Pumpkin Patch 2015

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I have taken the kids to the pumpkin patch almost every year since they were born.  I think that we missed going once, when Ethan was a baby, but, other than that, it has remained a long-standing tradition.

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We do not stay long.  We literally go to the one down the road from our house, take some pictures, and pick out a few pumpkins.

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This year, time just ran away from me.  October was busy, and we had some rain, which impacted some plans.  Before I knew it, Halloween was here, and we had not visited the pumpkin patch yet.

So, on the morning after Halloween, I told the kids to get dressed because my momma heart needed pictures of them in that pumpkin patch.  They were very eager to make my heart happy.

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It might have been a bit silly to go after Halloween, pick out pumpkins that we knew we would never carve, and do something just for the sake of nostalgia.  However, sometimes we have to make the memories we want our kids to have, and it is really important to me that they remember our trips to the pumpkin patch every year.

Halloween 2015

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I will be honest.  Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays.  I dislike that there is a holiday surrounding extreme amounts of candy that will make over-tired kids cranky and more over-tired because they are hyped up on sugar.

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However, I also know that holidays are not all about me.  Halloween is a kid’s dream day.  They get to dress up, walk around in the dark, and ask people for candy.  So, naturally, I play along.

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Now that I am a teacher, I even dress up.

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This year, my team decided to be the characters from Inside Out.  We hired a new team member this year.  When we interviewed candidates, I asked them, “If we dress up as a team for Halloween, what characters should we be?”  That question stumped every single candidate.  The girl who we hired, however, answered what my brain was thinking.  She said that she had not seen the movie yet, but she was thinking that Inside Out might be good.  Of course, there were many reasons that we hired her, but answering that question certainly did not hurt.

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Summer wanted to be a singer, and we found her the cutest little 60’s costume.

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Ethan wanted to be a soldier again.  The boy knows what he likes, and there is really no convincing him to change his mind.  However, this year, we did convince him to be a SWAT cop, and that was close enough for him.

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Gabriel was not intending to go trick-or-treating, so we did not buy him anything. Then, he decided to go with a friend, so he used Sean’s old Grim Reaper costume.

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While it might not be my favorite days of the year, I still fully appreciate the fact that my children love it, which always makes my momma heart smile.

Halloween 2013

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Halloween seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye this year.

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It fell during the already crazy Red Ribbon Week, and given that it was on a school night, I was a little nervous about how my youngest littles, who normally go to bed at 7 pm, would handle getting up the next morning.

Never fear.  They had a great time trick-or-treating, and they also made it through half the day at school until Nonna arrived and took them for a little Friday fun.

To say that we have come a long way with trick-or-treating would be a huge understatement.  There were so many years that we wondered if Ethan would ever comfortably and confidently walk up to the doors himself.  Now he walks up and says and signs, “thank you”.  It is a beautiful sight to this momma’s eyes.

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This was the first year that we did not have any pre or post Halloween fevers, and we also never had to carry a tired or hurt child. It was a Halloween miracle…or something.

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While I still miss the days of holding little ones and dressing them up for their firsts, I must admit that I am enjoying this stage in our lives.  I never understood how moms did not have a complete and utter nervous breakdown watching their littles grow up.  I totally get it now.  There is absolute beauty in the moment of it all. That is why we embrace and appreciate each and every moment, each and every stage, and each and every step of the journey.  We know that the present is just as beautiful and lovely as the past.

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