Memories of Halloweens Past

Happy Halloween!!  I looked back at past Halloweens and got all mushy.  Our first Halloween with Max seems like just yesterday we had him dressed as a hotdog, and this picture makes me laugh.  He was the cutest looking hotdog!  

The next year he was my very own Super Man!!  He wore his costume to the Coyotes game and would run down the aisle making his cape flow behind him.  His hair was even on point. 

When we bought his Jake costume, he was so excited.  Then we put it on him and he cried and cried.  Thank goodness my bribery ways were getting good and a few pieces of candy turned that frown upside down. 

Our first Halloween in WA Max was a very in shape Spider Man.  He wore that mask for months afterwards.  Emma even got in on the mask wearing fun.  

Last year he was Optimus Prime, and the coolest Transformer ever. He had to have his sidekick....

Our sweet Bumble Bee! 
I die over this picture.  She looks so beautiful. 

I can't wait to dress them up tonight.  Rain or....rain we'll be trick-or-treating.   It's pouring right now, and I hope it stops by this evening! 

Happy Halloween!!  I hope you have a spooktacular day and night!!  Be safe! 


Life Happens

Hey there friends.  Time seems to just keep on moving, and I think about blogging, but then before I know it the day is over.  If I had at least two more hours in my day, I think I could get so much more done.  Well...maybe.

We carved pumpkins last weekend.  Max and Emma did not want to touch the "guts" and I couldn't stop laughing.  I made Max touch it, and he freaked out and tears were shed. Again, I laughed so hard.

These cute pumpkins which were named Jack and Kyle courtesy of Max. When I asked why those names he said in a very matter of fact tone, "Because it's a Jack-O-Lantern with the face, and Kyle after my friend at school." #duhmom 

The sky on the way to work the other morning was so beautiful.  Max said it looked like cotton candy, which then lead him to ask if cotton candy were other colors besides pink and blue.  He didn't wait for a response before he told me it's only pink and blue, because the one time we went to the baseball game he only saw pink and blue.  He knows everything.  He'll tell you so too. "I already know Mommy." 

On Friday our class got our critters for our Study of Life unit, and I died.  If you would have seen my reaction to having to move the snails from a smaller container to a larger one, you would have laughed.  I was so grossed out.  

We also got 6 crayfish, which were so vicious people.  Vicious.  I'm not even going to lie.  I'm ready for this unit to be over.  I bought tongs this weekend, because my fingers will not get pinched and I don't want to scream in front of my students.  I have to act brave...with tongs. 

Lastly, today is Sounders matchday!  AKA #DecisionDay because there are 4 or 5 teams that need to win if they want to make the playoffs.  The Sounders included.  If they win, they are in!  Crossing our fingers that we get 3 points today.  Max also informed me that he's tired of the jersey he has and he wants one with a number on the back.  The number 9 to be exactly.  Kids.  I will add that these two have nearly perfected their tantrums.  The screams are at the highest pitch my ears can take, and the tears fall immediately.   I may have already threatened a certain someone that if this behavior continues to happen this week, there will be no Trick-or-Treating.  Umm...I mean business.  Tell me this is just a phase. 

Song being sung at this very moment, "I'm tired from playing hockeyyyyyy.  Yes I am.  Yes I am. Poooooop.  Don't poooooop in your pants.  That would be yucky. So yuckyyyyyyy."  Aren't you jealous of my entertainment. 

Happy Sunday! 



This past week at work we were talking about the future and going to college with our students.  I ended the week with showing them my college graduation picture.  They saw it, and said, "Ohhh, that's you?!  Then they let me know how young I looked, which turned into a conversation about my age now.  Fun times.  Ten years ago.  I swear it was just a few years ago that I graduated. 

Emma's school had their Fall Festival and it was the cutest thing ever.  The kiddos were able to walk around and pick our pumpkins.  They had a great food set up.  The mini fudge pieces were their favorites.  Every time Emma saw one of her little friends she would get so excited and jump up and down.  

There was a photo area, and both kids had a blast. 

Yesterday Ian told me to go out for some "me time".  I went and got a manicure, coffee, and then ran errands.  It was a glorious two hours. Glorious. 

I drove by the pretty trees that I've been loving since the first day of Fall and the leaves are falling. 

Today we're watching football, and the Sounders play as well.  If they win, we are in the playoffs! There are also two lovely pumpkins that will be carved today.  #sundayfunday

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 


October 15th

There are two dates that I really get consumed with thoughts about how different our life could have been.  August 13th and October 15th.  Every day I think about my favorite "What if", but on those days....it's the hardest.  Actually the whole month of October is hard because there are other women who post about their experiences and sadness, and then it leads you to think of your own.  Women should talk about it, it helps, it heals, it brings back memories. 

This ornament that we got last Christmas sits on the mantel in the playroom between a picture of Max and Emma and our family picture.  Our Angel sits there every day, because in spirit she's with us everyday.  I realize I typed she...we don't know whether our baby was a boy or girl, but calling her a she just feels natural. 

Even though I don't have a healthy 7 month old baby to blog about today, my pregnancy happened.  My baby existed.   In July of 2014 I had taken a pregnancy test and saw the word that made my heart stop and I started to panic, because life with 3 kids seemed overwhelming. 

I had already started to think about how I was going to announce it on social media, because hello....that is obviously important. 

I had started taking bump pictures for a blog post...

I had been experiencing morning sickness, all the emotions that a pregnant women goes through, the bump was showing, life with a 3rd baby had been thought about and accepted, and I started to get excited, our baby had a heartbeat....

Then I heard the words, "There's no heartbeat."  Then you're left with thinking of the life you could have had, the baby that will always be a "What if", and a hole in your heart that will never go away. 

This year I'm at a better place.  I'm teaching again, and loving every minute.  I feel like I found myself when I went back into the classroom.  Max and Emma keep me so busy, and the weekends are all about family time.  I think Ian and I really soak up family time during the weekend, because the week is so crazy.  I do find that when I see a family with three kids, I think  "That would be us." God had other plans, and I know that now, but when it first happened...God is who I was angry at.  Why make a woman go through that?  Why cause so much pain?

This October and every day I think of our baby.  I remember, because my pregnancy did happen.  Our baby did have a heartbeat.   We have three kids: Max, Emma, and our little Angel. 


Pumpkins and Ghosts

The leaves are falling, and when Max sees it happening he'll say, "Hey the leaves are falling down.  You know, like Fall?"  There are some big leaves we have falling around our lawn.  Only means we're going to have to rake up all those leaves in a week or so....boo. 

We went bowling this morning, and it was Emma's first time bowling a whole game and wearing bowling shoes.  I died seeing her in the shoes.  She was so excited and would jump up and down each time her ball went down the lane.  Max was super competitive and made it point to let me know when he was beating me.  I have no clue where he gets his competitiveness from. Ahem....Ian. 

We also painted pumpkins.  I was taking pictures and I wanted Max to look at me and smile.  He told me, while not looking at me, "Just take the picture Mommy." Okay then...

Emma still likes taking pictures for me. 

Max not so much...


One of my favorite things for Halloween: Footprint ghosts. 

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Family Fun

Max came home from school Thursday, and he had TWO Panther Paws.  Kiddos get PAWS when they are following school expectations.  He was so excited that he had gotten two in one day.  One was from his music teacher, and the other from his class teacher.  #proudmama

Friday I took the kiddos to see Hotel Transylvania 2 in 3D.  I had taken Max to see the first one in AZ with his BFF, and so watching this one brought back those memories.  I miss our friends in AZ.  The movie was super cute.  Max and Emma got a kick out of watching the moving in 3D and feeling like you could touch the movie.  I know we're supposed to recycle the glasses, but if I'm paying a million dollars to see a 3D movie, we're keeping the glasses.  The kids have been playing with them nonstop since we got home on Friday.  

Saturday we ventured out into the pouring rain and went to Redhook Brewery in Woodinville.   This place is so good.  I had the pumpkin porter with my meal, and it was tasty!  I'd definitely order another.  

This beauty was so darn good.  We all ate it up in about 2.5 seconds.  This led us to wanting to make our own pretzels at home...

and we did.  We watched the Coyotes beat the Penguins.  We like both teams, but we were hoping the Yotes would get the win.  Max loves that there's a player named Max.  After the Yotes game we then watched Hocus Pocus.  Emma calls it Pocus Pocus.  If you ask her to repeat it she might say Pocus Poocus. It's the cutest and funniest thing.  I looooove the movie.  I was laughing and enjoying the heck out of it.  I don't think Max is at the age where he appreciates it's greatness.  

Today we're going bowling.  Then it's football.  Obviously.  The Steelers don't play until tomorrow.  We're also painting pumpkins, which is a tradition.  We've done it every year since Max's first Halloween.  


Is It Friday Yet?

What a week....I'm glad it's almost over.  It's been a rough one.  Even though it's been a rough week, I did have some favorite moments.

1. Look at that view.  The trees are getting prettier by the day!  Of course in a week or so the leaves will all fall and the trees will be bare, but for the time being....beautiful.

2. Target gave away a reusable bag that is so freaking cute.  If you have a RedCard you had to show your card at guest services, and they gave you a bag.  So. Cute.  I also saw this mug, and I had to have it. Give me all the cute mugs they have right now. 

3. At work, 3rd grade was in charge of decorating the entry way.  I found this idea on Pinterest and the team liked it.  I think it turned out pretty great!  It says, "We are each unique, but together we are a masterpiece."  Each 3rd grader decorated their hand that they traced and cut it out.  It was a fun activity for them to do. 

4. My Mighty Mug....I just love putting it on my desk and showing my students how it won't fall over.  I have 24 impressed kiddos. It never gets old!  Don't forget you have until the October 20th to enter HERE to win your very own.  You only have to enter your first name and email address.  Easy peasy. 

5.  THIS.  #TeamBen always and forever. 

Happy Friday Eve! 


The Mighty Mug

I was lucky enough to be able to try out The Mighty Mug, and I have to say my life is forever changed.  You know I love my coffee, and nowt hat I'm back to work I start my day off with a cup of coffee in hand.  Always.  I never leave home without it.  

The Mighty Mug is one that won't fall over.  I know, crazy right?  I was a bit skeptical, because how was a mug going to grip to my desk and not fall over?!  The day I got it, I tried it right away.  It does not fall over!  I was impressed.  Not only does the stainless steel mug keep my coffee warm for up to 6 hours (if it lasts that long!), but when students walk by and accidentally hit the table or the mug itself, it doesn't tip over and spill.  All the heart eye emojis for this mug.  They also have a variety of products to choose from, and I have a few I want to buy for Christmas gifts or keep for myself! 

Isn't it pretty??  The bottom of the mug sticks to any flat surface. No spills. Fits in your car holder.  Keeps hot drinks warm for up to 6 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 12 hours.  If you have little hands around your cup of coffee, you need one of these mugs in your life. 

Friends!  If you want a chance to win one of your own Mighty Mugs, then go HERE and enter!!  Good luck!  Entries will be collected through October 20th! 


Pumpkin Patch

Fall means pumpkin patch fun.  My friend, Elise, had texted me earlier in the week and asked if I wanted to meet up at a pumpkin patch.  I checked out the website, and it had me at apple donuts.  We even texted each other at the same time over our excitement of said donuts.  You know what they say about great minds?

We got up ready for some fun, and off we went.  The pumpkin patch opened at 10:00, and there were not that many people there yet.  The kiddos were able to roam the kid area, we took a hayride, walked through a corn maze that told the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk every few turns, stood in line for the apple donuts, and then picked some pumpkins.  By the time we were leaving the place was starting to get packed. 

We were going to do the larger corn maze, but as we were getting ready to pay the lady talked us out of it because of the kiddos....even though quite a few small children had just entered the maze with their family.  The kid maze was super cute though, and no one got lost! 

Let's talk about these donuts.  The line was long when we got in it, and it continued to get longer.  I ordered a baker's dozen with one being a pumpkin donut, but the rest were apple.  I would drive back to the farm just for the donuts.  So. Good.  

 Holidays with kids are so much fun.