October 31, 2016 | Halloween fell on a Monday this year, which means E and I had the day together. This was the last day the Farmstead was open, so E and I spent all morning enjoying the nice weather!

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Now for her costume. I made a rookie-mistake by making her a Pinkie Pie crochet hat well in advance of the holiday. Thinking this would be great, since time is limited in the Fall for my job. BUT…that left too much time for her to change her mind. We have a book called “the Lonely Firefly” that blinks at the end, and when we were reading it one night (and she was telling me she did NOT want to be Pinkie Pie), it hit me that she could be a firefly! After checking Pinterest and seeing 0 results, I had to come up with something. I knew that battery operated LED-lights were cheap (like $7 for a 15 ft strand) so I ordered a couple on Amazon right away.  I free-hand-crocheted the wings, and found bicycle-safety lights that actually LOOKED like eyes to attach to a black winter hat!  I had a sweatshirt, sweatpants and tights, being prepared for cold weather.  Well it was WARM, which meant running out to find a black shirt and casual shoes last-minute.  But the lights/blinking was a big success all around!  The “make-up” wasn’t so great — instead of adding to the magic her face just looked dirty…ha!

The crochet didn’t stop there though…my niece has the cutest/chubbiest cheeks ever, which meant I had to make the Cabbage Patch hat for her!  After a couple of unsuccessful attempts (yarn/size) I finally got it.  The perfect yellow (not too bright, but yellow) was found, and my sister found pink overalls to complete the look.  Now for B, my sister found a sandwich-board style cookie costume!  When we told E what her cousin was going to be she could not stop laughing.  As in, she couldn’t WAIT to see him in it!  And when he walked up she loved it.  And mentioned it multiple times while trick-or-treating.  After several houses, we went back to A’s house for an awesome chili-noodle dinner.  It was so much fun, even with a melt-down at the end of the night with an overtired toddler!

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Being the WITCH

October 24, 2016 | Room on the Broom — is literally the best thing in the world according to our kiddo right now.  I purchased the book without knowing too much about it, and suddenly it was the nightly requirement.  Then it became a book to read during the day — all day — all the time.  When I talked about it to my photo-clients, one of them mentioned that it was also a digital-short on Netflix…what?!  That night we showed E the movie (which is totally adorable), and that’s when the witch took-over our house.  I found a hat in the Target $1 bin, and our brooms are found in various places throughout the house!  She’s very particular about who is playing each role, and we say the exact lines from the book too.  “The Witch tapped the broomstick, and WHOOSH they were gone!”  She can recite the entire book, word-for-word (there’s a LOT) for us.  It’s amazing!

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Chili Challenge

October 15, 2016 | Here we are for year 3 at the Chili Challenge with our friends (Team Fire in the Hole)!  E adores Isabel, and I was so excited to finally capture that admiration in a photo.  When we ventured out to the other parts of the contest, people have all sorts of fun things to pass out.  She made sure we got a few extra things for her big-girl hero!

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After eating a LOT of chili, we all went to the amazing playground up North to burn more energy…which E decided is best by laying down and pretending to nap… 🙂


The day ended with a visit to her BFF, E’s house for some yummy food and time by the fire pit.  All of the kids had a lot of fun, and I’m sure running around a fire is good parenting all around…

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the Pumpkin Run

October 13, 2016 | You know how you sign-up for a 5K, thinking that the approaching-date will motivate you to actually run?  Yeah, it doesn’t always work.  The day of this race, I texted Abbey to ask if she wanted me to pick her up early from work to make it downtown for our 5:30 PM race time.  She didn’t know what I was talking about…uh, that RACE WE ARE SIGNED-UP TO RUN?!

Fast-forward to her moving-up a hair cut/color, me getting her from said salon, and us making our way to the river for check-in, etc.  I brought a couple head-band “costume” options for us since we didn’t have time to make anything, and we arrived to a bit of a traffic-back-up getting in to park.  My friend Megan was also racing the same time as us, so I was trying to text her but my phone died (iPhone 6s battery issues are FUN).  If we had been only 30 minutes later, we wouldn’t have made our wave!  The traffic jam to get to the race grew exponentially, and people couldn’t park anywhere.  We raced, got our medals, pumpkins, hot cider, and a photo all before Megan had even parked her car.  INSANITY.  I liked the race itself, but there will have to be some major changes for next year if I’m going to do it again.  We ate a late dinner at Pigwich downtown — and browsed a little local-store while our sammies were cooking.  Here’s to running a bit more in 2017!


Fall Pro Pics

October 11, 2016 | Yes, we hire a photographer multiple times a year for family pics…but seeing as this is my profession, I really value having nice images to pass on to E as she grows up.  You never know what life will bring, and this time of our lives is so much FUN. E makes me laugh every day, and her crazy/fearless outlook on life is inspiring.  Love you so much E!

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When we say “Don’t you shake your booty!” this is what happens…and some of the best smiles are the direct result of me singing the My Little Pony theme song (that she dances maniacally to each time we watch it)!  And of course, a behind-the-scene view:

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Painting Pumpkins

October 8, 2016 | After the pumpkin patch and a good nap, we had plans with the family to do a little pumpkin-painting in the front yard.  But first, why not invite cousin B to ride along in the bike trailer!  D and I rode our bikes to his house, picked him up, and returned to our house where the paints & glitter were waiting.  It was adorable hearing E ask “Are you having fun, B?!” and he was just taking it all in (not responding).  The painting was a big hit, but the glitter-shakers even more so.  C was content in her car seat for this portion of the evening, but I have a feeling she will be getting her hands in there next year!  It is obvious that I really love the Fall?

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