Monday, November 25, 2013

October 2013

October this year brought all of the classic 'fall' activities: pumpkin patches, college football, Halloween, and lots of hot chocolate.
Owen really enjoyed the pumpkin patch.. orange is, after all, his favorite color.
And these were the biggest pumpkins, EVER!
He loves this orange vest and refuses to take his hood down.
He is getting great at picture posing, too!

Amelia (who did NOT enjoy the pumpkin patch) sure looked cute and at least looked at the camera. In fairness to her, she was working up a nasty virus. I just didn't know it quite yet.

She's generally content if she has some food in her hand.

Best attempt at a pic of the 2 of them!

My little pumpkin.

Gotta love her little hat!
Oct 26 brought a trip to Champagne for an Illinois (blowout) football game. The tickets were M's bday present. He loves his Illini, and his only request was that he have something to cheer for. They did score 3 points in the first quarter and then proceeded to allow 6-7 touchdowns to Michigan State. Ouch.
A good time was had by all, though! Owen loved the 'music people', and as you can imagine, this made his Marching Illini Alum father quite happy.
ILLINI! O has the fight song down.

Great shot of these two in their orange and blue. The weather was comfy at the beginning of the game, but it trended downward and was in the upper 30s by the end of the game. BRRRRR. Good thing I had a 2 year old to chase!

Partial Selfie

These two... they melt me. Mike and I had a blast just parenting 'one' kid that day.
We felt like it was SO easy! Amelia stayed in StL with our friends the Cipriani's,
and she had a blast with her little friend, Luca.

A Michigan State fan captured this one for us =) We actually sat in front of the drivers of the Spartan's equipment truck. They were 'spirited' but fun and even played cars with Owen!

We learned that generally Owen likes baseball a little better. At least he likes the individual chairs at Busch Stadium better than the football benches. I think he was also thrown a bit off guard by the different cheering at a football game, but he sure did perk up when we found the toy table outside of the stadium. This entertained him the entire 3rd quarter!

Oct 31 brought a load of fun this year. The older your kids get,
the more fun the holidays become!

Millie enhanced this holiday with her newly found walking skillz, too.
I mean, what is more precious than a walking elephant?!

Answer: A walking elephant shaking a box of nerds and
 thinking it's the absolute most fun ever.

Elephant Profile. Does this suit make my butt look big?
 I got this little costume on sale at Kohls last year around Christmas time for $7.
I'd say it was $7 well spent!
That face. Mmmmwwwwaaa.

The hype leading up to Halloween was fantastic for my little monster truck. He really wanted to have a monster truck costume, so on to Pinterest I went. This was constructed out of a cardboard box, pie plates (hubcaps), paint stirrer sticks, and duct tape. Thanks to post season baseball, I had some time to work on a homemade costume!

Monster truck with his Elmo pumpkin. It should come as no surprise that Owen had no interest in 'gutting' the pumpkin. Heaven forbid his hands get dirty. (That's Mike Wade's son for you!).

Side view. Some firefighters came around that night handing out flashing lights for the kids.
They called Owen by name and oh boy was that cool! 

"This is serious business, and I am very cool."

My little girl turns in to a pumpkin (literally) at 6:31 pm so she obviously didn't go out in the cold and rain, but she did have a nice cuddle and bottle with MiMa Cooper to end a full and fun October!


  1. Sorry that Mike's game was a blowout loss to my Spartans.

  2. Has Mike not yet realized that Mizzou is WAY more fun to watch than his Illini? ;) Are you planning to go to MU/Illinois basketball game?