Thursday, October 30, 2014

Painting Pumpkins

We're putting our half priced pumpkins

to work!
 Painting is WAY easier
 than carving,
and no slimy goop either!

 Each kid picked their topic
 and got to work!
So our front porch is graced with

Minny Mouse,

A Lego head,

A LOT of color,

and a TARDIS, of course!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lunch Break

On our way home from the pumpkin patch,

we stopped for some lunch,

where a certain young man
poured out all the charm on the elderly ladies

having their lunch too.
And used his corndog as a ketchup delivery device,

much to the entertainment of the crowd.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

We joined our new homeschool group

for a trip to the local pumpkin patch.
 As with most things in this area,

it was a new destination for us.
 Only Mac and Babycakes came with me,

and while it was nice to not have

my usual crowd,

I missed my toddler chasers!

 This boat was,

hands down,

our favorite part.
 The kids pulled themselves across the lake

by pulling on a rope

strung across.
 Mac was very determined to get us across,
and this guy thought we should spend the WHOLE DAY

ont he boat.

And as a bonus, lucky break,

due to a miscommunication,

we ended up with half price pumpkins!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Fun and Friendship

 We drove a looooong way
 to join our friends at the apple orchard for some fun.
 This little man really loved picking raspberries

and ate  LOT of them.

But only if they were fresh off the bushes.

Once they were home, he refused to even try one!

Toddlers are so confusing!

I'm so thankful for all our friends!

Now that we live so far away, it takes real effort to keep

these friendships going,

and I'm so grateful

for my friends that have stuck with us!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Potty Ponder

A little History:

Several years ago,

Hubs accidentally potty trained Mac

in a weekend.

I was at a homeschool conference,

and he stayed home with our,

then four,


Mac was two, and pondering the idea

of possibly being ready to potty

at some point in the future,

but not especially interested.

Hubs decided he'd work on it a bit

while I was gone,

and boom!

Mac was potty trained!

Impressed, I told him that he was in charge of potty training

 all the kids that came after.

Since we were done having kids,

he agreed.


We added a fifth child!

This week I asked when he was going to get started

with Babycakes.

He argues that the agreement isn't valid

since when he made it we were done

adding kids.

I say he has to follow through with that deal.

So, I'm putting it to public vote:

Should Hubs have to fulfill his agreement

and train this little boy,

or do I slog back into the soggy pants party mayself?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friends and Berries

I've really been missing our big city friends.

Sure, we see a few of them,


when we're there on Mondays

for co-op,

but it's just not the same.

I'm so delighted that some of them

were willing to toss aside their schedules

and meet us here:
 A swim in the corn,
 a pursuing of pumpkins,
 a picking of berries,
 and friends!

PS-While we were berry picking, a certain toddler was crazy

about berries.

I joked that we should have weighed him on the way in,

and out,

and paid for the pounds he ate!

 Alas, once we got home, he decided they were yucky

and refused to even consider one!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I Broke It

I broke my house!

I broke my house!

Not just a little broken,

but a lot!

I had the grill too close

and melted it!

My brand mew house!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Happy Birthday to my favorite

tree climbing boy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Red Handed

I caught him right here,

sitting in the sink,

leisurely eating the potty training rewards.
No, he did not get punished.

I was too busy laughing and taking pictures!

Saturday, October 11, 2014


We're home!

Did 'ja miss us?

 We've kinda got a fall break tradition going.

This year was awesome for so many reasons.

There was hardly anyone there,

which makes it so much more fun.

 This year  Babycakes was tall enough,

and smart enoug,

to play in the little kid area without

attempting to drown himself every

10 minutes!
 Being here did remind me about what was happening exactly a year ago,
 when we were waiting to see if Mama E, Babycakes birthmom,

would be signing over baby brother.

This year was DEFINITELY a lot less stressful!