During the past three weeks (up until this weekend) Eric had exactly one day off of work, during which he napped all day (wouldn't you?). Sometimes I feel like I'm gasping for air, with the nonstop work that it takes to keep this family running! But it's hard to feel down during such a beautiful autumn, and I've certainly enjoyed keeping pace with these spirited little boys.
A hike to Blue Mound State Park made for a lovely afternoon one day.
Jacob even documented my attendance--this was before Michael got tired and I was also carrying him and his three special walking sticks. (Am I too accommodating?)
Later we went and picked some more apples to make applesauce. We used a delicious non-cooking recipe, and Zach basically completed the whole project himself.
And of course we went to a pumpkin patch--pictures of babies in pumpkin patches are always so endearing.
Then of all things, Eric got Columbus Day off of work yesterday. We let Jacob stay home from school and spent the whole day together. We organized the garage, mowed the lawn, caught up on laundry, and went on a bike ride in the morning. We spent the afternoon and evening at serene Lake Kegonsa.
After filling the kids up with roasted sausages
And that is the story of how one perfect day made up for three weeks of me running solo and even sharpened the saw enough to gear up for the next stretch. Good times.