This One.

This one still wants to be Indiana Jones for Halloween but was happy to play a certain superhero throughout the weekend.

This one is definitely getting some joy from her perfectly-sized kitchen nestled in the corner of our adult-sized kitchen.

This one was inspired to go out and play baseball after watching It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

This one has a thing for stickers.

These two. A crazy pair who get even crazier as bedtime approaches. Last night there was chasing, splashing, yelling, laughing, tickling, jumping, and then finally reading as they started winding down.

34 thoughts

  1. Paula G

    2010-10-18 11:29:44 -0400

    "Those two" blessings of yours always put a huge smile on my face! Now that mine are 13 and 20, I'd give anything to relive some of the special moments you've described....the special moments don't end, but they sure are different.

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  2. Liz

    2010-10-18 11:58:34 -0400

    Can't wait to see you guys! Simon looks so tall! And Lucy will have to bring some of her pots and pans to set up shop with Anna.

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  3. teresa

    2010-10-18 12:15:40 -0400

    Enjoy these moments,they grow up so fast!!! They are so cute!!!

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  4. Rebekah Pontow

    2010-10-18 12:34:34 -0400

    We (My 2 year old, Hubby and I) watched The Great Pumpkin too this weekend and then went to the pumpkin patch! What a great bunch of weekend photos!

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  5. Melissa Fey

    2010-10-18 12:47:02 -0400

    My daughter will be 8 in a few weeks and my son just turned 1 - just about the same age difference as your two. There is something extraordinary about siblings with that age difference, isn't there? They seem to love each other a bit more authentically, laugh without fighting, accept each other for who they are, and just all out enjoy being the big/little sister/brother so completely. What a blessing it is, as a mom, to witness this!

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  6. Debbie

    2010-10-18 13:01:00 -0400

    Hey. Hopped over from Life Through a Cracked Lens. Just wanted to tell you what beautiful children you have. You sure seem like a nice family.

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  7. Donna

    2010-10-18 13:25:59 -0400

    What sweet photos...love that little pink kitchen!!!

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  8. Els

    2010-10-18 13:49:06 -0400

    Aaaah, the play kitchen! We have fond memories of our daughter's play kitchen in our kitchen. We would get regular cups of pretend tea and cakes. Enjoy them while they last.

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  9. Lain Ehmann

    2010-10-18 14:11:53 -0400

    Love the "This one..." as another alternative to "Today you..." I see a page coming in the near future!

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  10. Carrie

    2010-10-18 14:29:48 -0400

    I see a page titled "This One" in your near future... :)

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  11. dawn

    2010-10-18 14:44:49 -0400

    I love seeing your everyday pictures of what the kids are doing. I love all the photos but that last one of the two of them is so precious. They are lucky to have each other. Thanks so much for sharing this with us Ali.

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  12. Danielle Galindo

    2010-10-18 15:06:06 -0400

    I enjoy taking a break to follow up with your family. Your two kids just warm my heart with how happy they are! It's wonderful that you've captured the glimpses of the everyday for them.

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  13. Stephanie

    2010-10-18 15:12:52 -0400

    Great post - any chance you remember where the play kitchen came from?? We're looking for something similar for our little one and not having too much luck.

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  14. Tanya Watson

    2010-10-18 16:26:44 -0400

    mmm it must be a kid thing Ali my daughter and son always without fail (unless one is sick) get really hypered up at bedtime too and trying to tell my daughter whos 11 years old my son is nealry 3 years old, to settle down and not get him rarked up or else it makes sleep time take sooooooooooooo long hehe...

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  15. Jane Peaarce

    2010-10-18 18:41:01 -0400

    Love seeing your photos Ali and have been a regular reader of your Blog for a few years now.
    Love the photos of Simon and Anna giggling and othe one of Anna deep in concentration with her stickers....and I spy a "wiggles" sticker of Murray, the red Wiggle....yay fellow Australians!
    Jane P
    Australia

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  16. Jane Pearce

    2010-10-18 18:41:39 -0400

    Oops cant spell my name right....Pearce, not Peaarce....

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  17. deb

    2010-10-19 00:24:41 -0400

    Love your blog. Have been reading your stuff in magazines for quite a while. I have 3 kids, 21 yrs, 11 and almost 10. My daughters have that special bond too, even with 10 years between them. Now that my oldest has 2 sons of her own, I think she cherishes her relationship with her younger sister and brother even more. I'm happy to have found your blog.

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  18. Leora Henkin

    2010-10-19 08:25:39 -0400

    aw.....I miss these days. Enjoy this time. I love how you are capturing and sharing the beauty of it all...

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  19. Joanne

    2010-10-19 16:08:41 -0400

    Hi Ali! Great pics! I love how you're capturing the simple everyday moments in life. I also love how the pictures show up...I'm sure you've answered this question many times, but I wanted to see what kind of camera you're presently using and what setting it's put on to be able to get pictures that are so life-like. Mine always tend to be over-exposed or blurry, etc....thanks!

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  20. gudrun

    2010-10-19 18:07:57 -0400

    Your kids are so cute. :) Got to love these photos. :)

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  21. Lisa Jackson

    2010-10-19 19:15:11 -0400

    Color me excited! I got my new copy of Scrapbooks Etc. today, and there you were! Yipee! Love seeing you here, but I've missed you in my mags. I'd do a cartwheel if I knew how!

    Lisa
    XXX

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  22. Wendy Orme

    2010-10-19 19:19:08 -0400

    Those two are so adorable!

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  23. Angie Blom

    2010-10-20 00:23:09 -0400

    they are just too cute.. and that kitchen will be played with for a long time.. mine is 4 and still loves her kitchen.

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  24. Kristen

    2010-10-22 14:43:57 -0400

    hi, ae - catching up on my blog backlog ... & love this. i've got two, too, & you've just inspired yet another meaningful scrapbook layout for me! thank you! :)

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  25. Kim Stewart

    2010-10-26 08:35:55 -0400

    Anna is just adorable! And Simon is getting so TALL! They grow up too fast. My first baby is taller than me now. The years fly by. I can tell from your blog that you enjoy every minute of fun!

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