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Is it Really Fall Already?!

Not sure where the time went but we have been having a blast so far this fall! Between school events, decorating, family fun, and costume making for Halloween, we have been staying busy. We have  a few traditions around here and one of them is going to the local farms here, including Lattin’s Cider Mill for their Apple Festival every year from the last weekend in September until the last weekend in October. There’s a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, hay rides, train rides, homemade cider they make on site with locally grown apples. Here are a few shots from Lattin’s.

 

Feeding the goats…

I just wanted to take him home!! <3

We had school and martial arts Halloween events…… which of course many things overlapped and everyone wants to do everything! With three kids…. we had to divide and conquer…


Baby brother went with us to the school’s  Fall Festival.

Entertaining baby brother while big sister was at a birthday party at the children’s museum and big brother was competing in a taekwondo competition.

He took Bronze in all three events: poomse, boars breaking, and sparring.

Field trip day for big sister class at Schilters Family farm. I posted a few pictures from there on my Instagram. It  was a perfect gloomy, chilly, no rain kind of fall day. It is very gorgeous out there at the farm!

And of course we had pumpkin carving the day before Halloween. Husband picked this one up at Home Depot. It’s so creepy looking he had to  grab it!

All the other pumpkins for the kids. From left to right… Baby brother, big brother, big sister.


The big Kids in their homemade robot costumes !

I hope everyone else had a Happy October. Here’s to a fun fall November!

Spring Decor on a Budget!

Spring is in the air and as with any season, or holiday, my kids love to decorate accordingly. The problem is, all this decorating can get expensive! Also, quite honestly…I just don’t have the time to go to some crazy place like Home Goods or Pier 1 (plus ouch on the wallet!) and pick out something fancy. I have kids, three in fact, and I have limited time, money, and patience to deal with all that crazy. So I will let you in on a little secret…I am a party supply hoarder. It’s true. I hoard birthday supplies, unused balloons, used tissue paper, bags, the rest of the plates, napkins, cutlery, and cups no one touches from the end of the party. If I have to buy supplies for a birthday party, I always prepare for the max amount of people but we all know not that many guests actually end up coming, 9 times out of 10. So I save it all in a large (organized) tote that hangs out in my garage neatly on a shelf. What that means for me is when my daughter insists we FINALLY take down the winter wreath a few weeks ago and put something ‘pretty’ and ‘springy’ up…I needed a quick (and cheap) plan.

Enter my party supply tote. I have all sorts of fabric flowers in there from doing her Butterfly Garden themed 4th birthday party from over a year ago, a basket with foam in the bottom that I has used for fall that I don’t use anymore-the kind that is flat on one side, perfect for hanging on the front of my house, and some wire cutters from hubby’s workbench. I let her pick out a few bunches, many which were unused because when things are a dollar (hello Dollar Tree), we may get a little crazy with the craft supplies, and set to work cutting off the bottoms and letting the kids stick them in where ever they wanted in the basket until it was all filled up.

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Mommy OCD may have kicked in a bit and when they weren’t looking…I just may have rearranged them just a bit. Or maybe just a tiny bit more than a little bit. 🙂

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And there I had it! A free (or cheap) flower basket to hang on the front of my house after I finally took down the winter one. I now feel slightly less behind on everything else now that the front of my house officially shouts SPRING!

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