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October 09, 2017

ALL THE PUMPKIN PATCHES + LATELY

fall...does it get better than fall? and i don't even like pumpkin spice lattes. what do i like? cooler weather. first days of school, birthday celebrations (x5 - my farmer, me, elli all in september. and sawyer and kaye in october.)...and of course, harvest, which means farm season is coming to a slow-down. (i say slow-down because it's never really over.)
and pumpkin patches. we've made it to two pumpkin patches so far this fall season...so we can mark that off the list. (even though i'm sure we'll be making it at least a few more times. we're lucky we can do this so easily...living in a rural (extremely rural) area means there are farms full of corn and pumpkins aplenty. the one we frequent has a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a corn maze, bins of corn for the kids to dig in, and a giant pyramid of death to climb. 
girl-dadding so hard
(seriously...it's a pyramid of straw bales that you know kids can't stay off of and you end up scrambling around forty feet in the air trying to keep your three year old from either falling between the bales or plummeting to the ground. 
pumpkin patches - so fun. but i mean...if it's rural...you can get away with stuff like that, right? 
naturally, at this pumpkin patch, we met up with amy and her boys (like we do every year because it sits between our two farms). the farmers chatted endlessly about farm things and kaye made heart eyes at brody. sawyer had a brief love affair with a super old tractor. and...elli didn't make a peep until she decided she was starving. at which point i went to the car and fed her...and ate a bunch of cookies i found. that's a win.
our second pumpkin patch was a solo outing for a school field trip with the gals' school. it was a little organic pumpkin patch and everyone got to pick out their pumpkins. i was strapping elli into the ergo when a wise wise mom suggested brining my stroller so i could carry the baby AND the pumpkins. work smarter not harder. duh! 
unfortunately, this also meant kaye took the liberty of loading all the cute! pumpkins she could find. we were told small pumpkins were $2 and medium sized pumpkins were $3. from what i saw in the stroller...i was looking at a pretty heft bill. luckily...the kind farmer took one look at me with my three gals and basically let us steal our fall decor. farmers - the tenderest of hearts. 
we snapped the obligatory pumpkin photos, grabbed our pumpkins and i was officially tired. i mean...overall the outing wasn't tiring, but getting limited sleep, wrangling three kids into clothing, making breakfast, loading and unloading...that is the tiring stuff.
and while we're talking about momming of three - i do think i've had it pretty easy. kaye is such a sweetheart. sawyer has actually taken a turn for the better (thank god...we were about to send her back). and elli...elli at four weeks old is sleepy and relaxed.
overall - these two have made the transition to three pretty easy-ish. and it totally helps that they are so cute, funny, and like to make fun of my fall hats.
October 04, 2017

ELLIOTT - ONE MONTH

and just like that...four weeks came and went. in those four weeks we welcomed our elliott, celebrated my farmer's birthday, my birthday, and started corn harvest.

now that i have that typed out, it really doesn't seem like we've been that busy...but it's flying by.

let's start with those initial weeks home. if you read elli's birth story you know that her arrival was picture perfect. i was induced and had her about six hours later. we stayed in the hospital one night and were home by the following afternoon.

the strange part was...i didn't remember feeling this beat up after kaye or sawyer. i had some seriously horrific hip-flexor pain that has plagued me up until just a few days ago. it actually made it pretty painful to walk on most days. so strange, considering i felt "normal" after just a couple of weeks with kaye and sawyer.

there are other super not glamorous recovery bits that could be discussed, but just know...this third round was by far the hardest. whether it was because she was bigger than sawyer or because i have three kids at home and i was trying my best to play with them, feed them, take them to school, etc...it was just a harder healing process. pair that with the fact that wearing a pad sucks just about worse than anything. seriously...it was making me go crazy. can i get an amen?

but blah blah blah...that's in the past now and life has resumed...except now we're taking "breaks" every hour (or so it seems) to nurse. sometimes it's an hour...sometimes it's two or three. and in general...it just takes a little bit longer to get tasks complete and / or leave the house.

ELLIOT | 1 MONTH

nicknames | the baby (quite literal), sweet girl, elli

weight | eight pounds...but i think she would weigh more if it weren't for her epic epic, world record breaking poo two evenings ago. i should also note he feet are huge and her fingers are so long. i truly believe she'll be in bigger shoes than sawyer within the first two years. (sawyer is three and still in a size five.) elli is also super tall. while i'm not positive on her height (21" at birth)...she's probably grown 10 inches since.

sleep | we have another sleepy muffin on our hands. and while elli isn't as sleepy as sawyer was, she's a far better sleeper than kaye. (sawyer would sleep for about 23 hours a day...or so it seemed, and kaye would only sleep if i was holding her.)

elli, while sleepy, will wake for several hours a day and with her giant, blue peepers watch us all like we're insane. she also wakes super consistently for eating...girlfriend is never about to miss a meal, and she also definitely doesn't like her diaper to be wet. so as long as food and wetness are taken care of, she's either sleeping or happy.

elli also has the sweetest smile and giggle while she dreams. i die! that sweet smile also reveals a little dimple on her left cheek that neither girl has. can you outgrow dimples? i hope not!

eats | i'm so relieved to say...we have a great eater on our hands. maybe it's her...maybe it's our teamwork, but nursing has been progressively easier with each gal. and for the cherry on top...hey hey calorie burn. love that.

loves | oh elli...you LOVE to sleep on your farmer's chest. it's like a sleeping potion for you. you also enjoy when kaye sings to you...and she sings to you A LOT. all original songs, and they usually consist of some combination of lyrics that include - sweet baby girl, you are the sweetest, i love you... - it's adorable. and while we're at it - sawyer loves you too, but i'm not certain you love sawyer...yet. maybe it's because she likes holding you but then shoves you off her lap after five seconds or less. and dare i say...you also love me. you love cuddling during late night nursing sessions, and i love it too. i actually stay awake longer so i can steal those quiet moments with you while you snooze.

dislikes | wet / dirty diapers, not being burped. you definitely need burped every single time you eat. oh! and it should also be noted...you toot. a lot.

elli - you're just too sweet for words. we absolutely adore you and while i want you to be a muffiny newborn forever...i also cannot wait to watch you grow up with your sisters.

October 02, 2017

FALL POST ROUND-UP - PRINTABLES / DIY DECOR / COSTUMES / RECIPES

in all these fun years of blogging i have quite the backlog of arsenal. so today i wanted to do a little fall round-up of all my favorite posts from past fall seasons.

not only that, but i'd just love to get back into the swing of things with work and blogging and getting dressed and squeezing in workouts and you know...normalcy. and i figured the easiest way to ease back into the blogging is to cheat and use content you've already made. soooo...first up are the cutest unicorns you ever did see...

are you on the hunt for the easiest costume ever? make your best gal a unicorn. i found the horn on etsy and made the tail out of tulle and elastic found at the craft store.

DIY Unicorn Costume

need to fill an afternoon? pumpkin patches never disappoint. double-bonus if you find one in a teeny-tiny town (like ours) that rarely has anyone in attendance during the week!

Pumpkin Patch

are you having yourself a little halloween party this year? download my FREE invitation and printable banner!

Free Halloween Party Invitation + Printable Banner

another ridiculously cute fall printable...

Found Here

ever go to pinterest to find a recipe you're not sure which one to try because the search results are overwhelming? look no further for the very most perfect and delicious pie crust. seriously...it's so so good. one word - butter.

The Perfect Pie Crust

going through these posts i cannot believe how little kaye was and that sawyer was in my belly. wild what a few years can do...and how quickly time passes. here is a post on some simple fall decor plus a toddler art project!

Fall Decor + Toddler Canvas Art

do you like the idea of chalkboard art? here's an easy one to copy and a quick tutorial on how i do mine! (spoiler...i cheat...a lot.)

Chalkboard Art Decor DIY

i'm ALL about cooking when the weather turns chilly. give me all the casseroles / crockpot meals / comfort food. yes. here's a post of my favorite recipes to bring out after the weather turns.

Chilly Weather Recipes

happy fall weather! i'm absolutely LOVING it! the girls and i have been taking walks outside. the mosquitos are FINALLY gone...and best of all - i've stopped sweating.

and absolutely do not hesitate to make this beyond delicious Pumpkin Soup. i always pair it with a grilled cheese on sourdough and it never disappoints!

okay! happiest monday and check back here tomorrow (i'm pretty sure tomorrow) for a little pictorial on our annual visit to our little, local pumpkin patch. it never disappoints!

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