Only in October…

October always turns out to be such a fun month. With pumpkin patches, fall colors, costume shopping, Halloween parties, pumpkin carving, and of course trick-or-treating, there always seems to be something exciting going on. This year was no exception.

DSC_0020-1We have always enjoyed going to the pumpkin patch, but it had been a few years since we had been near one. This year we came upon a small patch in Williston. It was slightly different than we were used to, with pumpkins being delivered as opposed to actually growing out in the field, but it was still fun to select our perfect pumpkins.

DSC_0988-1They had pedal cars and a rope climb and rubber duck races, all things the kids enjoyed. In attending these events, I realize just how big our kids are getting. They were among the oldest kids there, but I love that they still have such a good time at events like this.


Pumpkin carving took place on Saturday morning. Liam had already carved a pumpkin as school, but all three kiddos were able to carve their pumpkin patch selections. They had a lot of fun and their pumpkins turned out great. This morning I roasted their pumpkin seeds, so they will have a tasty snack after school. : )


Trick-or-treating is always a big hit. I love the variety of things people hand out these days. They came home with everything from stuffed Halloween snakes to rubber duckies to juice boxes. Our kids do not seem to mind that we still walk along the street with them while they run from house to house, and I am grateful for that.


Of course, watching them run along only reminds me of when they were little, back when we had to hold their hands and help them up onto porches. And now, as I look at my beautiful babies, I am only too aware that my little ones are not so little anymore… But they sure are awesome big kids! I hope you all enjoyed October as much as we did!


October, here’s to you. Here’s to the heady aroma of the frost-kissed apples, the winey smell of ripened grapes, the wild-as-the-wind smell of hickory nuts, and the nostalgic whiff of that first wood smoke. ~Ken Weber, in Providence Journal-Bulletin


Happy Halloween!!

Themes are always fun on Halloween, and this year was no exception. In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the kids decided to go as characters from the story. Charlie B. even joined in the fun and posed as Toto. Rob took the kids over to the University for treats and games, but with severe weather in the area, the city decided the safest thing to do was postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday night, which worked out well for the kids because they were able to head out for treats twice. Unfortunately, I had to work both nights so I missed all the fun, but the kids shared some chocolate with me. 🙂

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Happy Halloween!

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~Dr. Seuss

“It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.” ~Dr. Seuss

The stories and quotes from Dr. Seuss have been such an inspiration for us this year that it seemed only natural to continue our Dr. Seuss theme on Halloween. The kids are such good sports when it comes to dressing up. William had already planned on being The Cat in the Hat, so the twins fell into the role of Thing 1 and Thing 2 very easily. Some sweat pants and shirts, white fabric, a striped hat and a couple of blue wigs and we were all set. They looked great once we had it all put together. Trick-or-Treating was a hit as usual and the kids all brought home enough candy to sink a battle ship, but I suppose that is how it should be!

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” ~Dr. Seuss

Happy Halloween!!

A Day in the Life

Eventually everything must give into the long arms of fall. It has been so beautiful and warm here that I was secretly hoping Kentucky was immune to the cold. This is proving not to be the case. As we near the end of October, we find ourselves having to pull out the sweatshirts. The season for shorts is all but over. I am not complaining, though. I cannot even remember the last time I was able to wear shorts at the end of October. Normally we would have been in winter coats for at least a month now.

As the peak season at approaches, the campground is getting quite full. I read that about 90 new CamperForce are starting tomorrow. The season is going by fast and I am having a hard time believing we have been here for two months already. The shifts are long, very long, but the time overall is flying. I need to start working some overtime in order to put us in the position we are hoping to be in by the end of the season. Not looking forward to it, but it will be worth it in the end.

Schooling is going great. My little kiddos rock. I love being able to adjust our schedule to fit everyone’s interests. It makes everything more interesting and keeps everyone actively involved. We are currently reading the book Summer of the Monkeys, by Wilson Rawls. If you have not read this one, you should add it to your list. We are all laughing out loud at the funny and entertaining story. Even Rob and I cannot seem to get enough of it. Another of our favorite activities is collecting caterpillars. We have a jar full of about 20 and some have already turned into cocoons and we have even had a butterfly. How fascinating it is to watch the entire process. I haven’t quite gotten used to the strange looks from people when we are out and about during school hours, but I am sure I will get used to that in time. I know we are not playing hookie, so that is all that matters.

It looks as though some of our weekend trips will have to be put on hold for a while. Our van is acting funny and we don’t want to push it. Getting stranded is not high on our list of things to do. With 230k miles, I cannot blame it, but until we figure out the problem, we are staying close to home. Luckily I am married to Mr. Fix-It, so hopefully it is something he can take care of.

Catheryn was on her way to her puppy-walking job the other night when she was charged and bitten on the leg by a wiener dog. Luckily it didn’t break the skin very much, she just ended up with a teeth print and a bruise. The owner felt bad and was very sorry, but it doesn’t exactly make it any better. I assume the dog was a rescue and the owners are obviously aware of his tendencies. I wasn’t there, but Rob was none too impressed.

Overall, we are all doing really well. The kids are excited with Halloween right around the corner. I realized today that I better get my rear in gear and finish up their costumes or they will be forced to go as themselves. This is scary enough, trust me, but I don’t think it is what they have in mind.

But for now, it is off to work I go…

Happy Day everyone!

A Night of Tricks and Treats

I love how excited the kids get when Halloween rolls around. To them, nothing is more exciting than being able to go around the neighborhood gathering candy. Ah, the innocence of youth.


Rob took them trick-or-treating in the neighborhood behind the house. When I called them around 7:45, they were hitting their last block before heading home. They had a blast. They even stopped by to see me at work on their way home and brought me some candy. When I made my way home, they had left me a pile on the table. Such sweet kids.

I guess now it is time for them  to start talking about what they want to be next year. They will change their minds a million times, but that is part of the fun. Hope everyone had a safe Halloween. Happy November! 

Here are some pictures from Rob:


Happy Halloween!

Tis time once again for pumpkin carving, caramel apples, sweet and scary costumes, and let us not forget the candy. Lots and lots of candy.

I miss the days of Halloween parties and costume parades at school, but they aren’t allowed to do that anymore, so we are doing as much as we can at home.


We carved our pumpkins yesterday. Catheryn took most of the afternoon just to get the guts out of hers, compete with an (apparently) mandatory whine of Ewww, gross after every yummy handful, while Nathan prefered I get the guts out so he had more time for carving. William, of course, gutted his and carved it by himself. So armed with butter knives, the kids turned their orange balls into characters, and they turned out pretty stinkin’ cute.


Nathan and I also made caramel apples for his class. He helped melt the caramel and then played photographer as I drizzled it over the apple slices. They turned out cute. And tasty. Unfortunately, our house got a little too warm last night and when I checked on them this morning, instead of caramel apples, we simply had apples swimming in a pool of liquid goo. Shucks. Oh well, we stopped at the store on the way to school and picked up some goldfish and white-chocolate pretzels. Not quite what we had planned, but a snack none-the-less.

Unfortunately I have to work tonight, so Rob will be the one taking the kids out for their tricks and treats, followed by a family friendly carnival at the Fairgrounds. Nathan told me he would save me some chocolate since I have to work on Happy Halloween, my sweet little boy.

A Halloween to Remember


Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.  ~Judith Olney

I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than running around the neighborhood with kids dressed as ghosts and goblins and eating candy until your eyeballs pop out. 

This evening as we were trick-or-treating, I was thinking about how far our


 kids have come over the last few years.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were holding their hands and helping them up steps.  Tonight they were running ahead and we were the ones trying to catch up.  Those days of hitting only a few houses are long gone.  They now want to hit entire neighborhoods and their eyes get bigger and bigger as their bags fill up.  We have entered the years when quantity matters.  The more the better.

I’ll be the first to admit that everything is getting easier as the kids get


older, but I couldn’t help but be taken back to years past when parents with toddlers would walk by us.  The innocent faces, the sweet costumes.  The precious hand holding mom’s finger.  It made me realize just how fast time really goes. 

My children are still young and (somewhat) innocent.  They still want to be super heroes and ladybugs, they still get excited about all the little things that make Halloween so much fun.  I am going to soak it all up, because I know that it will pass way too soon.  Tomorrow they will be wanting to trick-or-treat with their friends, because parents just aren’t cool.  They will fly out of the house in scary costumes with blood painted on their faces.  


Of course, when those days arrive, I will soak them up as well, because it won’t be too long after that when they will decide to give up trick-or-treating all together.  But, I don’t want to think about any of that just yet.

I just want to watch them have the time of their lives.  I want to watch their bags fill up with yummy goodness.  This excites me, too, because I know that they still love to share their special treats with me.  

As another Halloween comes to an end, I realize that life just doesn’t get a whole lot better than this…