October 31, 2017 | Welcome to the CHAOS of trying to get three little kids ready/out the door in chilly weather…between a runaway wagon and batteries rolling around from a dropped light-up pumpkin, we started out quite rough!  But after telling the bigger kids that they were going to have to walk to earn some candy, we were on our way.  E really loves trick-or-treating, so it was hard to keep up with her.  C wasn’t really into it, and after a block or two she was ready to head home for bed. B made it a long ways too, and preferred to point out/name all of the types of cars than to really think about the candy much.  Mom and Dad brought over pizza before we began, and I was that loser mom who carried a DSLR with external flash…who does that these days?!  But I cannot handle a sad night-photo by the iPhone…

And some cell-photos as well!

Preschool Fall Fest

October 27, 2017 | We are discovering that there are a LOT of activities at E’s preschool, and the Fall Festival was a chance to put on a costume, play some games, and listen to Mr. Stinky Feet play silly songs! I found this lion costume at the consignment sale — since she’s way into the Lion King — so I drew some eyeliner on her face and we were off with our ROARING lion! She was super excited to see her cousin there, and they both went trunk-or-treating in the parking lot with gusto. What a blast!  Plus a ton of sugar to boot… 🙂

Pumpkin Hollow

October 9, 2017 | Monday with E’s in the Fall means as many pumpkin-oriented activities as I can schedule… 🙂 Pumpkin Hollow is definitely a favorite…I mean, horse carriage ride to the “patch” that is full of activities for the kids?! I think we were there for 4 hours that day? I had to drag her out to go eat lunch, but some of the phone-pics from this adventure are my favorites of her to date. She’s so fun and expressive!

the Pumpkin Patch

September 30, 2017 | One of my fave times of the year — Pumpkin Patch time!  This year it was HOT out there…I think you can see the sweat on E’s head in some of these shots.  But this place is still just as fun as last year, and watching E run around with her cousins is awesome.  I think she could have stayed on that potato-sack slide for an hour, but we had to drag her into someplace with some shade (corn shed). Jared had a splinter that the kids were SUPER interested in.  Apple cider slushie was delicious, and I ate way too many donuts… 🙂

Customer Festival

September 23, 2017 | My insurance provider puts on a little festival each year for their customers…and until we had a fun loving toddler we’d skipped it. But it was pretty perfect to have a playground, food, face-painting, bounce houses, etc all for free! Since E loves to pretend to be any animal, the cat-paint made for a very interesting day… 🙂  I’m breaking up this day into two posts, because we did all…the…things!

Old Settlers Parade & Carnival

September 9, 2017 | We went to the carnival last year, but this year why not attempt the parade too?  The weather was lovely, so we rallied the troops (Mom was working at the school, boo) and all met-up along the parade route.  The kids mostly ate snacks, but paid attention when there were loud bands playing!  We ducked-out of the parade before it ended so we could get to the rides before the crowds.  B & C had to take off before that part (unhappily at that) but there was no way to drag E from the festivities.  She’s a thrill seeker, and rides make her soooo happy!  I played the balloon dart game, and she chose the POO EMOJI for a prize.  Seriously…


the Sunflower Field

September 1, 2017 | It’s that time of year again, when the giant Sunflower field blooms and hoards of people make their way out there.  But we attempted a sunrise arrival instead!  Which meant no crowds and easy parking.  The lighting was ROUGH for sure…but trade-offs when you’re dragging toddlers out there.  These cousins are just too darn cute!  Thanks to the grandparents for helping control the kiddos, and holding up the scrim to assist with the blinding sun… 🙂