Our first Halloween with two children was very low key, but that was more than ok with me. We ate an early dinner and helped the girls change into their costumes. We loaded them into our wagon and visited a few houses in our neighborhood. Marlie had fun collecting candy and Emma was content just to ride in the wagon. It was a Happy Halloween!
When Georgia and Florida played in Jacksonville last season, we went down to spend the weekend on St Simons Island. The four of us shared a condo with my parents and had an awesome time! We drove down on Thursday, which was also the day Emma was 9 months old. After unpacking, we went over to the park in town. We grilled some hamburgers for dinner and let the girls blow off some energy. Of course we had to take the obligatory month birthday picture!
I also managed to get a few of Marlie even though she wasn't really interested in cooperating.
On Friday we attempted to go to the beach. The weather was warm, but the wind was out of control. Marlie was determined to play in the sand but eventually it was blowing everywhere and too much for us.
Chasing after Pop on his bike
A rare moment when the wind wasn't taking poor Em's breath away
On Saturday, Bryan & my dad went to the football game in Jacksonville. My mom was kind enough to stay with me and the girls. We went to the playground again and then had lunch at a great little pizzeria. While the girls took their afternoon naps, Mama and I relaxed (if you want to call it that) and watched the first part of the game. Once the girls were up, we went out to dinner. The restaurant had the game on and everyone was crowded around the TVs watching it. When the clock ran out and UGA had won, everyone went crazy. Marlie & Emma weren't sure what was going on, but they were happy to join in with the clapping and cheering. It was so fun!
Late that night Bryan & I spent some time doing some designated driving for a few of the college kids. I'll spare us all the details of those shenanigans though!
We had such a great weekend in St Simons. Hopefully it won't be too long before we get to spend another Georgia-Florida weekend down there.
In October, Emma experienced her first Halloween. Instead of making the trip to the nearby pumpkin patch, we just decided to get a pumpkin from a sale that a local church has. Emma & Marlie checked out many pumpkins and we finally found one that was right for us.
Bryan & Marlie took care of the carving while Emma was happy just to crawl around on the front steps with them.
Marlie's class at First Pres had Curious George as their class "pet/friend". He would visit each student at home for a week. A journal came along with him so Marlie could write about what they did while he visited. They had lots of fun together, but I think George was most excited to see himself on the tv at our house!
We took this picture in front of the Athens library for a school project Marlie had. I originally wasn't going to post it because it seemed random and irrelevant. On 2nd thought though, I realized there was something interesting about it. Notice the doll M is holding. We were at a restaurant in Athens that had one of those games where you use the joystick to move the claw around hoping to grab a toy in the machine. M insisted on playing but of course I didn't want her to since I knew it would be for nothing. We finally agreed that she could play one time and what do you know, she was able to grab that doll and win it! I have never in my life seen someone actually get a prize on one of those games.
A few weeks later we were at St Simons and as we were leaving a restaurant there, she spotted another one of those games. Since she had won the last time she played she begged to play again. Like before, I really didn't want to waste the money but we let her play. Once again, she stepped right up and grabbed a stuffed bear and won it! It was really funny and I was shocked that she is 2 for 2 on that elusive machine! Whenever she plays for the 3rd time, it'll be interesting to see if she can keep her streak alive...