Simple Sunday – Fall Leaves and Fireplace Parties

Yesterday we went for a walk in the neighborhood.  The boys collected leaves and Haley tried out her spiffy new reflective vest that she will now wear when her and Husband go out for their early morning jogs.

Weekend Walk Collage

The rest of the day filled up fast with me doing some school work and the boys “helping” Husband split and haul firewood.  We all ran some errands together and then Husband and Cody were off to an eight year olds swim birthday party.

While they were gone, Carter and I decided it would be nice to have a fire in our fireplace, the first one of the season.  To celebrate this, for Carter is always looking for an excuse to celebrate and have a party, he laid out his Thomas the Train blanket in front of the fireplace and invited some stuffed animals.  He supplied them with markers, a pad of papers, and some musical instruments.

Haley invited herself to the party, snuggling in with Hool the Owl, Caterpillar, and Sock Monkey on the blanket.

Fireplace party 1

Soon the party moved away from the fire as Carter proceeded to complete four large floor puzzles.  Haley helped.

Fireplace Party 2

Carter’s attention then drifted over to the sketch pad and markers, delighted that he could stand up the sketch pad to make a mini easel.  We worked together on drawing a pumpkin patch.  I drew the orange pumpkins and yellow sun, Carter did the rest.

Fireplace Party 3

The fire burned and our house became a warm, glowing oasis in the darkening, cooling forest all around.

Fireplace Party 4

The monkey, the caterpillar, and the owl sat in silent contemplation, mesmerized by the dance of the flames of the seasons first fire.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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9 Responses to Simple Sunday – Fall Leaves and Fireplace Parties

  1. Hi ! The boys look so grown up. Time is really flying 🙂

  2. love this slice of family life!

  3. Looks like a great party – love that first fire of the season.

    • shoes says:

      It was a good party with lots of activities but rather lacking in the snack department now that I think of it. I love having fires in the fall and winter – so cozy!

  4. Mary Ann says:

    I love the photos and the story that goes along with it all.

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