Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life Lately-September {Day 22}

Hey look, after this post I'll be all caught up with "Life Lately" and will have to wait until the end of the month for another one. Yay!

This is the month my mom visited from California, so we were out and about more than usual, so I felt like I was constantly on Instagram. I'm not usually. It also means we packed in more than the usual amount of outings. You've been warned.

At the zoo. "These guys make my world go 'round!"

September 3: What is the meaning of this?

I love fall, truly I do, but this was so early in September and the weather was really hot and it just caught me without any preparation. That and winter in the Midwest is no joke.

This is what Grandma Joycie came from California for!

 At the coffee shop: Hanging out with Grandma!

 At the coffee shop: Having fun with Grandma!

Looking cute in their new outfits from Grandma! Always time for another story!

At the Children's Museum: Exploring!

At the museum: Loving the water play exhibit!

Enjoying my momma!

It's a zoo day! #fivelittlemonkeys

At the zoo: Grandma and her boys.

Happy birthday to Gary!

We had fun making finger people with a happy face drawn in Sharpie and acorn caps for hats!

Taking a walk with Grandma. (This day was so cold!)

We're not cold. Nope.

Feeling domestic. Split pea soup, artisan bread with dipping oil, fall centerpiece with candles. Yes, I lit the candles for the meal--just forgot to before the picture!


Pretty wildflower bouquet.

Nebraska State Capitol Building

Spotted: Fall colors! (See, two weeks after the first sighting, I'm better prepared for seeing this!)

My jean jacket has multiplied the options in my closet. (That's a good thing about cooler days!)

I optimistically tried German pancakes on my boys as an easy alternative to regular pancakes. They're wonderfully simple, fewer ingredients and easier clean-up. The verdict: too eggy. Bummer.

We've tried these a couple times since. I especially like the apple version and the boys like it too. And oat flour (made with blended oats like you make oatmeal with) works great as a gluten free substitute for regular flour.

Look who just completed his first half marathon! So proud!

Cousin fun!

Gary's brother and family stopped by on their way back to California. These cousins only get to see each other every couple of years but they're great friends!

Cousin fun!

Pioneers Park Nature Center

Brothers + Josiah

Cousins + ice cream

At the Children's Museum: We're flying to California!

We needed to get out of the house after the cousins left. With them and Grandma Joycie all having left us to go back to California, we were imagining going that way too!

Or we could take a train to California!

Or we'll splash our way to California!

My little cutie got new glasses!

My happy helper! Josiah's doing dishes.

This is what homeschool looks like today. Jared loves school and asks when he can do more.

(That workbook is one of a series of books from the dollar spot at Target. Love them!)

So that's September for you! Are you on Instagram? I'd love to follow you if you are!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Capitol Tour {Day 21}

This is the Capitol Building in Lincoln, Nebraska. On a beautiful, warm Sunday in September while my mom was visiting, we had the opportunity to attend a little health fair happening around the capitol building. There were samples of healthy activities, you could tour a city bus, there were coupons for health stores, live music, a library bus, comfort dogs the children could "meet", and other things like that.

Jonathan got to do this:

While he did that, Mom and I noticed a sign advertising Capitol tours! We'd been on three sides of the building and had wondered all afternoon if we could go inside but had assumed it was closed on a Sunday, so when we saw the sign we rushed around to the far side (naturally) and got our tour, complete with a very knowledgeable guide.

I should have taken notes because just a month later I can't remember most of what he said. But the capitol is beautiful, has been built and re-built three times, I think, and has been around since the pioneers.

At the end of the tour, the guide said that was all he had to say, but if we wanted to go to the top, there were the elevators! That's what my boys had been waiting for!

The highlight of the tour for my boys was the pigeon that had come inside one of the rooms at the top of the building. Of course!

So if you're ever in Lincoln and have a chance to tour the Capitol Building, do it! Or take the time to go tour your state's capitol!

That's "The Sower" on top of the building, representing Nebraska's farm country.


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