Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kids Halloween Costumes Over the Years

Halloween is next week!  My youngest son's costume is supposed to arrive in the mail today and my oldest, isn't dressing up this year.  I am feeling a little nostalgic because of that, so today am sharing kids Halloween costumes over the years.

We will start way back when my youngest first dressed up

This is technically Lucas' second Halloween, but his first one he was only a couple of weeks old, so we didn't do anything.

This was his last Halloween as an only child, as his sister was born less than a month later

Alex was almost a year old but already walking- she loved her kitty cat costume

A Bumble Bee and a Fairy 

When your big brother is your SuperMan! Will be one of my favorite pictures forever
Alex dressed up as an fancy witch this year-- look at the attitude!  
(Just don't look at the groceries I hadn't put away when I took this picture-yikes!)

The first Halloween with all three kids! 

The same Superman costume Lucas wore in 2006! 


The one (and probably only) year all three kids costumes coordinated.  We even made a fun little movie to go with it.

From princess to ninja- guess the princes learned how to fight for herself

Alex didn't even need a wig to be Anna this year

This year I did a themed Pirate photo shoot with Ryder - click here to see that post

Kids Halloween Costumes

This year Alex got the themed ghost photo shoot
Ghost Photo Shoot-6

It has been fun taking this little trip down memory lane.  One thing is apparent, my photography skills have gotten a lot better over the years.   Also it was funny to me how some costume ideas got repeated, like Lucas as Superman.  

Before I know it all of my kids will be saying they aren't dressing up anymore.. so for now I am just going to enjoy it.

What has been your favorite Halloween costume, for yourself or your kids?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Birthday for Me

Usually the last Tuesday of the Month I share Ten Things to Smile about, but there is 6 days left in the month, including Halloween, which will definitely make my list to smile about, so I will share 10 Things to Smile About next Tuesday.

Instead today, well it's a birthday post, as it might just be my birthday.

Okay, no might about it, it is.

I am now officially closer to 40 than 30.  That is so crazy to think.  I like being in my 30's.  I remember when I first turned 30 I was glad as then when people commented about my young face and that I did not look old enough to have kids, I could tell them with much authority that I was 30.

Sure I miss my body of my early 20's, but I really am comfortable and at a good place in life.

I am on the cusps of having a teenage son and a whole new set of adventures, which yes some days make me shake in fear, but really life is good.

I am achieving many of my goals, with my photography business, with a book I am writing that one day I will actually finish, and happy, good kids that so far are successful in life.

I remember when 30 used to sound old, now it just seems normal and I definitely don't feel old.  Yes, I like taking naps and at times I am happy to just sit but I don't feel any older.

I am truly content and happy with life.  That is not to say life is perfect, it definitely is not, but I guess with my "old" age I have developed a maturity and peace with life.   My content with life was pretty evident, much to my husband's dismay, when I was horrible about providing a wish list for my birthday.

So if this is life in the 30's, then I will take it.
Headshot 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Five: Photoshoots, Chocolate Cake and Rain

Happy Friday!  I am suffering from football hangover right now, Thursday night games are hard, especially when we lose by one point.  It's Friday though, so sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures to recap the week.

5 Thoughts

1. It has been a busy week, lots of photo shoots and helping out at the book fair. It is dangerous for me to help at the book fair, always want to buy way too much!

2. This week started with cold and rain and ended with hot and wind.  This weather is seriously manic!

3. I did some mini pumpkin patch photo shoots this week.. it definitely did not feel like fall weather, so hot still and was crazy windy.  But luckily all went really well despite all of that.

3. Lucas is going on an overnight hiking campout tonight with scouts-- will be interesting to see how he likes it, they are hiking for quite a ways with all of their stuff.

5.  On Saturday, Eric was recounting Bill Cosby's Chocolate Cake for breakfast.  Alex asked if we could have chocolate cake for breakfast.  He told her if chocolate cake magically appeared in our house by tomorrow then we could have chocolate cake for breakfast.  Clever girl went into the pantry, got a cake mix and made a chocolate cake.  So Sunday we had chocolate cake for breakfast.

5 Pictures

rainy day

chocolate cake for breakfast

camera bag

Behind the scenes at the pumpkin patch photo shoot

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Transport in Time with For This We Are Soldiers

I must admit I am not a huge history buff, but give me a good historical fiction and I am all in.

I was recently given a copy of For This We are Soldiers by Carla Kelly.

I read another of Carla's books Softly Falling- which did a wonderful job transporting you back in time, For This We are Soldiers had the same affect.

The Book
From master storyteller Carla Kelly comes this collection of frontier tales that take you behind typical army lines and into the hearts of ordinary men and women who perform extraordinary acts of bravery. From handsome hospital stewards and dashing soldiers to courageous children and wives who will pull at your heartstrings, there’s something for everyone’s fancy.

My Review
  This book is a collection of short stories that take place at a time when the wild west really was the wild west, much of the United States still unclaimed.  I love how real the characters all felt and how we got little glimpses of their lives that left you satisfied yet wanting more. Carla does an amazing job transporting you and making it feel so real.  The stories were all independent yet it made it feel like maybe there was a connection between several of the stories that could be there.  It made me want to go back and read it again to see if I could pick up on more clues that somehow connects the stories, if they even actually connect. 
   This is a fast easy read, and can even be read just a short story at a time.  Though it deals with war and war time, it is what I classify as a clean book, free from language and strong graphic or sexual imagery.  I really enjoyed this book. 

Where to Buy
  Amazon//Books and Things//Barnes and Nobl

What is the last book you have read?

What I Hope for My Son's Teenage Years

I can't imagine being a teenager today.   I am a product of what some call the Oregon Trail generation.  The generation with a childhood mostly free of technology.  A childhood where were would stay out until the sun went down, where messages to friends were sent on little pieces of paper folded into complex triangles; but also one where the buzz of dial up internet and chatting on AOL entered into my teenage years.  A generation old enough to remember life without social media, yet young enough to have embraced it right as it was beginning to emerge.

I cannot really imagine what it is like for kids now- with instant access to just about everything both good and bad.  The thought of being in junior high or high school and wondering what picture of me might be being shared everywhere, wondering if I should update my relationship status or not when I start dating someone, though I am told that Facebook is just for old people now...  I can't imagine what it is like for teenagers now.

Despite all of this, there are a lot of amazing teens out there, doing amazing things, giving back, being kind and looking out for those around them.

Today shortly after my oldest turned 12, I want to share my hopes for him in his upcoming teenage years.
What I hope for my sons teenage years

What I Hope For My Son's Teenage Years

-- I hope that you never lose your good heart.  Some will try and take advantage of you for this and some will want to break this-- but don't ever let them win.  Keep seeing the good in people, keep seeing the good and hope in life.  There is a good and purpose to this life that no one can ever take away from you.

--I hope that you are brave.  Be brave in trying new things even if you are worried you might not succeed at first.  Now is a time to try new activities, make new friends and try to figure out who you want to be someday.  Be brave in standing up for those who need a friend, be brave in standing up for what is right, just be brave.
Amazing Teens in your life

--I hope that you are wise.  With your bravery you also need wisdom.  There is a big difference between being reckless and being brave- and a big part of that is wisdom.  Don't ever forget who you truly are and what the purpose of this life is and make decisions with that in mind.

--I hope that you have fun!  Yes we want you to work hard and try your best--but have fun!  You will only be a teenager once.  There will be so many new and first experiences, so enjoy them!

-- I hope that you take care of yourself.   Your body is changing and growing- take care of it by being active, by eating good food, by getting sleep, by not doing or taking anything that will be harmful to your body.  You will have this body your whole life, treat it like the gift and temple that it is and it will be good to you.

--I hope that you never forget how much your Dad and I love you.  How much we want you to be happy and successful in life, that our boundaries and limits are done in love and hope for you to be the person we know you really are.

Recognize Your Tween or Teen

Yoplait yogurt wants to recognize your amazing tween or teens.   Yoplait has new Go Big Yogurt Pouches perfect for your Tween and Teens.  These pouches are the perfect after school snack or snack for on-the-go.
Go Big Yogurt

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• No artificial colors
• No high fructose corn syrup
• Contains real fruit
• Good source of calcium 
• Kosher Dairy

Perfect Snack for Teens

Yoplait is hosting a Amazing Teens Contest where you can nominate an amazing teen that you know.  Help them be recognized for the good they are doing in life.  I truly believe that the more we recognize the good and the positive, the more these behaviors will be brought out.

I read my list to my son today--it made me laugh what he said was not good for his body.

Nominate your teen or a teen you know!