Full Halloween costume recap to come at some point. But in the meantime, here’s one of the few in-focus shots I managed to get of Rex in his costume.
(I made everything, except his shoes.)
We’re trying to soak up the last of the sunshine before it runs away. This last week afforded a beautiful day on the deck where I was able to let Rex have a sensory activity.
I took a large sheet pan (this one purchased at a restaurant supply is a full sheet size that I usually use for making granola) and filled it with assorted containers as well as a couple of spoons. I added four containers of sensory materials: flax seeds, sunflower seeds, steel cut oats, and rice. I went with small, edible items that wouldn’t be choked on if tasted.
Oddly enough, Rex wasn’t interested in tasting this particular activity. (He eats chalk, bark, rocks, and paper any chance he gets, but you give him an edible activity and he doesn’t even bring it near his lips…) His favorite part seemed to be reaching into each container, bringing out a handful, and then dropping it onto the deck to see what it did.
After a while, he finally picked up some of the containers, dumping them out completely. Gravity!
He then examined the empty containers, to see where the contents had gone. He didn’t really utilize the other containers to pour into like I thought he would. He was more interested in the seeds and things and how they reacted to different removal methods. All in all, this activity kept him busy for almost an hour and was easy clean-up (I just swept it off the deck for the birds). This is definitely one we’ll do again.
After our activities with grains, we went down to the yard and played in the leaves. All in all, a beautiful fall day.
One weird and cool thing about living in a river town is that destinations can be on an island. This past weekend, we drove to Sauvie Island to visit the Sauvie Island Farms. The weather was amazingly perfect and the folks on the farm were friendly and helpful.
There were several animals, including this rather curious Emu.
An enormous hay pyramid for climbing as well as smaller hay maze.
We picked a pumpkin, flowers, and some apples. (By “some apples,” I really mean 16 1/2lbs which were turned into 7 1/2 pints of applesauce yesterday.)
And Rex took his first hay ride. He was fascinated with the tractor pulling the wagon.
At the end of our foraging, we had some cider and molasses cookie. We had a great time!
Despite the torrential downpour, we braved the 17th Annual Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival on Sunday. We made a quick tour of it, but still had a good time. I picked up a bag of alpaca neck fiber from an animal named “Cocoa Puff” and 8oz of hand dyed colonial top. Rex wanted to live the Alpaca Lifestyle, but we couldn’t fit one in the trunk.
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Yesterday, I spent the day hanging out with my family at the homestead. My sister and her adorable kids were there.
Izy is getting so big and is growing teeth!
Tyler has a birthday coming up and is ready to lose a tooth!
Friday was also the four week mark for Rex. So when I got home, we snapped some quick four week pictures.
Rex was less than impressed with our photo shoot and protested rather loudly.
But some Mama snuggles made it all better.
Today, we popped over to visit my sister and attend Easter Fest at Celebration Ranch. The boys had a lot of fun and the weather was perfect.
Ty went egg hunting with his Daddy and Papa while Is hung out with the ladies.
Afterwards there was an awesome tire swing to ride and animals to pet.
Here’s hoping your Easter was wonderful as well.
Apologies for it going all silent there for a bit. This making a baby thing is kind of time consuming. Just thought I’d let you in on the good news.