Monday, September 10, 2012


Eli has been asking Eric for a while now to take the training wheels off his bike. We thought he was still too young to even attempt it! But this week he ramped up his requests and insisted he was ready, so on Saturday afternoon Eric took the training wheels off! And...

Eli rode like he's been doing it all his life! Eric helped him a bit at first, but Eli did it totally on his own after that. He practiced for hours that afternoon getting on his bike, getting going, riding, and then stopping on his own. He didn't want any help, and he totally mastered bike riding! He's an old pro now. :) We're super proud of him!

On Saturday morning Kelly and I and our sweet friend Jessica did a super fun 5k called "Color Me Rad." We went from very clean to very dirty very quickly! :) It was a blast.



It was a great Saturday!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fall Begins

We so enjoyed a calmer pace this summer! And I think we're finally ready for the start of fall and all the activities that it entails.

Last week Eli started back at his preschool (two days a week). He is so excited to be in the "4 year olds class," and he has done just great so far. We love the program and the teachers; we're so thankful that Eli gets to be a part of it.

Last weekend Eric and Phil planted a big fall garden. Eli and Timothy enjoyed helping out, too. :)

These last pictures have nothing to do with fall, but they make me smile and are so indicative of "Eli right now." He loves playing "policeman" and "fireman," and his latest game is sort of a combo of the two. Here he is on his firetruck (which doubles as a police car), with his fire hat on, with his beloved toy gun from Grandpop bungee-corded to the back. (He calls the bungee cord his lasso.) This game, or some version of it, keeps Eli and Timothy busy for hours. I love it!