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Halloween! It’s become one of my favorite holidays…getting to dress up with these tiny humans is a highlight of my year! This year’s family costume was a tricky compromise. Addie was dead-set on Alice In Wonderland (which I swayed her away from last year. I thought Holden’s first Halloween costume would be cuter as a scarecrow and not the Cheshire Cat.). Coen was convinced he was going to be pizza. Then, a Minion. The Trolls movie is in constant rotation on Netflix, so we had a talk and all agreed, Trolls it was.

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All the Trolls costumes I could find online weren’t very cute, looked pretty cheap, and I just wasn’t feeling it. Plus, good luck finding 6 different Trolls! So, after a solid month of crafting, lots of long nights, and quite a bit of stress learning to use a sewing machine and make a Poppy dress from scratch (PS. the one-hour dress pattern took me a solid 3 days), we all made it in full Troll costume to Trunk-or-Treat…two days before Halloween!

Coen had a costume parade at school the Thursday before, and Fall Festival, so his costume was first priority. He was the cutest in the parade and had such good time being Branch!

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Addie had a costume birthday party for a friend, but refused to wear her Poppy costume. Full-on tears and decided to be Sleeping Beauty instead. In the same dress she worn for Halloween when she was 3. Then, on Halloween, when the whole school could wear costumes, Beckett rocked his King Peppy, but Addie refused again and went as Rapunzel. Which prompted Coen to dress up in full Ariel costume. Luckily he didn’t want to leave the house like this!

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But, finally, once it was time for Trick-or-Treating, Addie was excited to go full Poppy and the kids had a blast! We trick-or-treated at our friend’s house, and somehow Coen and Holden made it into the car with no shoes, which no one noticed until we got there…a solid half hour from our house. Yeah, it was that kind of night. But thankfully, our friends had a spare pair for Co and I stole his socks for Holden, who wanted to be carried the whole time anyway. We all survived and made it home with buckets full of candy. Covered in glitter, thanks to our little Guy Diamond, but home and happy, just the same.

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Oh, and pumpkins. We can’t forget about our last-minute, night before Halloween, pumpkins that barely even got lit for 2.5 seconds. Addie and Coen easily agreed on Minions, and while it was a pretty poor carving effort on my part, the kids enjoyed it and I roasted some yummy seeds. Success!

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Trike-a-Thon

Backing waaaaay up to the end of September…I’m obsessed with Coen’s cute little preschool. It’s where Addie spent her days for two years and now, two years later, many of the teachers are still there and love Coen just the same. It really is my happy place! I wish I could spend my days there, too 🙂 Anyway, every fall, they have a trike-a-thon fundraiser. Coen isn’t big on riding bikes just yet, he only did a few laps (of me pushing him), then decided he was done, but he had a great day. And a month later, still asks when he can do another “bike”-a-thon. And, of course, trike-a-thon inspired quite a few outdoor days trying to ride our bikes (and things!) at home.

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Preschool Days for Coen

OK, this milestone needs an appropriate post. The last week of August, this big boy started Preschool! He’s officially a Brown Bear! He goes three days a week because mom guilt thinks this middle child needs some <almost> one-on-one time in his life. On his days off, he usually ends up coming to my office with Holden and me. I think actually, school would be much more fun, but for now, it is what it is. He absolutely loves school! His favorite friends after the first month are Tory (Addie’s friend G’s sister), Jazlyn, Abigail, Ben, and Andrew. Aside from Tory, I don’t know who any of these kids are at this point in life 🙂 My how things have changed from Addie until now!

The best part of every day is “sliding down the slide”. The worst part is a baby punching him in the tummy. I have no clue on that one, but every day, it’s the same answer. I highly doubt he’s getting punched in the tummy every day, but something, at some point, stuck with him.

Anyway, all is wonderful, he’s finally going potty at school (after two days of holding it allll day long). He’s napping with the rest of the class. He’s learning to write numbers…so far, just a one, which is really just a straight line, but progress, right?! He’s crazy happy and loving every minute!

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A whole month since my last post…I guess this crazy life has gotten away from me for a while. This will be more of a photo dump, but here’s the condensed version from the last month.

Fun day at the zoo with Miss Haylee Rose and her awesome mama

Solar eclipse

Sound of Music with Addie’s friend Giuliana

Pool days

Fun times with Holden while all the others are at school

Monster Hair, Don’t Care…note on this one, we missed one of our fave’s birthdays this summer and his mom made these amazing hats as party favors. We just got ours recently and Coen’s obsessed!

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Coen, Coen, Coen

Any guesses what’s in the toilet. Poop? Yes. And a Doc McStuffins toy? Yep. That, too. Never in 6 glorious years with a girl did I fish anything out of the toilet. I guess, technically, I can still say that because immediately upon learning of the unfortunate Doc swimming experience, I called Jimmy to do the literal dirty work. I did supply him with a shovel. See, I’m helpful! But seriously, what’s with boys? I will say he was a little traumatized to see poor Doc swimming in poop and insisted he wasn’t going to throw Lambie in. Fingers crossed this was a first and last…at least for Coen.


On a more positive note, Coen finally slept in his own bed for the first time since Christmas! Every night, he insists on sleeping in my “cozy bed” and he wants to “snuggle” me. I saw this Minion blanket at Target and told him there was a surprise in his room. He squealed with excitement! And I let him jump on the bed. I think that sealed the deal. Four jumps, then bedtime. Worked like a charm two nights in a row. Though last night he woke up at 3:30 needing to go potty then never fell back asleep. Man, 3 is tough. At least he’s cute!

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It started out ok. The chair was pretty fun. He was listening to this awful little happy meal radio on repeat. I’m sure the other patients in the office loved it.


And then Dr. Trujillo came to check things out. It was all downhill from there.


The other three had exams and cleanings, too. No cavities, except for Addie. We’ve been putting off her fillings for a year now. The cost will blow through our max allowable cost for the year, plus we have to pay a ton out of pocket, so that sucks. But, no new cavities and the current ones haven’t gotten any worse in a year, so that’s good news. 

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Back to school time meant hair cuts for the whole fam! Thank goodness our hair stylist is a saint and has four children herself, so our entire crew invading her space was totally normal. Holden was not thrilled…this is becoming a common occurrence with this one. But Stacy managed to groom his baby mullet and now everyone looks presentable and school-ready!



Don’t mind all the slobber. He got two new teeth last week.

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