Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween {2014}

Halloween was a long day. It started out like this:
 And this was the crew by midday. No one wanted a picture taken, they were sick of trying on costumes for final tweaks and they were just plain crabby.

I had to resort to taking individual shots of them in their Halloween garb. Even then they were not perfect, but at least I have something!

By time dusk rolled around it was sleeting out. We took a few quick photos and put on lots of layers.
Due to the weather conditions we didn't make it far. Thankfully we were able to cruise the neighborhood in grandma's golf cart so it made things a little more tolerable. You know it was miserable out when Emma asked to go home. She is her mommy's daughter- it would take a lot for her to miss out on free chocolate!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Birthday Retreat

This past July we held a surprise birthday for my mom's 50th. Today is her actual birthday though- Happy Birthday mom! We just returned from a mini vacation up north. That was her only birthday request this year. She wanted the whole family to go away together. They rented a cabin near Cadillac for the weekend. It was in the middle of nowhere so everyone was able to relax and enjoy each other's company.

Jason joined us for part of the weekend since they are still busy harvesting. There were a lot of off road trails close by so he brought some toys along. We took a few hours to go riding together too.

The weather was beautiful on Sunday, amazing for late in October!

My grandparents made the trip up from Arkansas as well. We had four generations all together. Games were played, stories were told, bonds were strengthened. So grateful for this time together!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Family Photos

 We finally had our family photos updated in August. Or the kids' photos rather. The hubs isn't a fan of having his picture taken and it's hard for him to find time with the exception of a Sunday. I decided not to push this issue this time around. I needed to at least get updated pics of the kids though, since the last time they were taken was right after Elissa was born. I have a mommy friend who is an uber talented photographer so I signed up for one of her mini sessions back in August. Both of us being busy mommies, I recently got them back. Poor Felicia worked hard for every shot.

 Easton wanted to play in the rocks, Elissa wanted to eat them and Emma simply didn't want to have her pictures taken.

While we were packing up and chatting in the parking lot Felicia captured these last few gems. They depict my busy, chaotic free spirited little peeps perfectly!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ready to TRicK or TrEaT!

My mom has been busy at the sewing machine again this year. I bet you'll never guess who the kiddos are dressing up as...

Easton had the choice of Sven, Olaf or Kristoff. He chose Sven so there isn't much to his costume, just a brown sweat suit and antlers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

We finally got our pumpkins this past weekend.

No screaming pictures of Elissa this year. She fell asleep on the way and it as freezing outside so we figured she was better off in the van.

It took me a while to get up the courage to paint them with the kiddos, but we finally managed. It didn't go too poorly.

That is until Elissa decided to do a taste test on the paint. As you can see, she was not impressed!