Thursday, October 30, 2014

"It's just a haircut, babe. It's not a big deal. His hair is so long...just do it, or I will!" These are the comments from the hubby lately, regarding the baby boy's beautiful locks. It was the last comment that got me moving. Kelly doesn't give haircuts - he butchers my boys!! I wasn't going to let that happen, so I called our friend, Trin. Okay, it was getting a teensy bit too long...Chloe actually put it in a ponytail on Monday! But his beautiful blonde locks are just so precious...I didn't want to do it!

Yet another moment in the last four weeks when I REALLY miss having my phone. I don't have any before and after pics of my baby's haircut! :(

Trin did a great job. He looks very handsome. And not much like a baby now. It's just hair..it's just hair...no, not really. It's the reality that he's not going to be a baby for much longer. I know when Cadie gets here, I'm going to look at Cas and just be amazed that he's a full blown toddler. How do I know this?? Because it's happened every. Single. Time. The joy of having a new baby in the house brings the bittersweet knowledge that my other babies are growing all too fast. It's a reminder to cherish every stage of their growth, because it's slipping by quicker than I could ever have imagined.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Trunk or Treats

So the kids and I have hit the Halloween season full throttle. First came the planning of costumes. Molly had a plan for her and Chloe early on, and they decided to add in the baby brothers to the theme. Molly is going to be Batgirl, Chloe is girl Robin, Chancer is Batboy, Cas is Robin, and Caleb is Batman. Their girlfriend Hannah has reluctantly joined in, now, as well. She is going to be the Joker - she's not as enthusiastic as the other two, but is a really good sport! When we started Googling Robin costumes, we were a little taken aback by the...um...adult styles that these costumes had. So we decided to make our own version of girl Robin, rated G! We ordered Cas' costume, but Caleb already had his Batman costume - it was a Christmas gift last year (yay for clearance items!!). Canon decided he wanted to use the wings that Connor had made out of cardboard for him recently and be a dragon. So I reshaped the wings, painted them black and silver, spray painted a scale pattern on them, used an old black shirt and pants and sprayed the same pattern on them. We got some black hair spray and some face paint, and voila! A black dragon. Connor was trying to decide what he wanted to do. He didn't participate last year, but kind of wanted to this year. He decided on being a dragon rider, to go along with Canon. Now, I know most people aren't as into the fantasy genre as we are, but I had no idea how hard it would be to find anything that would work for a costume! So, I broke out the sewing machine and pulled something together. It's come out pretty cool, and he's very pleased, so bonus points for Mom! Hopefully, we will get some great pics Friday night. So for those of you counting, that's one store bought costume new, one clearance costume from out of the toy box, and three homemade costumes for the Quinn house. Three is my limit, definitely! You'd think I'd have saved a ton of money, but yeah...you'd be wrong! ;)

Last weekend, our church, Crossway Baptist, put on their annual Fall Festival. Bouncy houses and obstacle courses, lots of fun games, and hot dogs and drinks - oh, and don't forget the candy! I worked the bottle bowling game for the first hour or so of the day, so the big ones took Cas around to play and bounce. They had as much fun helping him with the fun as they did doing it all themselves! I love watching them enjoy his excitement. It's one of my favorite things about having all these ages at the same time. They got enough candy to share with 10 kids, and had it stashed all over the place by evening.

Sunday after church, we headed to Bolivar to meet Ariel and go to some local churches for their Trunk or Treats. It was a lot of fun. I love seeing how many churches and communities have taken the opportunity to turn something that the evil one means for harm and turn it into a way to minister to our neighbors. To have a little fun and reach out to some families that may not otherwise come to a church event. There were plenty of creative and unique things going on, and everyone had a great time. Some of the more interesting things we saw were a toilet paper toss game where they had made an outhouse out of cardboard boxes. One family had made an Angry Birds game - the boys loved that one! They all came home in sugar comas and passed out till midmorning Monday.

Tonight we headed to Evergreen for the annual chili cook off and trunk or treat. Even though the crowd was much smaller than in years past, the people who put forth the effort of putting it on make it all worth while. The kids love seeing their old friends; and, again, they got enough candy and sweets to make them sick for a couple days!

What's that, you say? Halloween isn't even until Friday?!? Oh, my...well, at least thekids are getting to wear their costumes several times. Here's hoping for no cavities from our house to yours!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Favorite Season

I love fall. The crisp air, the crunchy leaves, football games, pulling out my hoodies, boots and jeans...and pumpkin. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin carvings, pumpkin candles, and pumpkin baking. Oh, the baking! The kids and I have been hard at it this week. We have made 2 pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin spice cake and pumpkin bread. This week, we plan on making about 72 pumpkin muffins to freeze for easy breakfasts...don't be jealous, I won't rub it in, too much...but the only reason I won't is that I have a broken phone and can't take pictures of all the yumminess that is ensuing in my kitchen! Mmmmm.... ;)