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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Turkey Day 2013

As far as family gatherings go, Thanksgiving for us was pretty low key this year and it was so nice!  The week before Sam and Owen helped me cut out and decorate their turkey shirts.  We gave Sam his at his birthday party the weekend before.Picture 1664Picture 1670I had already made Ellie a cute bow, so she got spared wearing a turkey.  We packed up and drove to Peoria Thursday morning bright and early.Picture 1692Picture 1690We got to hang out at my folk’s place and I whipped up my assigned sweet potato dish. (browned butter sweet potato casserole).  It was just us, my parents, and Philip and Kara so it felt a little lonely without Jenna and Casey.Browned Butter Sweet Potato Casserole - Cooking ClassyWe got everyone dressed and headed over to my grandparent’s for a delicious meal!IMG_9452 IMG_9454 IMG_9456IMG_9462IMG_9465 The rest of the weekend was super laid back and relaxing and I even got to sneak in a little Black Friday shopping for a couple things I was wanting for our school room.  Saturday night we helped Aunt Kara celebrate her birthday.  Owen assisted in the blowing out of the candles.Picture 1697-0011484205_10201713310612618_1831190397_nPretty boring Turkey Day report, but trying to catch up on my {very} neglected blog! blog-signature-1

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Recap

It was a fun fall week!  In school, we focused on the letter P and did all kinds of fall and pumpkin activities (and counting pennies below).Picture 1553 We carved several pumpkins and saved one for when our buddy Sam came to play.Picture 1489 Picture 1512We had 2 grasshoppers that seemed to enjoy our pumpkins on the front porch.Picture 1480 Picture 1481 We also learned about our bones made Mr. Skeleton.  I cut, he glued. :)Picture 1555 We enjoyed the warmer than normal October weather a few days before Halloween.Picture 1536 Picture 1544After last year’s amazing costumes, and with how lousy I was feeling, I decided to take it easy and do store bought costumes this year.  Wouldn’t you know that we got almost more compliments on my matching cows than the ones I (and my mom) spent hours sewing.  haha.  Owen wore Ellie’s costume from his first Halloween and I found his costume for $3 at a garage sale.  Score! Picture 1563IMG_9405 IMG_9410We walked across the street to Prairie Fields to participate in their little parade around the neighborhood.IMG_9417 IMG_9422 IMG_9425It was a little drizzly, but the downpours we’d had all day stopped before we left and didn’t start again until we got home.  Perfect!  Owen totally got it this year and Ellie had no fear walking up, holding out her basket and saying “trick or treat.”Picture 1571They got quite a loot for how many houses we made it to.  I’m looking forward to helping them eat it. :)  Ellie had quite the fun time and was pretty tuckered out at the end of the evening!Picture 1573


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