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It’s no surprise that I love to be outside, in the sunshine, with my kids. We love playing outside! There’s something about the fresh air, the green grass, and the natural light that makes my kids stop whining, fighting, crying, and complaining, and start playing nicely together. I know that any time my kids really start misbehaving, it’s probably because they need some attention and some playtime outside.
I’m all about letting kids run free and use their imaginations while they’re outside. My kids will find sticks, stones, acorns, leaves, mud, sand, (I could go on and on) to play with. But sometimes, having a few extra toys or activities for your kids while they’re outside can be helpful. Check out these 6 ideas for outdoor play that won’t break the bank.
We sure had our fill of pumpkins this year! We visited a pumpkin patch, carved pumpkins, and went to two different pumpkin festivals. We also made pumpkin pie and (of course) had at least one or two pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks. Needless to say, I’m pretty pumpkin-ed out at this point!
But in case you’re still craving more pumpkin, here are all the fun pumpkins we saw this month:
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up, carving pumpkins, taking the kids trick-or-treating, and making fun Halloween-themed snacks and crafts.
However, I’m not a big fan of scary movies or haunted houses. I’m such a scaredy-cat! Although believe it or not, Josh and I saw The Ring on our first date back in 2002. Soooo creepy! (The movie, not our first date. Ha!)
Before we had kids, we’d always either dress up and go out bar-hopping, or host a small Scary-Movie-Night party at home with some friends. The past few years we’ve just had a couple of close friends over for a Halloween themed meal, and then headed out to trick-or-treat either in our neighborhood or at a local trunk-or-treat.
Here are a few pictures from Halloweens of the past:
I’ve mentioned before how my children are so different. Complete opposites in a lot of respects. Graham can chow down on some food. Maddie eats like a bird. Graham isn’t affectionate at all. Maddie would crawl back inside of me if she could. Graham loves building things. Maddie loves active play. Graham loves super heros. Maddie loves princesses.
They’re also so different when it comes to discipline. Graham has so many wonderful traits, and he’s truly an amazing kid. But he is also the most stubborn, manipulative, and argumentative kid I’ve ever met! Needless to say, we’ve tried any and all discipline tactics with him and have finally settled on a few that work…most of the time. I am mentally exhausted every day trying to get him to do what he needs to do. Maddie is a people-pleaser, and already very empathetic. It doesn’t take much to get her to obey.
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I mentioned in the recipe for my caramelized onion bolognese that we served the sauce over homemade pasta. If you’ve never made homemade pasta – you should at least try it once. It’s not that hard – I promise! Our kids love helping us make pasta, almost as much as they love eating it!
Although on this day, Maddie was the only one interested in cooking. Graham decided he would rather play on the iPad. Silly boy.