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Eat, Drink, and be Scary!

Halloween is almost here and with it comes a new downloadable freebie! Temperatures are dropping and the trees foliage is turning into beautifully hued arrays of leaves.

Last night we went to a haunted barn in Somonauk, IL. Asher’s first! He was a bit scared (especially in the doll room!) but he made it through A-OK. We actually got lost in the haunted barn… but in our defense, it was confusing! 🙂 A lot of fun though.

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This is your 8, sweet Ash

Asher at 8!

I always think of how lucky we are to have you. You are a rainbow baby. I didn’t know what that was when we found out we were pregnant, but now that I do, I also find that you are always accompanied with storms and followed by calm. My entire entire first trimester was up in the air. I had H1N1 pneumonia during Chicago’s blizzard and your tiny developing self was built upon my ingestion of weeks of steroids, antibiotics, bronchodilators, low oxygen and high CO2. But you stuck around. You never stopped moving. We joked you would be born with Popeye muscles because of all the meds. 

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A Very Good Boy: Scout

We got Scout about 6 years ago, when Asher was still a baby. June 25th, 2012 to be exact. He’s definitely part of our family, as anyone with a dog would know. Scout (or Scouty or Scouty P.) is a black lab mixed with some mystery breed that gives him a stumpy/squished tail (kinda like an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog or Brittany Spaniel).

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Life with BOYS – James

Cool James

James our now 7 year old, is our first born. We thought we knew what to expect before having him, but OH! were we wrong. James had classic colic: three hours of crying EVERY night from weeks 3-9? It’s really all a blur now. I do know that the comment was made AT THE HOSPITAL when he was 2 days old that the nurses had never seen a newborn awake and alert so much. We should’ve known then…

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Visit with Santa

We live by an awesome place called Phillips Park, which is run by our park district. I have gone there since I was little. It is a very small zoo, but you can tell the staff that work there really enjoy what they do and do their best to give the animals a nice home. AND they have an awesome playground area. AND it’s free!  High score for us!

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Christmas Program

Last week the boys had their Christmas program at school. I was forewarned that over 300 people had RSVP’d which put me in a panic.

“Is that even safe with fire codes?” “Do you remember the little angel school story in Chicago in the early 1900s?” “There is NO parking for that many people” “How am I going to feed these little people dinner, get them ready and back to school by myself?” “oh GOD, Asher please behave”

Put that on auto-repeat, and you have what went around and around in my head that whole day.

It ended up FINE! I spent the day nursing, showering, getting the boy’s clothes ironed, and making a baby nap. We picked up the boys, ate early and got to school early with Gramma. There were PLENTY of seats, so I picked out an “I-can-make-an-easy-exit-with-a-screaming-baby” aisle seat that was still close enough that my poor eyes could make out my children on stage.

Asher was a peach. (That’s not even sarcasm). I don’t know if it was the snowflake lights or the nice singing, but he didn’t even flinch. He didn’t even get fussy until after they were done and when I made my way to the exit, he was asleep by the time I hit the back of the gym. Everyone clap for Asher!!!

James wanted us to get him a babysitter because he was afraid, “Asher (was) going to embarrass” him by crying in front of the whole school. Poor boy. He later thanked his baby brother for being so good. With three kiddos, and one eternally in someone’s arms, we found it hard to take pictures, but here’s what was managed…

Quinn and James looking handsome! The three boys in matching ties

It takes a discerning eye, but all three boys are wearing matching ties! I made them all from one 0.60 thrifted tie!

Gramma & Asher

Asher patiently waiting for the festivities to begin…

James and classmates

I love that in the midst of all these grades getting onto the stage, James is the only one in this grainy shot looking at the audience!

Quinn shielding his eyes

Quinn is in the very front shielding  his eyes from what he later called “lights as bright as the sun.” Check out some of the expressions on these other kiddos faces- priceless!