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Mini Bones

Posted by casey on October 31, 2012 in Caden, Everett

One more bit of Halloween fun while it is still October.  First the important things – skeleton jammies.  So creepy and yet, so cute.  Let’s take a look back shall we?

This year Caden got to repurpose his from last year & Everett was privileged enough to wear Caden’s first pair of bones – perfecto. Two mini bones running around.

It turns out that even skeletons like a classic game of peek – a- BOO!

Where’s Caden?

 PEEK!

Again? Since Everett was laughing at him there was no stopping this round.

Where’s Caden?

 
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“I’m a Pumpkin!”

Posted by casey on October 31, 2012 in Caden, Caden's Chronicles

Last week when we hit up the Dallas Arboretum for our third straight year of pumpkin patching it there (although later than past years), it just so happened to also be a Monday which means they have all sorts of activities and things for the kids.  With several trips a year to the Arboretum with the boys for various things I have mastered a good time frame to get there where it isn’t too busy when we start and is beginning to pile up right as my kiddos are over it and asking to go to the car – perfect!  Since Caden was all to familiar with their setup this year he knew just where he wanted to go, what pumpkins he wanted to climb on, where the best corner to throw hay is and which pumpkin houses he just had to show his brother.  Hopefully our week long Countdown to Boo helped give you a glimpse of all of those fun moments.

Once he had trounced his way through almost as many pumpkins as he could take a strolling hydration break was in need as I headed towards the field of activities to gage Caden’s reaction and mood.  There is face-painting, coloring, puppets, petting zoo etc.  Caden had his face painted for the first time a couple months ago at Colter’s company picnic.  It was a simple cheek painting with a couple of things on his hands so he could see them and understand – he still remembers what he had on each hand by the way.  I knew they were doing fall/Halloween/animal full face painting with the upcoming holiday approaching and Caden was loaded with excitement from the morning already and ready to go.

“Mama, I want a punkin on my face.”

After a wardrobe change into his ghost shirt he patiently waited in line and proudly told our face painter that he wanted a pumpkin.  Well friends, a pumpkin he got.  He was completely set on not moving an inch while his face was being painted even keeping the exact same open mouthed gape the whole time.  Once it was complete we walked around to the mirror, where he peeked, jumped, grinned and then exclaimed…

 “MAMA!  Mama, I’m a pumpkin! I’m a pumpkin!” 

It was one of those priceless pure childhood moments.  Amazed – giddy – a little confused – and proud to be a pumpkin.  Naturally, he had to strut around and show off his pumpkin face to his brother and anyone willing to “Ooh and Aah” at a two year old in a ghost shirt with a pumpkin face.  He wasn’t short of attention.  As we continued to tour the Chihuly glass that was still on display {unbelievable creations} all of the other visitors got a kick out of the boys.  Unfortunately for Everett his allergies make us have to be a little cautious about things like face painting and really, he would have just rubbed it everywhere. 

Having the opportunity to receive a “pumpkin face”on top of seeing all the pumpkins one could wish for, checking out bunnies and goats and coloring fall inspired pumpkin sheets was just one more day in the many activities we took joy in this past month.  I left the house the morning of our Arboretum visit hoping for the best  and expecting an overwhelming trip with boys going different ways, and meltdowns over leaving the pumpkins or moving areas.  We got the opposite – smiles, giggles, excitement and appreciation the whole way.  Not one tear – not one meltdown – not one moment of not wanting to be there.  The whole day and all of the kid activities we joined in on made this year’s trip to the Arboretum that much more festive and fun.  A tradition that will definitely continue next year with an almost two year old and a three and a half year old!

Happy Halloween!
One more glimpse into our 2012 Halloween/Fall/Pumpkin Memories

 
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Countdown to Boo – {It’s Here!}

Posted by casey on October 31, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Family, Snapshots

When it was finally the day of Halloween, My Little Loves Gave to Me

Lil’ Ghost Treats Not Tricks

Precious Pumpkin Memories

Giddy Pumpkin Giggles

Pumpkin Weight Lifting

Laundry Filled With Hay

No Eye Contact

Corn Taste Testing and

The Open Mouthed Smile!

Happy Halloween! Fall Flashbacks and This Year’s Halloween to Come

 
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Fall’s Busyness

Posted by casey on October 30, 2012 in Caden, Family, Life as I Know It

Every year I wish that the months of October, November and December would last just a bit longer.  These months are food for my soul – the colors, decor, smells, spices, treats and weather clear my mind and refresh me top to bottom.  Maybe it is because my birthday is in October so I have always looked forward to fall since being a young’n.  I know I chose my wedding to be fall {November 3} because of all of those details and feelings.

I just love fall. Love it. Need it. Grateful it is here.

We have started traditions that I am excited to continue and having a child who is now old enough to truly enjoy and experience our adventures brings even more joy to the changing seasons.  We have gone pumpkin picking, and patching (as you have seen in my Countdown to Boo) and picking at our neighborhood nursery.  We have built the “Kazmann Pumpkin Patch” seen above that Caden greets every morning with a “Good Morning Punkin.”, hello and a pat.  My goal of making a new fall wreath was even accomplished one evening with sleeping children in bed and a glass of chamomile tea by my side.  Yes, I am old enough for chamomile tea.  Fall flowers are a must-have accessory to our pumpkins so we went flower shopping on October 1st to really kick off the month identifying all of the colors and sizing letting the toddler choose his favorites.  Flowers…and favorites…and fall. Love.

What I am enjoying about fall this year are all of the “projects” these months lend themselves to for my boys. Yes, it turned to the children already. Caden LOVES a good project, craft, or learning session.  He thrives on it. So, to keep him busy and to really initiate him into all of the holidays and their fun we have practically had “31 Days of Fall Project Fun” this month.   Even our daily walks became a project with his initiative of starting a leaf collection as their colors changed and they started to drop.  Amazed the leaves weren’t all green still, he typically picks a color and we play an “I Spy” sort of treasure hunt for the simple treasure of a fallen leaf.  The decor in my home is what Pottery Barn envies – fall leaf window garland, and paper bag puppet chandelier ornaments. Jealous?

The teacher in me loves watching him follow directions and learn to be patient with each step of his projects – some go better than others, but all end with a proud grin and amazement at his creation.  We have cooked candy corn cookies, painted pumpkins large and small, made footprint ghosts, Owl puppets, paper confetti candy corn, cup witch, Popsicle stick pumpkins, constructed an Elmo pumpkin, ghost stick puppet, cut pumpkins for placemats and the list goes on.

My kitchen table looks like a Kindergarten teacher’s desk and there are paper scraps a plenty floating around but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  This fall among the candy corn eating, pumpkin spice candle smelling, and cool crisp weather snuggling we have been busy crafting, projecting and making memories with our boys.  It has been a fabulous month and has given us a great preview of what the next couple months will hold for us and all the learning opportunities I will be able to take advantage of for Caden.

 “Mama?  I just want to do a project. Let’s do a project Mama!”
Ready – set – go.
I hope you have had a fall-filled October just like us.

 
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Countdown to Boo – {1 Day}

Posted by casey on October 30, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Snapshots

When there was only 1 day left until Halloween

My Little Loves Gave to Me…

Precious Pumpkin Memories

 Giddy Pumpkin Giggles

Pumpkin Weight Lifting

Laundry Filled With Hay

No Eye Contact

Corn Taste Testing and

The Open Mouthed Smile!

 
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Countdown to Boo – {2 Days}

Posted by casey on October 29, 2012 in Everett, Snapshots

When there were only 2 days left until Halloween

My Little Loves Gave to Me

Giddy Pumpkin Giggles

Pumpkin Weight Lifting

Laundry Filled With Hay

No Eye Contact

Corn Taste Testing and

The Open Mouthed Smile!

 
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Countdown to Boo – {3 Days}

Posted by casey on October 28, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Snapshots

When there were only three days left until Halloween

 My little loves gave to me….

Pumpkin Weight Lifting

“Mama, it’s too big!”

“SQUEEZE!”

“Mama, I can’t do it.” (which he says in a British accent)

Laundry Filled With Hay

 No Eye Contact

 Corn Taste Testing and

 The Open Mouthed Smile!

 
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Countdown to Boo- {4 Days}

Posted by casey on October 27, 2012 in Snapshots

It can’t all be pumpkins, sometimes you catch you a little hay fever.

When there where only 4 days left until Halloween

My Little Loves Gave to Me

 

 Laundry Filled With Hay
No Eye Contact
Corn Taste Testing and
The Open Mouthed Smile!

 
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Countdown to Boo {5 Days}

Posted by casey on October 26, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Snapshots, Uncategorized

“Quick Everett, act bored.”

For the moments you think all of our pictures are cooperation and grins like the ones I shared yesterday here are some pumpkin patch out-takes I think the boys were conspiring together on.

When there were only five days left until Halloween
My Little Loves Gave to Me…

“Ready…set… open your mouth and look away now.”

“Now show her your ‘Are we done yet?’ face.”

“Quick, Look Down!!!”

No Eye Contact

Corn Taste Testing and

The Open Mouthed Smile!

 
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Countdown to Boo – {6 Days}

Posted by casey on October 25, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Snapshots

 

 

When there were only 6 days left until Halloween

My Little Loves Gave to Me…

Corn Taste Testing, and…

The Open Mouthed Smile

 

 

 

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