Saturday, 14 November 2015

Halloween Festivities 2015

Happy Late Halloween!

Sprout has been very excited about the changing seasons since reading a book all about it. He noticed the leaves falling and could not wait to get them all raked up so it could 'officially' be autumn time.

October is a favorite month around here, and one of my favorite things is going to the pumpkin patch. This year we were in a new town and had to discover a new place, but we ended up being happy with it. 

He was excited about the corn cob cannon...

...and then he wasn't.

Sitting on his throne of  hay while we waited for the hayride.

For Halloween we went with a Peter Pan theme. I made my Wendy dress using a pattern for a Regency period dress, I made Sprout's Peter Pan costume using a few online tutorials, and I had to make-up the Tinkerbell costume as I went since I didn't want the Little Lady to freeze in an actual Tinkerbell costume or spend $40 on one from the Disney store. People seemed to get it when they saw her with our little Peter Pan even though she didn't look at all like Disney's Tinkerbell. I left Mr. Mitchell to his own devices with Captain Hook.

Sprout got the hang of trick-or-treating very quickly and loved it! He also enjoyed handing out candy to our trick-or-treaters once he figured out they weren't knocking on our door to give him more candy for his personal bucket. For some reason Little Lady was incredibly concerned the entire night (as you can see pictured below) and would only smile if somebody smiled at her first. We bought 250 pieces of candy, and giving only one out to each child we only had 20 pieces left at the end of the night between trunk-or-treat and our neighborhood kids. it was very fun.

Mr. Mitchell always does a fun jack-o-lantern and is quite good at it (especially considering he doesn't have any fancy pants tools to do it with). 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Life Moments

I don't find much time for blogging lately, but decided to make time tonight to help calm myself. It's been a very rough toddler day, and I need to create something. This is the best it gets. Let's play catch-up with pictures and as few words as possible. (Ha. Is that possible with me?)

As I look at these I realize these moments are probably pretty meaningless for most, but they're my everything. 

Dierkes Lake

Faces I Love:

Silliness after our eventful river float:

Bedtime sillies:

Mommy's baking elf:

Not pictured: my exploding heart:

I love my Mitchell Munchkins, and I love my Mr. Mitchell. What a lucky girl am I.

Sprout Turns 3

I debated about throwing a birthday party for Sprout, and after consulting with Mr. Mitchell we decided 'nay.' We did a movie night with one of his friends, and we did cake and presents the next day with Grandma and Grandpa Holdaway. It was all very simple, and I believe he loved it. He's embraced being 3-years-old and is already talking about his next birthday.

I made a little invite for Sprout's friend and for the grandparents for movie night.

We made a birthday chain counting down the days. Sprout made sure to rip off a chain first thing every morning.

On his birthday morning he got chocolate chip pancakes colored orange (per his request) for breakfast:

We're part of the Barnes & Noble Kids' Club, so we went and got his free cupcake and explored the books and toys for awhile. (Apparently the Barnes & Noble cafe here is only for senior citizens that like to shoot dirty looks - perhaps we were interrupting a secret club meeting?)

After this we picked up a giant number 3 balloon that Sprout quickly developed a love/hate relationship with. He thought it was awesome so long as it was always tied up somewhere away from him. It was not allowed to hang loose, and he didn't want to touch it, but he always wanted to be 'oohing' and 'aahing' at it.

I had picked out a cute, new fall outfit for birthday pictures, and we were going to go to a picturesque park. It ended up being 95 degrees on his birthday, so there went the outfit, and then I got lost trying to find the park, so there went the great setting. I had to settle for amateur hour in the backyard.

Then it was sprinkler time as we waited for movie night.

I didn't get any pictures of movie night, but we watched Curious George with a friend from nursery and had so many goodies! I think he loved it.

The next day we had another very simple to-do of cake, ice cream and presents. I seriously suggest watching the video muted so we don't hurt your ears. Seriously.

This boy is a ball of energy that rarely stops talking and moving. Some days it's a very good thing that he makes us laugh or we might be tempted to ship him off. (I kid.) He loves all modes of transportation, dinosaurs, ogres, music, books, wrestling, imagining, making his family laugh, doing anything 'big boy' style, choosing his own clothes, playing at the park, getting donuts, and so many other things. We love this boy so much and are forever grateful, even on bad days, that he is in our lives.
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