Signs of fall.
Adorable two-year-old mispronunciation of the week: "apple spider" (instead of apple cider).
Love notes from Claire, left for Matt on his nightstand. Claire is constantly at work making little drawings and notes to give away. She usually makes them in multiples of five; one for each member of the family. Her favorite things to draw are rainbows, flowers, houses, people, and she also loves writing our names.
As soon as the temperatures start dropping, I start making soup. My kids love chicken tortilla soup, mostly because of the toppings they get to add themselves. I made it for dinner for the first time this season, and as Ella crushed her tortilla chips into her bowl she exclaimed, "This is why I love being in this family, because we do fun stuff like this." It may be a sign that she needs to get out more, but I really love her enthusiasm for simple pleasures.
Claire expects fruit snacks every day when Lucy and I pick her up from school (heaven help me if there's ever a day I forget). Lucy always holds on to them and patiently waits to open hers until Claire gets in the car.
"Mom, I want you to put swirls in my hair."
Pajamas on a Saturday morning.
Harriman State Park, NY
Ella and her walking stick. "Are we hiking or hunting?" she asked, a true sign that we don't do a lot of hiking... or hunting for that matter.