Kennedy’s Field Trip – Fast Food Farm & Pumpkin Patch

We had a great time on my big girl’s first field trip! I won’t post every picture…I’m not sure if their parents want them on the internet or not, so I’ll just post the safe ones.

We started off at the Fast Food Farm where the kids were able to learn about animals that produce food.

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The first stop was in the kitchen where they participated in an activity to learn about soil. The kids were happy that it included cereal and milk!

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Next they were able to visit the chickens and learn about eggs!

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Kennedy and her cousin Luke – never a dull moment!

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Next they learned about corn and got to take an ear of corn to bring home! They were told that corn syrup comes from corn. And what could they make with corn syrup? Bubbles! They were able to make bubbles and have some fun.

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Next they…..wait….wait…..time for a pose on the bench!

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Now it was time to learn about cows…and milking them! They were able to milk a “cow” and learn about what products could be made from milk.

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After they collected their milk, they were able to make real butter! They shook their little containers until they formed butter – it was so tasty too! They ate it on some crackers.

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Here’s our attempt at a beautiful pose next to a tree…

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Lastly, they learned about bees and pollination. They got to participate in a bee activity and paint a picture for their classroom. The bee’s pollination is sticky and leaves residue just like cheese balls do…so of course they had to eat some cheese balls!

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Before heading to the pumpkin patch, the kids were able to eat their lunch and play on the playground. The Fast Food Farm was the perfect field trip for their ages! Thanks to the PreK-3 teachers, Mrs. Kathy & Ms. Denise, for planning and taking the class!

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The bus then took us to the Pumpkin Patch were the class rode on the hay ride, walked through the “haunted” house, looked at all the pumpkins, and walked through the trail walk. They also got to pick a small pumpkin to take home.

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I was finally able to put faces with the names I always hear about! I had some great one-on-one time with my big girl!

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2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Contest

Once we picked our perfect pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch, we headed to our house to get ready for our Pumpkin Carving Party! (hence the same clothes as last post LOL)

Last year we had a pumpkin carving contest, and we had so much fun we decided to make it a tradition.

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Everyone brought a dish. Our friend Pearlie made these super cute ghose brownies. They were so good – just ask Harley to took the last 4 :/

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Before we started carving, we let the kids paint their own pumpkins they brought. Everyone brought a little pumpkin, and I bought finger paint and sponge brushes for the kids to decorate. I put down some cardboard boxes on the grass and let the kids go! They had a BLAST.

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The finished products came out so cute!! They did an awesome job. Kennedy is already asking if we can do this again next year.

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Don’t worry, Baby Cohen, you will get one next year! (By the way: look at Aunt Jill’s new bling on that finger!)

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Now that the kids were done, it was time for the adults to have some fun. Let the carving contest begin!

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Addison Kate is the oldest of the kids, so she decided that she would carve a pumpkin all on her own. She did awesome.

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Laurie and Henry with their finished product!
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Addison Kate with her cute little pumpkin she carved all by herself!
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Seth and I were so proud of our pumpkin – little ET. Maybe I’m a little biased, but I believe he was the cutest :)

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So what’s a contest without any judges? My mom and dad (and friends) stayed away until everyone was finished so they could judge the cutest pumpkin, the most original, and the overall winner.

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Here is the Most Original winner – scary werewolf monster thing. Dlo did an awesome job and took the title for the second year.

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Here was the Cutest winner – three pumpkins. Pearlie also took her title for the second year.

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The overall winner went to Addison with her classic Jack-o-lantern! She deserved it :)

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Here are the rest of our pumpkins – the honorable mentions!

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And here he is… my husband and I’s masterpiece. The judges had no heart for this adorable little guy :)

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It was a fun night and the kids had a blast – can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Pumpkin Patch 2014

This weekend was full of Halloween fun! We planned our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest for Friday, so we needed to pick out some pretty pumpkins to carve! After my mom and I picked the girls up from school, we headed to the local pumpkin patch for some fun. Of course I had to change them into their festive matching clothing ;)

They were so cute walking in…just holding hands and being so sweet.
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Our first stop was the photo stand prop thing (what are these called anyway?)
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The girls had fun picking out the biggest, smallest, heaviest pumpkins they could find!
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I just love having our pumpkin patch tradition! Here are some pictures from previous years:

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We then went take pictures next to the beautifully decorated gazebo. They loved the scarecrows!

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Here’s some pictures from previous years! My babies were so little!

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The “haunted house” was next! Jules loved the big skeleton, and Kennedy liked the scary face in the mirror. “But Momma, I know it’s just pretend.”

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We walked around the grounds where the girls found an alligator and deer! They rode the deer like a horse and were saying, “yee haw!!”

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Kennedy and her class recently read “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and she talks about the book always. Nana taped the movie at her house, so the girls love to watch the show also. At the pumpkin patch, they found Spookley and took a picture. I told them I would work my magic to make him look just like the real one. He turned out great :)

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When it was time to leave, Nana found two extra cute pumpkins for the wheelbarrow. They rode like this to the car!

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Perfect afternoon before we headed to our Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest! Post to come soon :)

Halloween Photo Shoot

I was super excited to dress the kids (and dog) up this year for our annual Halloween photo shoot! I bribed them with suckers and they cooperated beautifully. Harley too. I bribed him with treats and he was just smiling away.

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This picture literally took five minutes. I snapped about three pictures and we were done – a lot easier than in the past. Once we were done, the girls had to sing the infamous “Let It Go” for the nine hundredth time… I’m sure you can tell by Harley’s face that this is not the first time he has heard this song….

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I was debating how I would make Harley into Olaf (a snowman). I decided to virtually spray paint him with a white overlay. He came out great! I added some sticks to the top of his head, added some eyebrows, and finished with a carrot nose and voila! Olaf was the perfect finishing touch. This is my favorite holiday picture so far! Enjoy!

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**Everything in the picture was added using ribbet.com

 

Kennedy’s 4th Birthday – FROZEN

There was no doubt in my mind that Kennedy would want a Frozen birthday party this year. We have been living in Arendelle since we saw the movie in the theatre. For the invitation, I just added text to a regular photo – super cheap that way :)

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I decided to decorate with Christmas décor and a couple of Frozen banners. Of course food is my favorite part :) Thanks to Pinterest for all of the ideas. Daddy also made a delicious gumbo – and we had the perfect weather for it!

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DSC_0869DSC_0870DSC_0871Kristoff’s ice blocks were perfect cubes when I put them in the bowl; however, they soon jelled together and stuck that way :/ They became an ice blob.

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Since Halloween is approaching, I let the girls wear their costumes (and hair) for the party. They have been begging to wear these. They kept their hair on for a little while, but they ditched the wigs when it was play time.

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My favorite decoration for the entire party was this Let It Go banner I bought off of Etsy. It was SO pretty and well made. I also bought the coordinating cake banner for the top of the cake. I think I will hang this in the playroom when I find a spot – it’s so pretty!

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Since we had some Frozen dolls already, I decided to use that as décor also. The day before the party, I found a giant stuffed Olaf at Wal-Mart so I just HAD to get him as the final touch :)

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For the background of the cake, I just hung shimmery door curtains to add sparkle. I taped a store bought banner to the front.

The cake was AMAZING as usual. My friend Toni even had added little sugar crystals to mimic ice blocks. I usually have cake leftover from parties, but this year she must have made it extra tasty – no slices left!

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After all the kids were settled inside, it was time for the big surprise of the party. Kennedy had no idea that I got a “real” Elsa to come to the party. We arranged for her to come to the front door and knock…then we made Kennedy open the door. Her blue eyes just lit up and she just soaked everything in as Elsa made her way inside.

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Elsa was great! She read a Frozen story to the group, then put makeup on the girls. The boys were surprisingly interested in Elsa as well, so she drew black lines under their eyes so they could be football players. She also sang “Let It Go” while all the kids sang along – super cute!

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Elsa helped us light the candles and sing Happy Birthday to Kennedy. Jules almost dove into the cake to try and blow out the candles, so Elsa had to stop her – my girl loves birthdays LOL

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If Elsa weren’t right behind her, I think Jules may have landed face first in the cake – thank you Elsa ;)

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Next, Kennedy opened her presents while Elsa watched and “oooo’d and ahhh’d!” She was so good with the kids and all of their questions. My favorite was, “What’s your last name?”

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Her favorite gift was the iPad, or course. We decided to get one for the family, but we snuck it in as a birthday present. She was super excited.

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Kennedy is a lucky girl to have all of her friends and family come celebrate with her!

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It was time for Elsa to leave, so she gave hugs and headed out. We had to distract some of the kids who were trying to look to see if she drove away or faded away like magic ;)

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Where did it all come from?

Dear Kennedy on your 4th Birthday

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Kennedy,

I bet you don’t realize how much happiness you bring to our family. You literally make me laugh out loud every single day. You are the funniest four year old I know. The ideas and thoughts you come up with are so imaginative. I hope one day you can have a little girl or boy of your own that brings just as much delight to your life as you do to ours.

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I remember every second of this day four years ago. This was the first day I became a mother. The minute I saw you and held you, I realized my purpose on this earth…to be a mom.

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I hope you had a fabulous time at your Frozen party! You deserve everything you received. Sure you have your moments, but you are such a sweet and good girl. Don’t ever stop making people smile – that is a wonderful quality you have.

You are also the best big sister Jules could ask for. You include her in everything you do, and she looks up to you so much. I truly enjoy watching the two of you together.

Happy FOURTH birthday, big girl! I am so blessed that God chose me to be your mommy :)

Love, Mom