Cranky Pants

These pants still crack me up – three kids later. I remember seeing an ad for them when Alex was a tiny baby and he was SUCH an unhappy baby that anything called Cranky Pants was appropriate. They were very hard to get and I was so excited the day they were in stock and I was able to order a pair. They were never worn as much as I anticipated by any of my children but I still have no regrets. Alex – age 11 months. Kaitlyn – age 9 months. Ben – age 11 months.

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Ecotarium Great Pumpkin Festival

Kaitlyn and I happened to be at the Ecotarium a few weeks ago and saw the decorations being put in place for the Great Pumpkin Festival. We both decided it was a must for this Halloween season. I knew Granny and Pop would be in town tonight and thought it might be a fun activity for us all. The kids wore costumes (not their “real” costumes due to the cold and the paint drying) and were prepared for some candy and fun. The carved pumpkins were amazing (until someone told me they weren’t all real!?!?!) and the kids had a blast. Kaitlyn was fascinated with the face painting and has now added a huge suitcase of face paint to her Christmas list. We ended the night with apple cider donuts from a food truck on our way to the car – what a perfect fall night!

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Dinner – It’s Chili

We have Chili at least a couple times a month. I don’t actually eat it (no ground beef for me) but it’s super fast and easy and the rest of my family loves it. It’s also a meal that I can keep all the ingredients for on hand. Thankfully Ben seems to love it just as much as the rest of the family. If only I can remember when it becomes less messy and the spoon skills start to develop.

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Perfect Afternoon

Sometimes everything works perfectly and I get a few quite hours to myself in the afternoon.

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Haircuts

Big sisters are the best, aren’t they?

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House Decor

Obviously Kaitlyn doesn’t agree with my choices in house decor. I keep finding that she has added her own touch to my walls in quite a few rooms.

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Through The Years

After my last post, I thought it might be fun to look back at all the pumpkin carving parties through the years. It turns out that the locations, people, photography, and camera quality have changed drastically over the years.

I’m not going to list the people, but here are the locations and years. 2008 was a slim “party” (no offense Judy and Jerry) but we are still going to call it one!). 2009 I have tons of pictures from during the party but didn’t manage to get everyone outside for a picture before many people went home. I have learned a lot and now try to take a picture early in the evening. Now I’m really regretting not having one in 2017!

2004 – Atlanta, GA
2005 – Atlanta, GA
2006 – Anderson, SC
2007 – Anderson, SC
2008 – Milwaukee, WI
2009 – Milwaukee, WI
2010 – Milwaukee, WI
2011 – Milwaukee, WI
2012 – Milwaukee, WI
2013 – Milwaukee, WI
2014 – Platte City, MO
2015 – Barrington, IL
2016 – Barrington, IL
2017 – No party
2018 – Grafton, MA

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Carving Party

Tonight we hosted our 13th Pumpkin Carving party in our 6th state and our 7th house! (If you are trying to do the math – we took our first and only year off last year). We had pumpkins and kids everywhere. We also added s’mores to the activities this year which my kids thought was the best idea ever!

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