Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31, 2012

Our little bee and fairy princess. 
Poor Nora got thrown in the bee outfit for a quick picture between outings with Alena- ha! :)

October 30, 2012

The girls with Great Grandpa Bonnema on his 80th birthday! We surprised him by showing up for coffee and cookies! We love him!

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

 Melt. My. Heart.

October 28, 2012

My mom, sister, sister-in-law, and I went out for a great afternoon at Rose's. However, I forgot to take a picture there, so we had Alena take one of us when we got back to my house. 
This is her new hobby, yet to be improved. :)

October 27, 2012

Celebrating Grandpa Bonnema's 80th birthday at our large family gathering! Here he is with 6 of his 17 great-grandchildren.

October 26, 2012

First wagon ride with both girls! 

October 25, 2012

My view while waiting for the elevator at the end of my work "week." 

October 24, 2012

The abundant spread of veggies at the second-to-last CSA pick-up of the year.

October 23, 2012

Time for Halloween cut-out cookies!

October 22, 2012

Playing in the leaves on a warm fall day. Simple joy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 21, 2012

Alena eating a light lunch with her cousins Avery, Evie, and Adeline before our drive home today. She had so much fun with them this weekend!

October 20, 2012

Cousins at the pumpkin patch!

October 19, 2012

The girls waiting patiently as I loaded the car for our weekend trip to Wisconsin. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 18, 2012

A "quick" errand to Meijer. :)

October 17, 2012

A sample of our weekly CSA (community supported agriculture) fresh produce!

October 16, 2012

Morning goodness (an especial necessity these days with Nora still waking up often at night) in my favorite mug. Has it really been almost a decade since I bought that mug in England?

October 15, 2012

Cuddling up with Alena for some bedtime Dr. Suess reading.

October 14, 2012

Happy birthday Dad (Grampie)!

October 13, 2012

Movie and pizza night at the Hoekstra's watching "Frontier Boys" with an insider's commentary. 
Lots of laughs. Thanks Sara. :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

Another fun night out at Brush! Great to have a good time with these dear friends!

October 11, 2012

Snugly in PJs. :)

October 10, 2012

After a two-parent work day, this dinnertime was especially fun and such a joy. Apparently, we were superheroes this evening. I was "Super Mommy," Reuben was "Super Daddy," and soon we hyped it up more by shouting and cheering "Super Sportels!"

October 9, 2012

Great play date! Love kids dancing so carefree and happy!

October 8, 2012

Thanks to my great friend Kate for treating me to dessert and wine to celebrate my birthday!

October 7, 2012

Alena was adamant that she buttoned her own buttons. Love.

October 6, 2012

Although it was far colder than we had anticipated, we did enjoy a Saturday morning walk to our local Sweet Mellisa's for some fall cider and donuts with our good friends!

October 5, 2012

Alena and I have developed a special little routine. Whenever I go for a run, I come get her when I'm done and she walks with me for my cool down. She loves this little metal dog outside our neighbors' house and always has to "go see the doggie" at the beginning of our walk. :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

Alena has a fetish with these wearing these hat and mittens inside the house lately... tonight she thought bedtime would be a good time to wear them. Silly girl!

October 3, 2012

Continuing to enjoy some birthday treats from Reuben. :)

October 2, 2012

I'm one blessed birthday woman! It was a perfectly beautiful morning to enjoy ArtPrize with my mom and my precious girls! In the evening when Reuben was home, our family went down to Reeds Lake and enjoyed some Rose's Express in the park. It was a great day. More importantly, at 30 years old, I just feel so humbled by God's blessings in my life!

October 1, 2012

Both girls sound asleep in the car after the drive home from a play date in Holland.