File this under things I want to remember, pumpkin carving 2016.  Jones could not have been more enthusiastic...
As I dug out supplies. 
As we covered the table with newspaper and created a guts bin.
As he waited for daddy to carve off the top.
As he drew on his pumpkins.
As I let him hold a little carving knife and cut.
As we dug out the guts.
As he showed Thea what he was doing.
As he handed her tools baby safe.
As I pulled chucks of the pumpkin that were carved.  
As he decided it looked exactly like a snowman.
As he put the candle in and it lit up.
As he fed it pumpkin seeds and rocks while waiting for daddy to carve the second one.
His entire face was joy and awe.
To him this was all pure magic. 

Jones without hesitation wanted snowman pumpkin and spooky on Thea's.   Thea was very interested in the happenings and we had to keep her from eating the pumpkin seeds.  I cannot wait until she is helping too.


All Cut - Charming Plus Quilt Along Progress

So I did add in a few more green fabrics which I bought,  I still can't find my green bin of material. Perhaps the dinosaurs ate it???   I also got a few extra darks as well because this is going to be Jones's Twin size quilt and I thought it might need to be bigger.  
I cut everything to 5" despite what the tutorial recommended because I want the twin quilt to cover the bed and heaven knows it would have been a billion tiny pieces otherwise.  A billion people.  This also gave me some extras for my next charm square project.  
All Cut and matched up.  Ready for sewing.
For more details on the #charmingplusquiltalong check out Tisha's blog  http://quiltytherapy.com/charming-plus-quilt-a-long/


Two is so good for the pumpkin patch.  Jones loved every single thing. Every single thing.  Thea was in awe of it as well.  It was such a good activity.
*Blogger keeps crashing with more words so this is brief.


Charming Plus QAL Fabrics

My fabric pull for the Charming Plus Quilt Along.  I need to locate my bin of greens to add a few more but it's missing at the moment.  Everything is scraps or stash except for that hipster print. 
More information about the quilt along here:



A couple of weeks ago we went to the apple orchard.  Jones loved the whole experience - picking, the wagon, the playground, apple cider slushies, etc.  Thea was indifferent but she's a baby.  Of course it was hotter than it should have been for the end of September and the apples were overpicked.  But I managed to get a bushel and we have apples for days.  And I've made dried apples and apple crisp and I am planning on a pie and maybe apple butter as well.  Little jones almost everyday snags an apple from the bag.  It'a the start of a fun tradition.


Quilt Along with Quilty Therapy aka Tisha

I needed another project clearly!  In all fairness you gotta support your people though.  Anyhow throwing this out there. I have several months to finish it right??? If you want to join here's the link...


jonesburf 27 months

Dear Jonesy -
You are infectious with energy and joy.  Everyone is always telling me this.
You are talking up a storm. 
You delight in simple pleasures a marshmallow, seeing a "cool bus" (school), practicing standing on one foot, summersaults, pushing Thea in a clothes basket.
You have started picking Thea up to carry her.  Surprisingly you can. 
You are doing much better with the potty.
You love to paint especially with your hands and belly.
You are very curious about new things.
You spot something that's new everytime we change something or put a letter on the table.
You are learning the days of the week and we sing the happy days song.
You can do the abcs exactly, although sometimes you start at l.
You love stop signs/octagons and can recognize them even when not a stop sign.
You sometimes speak to me in some Spanish and sometimes in French.
You love singing and dancing.
You love sweaters/sweat shirts.
You are having trouble sharing.
You started a "new school" sitter and enjoy it - you actually don't cry at drop off. 
You have a memory that is so sharp.
Songs you sing on your own, You are my Sunshine, happy birthday, twinkle twinkle, and Fere Jacques 
Favorite foods - gum, chili, apples, and pretzels, beef sticks.
Mommy loves Saturday's because we do something fun together. 
Mommy loves when you talk to Thea to tell her what we are doing or where we are and how you try and help her.
Daddy reads you skippy jon jones and chicka chicka boom boom every night and you point out your favorite parts.
Love you so much mommy
Photos were taken at a local graffiti wall.  While we were there some photographers with big mega camera were also there, I think with a local hip hop star and they asked to take jones's picture too. So of course I let them.  He thought he was a big deal. (My better images were taken on my big camera (which was not so impressive next to theirs) but alas I am too lazy to upload them right now).