leaves and s'mores

Back at the mountains, we started raking leaves for the bottom of the hill. Lydia marked the starting spot at the top of the hill.

Amos loved the leaf piles more than the kids.

Aaron put the swing up per the kids' request.

Aaron built me this beautiful fire to make s'mores.

Skaneateles Lake

There was no school on Friday, so we headed to the mountains on Thursday afternoon. On Friday morning, we drove another hour north towards one of the Finger Lakes - Skaneateles Lake (pronounced skinny-atlas). First, we hiked to Carpenter Falls.

This was about as close as we could get with the steep terrain.

So we hopped back into the car and drove further north to the town of Skaneateles.

It was a windy day on the lake, and we were the only ones out on the pier.

After our picnic lunch, we found a bakery with fresh made donuts!

Across the street we found a store Amos could check out. They had a sample bag of dog treats; Amos approved of them.

Skaneateles was fun, and then it was back to the mountains!

puppy love

This puppy of ours just joins the crowd at the bus stop,

happily licks cheese while getting shots.

and gives kisses in abundance,

We love you, Amos!

reading at Wegmans

Since the library doesn't open until noon most days, we substitute library shelves for Wegmans because multitasking for the win - grocery shopping and book reading. Thanks, Wegmans.

arm paintings

We popped into the open house at the fire house on Saturday afternoon and came home with some lovely arm paintings. (The girl painting them was so fast. I think each arm took her less than one minute.)

The kids loved them, and I love these sweet smiles.

a spontaneous Saturday date

On Saturday, Lydia had a birthday at a pizza parlor, so Jesse came with me for the drop off. He totally lucked out because he not only got pizza with Lydia . . .

. . . he got a few surprises at The Home Depot. While Lydia was partying, we ran across the street to The Home Depot to return something and hit the jackpot. There were soft pretzels by the customer service desk and fire trucks at the kids workshop.

We took a ride on the fire truck, too!


On Sunday, my brother, Derek, was ordained in the PCA. (Now that I don't have any babies left to baptize, he can baptize babies.) It was a beautiful service to celebrate his installation. Because he's my brother and I also go to the same church as him, it was very cool to see childhood friends and college roommates and grandparents and church leaders all gather around him - a visual of worlds colliding.

We ate pizza and wings afterwards, and of course these kids found grandparents and books - always a winning combination.

Congratulations, Derek! We should've taken a photo to compare to the one from your seminary graduation. (And we also should've told Mark to call you Pastor Holy Father. Shucks!) But seriously, what a milestone. We love you!