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Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

It’s pumpkin picking time again!  We took the little ones to the same pumpkin patch as last year for some fall fun. 

Last year, Evelyn was a few weeks away from making her grand debut and Oliver was my “baby” at 16 months.  Now he is all grown up and Evelyn is footloose and fancy free.

Our first stop was at the corn crib.  They filled this enclosure with about 2 feet of corn kernels.  I jumped in with the kids and it was pretty wild!  I bet it would be awesome to sleep on.  Corn kernel mattresses.  Hmmm…maybe we should market that. 

Second stop was a visit with the goats. 

Oliver always loves looking at the animals.

Evelyn didn’t know what to make of it.  A bear that walks and make noises?

Daddy and Oliver scoured the patch for some choice pumpkins.

We made a game of it and Oliver found quite a few.  Actually, Oliver’s game was chucking the pumpkins through the air, which we tried to “squash”.

Evelyn preferred to crawl over the picked pumpkins herself.  We picked a couple tiny ones for her and she proceeded to eat them like her brother did the year before. 

It was a beautiful day to be outdoors.  A hayride and corn maze later and we were ready to head home with our squash.  We have our annual pumpkin carving party this upcoming weekend. 

I am glad we spent the time out instead of in packing up our house.  I feel like we need to get the “lasts” out of our system before we move.  The last time for this…the last time for that…  I want to close these chapters before we start the new ones.

36 Weeks and Counting

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Happy Halloween!  We carved up the rest of our pumpkins and lit them just in time for the onslaught of trick or treaters last Sunday.  We had probably 40+ kids come through, our biggest year so far!  Thanks to shopping the bargains last year, we had several very large ghouls, monsters, and creepy things to decorate our house with.  Quite a few of the kiddos were too scared to come up to the front door and my hubby had to go outside to meet them.  Awesome! 

I’ve finally packed away the Halloween gear for next year and, believe it or not, started working on the nursery.  We are at 36 1/2 weeks, as of today, and don’t have much time left for dilly-dallying.  Our nursery is actually a corner carved out of our bedroom, but is complete with changing table, shelves, rocking chair, and bassinet.  What else do you need right?  (Famous last words)

The office will be cleaned out this weekend to be used as our “master guest suite” for the visiting grandmothers.  When the baby is old enough for her own room, she will move into the office and the office will move into our bedroom.  We will make it work! (or die under an avalanche of junk while trying…)

Baby and momma are doing great healthwise.  I’m working on our hospital bags and Oliver’s babysitter bag.  I’ve been typing up a user’s guide titled, “Everything you ever wanted to know about Oliver, but was afraid to ask” for the caregivers.  Looking at the sections titled, “Schedule” and “Routines” surprised me to see how well we’ve figured out how to run things around here.  I went from being lost and confused 8 months ago to semi-confident and settled now.  Of course, the new baby will throw us all for a loop again, but I hope I’m better prepared than I was when I left my job.

I’m also working on my own personal list of “The Essentials” for baby and momma gear.  As I’m getting ready for my little one, I’m creating it in tandem and will post for the new mommies to be out there.  It’s not as fru-fru or fluffy as the lists that are constantly being shoved in their faces, as I am not that type of gal, but hopefully it will be helpful.

Well, back to my Oliver guide and the section about food titled “To Eat or Not to Eat – That is the Question.”

4th Annual Pumpkin Carving Party!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

For the 4th year in a row, we turned our living room into pumpkin carving central!  We invited family and friends over for some good old fashioned Halloween fun. 

Oliver played with his friend most of the night, but was dying to help me carve out my pumpkin.  He liked playing with the lid and squishing around in the guts.  Notice my floor is covered in plastic, so he was able to experiment all he wanted.

 

We managed to eke out 6 pumpkins tonight with 6 more to go before Sunday.  It was great catching up with friends and taking a break from the upcoming baby madness. 

Here are some ways that we saved money at our party and some other tips to throwing a fun pumpkin party:

1) Be first in line on November 1st at your local drugstores to pick up discounted Halloween goodies for next year.  We love Walgreens, because they usually discount their items 75 percent off.  We always pick up bundles of pumpkin carving supplies, templates, and decorations for a fraction of the normal cost.

2) Have the party after dinner time and offer snacks.  This cuts down on the amount of work you have to do and the amount of money you have to spend on food.  Also, by offering snacks you get more time to carve the pumpkins versus eating a meal.

3) Pick up plastic sheeting at Lowe’s or Home Depot to cover your floor.  I bought mine for a buck or so in the painting aisle.  They are plastic drop cloths.  Also, line several bowls/pots with plastic grocery store bags for the pumpkin guts.  Clean up is a breeze once the carving is done.  We literally roll up all the garbage in the drop cloth and we are done.

4) Don’t be afraid to ask your friends to chip in either with food, drinks, or supplies.  The spirit of the party is to get everyone together for a good time.  I know many people who think hosting a party means spending tons of money and “wow-ing” the crowd.  Here’s how I hosted this event:  I provided the venue and the pumpkin carving supplies.  I also provided snacks (chips, veggies, dip, and brownies), water, ice, and paper products.  I asked everyone else to bring the beverages and their own pumpkins. 

That’s about it!  With minimal fuss and money spent, we had a great time.  Sometimes the best nights “out” are nights in with family and friends.

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