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!

Pumpkin Carving

October 28, 2017 | We painted pumpkins last year, so I thought it would be good for E to see how carving a pumpkin goes for her 3rd Halloween! I had a feeling she’d love the goopy insides, and boy did she. She kept saying “EEEEEWWWW!” with a big smile on her face as she scooped out the seeds. I may have sliced open my thumb — side-note, we need better knives — but it was so much fun.

Cell phone pics of the goop, and a happy kid with her finished gourds… 🙂

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… 🙂

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!

4th of July

July 4, 2017 | We always head to the lake for July 4th, and always enjoy some lame beautiful fireworks! This year she really got into the smoke bombs…a LOT. But I even convinced her to hold a few sparklers! We got the boat cleaned/in the water for the first time this season, and brother Bruce even helped! He didn’t want a ride, but we managed to get a couple of rides in. I think E tries to avoid the boat because she knows it always puts her to sleep… 🙂

We did let E swim a bit by herself off the boat, which was both exciting and crazy. Is she old enough for that?! But she loved it! Seriously, when did she get so big. I love watching her swim and jump into the water. Such a great weekend!

And the cell pics from the weekend

Then we returned home, and went to my parents house for a little cook-out. My sister purchased some small fireworks (not legal in our city) and thought she’d be sly and set them off in the backyard. Only the ladybug firework was loud, insane, and flew OVER the houses…even the kids were concerned!! LOL

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2017 | When we first arrived at the lake, we were the only ones there!!  Which never, ever happens. But we got to play with a lot of water (+ a new squirt toy with a Dino on it, of course). The water was incredibly high…so much that you couldn’t even see the Berm that spend so many hours at. After a nice nighttime walk, a tree swing, and throwing rocks from the muddy-bank, we hit the pillow hard to prepare for the next day and lots more family. I had to include the image of D’s BUTT, because he saw me shooting and likes to be an ass… 😉  Sunday we went to church — E goes for the donuts I think — and spent most of the day on Grandma’s deck playing with very cold water and water balloons. The new swan didn’t even make it into the water!

Monday it was sunny and gorgeous, so we made a quick trip to our neighborhood pool.  BRRR it was freezing, but I also remembered when you’re a child temperatures mean virtually nothing when it comes to swimming!

Mothers Day

May 14, 2017 | This year we decided to try something new for Mother’s Day — why not celebrate all four of us at once??  I hosted, and since it was Jared’s birthday his mother brought him the traditional frosted chocolate cake.  We had little flower arrangements for the “Grandmas”, ate a lot of food, and ended the night with a fierce water-balloon fight!  It started completely innocent with the kids, but eventually Lindsey, Jared and Matt were throwing true softballs at each other!  E stopped the show by peeing on a rock in the corner mid-fight though…guess we need to work on those hosting-manners a bit more!