Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re in Houston now, staying in an apartment for a month while we find a rental home. The boys handled the trip well, and took things better than expected. I was worried how Christopher would handle bedtime in the hotels and apartment, sleeping in new rooms in a pack and play, but he’s been great with it all. Unfortunately, we got hit with the flu a few days after getting here and are still sick, but we’re slowly improving. We’re having a pretty quiet Thanksgiving as we try to recover.

“So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture Will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.” (Psalms 79:13 NASB)

The Winds of Change

Big changes on the horizon! Ryan got a new job in Houston, with a starting date of November 18. So we’ll be moving next week! Things have been moving along quickly, and this last month has been extra chaotic. We would appreciate prayer as we make a big move with two toddler boys, try to find a house in Houston, and try to sell this house long-distance.

Pumpkin Patch

Monday, I took the boys to a pumpkin patch. Christopher had a blast! The weather ended up being pretty cold and windy, so Luke stayed bundled up in the stroller. Christopher didn’t mind the weather, though! First we went to the petting zoo there. They had a couple of goats, a turkey, roosters, and alpacas. Christopher was so excited, he kept running back and forth, and didn’t know what to do with himself! I told him he could hold his hand out and let the goat smell it. Christopher thought it was really funny and kept yelling, “Tickle! Tickle!” I carried Luke around to see the different animals, and he kept pointing at the goats and saying “dog”. He’s pretty into dogs.

Next, we checked out the pumpkins. Christopher has really liked pumpkins lately, and gets excited whenever we see pumpkin decorations somewhere. So the pumpkin patch was perfect for him!

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

He helped me pick out our pie pumpkins. He also picked out some smaller gourds, which are going into the sensory bin later!

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

No more cast!

Wednesday, Luke got his cast cut off and his removable brace put on!

no more cast

no more cast

He enjoyed riding in the wagon at the hospital.

no more cast

After we got home, I got some pictures of the brace.

no more castno more cast

It ended up being a little too tight around his stomach, and was giving him stomachaches. So I took him back yesterday and they cut a bit more off and loosened it up around the waist. It seems great now! It’s so nice having in the brace instead of the cast. The brace is a lot trimmer and lighter, and I love being able to take it off him sometimes. He wasn’t too happy about taking a bath, though. He didn’t know what to think about being stuck in a bunch of water! It’s been so long since he’s been able to have a full bath, I’m sure he doesn’t remember it.

Overall, he’s responding really well to the change. They had warned me that it could take a while for him to be steady with the brace off, since his upper body wasn’t used to supporting him. But he hasn’t had any problem with it, and is just as active either way! He’s pretty excited about learning to walk, and loves going short distances on his own. This change hasn’t slowed him down at all!

apple stamping

During our apple week, we did a bit of apple stamping. Christopher had a lot of fun decorating a shirt.

apple stamping | Adventures with the Nortons

apple stamping | Adventures with the Nortons

It’s one of his favorite shirts now! He wants Luke to have one too, so we might need to make another one soon. After the apple, I gave him an apple cookie cutter to stamp with, and he also enjoyed learning to use a paintbrush.

apple stamping | Adventures with the Nortons

apple stamping | Adventures with the Nortons

Next week, we’re going to try pumpkin stamping! This time, I have a shirt for each of the boys.

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