Monday, October 16, 2017

Tooth Fairy Visit!

We had a BIG day at our house! When I picked Will up from school he hopped in the car and said, "I lost a tooth!" He's told me that a few times, so I honestly didn't pay much attention, but he HAD lost one! WHAT?! You're just a baby! He'd convinced his teacher to PUH-LEASE pull it out this afternoon and he was downright thrilled. The second thing he said after "I lost a tooth!" was, "Are you going to cry?" Umm...YES.

We stopped by Eddie's office first thing to show off this new grin, before going to gymnastics and church to show EVERYONE.

He told me it was the BEST DAY EVER.

He wrote the Tooth Fairy a note: Dear Tooth Fairy, Please leave my tooth. Love, Will.

We read two Tooth Fairy books and then snuggled up with his Tooth Fairy box tucked into his Tooth Fairy pillow! 

Here's hoping the Tooth Fairy stops by our house tonight! Fingers crossed!

(He and James lost their first teeth almost EXACTLY two years apart. James' first tooth came out on October 13, 2015. That post HERE.)

Thought y'all would also enjoy this exchange that occurred after Will was in bed. E is his kindergarten teacher who pulled his tooth, K is his school nurse, and D is a former teacher of his.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pumpkinless Patch

We spent part of the afternoon today at the pumpkin patch! We grossly miscalculated how long we would need to do everything there, though, and at the end we wound up having to leave in a hurry to make it to a birthday party. The BEST part was that I was able to run into the pumpkin patch store and purchase a birthday gift and have it wrapped and ready for the party! Score!

We completely missed the corn maze, the playground, the ice cream (!!!), and a few other things...including THE PUMPKINS! We had no time at the end to shop for a pumpkin so the boys and I will be heading BACK out there later in the week to pick one out. Gracious.

This was one of James' favorite things! And with a  $15 water balloon slingshot, you, too, can have a pumpkin chunkin' station in your backyard! I might already have one in my Amazon cart! HA!

Fishing was the HIGHLIGHT of the day for James. We spent probably 30 minutes cane pole fishing. And the highlight of THAT was when one of the boys caught a shiner and Mr. Josh threw it out in front of a bass that snatched that little fish right up!

We spent the afternoon getting faces painted, looking at the animals in the petting zoo, "steer roping," pumpkin chunking, fishing, and hay riding. While our attitudes could've been better (and my 1 and 3 year old pumpkin patchers were way CUTER!), we had a fun time! We've missed pumpkin patching the past year or two and were so happy to go today!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloweens Past

We have our costumes ready for Halloween this year and I am THRILLED that the boys have, once again, allowed me to coordinate their costumes so that we are "themed." The costumes were a CINCH this year! I feel certain that this is my last year being able to have much say in what they choose, so I'm considering it a win! I thought we'd travel down memory lane before we get to the big day!

Halloween 2009
Sweet Baby James was just 11 days old and was so sweet in his bear costume. I picked it up at Carter's about a month before he was born. We never went anywhere, but I dressed him up for just a minute anyway.

Halloween 2010
A skeleton this year for a one-year-old James. His costume was a pajama set. We went to our church's trunk-or-treat, but didn't do any trick-or-treating.

Halloween 2011
James was a two-year-old monkey this year and he had Halloween at preschool, our trunk-or-treat, and we went trick-or-treating with our friends, the Blacks. 

Halloween 2012

Baby Will joined us this year as an 8-month-old dragon to James' 3-year-old knight. This was my favorite year of ALL. Aren't they precious?

Halloween 2013

Another brothers-coordinated year! Peter Pan and Captain Hook! James was just barely four and Will was 20 months old. James' costume was straight from Disney's website and Will's was handmade by me.

Halloween 2014

Mickey and Goofy! These were cute, too! James was five and Will was two-and-a-half. I think it was apparent that Mickey loved Goofy!

Halloween 2015

We were Batman and Robin obsessed at our house the previous year, so it made perfect sense to play the crime-fighting duo for Halloween! Will was 3.5 and James was 6 and in kindergarten!

Halloween 2016

This year was a coordinated-stretch, but it worked! Theme? Baseball movies! James (7) was Squints from Sandlot and Will (4) was Henry Rowengartner from Rookie of the Year. We watched Rookie of the Year ONE MILLION times in 2016. He was OBSESSED. The Cubs won the World Series just after Halloween so that was an added bonus for his costume!

I can't wait to share our costumes this year! We're ready to Trick or Treat!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Crockpot Potato Soup!

This is another oldie-but-goodie at our house! It's not my FAVORITE potato soup recipe, but it is the easiest so it is our go-to! It's a dump and go recipe which is perfect for a busy day!

1 bag of frozen, hash brown potatoes (southern style)
1/2 chopped onion (I use a frozen diced onion)
2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 package cream cheese, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream, cheddar, and bacon to garnish.

Add all ingredients except cream cheese to crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours.
About 30 minutes before it's done, add in cubed, softened cream cheese.
Give it a good stir, spoon into bowls, and top with shredded cheddar, sour cream, and bacon.
Serve alone or with chips or bread for dipping! Enjoy!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Keep Treat!

Keep Collective came out with what may be my FAVORITE Collector's Edition yet this month! These are LIMITED EDITION and will sell out! Grab them while you can!

In addition, you can always engrave your own favorite Halloween sayings, quotes, or memories!

Get them HERE! Let me know if you have any questions! These are PRECIOUS and I'm happy to help!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Another day, another soup! I would eat soup every day and Eddie avoids it as much as possible! Ha! This one was quick to throw together and yummy. Make sure you have a little Cholula on hand to spice it up at the end. I didn't have any, sadly!!!

1 pound chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup salsa
1/2 bag of frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro

Spray crock pot with Pam and turn on low.
Add 1 pound of chicken breasts to crockpot.
Add other ingredients on top of chicken and cook on low 4-6 hours.
30 minutes before eating, shred chicken with a fork and add in cheddar cheese.
To serve, top with sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. We also like avocado on ours!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Front Porch Fall

Except for some mums (I forgot the mums!) our front porch is ready for the season. No real pumpkin yet, either. And I swear we JUST pressure washed this whole thing! We need gutters to keep the sidewalk from looking so bad!