Archive for October, 2016

Halloween – 2016

October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! We are back from a very lucrative evening of trick or treating. Our pumpkin buckets are filled with candy, we stayed out much longer than we planned, and eventually got to bed at what would be considered an ungodly hour for a 4 and 2 year old. But we had so much fun and sugar, and thats all that matters when its the eve of Halloween. And if your wondering what we all dressed as this year, well you’re about to see Keane was of course a dinosaur, a triceratops to be more specific and Cullen was Tow Mater, from the movie Cars. We usually try to dress cohesively as a family, but this year both the lads were locked firmly on two very different costume ideas, so as parents we decided that one of us would go Jurassic with Keane, I was a stegosaurus and The Husband went as Lightening McQueen to Cullen’s Mater.

Here is my adorable Triceratops.

Cullen wasn’t in the mood to have his photo taken. So that should explain the photo on the right.

But OMG, look what The Husband built for Cullen. His very own Tow Mater to take trick or treating. I mean seriously. How effing good did that turn out??

Got his little tow hook in the back and everything.

The family shot. And I know we’re all collectively wondering what the hell I’m wearing, but just know this. I tried to find a dinosaur costume for an adult women online, but as is the case with most women’s costumes, the choices were slutty dinosaur girl, or slutty dinosaur girl. Perfect if I was single, in my 20’s and headed out to the club looking to get picked up by a hunky Fred Flintstone. But not so perfect for a mother not in her 20’s, or going to a club, but rather going trick or treating with her kids. So hence the lizard skin looking leggings and what you can’t see are my spike head and back plates.

This year 2 of the boys friends Julian (the ninja) and his sister Amia (the ninja turtle) joined us for our trick or treating. Oh, and Dexter is a lion and hates every second of it.

Here we go.

So the rest of the photos are pretty self explanatory, kids roaming the hood looking for candy.

Carving Season

October 29, 2016

Halloween preparations are up and running. Pumpkins have been carved and painted, cos honestly, if your going to make a mess, go ahead and make mess, thats what I say. The boys loved this project, obviously due to its high level of mess potential.

With 4 years of pumpkin experience under his belt, Keane was unfazed by the pumpkin clean out process.

Cullen on the other hand was curious, but not enough to bridge the gap from watching to touching.

Wait a second, in for a little touch.

Adding some facial drama to the clean out.

Another reason Keane was a fan of this project? He got to use sharp objects.

Cullen getting right up in there.

And his face says it all.

Once all the seeds were removed, he didn’t mind putting his diggers inside.

Trying out a little snowman/pumpkin man.

On to the painting. We used glow paint, for a little glow in the dark fun.

Finished product. Well done the boys. Our front steps are now Halloween ready.

Rocking The Ranch

October 25, 2016

This is a post I threatened to blog 2 weeks ago. Then something happened, I turned another year old, and well, our Fall Day of Fun had to move down the pecking order so I could focus on me and my birthday moment. Me-me-me, least we forget, I’m all about myself the entire month of October. But here it is now, Keane, Cullen and their friend Bryson and the day we spent at the Rock Ranch.

We’ve done our fair share of orchards and farms in the past, and I’ve never come across these drain pipe slides before. This year they appear to be everywhere we go, and the lads love them. Bryson in a huge hurry to get to the top.

Cullen ready for his slide.

There he goes.

Next on deck, Keane.

Away he goes.

And Bryson for the off.


These pipe slides actually went under the hill, giving them a slight edge on some of the other pipe slides they’ve been on.

My view when I was at the top.

And back up for more.

Don’t want to use the mat momma. Here, take it.”

The bounce pillow, a big hit with the big boys.

Cullen had no interest in the bounce pillow once he spotted the sand box and trucks.

Relocated himself to the dirt.

Pony rides.

Everyone loved the cow train.

Carousel ride.

3 little boys anxiously await their train ride.

Spotted! One approaching train.

The moment Cullen was sure momma was about to abandon him.

We ended the day in a corn bin, swimming in corn.

A Day For The Lazy

October 20, 2016

The weather put its best face forward for the weekend Birthday shenanigans, so Sunday we took the crew to the lake for a lazy day of, well, laziness. And even though the weather is still warm and toasty, the water temperatures are starting to drop. Too chilly for the boys to want to do much cannon balling or swimming, but happy enough to ride shot-gun with momma on her paddle board.

The surprise birthday guests, chillin on the dock while we get the boat fired up.

Loaded up and ready to set sail.

Keane, looking way to grown, chatting with the grown ups.

Derv gives the sun a chance to tint her milky Irish skin. Cullen enjoys some snacks.

First out on the water, Cullen and momma.

I had the nerve to assume Derv couldn’t paddle board. In fairness she’s not a great swimmer and she hates the water, so you can see my logic. So here she is highly offended and demonstrating her almost flawless paddle boarding skills.

A tandem paddle.

That moment when your bestie wants to go from sitting to standing and your sure its about to end with everyone getting tossed over board.

But it doesn’t, and now your balancing animals.

Keane wants in on the balance act.

A little sibling battle over who’s driving us back to the dock.

I guess Keane’s the winner.

Fabulous end, to a fabulous day and a fabulous birthday.

Everything Moments

October 18, 2016

I love my birthday, lots. In fact, I tend to dedicate the entire month of October to myself. For four solid weeks my outlook on life is a lot more shiny, my mood is chirppy, my energy high and I’m just an all around fabulous person to be around. I buy myself things, small things, things I would usually talk myself out of any other month of the year, believing them unnecessary, impulsive or silly, now suddenly these things are completely justified, cos  ”fuck it, its my birthday month”, so into the basket you go you nonessential rose gold stapler, and you, risky and out of character nail polish cos OMG if there’s ever a time to buy a nail polish called “Bad Bitch” its your birthday month. Having said all that, ironically enough, I don’t like to make a big deal of my actual birth-day. I’m not loud or in-your-face about it. I don’t want big parties, big announcements or big fuss, but I don’t want it ignored either. Everything low key, a cake, candles (blown out by the kids obviously) and thoughtful cards is plenty.

But last week in the lead up to the official day of my birth, The Husband organized some pretty amazing surprises. A surprise that included the arrival of my older brother from Ireland. The day after that, buried under a bunch of balloons the size of a mini cooper, carrying an oversized bottle of champagne was my best friend, also flown in from Ireland. I was absolutely gob smacked, mortified, embarrassed but a little delighted by the effort and fuss everyone had gone to. What I believed was going to be a quiet dinner for The Husband and I to mark the occasion, had suddenly turned into something a lot more special. And I couldn’t have been happier. Getting to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people, recieving thoughtful e-mails, text messages and shout-outs on Facebook, toasting my existence in the world, these moments were everything. Happy Birthday to me!

After our special Friday night dinner, that was for the grown-ups only, I wanted to spend the rest of the weekend doing things that included all of us. And since Halloween is just around the corner and we had yet to get our traditional Halloween pumpkins, Saturday we took ourselves off to the pumpkin farm.

I know 2 little boys who are happy to see some big orange vegetables.

Straight to work picking the right pumpkins.

An ambitious choice by Cullen.

Slightly more manageable choice by Keane.

Cullen in crisis. Trying to carrying his truck, a baby pumpkin and a bigger pumpkin. The pumpkin & truck struggle is real.

Daddy to the rescue.

The pumpkin farm is not just about pumpkins, there’s lots of other fun activities. Keane was a fan of the tunnel slide.

Cullen was more into the the pump-ducks. Not 100% sure what to do initially, he spent the first few minutes observing Derv in action.

Now he knows and now he’s ready for his turn.

He got a little impatient with the pumping, apparently it didn’t move the ducks quick enough, so he found a bucket and started pouring.

With the lads tearing off in different directions, Derv was left taking care of the wagon.

A shirt change for Cullen due to a water soakage at the duck-pump. Putting his truck to work carrying baby pumpkins.

Cullen dictates the pumpkin choices from the comfort of his wagon.

Family photo!

Another family photo.

Family and friend.

Pumpkin checkers.

Anyone for a tractor ride?

Cullen utilized the corn hole platforms as a ramp for his truck.

Want to know what its like to be a hamster? Then get yourself into one of these Roly-Poly tubes. Major fun.

Keane had it mastered pretty quickly.

Me on the other hand.

Finally getting some momentum.

Smiling, but my thighs were burning something awful.

Someone’s having the best time.

Derv gives it a go.

But gets herself in a situation.

Keane finds himself upside down.

The brothers captured in a driveway moment.

One last go of the pump-ducks before we leave.

Leaving with quite the load.