Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween



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Happy Halloween Everyone!







Halloween Last Year  (2014)
(A bit over a year old)




This Year (2015)
(just over two old)



Friday, October 30, 2015

The Local Fall festival

We went to the local Fall festival, which was much smaller than it sounds.  They had a few local vendors and some small activities for the kids.  Sadly, I haven't found the time to transfer the pics over to my computer but here are a few from my phone.

This tiny kid is in an outfit given to him last Christmas.  He finally fits into it.
It's a 12-18mo outfit on my almost 2 1/2 year old. 
What I'm mainly missing are pics from the random activities they had aside from the corn maze.  They had a table of corn kernels, a haybale maze for little ones, and some tractor tires to climb on.  Bear wondered around from station to station.

Before he got too bored or cranky we moved on to the corn maze.  Sure enough, they ran out of maps when we got there.  We decided to wing and just march on in.  Worst case scenario we would look up the map online on our phone.  10 minutes in and we lucked into finding a small group willing to give up one of their maps to the terribly lost family with the whiny toddler.

We had a perfect evening for this.  Not too cold or hot and not crowded.


For the kids, they had various stations throughout the corn maze where you can make rubbings with a crayon.  Collect all 10 and you get a prize. Sadly without a map in the beginning we missed a few.  We were allowed to go back and look but really a bandana with the farm logo was not enough to send me back in with a tired toddler.  




All in all, it was a success.  I look forward to heading to the bigger festival if we are here next year.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Kids want candy!"


This year we made the decision to pass on the candy.  When I told my dad this he simply stated that "Kids want candy!"  I agree, but I'm still not handing out candy.  I'm NOT trying to make some big statement in doing this.  I'm also not concerned about kids with food allergies.  Similarly, I'm not concerned with childhood obesity.  I'm doing this for my family.

Every year we do the same thing.  Pick up 2-3 bags of candy for trick-or-treaters.  9 times out of 10 we buy way more candy than we need.  Sometimes we end up buying candy twice because we all over indulge because we don't keep that sort of stuff in the house normally.  We lack the self-control so we don't buy it.  If it's not there you can't eat it.  We have tried for years and failed so why set ourselves up for failure when both (hubby and I) have found our groove with eating right.  We also heavily limit Bears intake of sweets.  Additionally, we almost never get the foot traffic that we expect to get.  We live is a pretty big development but, it seems that the kids go elsewhere. Meaning we get stuck with candy intended for someone else to eat.  We have in the past sent the candy off to various deployed units(or friends).  We likely will do this with whatever few houses we hit ups this year.

This year for the people that come to our house they won't get candy.  Sorry kids. Not this year.  This year we picked up some sets of Halloween trinkets to give out.   For us its the simplest solution.  This way we have no candy to binge on, and leftovers can be stored until next year.


I would say these are better than the pencils and 
erasers I was thinking of giving out.



Everything was from Target and each set cost $3 for 24 items



Last year we added some spider rings along with the candy.
These were leftovers from last years Halloween.


Hubby picked out these witch fingers.  
Probably not my first choice but they work.


I picked out these fangs.


Hubby picked our glow in the dark spiders.


Last but not least I picked out bubble wands.  
One of these bags may have been saved in reserve 
for Bears exclusive use if we don't need them.


All in all, we got 11 bags of items costing us $33(plus tax) for a grand total of 264 trinkets.  This is not  including the spider rings from last year.  Honestly, I think we even pay less for this stuff than we do for the actual candy.  Hopefully, the younger kids really enjoy it and the older kids don't egg our house.

So candy.  Yay or Nay?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

That time my kid looked like a hobo...

Also known as our latest trip to New York.


Like normal, I spent the day before packing.  What you can't see or really hear is two crying pups and a tantrum throwing, bawling child because I refused to let any of them eat the dog food.  Toddlers are weird. 

Thankfully playing with the dog food bowls and holders stopped the theatrics.



once packed I load the car.  When hubby gets off of work we all head up to my father's house.


He has some beautiful flowers still growing on his porch.


The pups snuggling together in the morning for warmth.


Bear spent part of his morning and most of the afternoon playing on the screened in porch.
He was bundled up but well be we didn't think it would feel as cold as it did.
Louisiana has changed up for sure.

He really did look like a hobo.
or that kid who wore only hand-me-downs.


For dinner, my dad butchered this ham on the bone.  




One last pic before we leave!  Next time this place will likely be covered in snow.
I can hope, right?






I hate to say goodbye.  In the fall, I miss NY greatly!

Monday, October 26, 2015

using some pins

If you aren't using your pins then why bother pinning them!  Here are some pins I have been using.


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Who doesn't love a yummy one pot meal?  We had to make a pretty big substitution.  We swapped out the spaghetti for vegetable penne which altered the cooking time.  However, you use what you have on hand!  It was delicious and a good one to keep in mind if we have leftover mushrooms and or zucchini.



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We tend to do more snacking in this house than I care to share.  In cleaning up our eating we needed some alternatives to the junk food.  This worked perfectly!  I highly recommend this recipe!!!!



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I mentioned we are cleaning up our eating and part of that is eating more seasonally fresh foods.  A reminder chart is always helpful to look at before and during meal planning.




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The more I get into yoga the more I love it.  This has helped me try some new poses over the past two weeks.  Some were easier than others.


What have you been pinning and using lately?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tot school fail

Not everything is coming up roses when it comes to tot school.  
Every now and then a lesson plan or activity goes belly up. 
This is one of those times.  
Bear and I were playing with sidewalk chalk outside when it seemed like the perfect time to add in some learning along with the fun.  


I let him just have some fun and scribble as he saw fit.


After a little bit, I decided to draw the outline of a circle, triangle, and square on the ground.
The intent was to get him to trace the shapes a few times then attempt to fill them in with whatever color he wanted.  


I got one hand over hand tracing of the square before Bear ran off to play with the pups.


He sat there with the dogs while trying to make chalk marks on the grass.


He does love those pups so the formal learning can be tossed aside for some serious cuteness.