Double the Aunt, Double the Uncle
We found out a few weeks ago that we are soon to have not one, but TWO more nieces or nephews come May. Aaron's oldest brother Billy and his wife Stacy are expecting their first baby. This announcement came shortly after Dallas and Jen announced they were expecting their second child. And in a "it could only happen in a movie" twist, they have the exact same due date! Of course, the jokes of carpooling to the hospital have already started, and needless to say there will be bets placed on whose baby will come first. But it will be great to have not just one baby to share with all the family members who want to hold him/her, but two! All of the Roper family is very excited, especially the grandparents. :)
Yet Another Project
Just when we all thought the house and yard projects were winding down, Aaron came up with a new one. So, this weekend we made two Home Depot trips and turned our useless south side yard into something useful. We fenced it in all the way up to the front edge of the house, and now will be able to store stuff in it unseen. Plus, we'll knock down the (now) interior fence, put a chain link fence on the back edge of the house, and have a dog run for Jack, thus saving our new grass. He has already worn paths into the grass, so this will be a better place for him while we're at work. The project was accomplished in lightning speed as we got the posts set and the cross pieces in on Sat. and put all the fence boards up in 1.5 hours Sunday night in the dark.
So, last night I carved pumpkins for the first time in a ton of years (well really the first time I did the actual carving ever I guess) and it was an adventure. Of course after 2 hours of work, upon being finished, I was informed by Aaron that I carved them too early and that you're not supposed to carve them until a couple days before Halloween because they'll go bad. Well what's the point in that? I carved a white one for my centerpiece in the dining room, and then Aaron used his jigsaw to carve a monogram into a pumpkin for the porch. I wanted to bake the pumpkin seeds, but can someone tell me how you're supposed to rinse pumkin seeds without losing them all?! Half of them went right through my fingers and down the sink. And you can't use a colander because the stuff won't rinse down the holes. So, I didn't end up with all that many seeds to bake. Then, when putting the top back on the one outside after lighting a candle in it, we discovered that I didn't cut the top in at an angle, so it would just fall back in. I didn't know! (And obviously didn't think it through). So, Aaron hokeyed it and put a nail in it to hold it up. Now he says he likes it better that way. Who knew carving pumpkins could be such an adventure...