I cannot believe it's time for this post already. September absolutely flew by! Wow! We have decorated for fall, spent the cooler days outside, fallen into a somewhat normal school routine, and managed to survive the first full month of school. Hurray!
Our temperatures have been above normal, even for Missouri, where it always seems like fall takes forever to get here. Nevertheless, we have had many days with somewhat cooler temperatures and for sure a lot less humidity. The boys and I walk to the park several times a week, just to get some time outside.
We've also had plenty of time in the backyard as temperatures cool off. We've had a couple of camp fires, and done all the campfire things like roasting marshmallows. Nights under the moon, around the fire, as a family are some of my favorite times.
And this picture of Kylo just cracks me up. I don't know what he was looking at it, but the look of shock on his face is priceless.
Swinging at sunset...
We spent an afternoon at Eagle Bluffs on a day when we were craving the outdoors, but it was too hot to hike. The boys were tired from a sleepover the night before, so they slept a lot of the way, and it turned out to be the perfect restful drive for all of us.
I wrote about the day in this blog post, which also links to many other posts I've written about this Conservation Area. It's one of my favorites!
This picture represents one of my poor parenting errors in judgement. And a very expensive one. First let me start by saying that there has been more than one time, when I've felt awful because I waited too long to take the boys to the doctor. One specific example was when one of the boys (I don't even remember which one!) had a cough and a fever and I thought for sure it was one of those moments when I was supposed to wait it out. By the time I actually took him to the doctor, it was pneumonia and a double ear infection! That was years ago and now I always, always take them to the doctor the second they get a fever with a cough - even though it's often viral and we're sent home to "wait it out."
Okay, so all that to say, that this situation was exactly the opposite of that. Eli came home from school with a swollen finger. He explained that at recess, he ran into another student, his finger came all the way forward, and he heard it snap. I should say in my defense, that Eli never complains about pain, especially hours after something happened. I also noticed that he was avoiding using his hand for anything. Common sense and modern parenting would advise one to come home, put ice on the injury, let him rest, and google symptoms of a broken finger. Had I done that, I could have prevented this very expensive trip to the ER. That's right. I took him straight to the ER - as in dropped Lex off with Jeremy and rushed straight there. Not even urgent care which would have been about a third of the cost. The emergency room - where we spent 2 hours waiting on 3 x-ray pictures only to confirm that there was in fact nothing wrong with his finger. By the time we walked out, the swelling had gone down and Eli was using his hand just fine. Ugh! When this bill comes, it's going to be extremely painful - most definitely more painful than Eli's non-broken finger. Lesson learned? If your kid is breathing and not writhing in pain, you probably have time to google your kids symptoms to possibly save yourself several hundred dollars.
I will say that Eli did love the attention in the ER and the nurses absolutely loved him.
In the world of Cub Scouts, this month has been full of popcorn sales (SO NOT FUN) and earning new badges (definitely more fun). Lex is working on his art elective badge and spend one afternoon making some clay pumpkins.
Eli's working on his fishing badge which started with some online research about fishing regulations in Missouri.
We spent a day in Kansas City, exploring some of the sights. I wrote about that here.
We've also settled into some cozy weekends at home, watching football and eating comfort food. Here are the links to some of the new recipes I tried.
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip
Orange Chicken Quarters
Slow Cooker BBQ Green Beans
Pumpkin Energy Balls
And finally, Eli snapped this picture of the clouds on the way from the store the other night. I am so, so grateful that he is observant and mindful of the world around him.
October is upon us! Next month, I'll be posting Halloween costumes and all things fall!