September brought lots of fun. Especially for Mia. She turned 3! I can't believe it's been 3 years already. It's amazing how fast time flies. Mia loves coloring with her markers. One day she was coloring quietly in her room. When I went in to check on her this is what I found. She'd fallen asleep after shoving a bunch of markers in her sock. Nap time is a rarity around our house these days so that made it all the more adorable.
Just before Mia's birthday we went out to Red Robin for her birthday dinner. She absolutely loves their broccoli (funny girl).
Mia enjoyed dinner with cousin Khloe but it was a new experience for her having to keep her food away from a dog.
Apparently I didn't do a very good job taking pictures after Mia's birthday. We're spending more time inside these days with the cooler weather. We've broken out the Veggie Tales movies and Mia's very happy to have Shaun the Sheep back. Now that it's cooler we've had some lunches out with friends. Mia also started preschool one day a week at Bravo and she is loving it.
We will just call October the sick month at our house. The beginning of the month I got a nasty case of adenovirus that knocked me down for a good two weeks. It was BAD. During that time Monty and Mia both got pretty nasty colds and then we finished the month off with poor Mia sick. November is here though and we are all on the mend (well Mia's still getting there).
The second weekend in October my mom came down for the Gluten Free Expo. Her and I took the Front Runner and tracks down to the expo center to check it out. My mom was diagnosed with Ceiliac's disease probably 5 or 6 years ago and now has to eat completely gluten free. I've seen signs for the Expo every year but this is the first year she's made it down. My mom was excited to take the train because it was a whole new experience for her. We had a good time. They had so many samples you couldn't even begin to try everything and they had TONS of free handouts. We had quite the pile of goodies. Everything from a t-shirt and water bottles to granola bars and fruit snacks, and grandma even brought Mia a banana from breakfast.
We painted our pumpkins again this year.
October also means Halloween! This year we went to the FSA (Families Supporting Adoption) Halloween Party. Doing Mia's hair and getting ready to go.
We started off November with a carry over from October. A couple days into November we went to Wendy's for dinner and they still had their Halloween kids meals. Mia enjoyed her Shrek/Fiona mask (it was double sided so you could chose). Sadly it didn't last very long being paper and all but she still gets to wear her Shrek ears. She likes it when Monty wears them too.
November was my birthday. Mia asked me if I was 16 and I told her sure. I don't know if I'd want to go back to being 16 again though. We went out to Zupa's for dinner (one of my favorite) and then came home for birthday pie.
Monty's mom got the two youngest grand kids matching turkey day dresses. It was impossible to get a picture of both Mia and Sophie looking at the camera in their dresses.
Maybe one of these days I'll manage to keep up on two blogs again...until then thank goodness for copy and paste!