The Great Christmas Tree Hunt 

This year we aren’t waiting until our 25 Days of Christmas to get our tree!  Because of time constraints and upcoming prenatal appointments, we are pushing our tradition of getting a tree up a week.

Really, we’ve been breaking tradition already this holiday season.  The kids already picked out their annual Christmas ornament.

Carefully looking over all the options

Ornaments ’16: Marshall picked a Mack truck that had a load of presents in it’s box and Vi picked out a purple My Little Pony ornament

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Pumpkin Carving (and Treats!)

My grandmother was a short little Italian woman, who lived through the Great Depression, and was a devout Roman Catholic.  She was very poor for the good portion of her life, but she showed her love through food.  One thing she would often say (after “mangia, mangia!”; Italian for “eat, eat!”) was that wasting was sinning.  I often hear her words when it comes to various things, and pumpkin carving is no different!

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Bringin’ the Punkins to the Pumkin Patch

We recently made our annual pumpkin patch trip.  In Kansas City, we had a favorite pumpkin patch that was open seven days a week.  Now, in our new location, pumpkin patches are only open on weekends since the patches are real working farms.  Don’t let the small town farm fool you though, it had plenty to offer and Marshall was completely enthralled with it.

Marshall entering the kids’ haybale maze

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