Happy Halloween

We have lots of stories to tell...tomorrow!  Good night!

Aunt Amanda's Pumpkin

Aunt Amanda drove all the way to our house and brought a pumpkin to carve, too!  It was a huuuuge pumpkin.

She didn't mean to break off the stem, though.

She managed to scoop out all the goop and start carving its face.  Notice I'm reading my Pumpkin Patch Parable!  Aunt Amanda is very talented with a knife.  She loves Halloween almost as much as she loves St. Patrick's Day, I think.

Like all our goofy smiles?  Aunt Amanda left her pumpkin here so that we could use it tonight.  Isn't that great?  We'll take pictures tonight with our pumpkins all lit up for everyone to see.

Carving our Pumpkin

My mom and dad think our pumpkin looks like a Muppet (whatever that is.)  I asked Mommy to carve it just like the pumpkin the farmer chose in the Pumpkin Patch Parable.  If you don't have that book, little buddies, put it on your Christmas lists.  It really is the best book about pumpkins, and you can read it anytime.  Mine was a baby gift from Ms. Meg and Mr. Jay!

Big thanks to Grandpa and Grandma for getting my pumpkins at the pumpkin patch during our visit.  We'll be enjoying the pumpkins as pies, too!

A Glorious Sound

How many months has it been since we've heard this??

My Latest Creation

I made this railroad track all my myself!  The middle part (the train yard) is the most important part, and I always do that first.  I built all the loops afterwards.  Mommy had to talk me through a couple of tricky spots, but I did all the building!  I named my layout the Grand Prix.  Building train track layouts is one of my favorite things.

From Mommy: Etsy Thursday

Now that my mom and I have started our Etsy store, I'm going to be having "Etsy Thursdays" here.  We've been having fun making a little of this and a little of that.  When we find out what people enjoy, we'll get to work making more!  So far, everything we've listed has been made by my creative mom.  This is one of our most-viewed items...

ponytail holders with fabric-covered buttons.  These are super-cute for a little girl or a grownup girl!  Click on the picture to go right to the listing in our shop.  Enjoy!

A Breakthrough

This morning, I decided that I wanted to draw!  I drew a dump truck.  I forgot to mention that the two little dots on the left are headlights.  After I drew the dump truck, I colored and painted for a long time...a big breakthrough for me.  I liked to paint already, but I had never drawn a picture of something before.  I had just made designs.  I'm a bit of a late bloomer in this area, but Mommy says I have plenty of time to figure this stuff out before kindergarten in fall of 2010.

Works for Me: Easy Jack-O'Lantern Lighting

To light your jack-o'lantern on Halloween night, just place your candle(s) in the bottom of your pumpkin.  Then light one long spaghetti noodle with a match.  (Yes, noodles burn!)  Poke the lit spaghetti noodle through a hole in the pumpkin's face to light the candles!

(Would you believe I don't have any spaghetti noodles in the house right now, so I can't provide a picture?  I'll have to get some before Halloween!  :)  )

More more tips, visit Rocks in My Dryer's Works for Me Wednesday.  Enjoy!

Fun Giveaway from Project Nursery

Just a quick note!  One of the blogs we enjoy, Project Nursery, is doing a great giveaway full of Stampin' Up products that anyone can enjoy-even if you're not working on a nursery.  Check it out here!

Just Like Daddy

"Maybe when I'm 34 like you I'll be as tall as you maybe.  When I'm a grownup man.  'Cause that's the idea!"

Mommy's Favorites

This is it! The last post of our fun visit with my faraway grandma and grandpa. These are Mommy's favorite pictures of me from our visit.  Enjoy!

Playing in the Corn

Even though petting the animals was my favorite, I spent the most time playing in the corn. And if you haven't guessed already, this trip was a pictures-of-Jonathan fest. Mommy had a hard time narrowing them down. Imagine the trouble she's going to have when it's time to scrapbook the pumpkin patch trip. Anyway, here are my corn pictures...

The grownups love this picture.

Petting the Animals

I told everyone that petting the animals was my favorite part of visiting the pumpkin patch.  The mama cow mooed a lot.  She was scolding her calf for being too close to me, but the calf didn't obey very well!  I sure loved those animals!

Pumpkin Patch

We waited to go to the pumpkin patch until Grandma and Grandpa were here for their visit.  We thought they'd enjoy doing that with us.  Between Mommy and Grandma, we have about a zillion pictures of our time there.  So, we're going to do more than one post about it.  If you're not a Grandma, you might get bored by all the pictures...or maybe not.  Anyway, here they are.  We had a great time!  Mommy doesn't think that pumpkin patches and corn mazes were a fall tradition when she was a little girl, but I'm sure glad they are now!


"Where are my Lightning McQueen squishy cars?  I'm in a car kind of mood today."

Out of the Blue

"When we went to that restaurant with Sam and Katherine, they had little mints that were red and white that you could suck on."  [This was in July.]

Meeting Jayci

Yesterday, Mommy and I went to Jared's house so that we could see how Ms. Amy was doing and meet Jared's new baby sister.  We didn't get a picture because Mommy was holding baby Jayci, but you can see pictures on Ella's blog here.

For the first few minutes of our visit, I played with Jared and his trains, but after that, I realized I was very interested in the baby.  Jared invited me to go outside, and I told him, "No, thank you!"  He didn't understand, but I really wanted to look at Jayci and touch all her tiny parts.  I rubbed her hair and touched her nose and ears and forehead and elbow.  I got to see her hands, which were covered by little mitts, and her feet, which were covered by socks.  I got to touch her parts because I had washed my hands, but Mommy would not let me touch her eyes.  She said it was a special treat to be able to touch a baby.  Jayci was very, very, soft, especially her hair.  She slept through our whole visit.

After we got home, I wanted to go look at the things in the nursery that our baby will wear.  They are things I wore when I was a baby, too.  I don't know all about what it's going to be like to be a big brother, but I got a good idea at Jared's house.  He has a girl baby, but I am convinced that I am going to have a boy baby at our house.  Mommy and Daddy remind me that we will love whatever baby God gives us, and I'm sure that's true, but I still hope it's a boy.

Fishing with Grandma and Grandpa

Here's the story of another adventure we had with Grandma and Grandpa.

Daddy took a day off so that we could drive to a lake and rent a pontoon boat to go fishing! Grandpa taught me how to cast. We had beautiful weather and lots of time to relax. We didn't catch any fish, but we had a great time. My favorite thing was driving next to Grandpa and eating his honey roasted peanuts.