Trunk or Treat at School

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Last year we didn't volunteer.  This year, I knew I couldn't pass it up and my guess is the all the parents in the class felt the same because all the parents turned out for the event.  The preschool class puts on a Halloween parade as they trunk or treat in the bus loop.  Watching all of the little kids dressed in the costumes was so cute.  Our little guy still doesn't have a fond love for costumes so it is always a tough decision to pick something that doesn't involve too much for him.  This year he (or really we) picked Gru from Despicable Me.  Which really meant, a gray sweater, black pants, a black coat, a gray and black scarf and then the little dog crafted into this trick or treat bag.  At Trunk or Treat he didn't want to wear his scarf so he so sweetly pulled it along the bus loop as he went car to car whispering "Trick or Treat."

Being a working mom is tough though.  First, my car certainly wasn't the most decorated, as I quickly just pulled a few decorations from our front porch to throw on the car. (Although, I did rock it with handing out treat bags with a Halloween lacing card and stickers.)  Then after the event, A said to me, "Mommy, please don't leave me."  I told him he would have a great rest of the day playing with his friends and riding the bus, to which he responded with, "Will you ever come back for me again?"  Pull my heart out!  As I pulled away from the school and Jason called to see how the event went, I broke down in tears retelling the story.  My sweet boy.

Hoping to get a few photos that turn out well for Halloween night.

Our Family Photos

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier post we recently had our family photos taken.  Our photographer, Jennifer Ewing, did a really beautiful job.  We took advantage of one of her mini-sessions, and it was perfect.  Little A can be a handful to photograph and she was able to really capture his sweetness.

Now it is going to be really tough to pick out our favorite for our Christmas cards.  Here were a few of the beautiful images Jennifer took.

What Does a Ghost Say?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Tis the season of Boo!  I had the best intentions this year of going to a pumpkin patch, or to a harvest party, or even just the nearby farm to pick up our pumpkin.  But sometimes, Trader Joe's is just the place where you snag your pumpkin for the year.

We picked a smaller round one for our first time carving a pumpkin since our little Pumpkin was born.  We weren't sure how excited he would be to cover himself in orange goop, but he stayed pretty engaged for almost the entire carving experience.

Thankfully Jason did most of the dirty work by scooping out the insides, and I took over as the carver expert.  This year Jason wanted to toast the pumpkin seeds when we were finished.  They actually turned out pretty decent.  He mostly followed this recipe, and then added a little more seasoning like garlic salt and some cumin.

Some Favorites Are Always Favorites

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The little guy has loved the penny pony at the grocery store for a long time now.  It is the highlight of any shopping trip - and even greater importance over the free cookie in the bakery.  For awhile the penny pony seemed to be broken every grocery visit, but recently they upgraded the penny pony to a new machine and now we haven't had any issues with hoping on and taking one, or three, turns on the pony.

Flowers for the Mom

Saturday, October 24, 2015

There should be some beautiful romantic words to go with this lovely, airy flower images, don't you think?  

When I was writing the grocery list for A's birthday dinner I put down "flowers for the mom" and of course Jason delivered.  He picked me up just a tiny bunch of flowers, but it still gave me something to take a few pictures of and decorated my counter for the week.

I'm so thankful for my husband.  We have had a lot that tested our relationship over the last seven months, but I feel our relationship is only growing stronger by the day.  He is my partner.  When I am weak, he is strong.  When he needs a cheerleader, I'm there.  Together we are better than we ever could be on our own, and I wouldn't want to go through life without him by my side.

A few more from deep in the heart of Texas

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I snapped a ton of photos on my phone on this trip.

On Saturday we were at the airport before the sun broke over the plains.  I love how the airport feels quiet and sleepy at that hour.  We were able to get in lots of running on the people mover before we boarded the plane.

I mentioned we went on a frog hunt.  Boys with flash lights and nets.  Could it be any cuter?  My little guy is so brave, he didn't have a second thought about grabbing a frog from the grass.  Holding it by one leg, I of course freaked out, and am still hoping that the little guy was able to continue on jumping after my sweet boy dropped him in the grass.

 It was still hot in Texas, and we enjoyed some time at the pool.  However, those people don't heat their pools so we actually froze our bums off in the water.

The greatest ice cream shop with really unique flavors.  Little A couldn't get enough of my lavender and honey ice cream.

 Before we left for Texas, A kept telling us we were going to fly in an airplane up in the clouds to Texas where we would see Uncle Jer and the boys.  For the flight back we kept explaining we were going to go home to Colorado and Papa would pick us from the airport.  He was fascinated with watching the planes prepare for takeoff as we waited to board our own flight.

Such a great, great trip.  Next time, I know we will have even more fun and more adventures.

Lantana Living

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In July our dear friends, the White Family, moved to Lantana, Texas.  We were so terribly sad to see them go as they are the friends you would choose to be your family.  We knew despite the miles, we would remain close and keep them even closer in our hearts.  

We had grand plans to make the trip full of adventure, however it started with us having to cut the trip one day short with Jason's new job, and then got kicked off with a nasty stomach bug that we so kindly left as a parting gift to our hosts.

However, despite the sickness, we had a great time just being with our friends.  We swam, we ate, we played, we talked, we experienced.

During our short trip we were thankfully able to get in some time at the pool, a frog hunt and turtle scouting session, a trip to the pumpkin patch, a drive for ice cream, a really great aquarium visit, and of course BBQ, tex-mex, and snow cones.

Only about five weeks until we can hug our friends again when they travel to CO for the Thanksgiving holiday in the mountains.

After the Family Photo Session

Sunday, October 18, 2015

We had our annual family photo session this morning.  A combo of hoping we capture a Christmas card photo crossed with a few snapshots to record birthday.  Little A did really well today.  Last year was a tough go and lots of tears, but this year we had lots of smiles, and hopefully the photographer was able to capture a few solid shots.  After we wrapped up with the photographer we hung around for maybe 5 mins after to throw a few more rocks in the pond, watch some kids fishing, and let mommy snap a photo or two with her camera since we were already there.