EEK! It’s already been a scary Halloween season!! Our pumpkins have been SMASHED and someone poured sticky syrup in our mailbox! What has really been giving me a scare is that this little blog is experiencing some serious technical difficulties. At one point I was ready to DELETE everything and start fresh. I’m still working on it! Not giving up yet!
I apologize if you’d had trouble navigating or had an incredibly long wait time!
If YOU have any experience with servers and WordPress misbehaving OR you know of a someone I might be able to hire to help speed things up around here, I would be forever thankful for your recommendations or advice! My email is katherinesmail1 AT yahoo.com
Thanks for your sweet patience! I hope to be up and running properly someday soon. :) And if by some chance I completely disappear from here it was an absolute pleasure sharing this space with YOU!
Until then… how ’bout some NOT-SO-SCARY costumes to get this season going in the right direction!!!
OKAY! Now I’m in a much better October kinda mood!
Hope your fall is off to a great start!
Now that fall is officially here I’m thinking of delightfully disgusting foods to add to our Halloween gross-ology menu!! These aren’t gross-tasting at all, but I think the name will make some people squeamish. Maybe I could bake them in soup cans or something?
From scratch recipe: HERE!
Quick and easy recipe: HERE! (replaces oil with soup)
Surprisingly you can’t taste the soup at all!
Of course my grandma’s homemade cream cheese frosting helped, but the cupcakes are moist and yummy.
Hope you are having lots of fun baking up GROSS (and not-so-gross) Autumn goodies in the kitchen.
Hope you find some sweet cheeks to kiss today!!
Blaise in turning THREE soon!
For his birthday I filled this vintage tin with recycled manipulatives to encourage a little NAME practice! I think he’ll get a kick out of the mini activities. My favorite name “tool” is the tape measure with his name underneath. Scrabble tiles are tucked inside the orange mint container.
Time to kiss SUMMER goodbye!!
No more tree huggin days!!
Goodbye hot hot nights.
Farewell first moments of learning to ride a two wheeler!
Ta-ta ice cream truck delights!
pink tutu swimsuit
tiny pool splashin
days of summer!
WELCOME FALL! So glad you are at our door step!
TODAY was her special day! First day of preschool is a pretty big deal around here. Emerson was so excited last night. She had her outfit carefully selected and wanted to to make sure we would wake her extra early for her BIG (2 hours and 15 minutes) school day!!
These moments are so precious.
Yes, I even snapped a picture of her dirty little sneaks. Maybe she’ll appreciate this in 20 years! I know I will!
We are immensely fortunate to have loving and amazing teachers for our kiddos. I absolutely believe that teachers are true heroes in our world. I am so thankful that my children have the opportunity to learn in such beautiful environments. Perhaps the real heroes are HIGHSCHOOL teachers! I can’t even imagine. I once substituted in a highschool physics class and it was an experience to remember. Lets just say my teaching tricks didn’t work so well with 17 year olds!
I got Mason’s back to school shots today too!! Who said we have to get ”the shot” on the FIRST DAY!? My goal is to get a back-to -school within the first month of school. :) He is LOVING first grade.
Of coures this little fella didn’t want to be left out of the picture action! If big brother or big sister are up to something he has got to give it a try too. I can’t believe he is going to be a “BIG BROTHER” so soon!!!
I hope your back-to-school days are going GREAT!
Kind readers, friends and family— would you like to help me celebrate my birthday this month??
You know I need all the help I can get!
Instead of sending a birthday card or gift how ’bout you whip up a BLESSING BAG for someone in need?! Idea via Kids With a Vision— HERE! ”Blessing Bags” are small emergency kits that might offer a bit of help to someone in need. You can give your bag to a homeless person on the street or donate it to a local homeless shelter, church or food pantry.
Last week I asked the kiddos if they would help me make 40 blessing bags to help ring in my 40th this month! We set up a little family style assembly line and filled gallon sized zip lock bags with our hygiene and food items. I really can’t imagine a more lovely birthday treat! Some of our bags were child friendly and others were geared for homeless adults.
Blessing Bag Filler Ideas (for adults)
Mini Cereal Boxes
Granola Bars/Energy Bars
Pen & Small Note Pad
Gift Cards (Starbucks)
Note of Encouragement
For kid friendly bags you might consider including stickers, toys, arts & crafts supplies, kiddo shampoo, bubbles, and other little treats! I found that full size items from “dollar” stores were sometimes less expensive than trail size items at traditional stores.
A soon to be 40 year old!
“I am a child of God.
I am a beautiful and powerful human being because God not only made me,
but has shared something of His precious divinity with me.
I am good enough.”