We are thankful for lots of things in our lives. One of the people we are thankful for is our friend Jenae, our talented friend who also takes photos. Oh, and she has amazing cape-sewing skills. When we were in Santa Barbara most recently, she took some pictures of Stellan wearing her cape (and a few of our family too). They turned out great, and we're very grateful she did that for us.
And of course we're thankful for you, all our friends and family. As a way of showing our thanks, we're going to give you what you want most: cute pictures of Stellan, courtesy of Jenae. (And grandparents, there's plenty more where these came from.)
Another thing I failed to report earlier is that we went camping in the Florida Keys in October. Kevin works with the local Boy Scout troop, and I had been asked to teach an astronomy merit badge class, so we had no choice but to drag the whole family down to the Keys for 3 days. Rough.
We got there nice and early, a couple of hours before anyone else. So we had the whole camp, including quite of bit of beachfront, all to ourselves. It was an amazing way to spent an afternoon. Stellan devolved into his native feral state, and wandered and explored to his heart's content. It was very breezy, so Kev's diving didn't go as well as he hoped.
The next day I spent pretty much the whole day, and a good chunk of the night, teaching astronomy. It was super fun, although a bit taxing by the end. (Where are my Quasar assistants when I need them?) The boys seemed to like it and to learn something, and I've gotten positive feedback from their parents since our return, so I'm going to count it as a success. Although there's some weirdness to being the only female in an entire, pretty full, campsite. I have a new appreciation for my husband's participation at Girls Camp.
Here are some photos to help you enjoy the trip vicariously.
I promise, we did Halloween this year. I am just behind in blogging it. So here is a wrap-up slideshow that hits the highlights of our Halloween season. I promise to post Thanksgiving before the new year.
Today is my "littlest" brother's birthday. (That's in quotes because, despite his status as youngest, he towers over the rest of us.) Matt is 21 years old today. It's a little crazy to imagine he is that old, especially because Stellan looks so much like him that I keep envisioning Matt as a two year old.
Matt is far away. He is a missionary for the LDS Church in Indiana, and I'm not allowed to call him on his birthday. However, he does get emails, and he does get this blog. So Matt, Happy Birthday! We love you, we miss you, we wish you the best birthday ever! Oh, and we had homemade pizza for dinner and drank (root) beer with it in your honor.
A photo of Stellan the last time we celebrated Chuncle's birthday with him.
Krissie took this video on her phone while she and Stellan were eating lunch together a few days ago. It's a pretty fair sampling of what life with this kid is like at any given moment. Also, please note the complete lack of food consumption.