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!

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… 🙂

A 4th & a 60th Birthday Party

September 23, 2017 | After the festival, E donned her face-paint for Sierra’s 4th birthday party!  Jamie did an amazing job planning B’s 1-yr party first, then right at nap it was time to start the 4th b-day.  This experience completely blew E’s mind on what a birthday party can be.  Games? PARTY DRESS?!  She loved all of it, and continues to talk about what her own party needs to be…ha!  My Little Pony/Barbie party, and the coolest part is the cake…it’s the exact mold/colors/figures that Jamie had for HER 4th birthday party!

As if the day wasn’t busy enough, we made our way out South to celebrate Mark’s 60th birthday party!  Tons of food/beer, polaroid images taken in the barn, and E running around in the dark with glow-bracelets around her ankles.  Child safety, ya know? 🙂  The dump-truck full of rocks was her favorite.

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…


Labor Day at the Lake

September 3, 2017 | I only took 9 photos with my actual camera…which is almost not worth lugging the thing out of town!  But these three images are so sweet of these cousins…2nd cousins?…whatever they are, family!  E wasn’t interested in going out on the boat this time (wha?!?!) but Dave stayed back while she napped so I could go.  It was a fairly quick trip with time at the berm, letting the kids take the SUP all together (taking turns was tough for sure), and just relaxin!

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… 🙂

Festival of Butterflies

August 13, 2017 | While D was on a guys’ lake weekend, I saw there was a cool Butterfly Festival happening at a garden/park about an hour away. Once again we grabbed Nana, and made our trek out to the event! First stop when you walked in was a wing-making station…and those wings are still in use today. We probably could have walked out the door after that and she wouldn’t have cared! We went through a set of double-doors to the free-flying butterfly area, and it was amazing. They were huge, and would land right on you! E was convinced that her wings were fooling the other attendees into thinking SHE was a butterfly… 🙂 Eventually we got lost in the garden…and it was like a survival trek to find our car again. E had to potty, as did I, and we were so hungry/thirsty after all of the journeying! There was a woman dressed head-to-toe as a butterfly, and E called her the Butterfly Princess. Her blue wings really made a big impression on E, and she loved her! We will be sure to return next year… 🙂