18 Months Old

Ok, so I'm a little late on this one, but as of October 27, Cameron is 18 months old!

At 18 months, Cameron...
- Is full of laughter and tries to be funny all the time
- Climbs on everything!
- Thinks his big sister is the best and constantly follows her around
- Will jump on top of anyone who is laying on the floor
- Loves balls, trucks, and animals
- Wears 2T pants and 2/3T tops
- Would read books all day, every day
- Doesn't say much of anything.  His regular words are: go, no, mama, and uh-oh.  He will once in awhile throw in dada, grandma/pa, dog but really doesn't feel much of a need to say anything.  He can point and shake his head yes/no to communicate almost anything!
- Naps 3 hours in the afternoon and sleeps 8pm-7am at night
- Enjoys the playground, especially going down slides head first
- Has 14 teeth with 2 more trying to break through
- Loves the outdoors
- Is very opinionated and wants to do things his own way
- Is a complete joy to our family!

Cameron Allen, we love you so much!  How can you be 18 months old already?!  We are so thankful that God chose you to be in our family and cannot imagine life without you.  We cannot wait to see how God continues to shape and mold you as you grow.


The Glory of Fall!

We LOVE Fall!
There isn't much about fall that I don't like.  Pulling out the jeans and sweatshirts after a hot summer, the leaves changing to brilliant shades of reds, oranges, and yellows, the comfortable weather to just be outside, the bright blue sky and sunshine...



A Michigan Weekend

This past weekend we were up in Michigan to celebrate our niece Madison's baptism.  We spent a few extra days there to enjoy some time with friends and family!

What's fall without a stop at Crane Orchards?  The kids had a blast and we picked LOTS of apples!

 Of course, we had to have lunch at the restaurant and enjoy hot cider and cider donuts when we were done!

And then the hard work began!  "Aunt Haley" joined us for the applesauce-making extravaganza!  I don't think she quite knew what she was getting herself into.  We canned 35+ quarts and a handful of pints.  We should be set for the year!

On Saturday morning, downtown Holland was having a trick or treating event with their stores.  Anna and Elsa were going to be at one of the stores, so Kassidy was so excited to see them.  In normal Kassidy fashion, she completely froze and refused to go close to them on her own.  But she still talks about how fun it was to see them!  :)
 Getting candy from Olaf!
 My mom happened to have Kassidy's Cinderella dress at her house to fix it and found an old pumpkin costume in the attic, so both kids were dressed for the occasion! 

One of my dad's co-workers has started raising alpaca.  He offered to meet us out at the farm in order to see the alpacas up close.  Cameron LOVED them and tried to run at them the whole time.  We spent most of our time chasing him around, trying to prevent him from being kicked.  He couldn't get enough!  Though Kassidy thought the alpaca were cool, she fell in love with George, the cat!  I am not a cat lover, but this cat was the sweetest cat I've ever seen!

We spent Saturday night at Tri-Ponds Campground visiting our dear friends, the Rietemas!  Cameron stayed home, but Kassidy had a blast with their girls.  Tony and Chad made a huge leaf pile for the girls to play in!  Today Kassidy told me that Sierra and Ellery are like her cousins.  We sure love the time we have to spend with them!

And of course I don't have any pictures of the baptism, which is the whole reason we were there in the first place!  But it was a ton of fun and Madison was cute as can be, even though she cried through most of it.  :)


Hat Boy

Cameron LOVES hats!  He is always grabbing Chad's hats or his own and running around the house with them, squealing in delight.  



We've been staying busy at the De Jager house!

See that enormous pile of wood chips in the background?  One way to find motivation is to have the township dump wood chips on your driveway covering over half of it!  Chad worked hard in most of his spare time spreading wood chips.  The kids enjoyed the rides in the wheelbarrow.  We filled in the swing set area and still had way too many!  So then we decided to remove all the rock from the front landscape, rip out old shrubs, and put wood chips in instead.  It was sure a lot of work, but man does it look nice!  Before/after pics to come.  :)

This summer, Chad built a fire pit and his dad built the patio around the pit.  We have enjoyed a few fires, and Kassidy is a huge fan of s'mores!  I'm sure we'll have many, many fires in the backyard.

I took the kids to a local pumpkin farm.  We joined another family from church, and the kids had a blast!  Kassidy LOVED the jumping pillow!
 Cameron enjoyed the sand box.
 And the kids couldn't get enough of the giant corn bin.

 We took a fun hayride around the farm.

Fall is hands-down my favorite season.  The weather is beautiful, the air is crisp, the colors of trees are gorgeous, and being outside is a treat.  The outdoors just calls your name in the fall, and we've been soaking up as much as we can of this weather!  :)