Jules’ Field Trip – Fast Food Farm & Pumpkin Patch

I was excited about this field trip since I had been on the same one last year with Kennedy. It is so neat and different.

The Fast Food Farm offers kids the opportunity to learn about produce from plants and animals. They also perform experiments with the kids and allow them to make crafts.

Jules’ most exciting part of the day was riding “the real” yellow school bus. She thought she was SO big. She could not stop smiling.

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When we arrived, we went straight to one of the animals – Wilbur the pig! Some of the students were a little afraid of Wilbur, but not my Julesy! That girl loves animals.

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Next they got to plant some wheat seeds in the soil!

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Next they were able to visit the chickens and learn about eggs! Poor little chicks LOL

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They then built a huge hamburger as a class, and made “hamburger” snacks out of crackers, cookies, and icing.

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

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One cute craft they made was putting spots on a cow with their fingerprints.

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They also made their very own playdough with flour and oil!

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The last stop was in the kitchen where they participated in an activity to learn about soil. The kids were happy that it included graham crackers, pudding, and gummy worms :)

I kept laughing at Jules who kept making faces at herself in the overhead mirror.

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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 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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Loved my one-on-one time with my Julesy girl!

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Kennedy’s Field Trip – Pumpkin Patch & Peltier Park

Kennedy’s PreK-4 class had their fall field trip at the Pumpkin Patch followed by lunch at the nearby park. It was some wonderful Mommy & Kennedy time – we rarely get that nowadays!

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They started their Pumpkin Patch fun with story time and songs. The group did a great job of telling a story and keeping the kids engaged.

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They finished with some of the kids favorites songs – some adults joined too!

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We then went outside for some pumpkin fun. Kennedy loves the photo props when she can stick her head in the hole :)

She also got to pick a pumpkin to bring home!

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We then headed to the park for a nice picnic – the weather was perfect!

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I wonder if these cousins will like each other just as much their senior year ;)

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Can’t wait until the next field trip! I loved my quality time with my big girl!

3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest

The pumpkins get better and better each year at our annual pumpkin carving/decorating contest! The judges had a hard time picking the winners this year!

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Before we started carving, we let the kids paint their own pumpkins they brought. The kids wait for this every year!

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Our friends and neighbors make some pretty cute kids…

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Years ago we only carried an ice chest wherever we were going….now everyone shows up with a stroller, a bouncer, a walker, and baby bags – how life has changed!

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When the carving starts, there is a lot of friendly competition and smack talk. I love how involved everyone gets – that’s what makes it so fun!

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The judges have dinner and are called when everyone is finished carving. They do not know which pumpkins were carved by who, so it makes the competition a little more fun. They had their work cut out for them, because all the pumpkins came out really good!

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Cutest Pumpkin: Mickey Mouse (Brooke)
Most Original Pumpkin: The Double Headed Pumpkin (Heidi)
Funniest Pumpkin: Pumpkin Poop (Laurie)
Most Artistic Pumpkin: Werewolf (Devin)
Scariest Pumpkin: Dracula (DLo)
Overall Winner: Evil Jack-O-Lantern (Seth)
Seth also carved an Elsa pumpkin for his girls – came out awesome!

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Liam also carved a pumpkin himself, and he won Most Creative Pumpkin!

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Can’t wait to start planning our masterpieces for next year!

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Kennedy’s 5th Birthday Party – Upside Down

For the past year I feel like Kennedy has spent half her time upside down. Sounds silly, but I’m not exaggerating…the girl is always cartwheeling, rolling, bending and flipping. She watches YouTube videos of gymnastics and mimics the tricks and routines she watches. She plays gymnastics every single night…and surprisingly has taught herself pretty well.

My talented brother built her handstand bars and a balance beam for her birthday. I think her face says it all – she was in shock and has not stopped practicing since!

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Obviously she wanted her birthday party at her favorite place… the gym! She was excited that her friends and family could see where she practices. The kids (and the adults!) had an absolute blast playing on all the equipment. I wish I could post all of the pictures, but I took over 200 :/

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Happy Birthday to my future gold medalist! We love you so much!

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To Kennedy on Your 5th Birthday

Sweet Kennedy,

5 years ago I looked down at one of the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen. Five years later, I still look at you the exact same way. You have taught me so much as a mother, and I hope you continue to teach me as you grow.

You are so full of life. You can make any boring situation a fun one. When there is nothing to play with, you make up games or songs to create a fun environment. We never have a dull moment when Kennedy is around!

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You love to entertain, and you love to make people laugh. We get to enjoy daily fashion shows, dance competitions, singing competitions, and world class gymnastics routines. You are so good at what you do – and you continue to grow and get better each day. We are so proud!

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You are the worlds best big sister. I never had a sister, but I can tell you that if I could pick one…I would choose one just like you. If you take something to eat, you get one for Jules. If you pick a toy, you make sure to get her one as well. You are so thoughtful, and I can only hope that your relationship continues to get stronger. You also help out so much with your little brother. When he is crying, you get him his pacifier before I can even get to him! You will be such a good mommy one day.

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I hope you have a blast at your gymnastics party this weekend – you deserve it! I’m so glad you like your brand new “big” bike from Mom & Dad. We love you so much, sweet girl. Continue to follow your dreams – they are never too big ;)

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Love,
Mom

A Bunch of Animals

We took advantage of cooler temperatures this weekend and headed to the zoo with Kennedy & Jules. I think they appreciated the big girl time.

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The weather was perfect, and the crowds were low. Such a simple zoo trip can just make their day. Love their little faces!

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It was our first time visiting the Dinosaur Exhibit, and it didn’t disappoint! They were huge lifelike robots which moved and made sounds. Kennedy loved every single one…Jules stayed close to my leg and just liked to watch :)

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One of their favorites was the petting zoo! Jules would have taken a goat home if we would have let!

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Mommy’s favorite was the giraffes – I love them so much! I could watch them all day.

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Before we left, we rode the carousel. It was Kennedy’s idea to make funny faces at Dad every time we would pass. This girl is nut!

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We had a wonderful day with our big girls. Next time, brother will be able to come!