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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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Fun Fall Festivities

October was filled with an overload of fall fun! We fit in our annual pumpkin patch visit this year with a friend’s birthday at Andelin farms. It. was. freezing. But the kids had fun going on a hayride, sliding on the hay bale slide, rolling around in a giant pipe. Yeah, good times! And cupcakes. Of course any event with cupcakes is a success.

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The next morning, Addie and I joined our dear friends to honor our friend Crystal’s memory in the Susan G. Komen walk. What a beautiful day and so special to share it with two of our favorite people!

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We took a little road trip to EDH for Miss Haylee’s birthday and managed to barely squeeze in a trip to Apple Hill. It was a busy Saturday morning, so didn’t venture to our usual farms, but the couple we did visit had enough to make these little ones happy!

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We had so much fun (and some meltdowns) at Haylee’s 4th birthday party! Ariel even made a surprise visit! Haylee has a super cool playroom, so between that and the bounce house, we didn’t see Coen for most of the party. Holden kept wandering off and getting picked up by random family members. We all managed to survive without anyone wandering out the front door. Overall, a 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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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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I can’t believe summer is already over. Two little monkeys are already back to school with the third heading off in a week. We spent our last two weeks being lazy bums. We had a couple famïly swim days at the pool. We finally got Holden in for a proper swimming experience. It wasn’t love but at least he warmed up to it a little. Addie and Coen probably had their last night swims of the season. Coen is so confident now jumping off the step and floating on his back. He started lessons back up this week, so I’m sure he’ll be a fish by next summer.


Addie, Coen and I spent a night watching Shakespeare under the stars at Bartley Ranch. Coen was more into a frog than the play but it was still a fun night.



And finally, our last day was spent riding the ferris wheel, watching fish, and learning about taxidermy at Scheels. Coen had no short of five complete melt downs and screamed all the way home. Yep, summer’s over buddy.


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With 30 hours of THRIVE and 30 hours of work each week, no chance of catching up on this old blog. So, here’s the recap of the few things we managed to fit in this past month…

4th of July fun at the Aces game with Dad. I stayed home with two sleeping boys since it was so late and Beckett needed his sleep.


Crazy minions


Lots of swimming…mostly at night after two brothers are in bed


A birthday party at the museum


Sibling yoga

A quick trip to EDH for jimmy’s 20th reunion


A girls mani/play date 


Ice cream sammies as big as Coen’s head


And this looney toon climbing on everything but still not walking


Earlier this week, he started to say “hi” but still would rather just scream.

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Fun Summer Days

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I feel like school got out pretty late this year. Addie’s last day was just over a week ago, and Beckett’s was a week before that, so really, we only had one week of summer before Beckett started his conductive education intensive therapy program this week (more on that soon). We managed to pack a whole lot into that one week, though! Horse lessons started up again for Addie and Beckett. Actually, this was the start of the second session. They did a few weeks in May. We had our first pool days since our community pool opened up a couple weeks ago. We spent an entire day at Burnt Cedar beach in Tahoe. And, if all else fails, backyard pool days were a good backup plan. Add that to recital and Father’s Day and it seems we packed more into one short week than we usually do into a whole summer! We’ve had some crazy busy fun days with hopefully a whole lot more to come. No place I’d rather be than with these loonies!

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