On Halloween night, Finn’s friend Livvie visited for trick-or-treating.
We found some school friends in the crowds at Lincoln and 26th.
The next evening, Finn and Thea boogied to their Monster Mash card from Aunt Dana.
They adored their Halloween cards from Nana and Auntie Lala.
In another week or so, Nana and Auntie Lala came to visit!
Finn and Thea sported the snouts from a friend’s Peppa Pig-themed birthday party.
And suddenly, it was Finn’s birthday!
Here’s my attempt at puppy cupcakes!
His tastes are simple: Grapes, juice boxes, Goldfish crackers, and puppy cakes.
Plus cheese pizza and Auntie Lala!
Nonna brought some native animal figures.
And Finn enjoyed hiding them under the party hats; something similar to the shell game.
And then he turned three!
And had convo with his new Hero Boy.
Later in the week, he received a birthday package in the mail from our friend, Mary. It was a Yoda bank – a perfect gift for Finn!
Our house continued to get a lot of attention and visits, but no reasonable offers (so far).
Finn and Thea fought over who got to vacuum, as we cleaned for our second open house.
She read Hiawatha with gusto.
They began doing parkour, hurtling onto the toy chest.
Thea added “the worm” to her repertoire.
Finn began pooping in the potty more regularly, and Thea checked to make sure it was true.
On Thanksgiving morning, we ventured out in the 25-degree cold to run the Turkey Trot in New Cumberland. Jonny Mo corralled the kids while Jason, Dana, and I did the 5K (Finn was chilly and against being photographed).
After our race, Thea did the Kids’ Dash. She’s the one in the back, in the pink hat and not totally paying attention to the bit about chasing the gal dressed up as a turkey.
She was a little pink blur, whirling as fast as she could part-way around the borough park.
Afterwards, there were turkey cookies, pilgrim cupcakes, and goodie bags for the kids.
The kids were cold but the piles of buttercream icing kept them happy enough to avoid whiny meltdowns.
At home, Thea and I played a special Thanksgiving edition of Hangman.
She helped Jason grate the cheese for the Thanksgiving dinner mac ‘n cheese.
And she helped make the cranberry sauce.
Finally, we had our feast, including lots of Spiral Path veggies (thank you, Mom and Dad)!
After dinner, Thea led us in a sing-a-long about our Thanksgiving Day… “We ran the Tuuurrrkeyyy Trottt, and it broke my hearrrrttt”… It was the blues genre, clearly.
The guys sprawled.
A little later, I found them with bedtime stories.
And today, during the morning drop-off of school, I saw some of Finn’s Thanksgiving artwork. The preschoolers were learning about Native Americans and Pilgrims this week, and what it means to be thankful.
Lots of kids were thankful for mommies and daddies and grandmas, and Finn is thankful for candy (he pasted construction paper lips over the word ‘thankful’).
Also, did you know the Native Americans taught Pilgrims how to play?