Friday, November 15, 2013

The Last Few Weeks {InstaFriday}

Here’s what we have been up to the past few weeks – I’m MomsGonnaSnap on Instagram if you want to follow along!

We took a few Super Hero family pics in October – thanks to our friends J & E for helping!  I also got to take a few photos for them that day too.  They have a super cute little boy – love taking pics of him!


Anthony and I met my parents for lunch and some fun in LaCrosse, WI.  After lunch we went up Grandad’s Bluff to check out the view.  Then off to Anthony’s favorite place – Cherry Berry!

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The view really is pretty impressive!

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The next day, Anthony and I went to a local apple orchard and picked out some pumpkins!  Hubby was working in San Jose, CA that week, so he missed out on the fun!

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They had a teeter-totter set up at the orchard – we spent a LOT of time at the playground!

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We also went on a wagon ride through the orchard.  We didn’t pick any apples (maybe next year?), but we did buy some from the shop before we left.  Fresh apple sauce and apple crisp that week!


Our official pumpkins.  Superman logo and a ninja.  Love the paint job!


Heading out for trick-or-treating.  This guy LOVES ninjas!  And candy.


I chaperoned a 2nd grade field trip to a local science/nature center for some science lessons on dirt soil.  As part of the lesson, we went into the cave (made of limestone), so we could check out the sand in the cave.  In case you wondered, 29 second graders is a lot!


We have been waiting to adopt #2 for 3.5 years (UGH), and decided that (once again) we should update our letter that the birthmothers see.  We went with bright, fun colors!  Here’s to hoping that we get picked soon. We are so ready to expand our little family…


Leaves!  No need to say anything else here…


We woke up to this on Monday morning.  Yes, we live in Minnesota, but still…  In my future, I foresee that I will be doing everything I can to have the opportunity to escape the cold winter season!  Hubby, we better start saving!


Tuesday night. Eight 2nd grade Cub Scouts came over to use hubby’s tools to build display stands for their Pinewood Derby cars and fulfill some of their skill requirements. It was amazing. And frightening. No lost fingers! In fact, there were no injuries!  It was a big success!


Went to Target one morning this week, and came home with an overloaded cart. Our Christmas tree has been giving me the business and hubby actually wants to be able to put it back in the box, so it was time for a new one. I don’t like to spend much on trees, and like the idea of using it over and over. Why not a real one? Honestly, I have never had a real tree (I know!!), and I had hoped to get one for our basement this year. But… I just found out I’m allergic to pine trees, so I’m not going to bring one into my home. I also picked up a few home d├ęcor items. Way too much money gone as a result of that trip.  Definitely a love/hate relationship with Target!

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The Cub Scout wreaths have arrived!  Too early for the front door?

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Made this for dinner.  Yes, those are pickles on top!  I’m not a big casserole fan, but this wasn’t bad, and I loved the pickles – the more the better!

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What have you been up to?

Linking to: Life Rearranged, Lauren Elizabeth

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Planning for our Elf on the Shelf

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Last year was the first year that our family had an elf – we avoided it for a few years!  As we gear up for the upcoming weeks of elf mischief, I decided to review many of the ways our elf, Clyde, had fun in our home last year.

You can read more about our elf’s first arrival and the letter he came with here

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One of the things we quickly learned about having an elf was that every mess left behind by the elf must be cleaned up by someone. Sometimes Clyde left a mess that Anthony could help with, sometimes not.  This led us to be very selective, mostly choosing mischief that required very little clean-up afterwards! 

Below are a few of the fun ways that our elf caused trouble at our home last December -
(The majority of the photos are iPhone photos taken in poor evening light, so I apologize for the poor quality!)

Every good elf loves a Christmas movie with popcorn!  Don’t forget the root beer!

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Enjoying a bowl of cereal with an extra big spoon while sitting on recently delivered packages!

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Reading some books.  Lego books have been a huge hit this past year!

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Riding one of our many reindeer decorations…

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Checking out Anthony’s stocking!  This photo definitely was taken in very poor light – our woodwork is a dark brown, not orange!

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Having some fun with our first formal family photo, taken just a few weeks after we brought Anthony home!

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Sleeping in Anthony’s bathroom.  A cotton ball makes the perfect pillow with a washcloth as a blanket!

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Oh you know, just listening to Anthony’s iPod!

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Enjoying some hot chocolate at the table… (just a cup FULL of marshmallows!)

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Getting some exercise in the office – it was the perfect size for him!

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Messing with a new sticker book…

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Hanging out in a lantern…

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Climbing to the top of a tree…

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Climbing to the top of another tree!

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Opening a package the night of Dec 23rd…

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Each morning from December 1st to December 24th, Anthony enjoyed the hunt of finding Clyde and seeing what kind of trouble he had gotten himself into.  Sometimes he thought Clyde was really funny, and other mornings he was really mad when he saw what Clyde had gotten into.

What are some things your elves have done?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Month in Photos {October}

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October was a full month!  The weather was perfect!
Work on the basement
A trip to the apple orchard
Cub Scout meeting
Visiting Grandad’s Bluff in LaCrosse, WI
A 3-week break from school - If you know our family, you know that Anthony attends a school that follows a year-round calendar or 45/15 calendar. I have written about that here and here.
Flag Football and Karate lessons
Picking out pumpkins

**Want to see more photos? I’m @MomsGonnaSnap on Instagram

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Simple Things

Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees so the boys decided to take on the task of cleaning up the yard.

Then this happened:

The laughter… LOVE this!!