Friday, June 9, 2017

Halloween 2016

It's always hard to know what the weather will be like in October here in Oregon and as I mentioned previously, this year it has been WET WET WET!  We had planned on trick-or-treating in the Kaufman's neighborhood, but due to lots of rain we decided to find an indoor alternative.  So this year we went to a carnival at Sunnyslope Church which Katie's family helps organize.  The close quarters and warmth of having that many bodies packed into a small space was a little much being that I was less than 2 weeks from my due date, but no surprise the kids had a blast.  I actually thought there was a chance I might go into labor a little early but no such luck.

I opted not to make costumes this year but instead went to the thrift store and let the kids pick out what they wanted to be from the selection there.  I did end up make Sadie's as she was set on being a Siamese cat and we couldn't find anything like that, but everyone else found something they liked.  Wyatt was a horse, Cooper was a ninja turtle, and Hazel was a piggie.  The horse and piggie were especially hilarious!

 Top: Cooper, Oliver, Payton, Sadie, and Wyatt
Bottom: Hazel and Autumn
Can I just say that getting this many kids to sit still for a picture when they are dressed up and pumped about going out to get candy is ridiculous.  So we take what we get.  I'm pretty sure Hazel's costume didn't make it to the car and I know she wasn't wearing it by the time we got to the carnival.  O well...not worth the fight to this prego mommy.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy 7th Birthday!

It was a Pretty Pony party for Sadie this year!  Can't believe she is 7.  I keep telling her to stop growing but she just won't listen to me and I'm happy and sad about that.  I sometimes wish I could go back to the days with just her or even just soak in her growing up a little more, but life is busy and I'm thankful that in this busy life God gave us our Sadie first.  She's an awesome big sister and such a huge help to me.  I often remind myself to be conscious of not asking too much of her because she's the kid who even if she's tired or doesn't want to will say yes to endless requests grab diapers, or help her siblings, or get something for a little one that can't reach, or help me clean up this or that.  She has a servants heart, she loves to play, she's the leader of our little tribe, a sweet and beautiful girl, and we'd have a hard time doing it without her.

 We tried a punch pinata for her birthday this year.

We also made bracelets.  Thankful for same age cousins to celebrate with!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fall Pumpkin Patchin'

We once again made it to the pumpkin patch quite a few times.  Both Sadie and Wyatt had field trips to different pumpkin patches this year and we made a trip with Daddy to pick out our pumpkins.

Sadie went to Bauman Farms with her class and Cooper was able to join us which was fun!  It was a beautiful day and all the kids had a great time.
Picking out our Indian maze.

Any pumpkin you can carry is the rule.
Love this silly boy!

We got to watch them press cider and then taste some with doughnuts.  Yummy!!

Top Row: Sam, Xavier, Zac, Violet, Hadley, Chloe, Ivan,
Bottom Row: Kaleb, Johan, Isabella, Sadie, Wesley, and Ms. Bell

Wyatt's class went to Greensbridge Farm and it poured on us the entire time but it didn't stop the kids from having a great time.  I didn't have a maternity coat so my poor baby bump got soaked and let's just say the boys dumped their boots out when we got back to the car and they had to have had at least a couple of inches of water in them.

Calvin just cracks me up!

Wyatt and Julian

This was right before, as Wyatt still remembers, we lost Julian in the corn maze.  I really don't like being in corn mazes.  There's something about them that makes me feel lost and just freaks me out.  So when another mom asked me to keep an eye on Julian, who mind you I'd never meet, and then he took off into the corn maze with Cole and Wyatt and one second was there and the next was gone I was in a bit of a panic.  I didn't even know if I could pick him out in a crowd, figured he probably wouldn't recognize me, and had no idea where he'd gone.  So we found and exit and sent Cole and Wyatt out so that we wouldn't loose them and then Ashley and I split up to find Julian only to realize that my phone was in the car so now I couldn't find Ashley or Julian.  Finally, as I headed out to get my phone I saw him playing by the slide, unfazed mind you.  I'm pretty sure he never even realized we were in a panic and then as I walked back with my phone I saw Ashley coming back out.  Nightmare over!

These two really are the best of friends and so much alike in so many ways.  It'll be fun watching them grow up together and I'm so thankful that Wyatt is blessed to have a good friend at such a young age!

And finally one more trip to Greensbridge with Daddy to play and pick out our carving pumpkins!!!

It's been a wet fall as you can see and Daddy thinks we're a little crazy for not just picking a pumpkin from the pile but it's so much more fun to get out in the field.  Plus there are so many more photo ops :)

What a stud!

Wyatt is always a good helper.  He found the perfect pumpkin for our little nut!

The slide is always a highlight especially when Daddy is there to ride it with them.  Even Hazel had a blast on it this year!