Tuesday, November 4, 2014

No Spend November

October was a marathon. A fun marathon, but one that left us panting and red faced at the end. In fact, this whole year has kind of felt that way.  It has been a year full of travel, and celebration, and adventure. I mighty wonderful problem to have if you ask me.

A couple of weeks ago, as we were in the throws of Halloween festivities, J and I looked at each other from across the pumpkin laden dining room table and laugh-yawned. We were spent. Or energy, and time, and money. Just... Spent.

So! We have decided to have a No Spend November. Or as J likes to call it, "No Fun November." We aren't going anywhere unless it's an event we've previously RSVPed for. We're not spending any money we haven't previously set aside to spend (i.e: Christmas presents). We are gracefully declining parties and mindfully driving past Starbucks.

November is now our time to reflect, slow down, save a little money, prepare for winter, and just relax into each others company. We are only a few days into the month, and mannnnnn does it feel nice. Kind of like soaking sore muscles in a hot bath.

I'm thinking this may just be my new favorite holiday tradition.

Image from this fantastic tumblr. Seriously, check it out and become deliciously lost!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween: The Fun Never Ends!

Halloween may have been the most adorable, yet. We trick-or-treated with our buddies The Acors again this year and I'm pretty sure all the little boys had a blast! It was cold, but man are those Crunch bars worth it!

Well, maybe I should start at the beginning. First, Archer had his Preschool Halloween party. Naturally, I forgot to take any pictures. A fellow mom sent me this one. Cute!

The weekend before Halloween, we went Trick-Or-Treating Downtown as a family. I LOVE that our town does this. Such a nice way to meet business owners!

Participating stores posted this sign so we knew where to trick-or-treat!

We even ran into Pouches the Fred Parent kangaroo! She had allergy-friendly treats in her "teal" pumpkin.

On the morning of Halloween, we went to the costume party and parade at the Library! It was AMAZING. The ladies did such a great job reading stories and singing songs. I've never seen Zoot laugh so much!


We also ran into Archer's best friend, Grayson!

Fast forward too.. trick-or-treating!

In my book, any night that ends with good friends, a full belly, and a pile of candy is a good night!

I think Archer agrees.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Making Jack-O-Lanterns!

The night following our trip to the patch, J, Archer, and Maddox jumped full steam into making Jack-O-Lanterns! Quite on a whim, I had purchased a nice pumpkin carving set from Target. I immediately felt a little silly spending $10 on a tool set we'd only use once a year. However, it made such a difference! J LOVES pumpkin carving and always tries to outdo himself each year. He really did need a strong set of sharp tools after all. What a  relief!

Mads and Archer loved painting the pumpkins they picked out.

After a few tries, Zoot decided paint doesn't taste as good as ketchup.

He takes pumpkin carving very seriously.

This year, he and Archer decided on a Bumble Bee Transformer carving. That's Archer's Halloween costume as well!

Yay for Fall!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Preschool Pumpkin Patch Field Trip 2014!

Fall is in full effect here in Fredericksburg! Last week Maddox and I tagged along on Archer's preschool field trip to Snead's Pumpkin Patch. I was a little concerned that it would be a hot mess since it rained all day long the day before.

Here's Zoot. Bored out of his gourd with the rain.

So we went to the library! 

We pre-gamed the night before with "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." Archer was glued to the tv/laptop! I would never have guessed he'd be so into it. That night and the next morning, he kept saying that we'd never find a pumpkin small enough to fit in the house. He was really concerned about it no matter how many times I assured him that we'd find a pumpkin small enough that he could carry. I thought he was just being silly until I remembered that all the pumpkins in the movie were the size of the kids! He literally thought that all pumpkins in pumpkin patches were kid sized. What a trip!

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the patches we're barely muddy and the hayride was perfectly dry. Archer was thrilled that there were so many manageable sized pumpkins a foot. Zoot was just happy to be there. Big wins all around!

Zoot was also obsessed with the tractor. Like, in awe. 



It's all fun and games until someone has a meltdown. It's hard being a little brother and having to stay awake 30 minutes past nap-time.

I think preschool pumpkin patch field trips have to be the most adorable thing ever. I'm so happy I was able to attend!