We ended up going to two (yes, two) pumpkin patches this year. Creek House Farm is our usual patch and we had to go and get our annual photo on their wooden porch swing. Lattin’s Farm was new for us this year and that’s where we ended up getting our pumpkins. In addition to the patch they had carnival games, which were a huge hit with Drew.
Exploring the Car
Enjoying the crisp fall air
Lowly Worm’s Cousins
Cookie!!! . . . sadly moments later the cookie fell in the mud.
Drew insisted on pulling the wagon…
… and then insisted on riding back.
Pumpkin patches weren’t the only good times to be had this fall. Gig Harbor’s Scarecrow Festival was fun despite the rain. The highlight of that event was the pumpkin launch – watch the video below!
We also hosted a little Halloween Party for Drew and his friends. The invite warned “This will be a House Full of Two Year Olds. Come if you Dare!” but there were actually no melt-downs in sight!
Pony ride – Drew wasn’t really sure if he was okay with what was happening.
The whole gang – Emerson, Gigi, Drew, Aria and Kinley
Pin the pumpkin in the patch.
Doughnut on String
Inspired by all the pretend dragons that have chased us around the house for months, Drew went as a dragon this year. To accompany our dragon we went as Game of Thrones style women. He had so much fun trick-or-treating downtown. Lots of people dressed in costumes and candy – what could be better?
Family Costumes …Winter is Coming
Getting ready to trick-or-treat. I think Mommy’s giving him a pre-game pep talk.
Oddly Drew already knows to line up the candy and assess the goods.
The Spurrell side of the family was able to get together for a family photo in addition to Thanksgiving. We also made a trip up to Port Angeles to visit Drew’s Great Grandpa who is almost 94.
Spurrell family photo
Great Grandpa and Papa. You can’t tell from the picture, but they are all wearing their Port Angeles flannels.
Yes, October is almost over – this post is a very belated update for the remainder of our summer. (We promise to not wait until 2017 to post Fall photos!)
Every day Drew does or says something that amazes us and we can’t get enough of the funny things he says and the astonishing connections he makes. It’s so cute to see the world through his eyes. Of course, it’s difficult to capture all of these moments on camera, but hopefully this collection of photos and videos will help remind us how cute our little Drew Drew is.
Currently Drew’s greatest loves are probably books, pretending and playing chase. His energy is boundless! One moment he’s sweetly singing a song and the next thing you know he’s jumping off furniture “doing tricks”. Reading is one of the few low-key activities that will occupy him. Otherwise we’re having foot races around the house, pretending to cook, riding a rocket ship to outer space, playing music, or asking to be “trapped” so that he can try to escape your tickles.
One milestone this summer was Drew using the potty! We are now only wearing diapers for bedtime. He was so very excited to start wearing big boy undies!
The best part about being potty trained? Undies!!
This year our camping trip was a bit closer to home at Scenic Beach State Park. Nice park, nice camping space, not-so-nice neighbors. The large (10+) group of people camping next to us stayed up past midnight talking loudly. Drew is usually asleep by 7:30 so midnight is super late. He kept calling out “Be quiet workers!” (Not sure why he thought they were “workers”… maybe because we have some construction going on across the street from our house?). Despite the super late night Drew was awake and ready to get up before dawn. So up we were having a camp fire and breakfast in the early morning hours. Take that, loud neighbors!
S’mores – Drew liked the chocolate best.
Early morning breakfast
4am fire…sleep was hard to come by this camping trip
We took a weekend trip to Wenatchee to visit Uncle Mike, Aunt Katie and three of Drew’s cousins. It was a lot of fun – Drew loves spending time with these three girls! We also saw the Spurrell-side of the family at two different family reunions during the summer – one in Kent and one on Hood Canal.
Cousins touring the Aplets and Cotlets Factory in Central Washington
Drew loved everything about the fair. Lots to see and do (and eat!) He got to go into a fun house, ride a huge slide, and even went on his first roller-coaster ride. He would have gone on rides all day long if we had let him!
Drew’s first roller coaster ride! He loved it and couldn’t stop talking about it & acting it out afterwards.
Nana also came for a visit this summer and one of the outings was to Port Orchard to ride the Kitsap Steamers. If you have little-ones and are in the area this is a fun outing.
Riding the mini-train with Mommy and Nana
Big boy swing
Climbing up, up, up
Many trips to parks this summer – here are some photos from walking the trails one day.
“Timber….” Right before this picture was taken, Drew pretended he cut this tree down with an ax.
Walking the trail
Look! I found apples!!
While the Mariners game last year was fun, we decided to get the ‘big league’ experience a little closer to home by attending a Tacoma Rainiers game. MeMere and Papa came along and treated Drew to a hat and a bat and also (drum-roll please…) ice cream!
Rainiers game with MeMere and Papa
Running the bases after the game (video)
So what’s Drew like day-to-day? Well… this might give you a glimpse:
Our big summer adventure this year was a trip to Maui. Beforehand we were telling Drew that we were going to go on a trip to Maui, and then one day he said something about our vacation and “kitty cats”. So cute that he thought we had been saying “meow-y”. While we did stay with a kitty at Grampy and Grammy’s house, mostly the trip was about the beach and having adventures.
We all had lots of fun, but it is interesting that somehow traveling with a two year old seems harder than with a one year old. After a truly exhausting travel day (Drew didn’t fall asleep until 11:00pm, and we still had another 1.5 hours until we arrived), the rest of the trip entailed splashing in the waves, enjoying the many beaches and seeing the sights. Thanks to Grammy and Grampy (and kitty Hoku) for letting us stay with them!
Watching the surf
Posing with Mommy
Drew let us bury him in the sand… he’s a mer-boy!
Climbing on Mama at the beach
Drew giving the “hang loose” sign.
Hard to tell in the photo, but Drew is extending his arms down to make the rest of his body float. He said he was swimming on his own!
Marching to the beat of the waves
Drew and his “beach hair”
Seeing the Sights
The banyan tree in Lahaina makes a great playground!
Just trying to blend-in
Fun times at the Luau
Gelato time – thanks, Mommy!
Drew and Maui’s famous chickens
Scones and butter!
Posing with Mama
Climbing on Mommy at the farm
In the lavender fields
Gazebo at the Lavender farm
The Surfing Goat Farm
Surfin’ at the Surfing Goat Farm
Gelato time – thanks, Mama!
Fun With Grampy and Grammy
At the beach with Grampy and Grammy.
Looking cool while sandy
Drew loved running around the golf course every night – biggest backyard ever!
Life with Drew keeps us busy. An entire month has nearly passed since his birthday and we are just now posting about it online. “What is taking up your time?” you ask? Primarily Drew’s constant and vivid imagination… Fire-breathing dragons chase us daily, cooking then eating pretend food (usually pizza) happens hourly, and “what’s that?” is asked almost every minute. (At least it seems that way!)
In between the dragons, etc, we did find time to celebrate his 2nd birthday. Here’s what we did…
I’m Officially 2! (Each year we’ll take another photo of him holding last year’s photo. We started when he turned one by having him hold his ultrasound.)
Getting measured. He’s 3 feet tall (and growing!)
We went out to dinner on his birthday and Drew even got a candle in his ice cream!
Drew LOVES Richard Scarry books. I mean LOVES, LOVES, LOVES them. He can spend hours looking at “What Do People Do All Day”, “The Best Storybook Ever”, “Busy, Busy Town”, etc… So, we decided to have a Richard Scarry-Themed birthday party.
Richard Scarry birthday party – Lowly Worm hats, bookplate favors, Huckle Cat birthday cake, “apple” cupcakes… And, of course, everything is labeled à la the “Best Word Book Ever”
Photo Op! Riding in Lowly Worm’s Apple Car.
Waiting for cake!
Oooh – looks nummy!
Blowing out his candles like a pro!
Richard Scarry birthday party!
What else have we been up to since the last blog update? Well, in addition to the pretend cooking, we also did do some real cooking….
Helping has turned into “Drew Drew’s turn!” Surprisingly, he’s more capable then you would think.
“Nana, you’re hilarious!”
Stir it up!
Oh, and non-pretend eating too!
Got to go out for a doughnut after our 2 year old check-up (and shot – no tears!)
And some other birthday-week fun. You only turn 2 once!
“Wheel Fun” rent-a-bike at the Ruston waterfront.
LOVED the spray park!!
Budgie Buddies at the Zoo
Riding my new Harley!
OK… that’s probably enough photos for now! Stay tuned for a post about our summer adventures whenever we find the time! As always, thanks for sharing the memories with us :o)
Happy Christmas Eve! We are definitely ready to settle down to a long winter’s nap because our little elf has been keeping us so busy. We have had a month full of holiday activities and wanted to share a few of the pre-xmas pictures. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
Picking out our tree.
Basking in pine.
Being soo done with picking out our tree.
Drew posing at Gig Harbor’s lighted boat parade. Moments later there was a downpour (and tears). Luckily hot cocoa wasn’t too far away!
“Whipped cream! I love the holidays!!!”
At the St. Lucia festival. (He’s holding a wand with a star on the end, which didn’t make it into the photo).
Sitting pretty at Zoolights.
“Yes, Santa, I’ve been a good boy.”
“How many Santas are there anyway?”
“I just got a little sugar on my face… I was helping!”
This Fall season has been fill with many memories. We took Drew to the same pumpkin patch as we did last year and he was thrilled to run around the fields. It is sweet to see how much he has grown and changed over the last year.
Also, while all the costumes were fun to create last year, we certainly didn’t have the time and Drew didn’t have the stamina to dress up in more than one this time around. We chose Peter Pan because when else is he going to let us put him in green tights? Plus, it seemed like something we could make at home… we think he looks pretty darn cute.
The Great Pumpkin Hunt
“I like this pumpkin!”
Drew is ready to roll.
Having fun at the pumpkin patch.
What a difference a year makes! (2014 vs 2015 – click to enlarge)
Never Grow Up
Think happy thoughts.
“I can fly, I can fly, I can fly!”
“Following the Leader”
If you look closely, you may remember that Drew was actually a part of the original Disney film!