I also put together this book cipher advent for our nephew. He’s too old for the toy ones and loves books so this has been a fun way for me to still give him the advent experience plus a book and a gift certificate (shhhh, don’t tell him). First you need a book. This year I got him William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily a New Hope. (By the way, this is a fun book. It is the first Star Wars movie told in iambic pentameter!)
Next I wrote him a simple letter with a gift certificate code using a cipher that is based on this book. Since this book is written as a play, the cipher is Act, Scene, and Line. So each letter had an Act, Scene, and Line number assigned to it. You figure out each letter and then you know the word.
I then cut the letter up and wrapped and numbered each one. Each day you get a new part of the letter to figure out. And if I’ve done it right, the letter and the code for the gift certificate should slowly unfold.
I hope he likes it!
Wow! It’s almost the end of November and I haven’t posted since Halloween! Where has the time gone? We have been super busy around here, between work, school, playing with Peso! As our lives have been slowly progressing in their comforting routines, the seasons are slowly changing. We have been steadily moving from warm, sunny days, to cold, sunny days. I love California!
Oliver was my big helper harvesting our persimmons this year and loved to climb the tree to pick all that he could. Here are some photos from a few weeks ago.
You’ll notice that the leaves are still green with just a touch of fall in these early photos, but just one week later they had all turned a beautiful golden color.
And now the tree is completely bare. Where has the time gone?
We had a lovely Thanksgiving with our family today. Such good food and great company. We have so much to be thankful for.
The boys had Fall Break last week. I was able to take the week off work, but not Sam, so the boys and I had a staycation. Not the kind where you stay at home and do all the fun things you would do if you were on vacation in your home town. No we had the kind of staycation where we stayed at home all week and stayed in our pajamas till lunch. It was great! We have all been really busy this fall with school and work, so a week at home was just we needed to recharge our batteries. I puttered around the house doing chores and making a real breakfast every day (can you say crepes!). The boys played Legos and “brothers” and only had to be separated a handful of times. We did get out of the house a few times to meet up with friends at the park or buy supplies for the boys’ halloween costumes, but mainly we hung out at home, snuggled, and played. It was all so perfectly mundane, that I have no pictures to show for our week.
But I do have more than enough photos from our trip to the beach yestereday. We went to Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore. It was a crisp, sunny day at our house, but the beach was quite foggy.
Being native northern Californians we are undetered by foggy weather at the beach and fell to our typical pastimes.
Playing in the sand:
Checking out the geology:
Checking out nature:
Posing with mommy:
Resting just long enough to have a photo taken:
And maybe a beer:
A much needed day at the beach after a relaxing week at home!
It’s that time of year when the weather turns colder, the leaves are turning, and pumpkins are everywhere.
These are the pumpkins we picked out at the pumpkin patch, minus the one that Henry was carrying to the car…
And here is my newest hat. A pumpkin hat!
Using this pattern, I cast on 64 stitches to make the infant size.
Hey! It’s supposed to be the infant size!
You can check out other FO here.
This past weekend the boys and I went to the Ardenwood Harvest Festival. It’s our third year and every year seems to get better and better. This time we knew what we wanted to do and we had a plan! We got there right when it opened and snagged a seat right at the front of the farm train:
First stop was the corn field, the boys favorite part. The boys ran around picking corn left and right, it’s a miracle no one got lost out there.
We picked a bunch of corn:
And laid it out for the annual corn photo:
After the corn, the boys were pretty much done, so we wandered around a bit more:
and then headed out to the pumpkin patch:
Next Stop Halloween!
It’s been a beautiful few weeks with warm, sunny weather and most afternoons and weekends the boys can be found in the the yard.
Oliver is a climber and can usually be found high up in a tree or in his secret base:
From what I’ve gathered, he is the captain of the secret base and Henry is his chief of security. Henry can mainly be found slinking around the yard shooting bad guys and anyone who gets in his way with a camera:
Not sure what he’s doing in this picture, maybe laying in wait for a foe:
If you look closer, you’ll find persimmons, roses and figs:
Or maybe a bird alighting on our bird feeder:
You might even find Peso chilling:
Or me chilling with some yarn:
Even better, a dog and some yarn:
This is such a nice time of year!