happy halloween!


We will be spending the day at the Children's Museum with friends and then hitting up a few houses for K's first Trick-or-Treat experience when Ty gets off work.
And I will probably force him to watch Hocus Pocus.
Because I am that kind of wife!

Happy Halloween!
Stay safe, everyone!

happy fall, y'all


We live in the sweetest little neighborhood.
It is really quiet, really old, and really swell.
We adore it.
Since the area isn't full of developments, it means that we got huge, beautiful trees when we bought our 1950s home.
We were loving them in the summer, since the two in the front yard keep us in the shade, saving a little on cooling costs.
And they were mighty dazzling when they started to change colors.
Alas, the inevitable happened.

Le sigh.
Yes, we had so many leaves that they spread half-way across the street.
To make us feel better, look at the mess our  our neighbor across the street has to deal with:
{except he hires people to take care of his lawn...someday...}

Count your blessings, right?
It is crazy leaf-fest around here.
Our neighborhood {and those surrounding} doesn't have sidewalks, so I run in the gutters when I am getting my jog on.
But it has been a little tricky lately.
We decided to clean our lawn up.

It took FOREVER.
And we only did the front, folks.
We have 4 giants that tickle the clouds in our backyard {which is at least 5 times bigger than the front}.
Someday we will get to that.

 Kemry joined us after a little while.
Nap-time was a no-go today.
{She thinks everything is "saaaarrrry"(which is translated into "scary" for those not fluent in Kemtalk yet), so sleep has been a little sketchy around here}.

 And I promise we are not evil parents.
We are terribly loving.
I swear!

After sneaking over to good old Norm and Paula's lawn next door and scooping up their leaves too, we ended up with about 20 bags.
Our front trees still have to drop most {yes, MOST} of their leaves still, so we are in for a hoot these next few weeks.
Looking out the window now, you couldn't even tell we did a darn thing out there.
Someday we will take them to the compost site.
Once again, someday.

We still love you, Minnesota.

a little photoshoot


Yesterday, we got our furnace replaced.
Hooray for having heat, not-so-hooray for paying it off for a year.
Kids, this stuff is expensive.
And apparently time-consuming.
The poor guy came at 8 am.
We left the house just before 5, and he was still working away, still needing to do a ton of work.
We are guessing he left around 7:30.
I sure hope he gets paid well.
{And that he used our bathroom when we left.
That is a long time to hold it in.}

The reason we left our poor furnace installer all alone was to swap family pictures with our friends.
You know, we take theirs and they take ours?

It was so stinking fun.
Look at how pretty the leaves are.
Granted, most had fallen where we shot, but this whole area is beautiful.
Like, we-may-never-want-to-leave-Minnestoa beatuiful.

Here are some of our favorites:

My favorite. Hands down.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend! 

this one's for the goats


Especially for the goat that sneezed just inches away from Kemry's face.
I wish I could have gotten that on camera.
Hilarious :)

Today my dearest Emilynn and I loaded up our kiddos {and grabbed another friend's daughter so that sweet mama could have a break...she is pretty much a superhero for surviving these last few weeks!} and went to a darling apple orchard near Stillwater.
It was seriously the cutest little thing!
We played with goats, ran through hay, rolled on toy tractors, and ate the yummiest caramel dip that has ever been created.
I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I was just enjoying my little darling too much.
Can you believe how big Kemry has gotten?
She turns TWO in January.


an afternoon bonfire


So it wasn't really a bonfire.
But it was a fire {contained, thank you very much}.
And I guess that is close enough.

We had some friends over yesterday {along with my fabulous parents who visited for the weekend!!!} to watch General Conference and eat pizza/make s'mores/roast Starbursts.
We scooped up all the leaves we could in the backyard and let all the wee ones get their fall on.
It was so much fun, and we are so blessed to have such great people around us!
One couple started going into labor, so they dropped their sweet boy off to stay with us for a few days.
Seriously. This kid is amazing.
Both Harlow and Kemry fought for his affection, but he simply wanted to play on our piano instead of kiss the girls.
Good boy :)

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