Thursday, September 21, 2006
Little Daredevil
Crawling all over the courthouse porch...

Glasses is the theme today...
Popi had an "oops" with Emma. They were standing over a nice deep culvert where a stream runs under the road in an alley near the store. Popi was squatted down next to Emma while she was throwing rocks. With one toss she swiped the glasses right off of Popi's face and into the stream seven or eight feet below. Thank goodness the water level is down now or it would have been all over.

Popi called me over so I could try and spot the glasses in the water since he couldn't see worth a hoot without them. He climbed down in the culvert, suit coat, shiny shoes and all. I finally spotted them in the middle of the stream. He was able to retrieve them handily. He even managed to climb up out of there with a minimum of fuss. Yay, Popi! I was willing to go down for him but it would have been ugly because I was wearing moc/clog type shoes with no back. Not the greatest for climbing on rocks.

In the end it turned out to be only a minor catastrophe.
Vintage Sunglasses
One of today's activities at the store was to try on the vintage sunglasses from the old display near the refrigerator. These are glasses that are literally from the 70's (or early 80's). The big bug-eyed glasses that made a comeback this year. We've got 'em, the originals. Emma was trying them on anyone who would get close enough.

I so wanted to get a good picture of her with the purple ones on, but she just wouldn't keep them on long enough.

She had a particular fascination with the yellow ones.

Everyone had to try those on...

So here they are, there are fours sides to the display with these things. For friends of this blog they are only $8.00 or less. Get 'em while they're still in! ;)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Pumpkin Harvest!
We have a frost warning tonight and a predicted low of 36 degrees, so it was time to bring in the pumpkins. Daddy cut them from the vines this afternoon when he was home for lunch. Emma and I checked out our collection when we got home. You can see our smallest Jack-Be-Little here...

After supper Emma and Daddy headed outside to bring all the pumpkins indoors so they could be cleaned and protected from the frost. Here Emma is hoisting one of the big ones...

Martha Stewart Jr. is directing the arrangement of the pumpkins...

Just like Martha, she has to do it herself!

Now she's counting them...

The three varieties you see there are Jack-o-lanterns, Baby Pams, and Jack-Be-Littles.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Wow! What a gorgeous day!
It was perfect, perfect, perfect. The epitome of a clear crisp autumn day. The very reason Autumn is my favorite season. (Yes, I know it's not technically Autumn, but here in the mountains the cold weather season is prolonged you can believe me when I say it's Autumn)

Talk about looking like a big girl...
Nope, she's not a tricycling prodigy. She had no idea what to do with the pedals. This was Noni's neighbor's new deck. Emma tried every vehicle on the deck.

Early birthday present
She got an Elmo umbrella. She had fun playing with it for a long time until I found her with it on the floor and she was standing it in.

Monkeys in the tree
These kids today...they're so dependent on their video games to pass a quiet moment. God forbid they should ever be bored...

I was so happy to hear they were outside climbing a tree. Now that's a time honored, worthy summer pursuit. Kids have been climbing trees since forever. Yay! It was the first time C's friend had ever climbed a tree, so it was a "first" to boot!

And then I was confronted with cold, hard (modern) reality. They were in the tree playing their individual Gameboys. Sheesh.

Monkey on the bars
Emma was pulling herself onto the front porch by the bars on the handrail. Then she'd walk around the end, jump off the porch and start again. She's so proud of these physical accomplishments. And so am I for that matter.

Sunday, September 17, 2006
A taste of the weekend
We had a big birthday celebration for my nephew's ninth birthday. As you can see, we did all sorts of things that any kid would love to do. Well...except Emma. She spent much of her day throwing tantrums because she couldn't do what we were doing. It was a long day for her.

It was a long (good) weekend for us and I'm exhausted. I'll have more pictures to share later. Meanwhile I'll give you the sampler...