Enjoying: Fall Slices

My fallometer is reading a bit higher now, given a quick trip to Utah this past weekend where fall is real, manifested in mountains and sweater temps. I scooped up a bit of that enthusiasm and brought it home where I can fully settle in to the end of the year, thanks to all my travels being completed. I ordered my first Christmas present yesterday, finalized Halloween plans and started to compile a list of the best fall movies for cozy stay-in nights (stay tuned!).

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Little slices we’re enjoying lately…

Fake Smiles
I’m not big on telling my kids to smile for pictures, but I do it to Dash just so I can get this one…

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Unleashing the Halloween Decorations
There’s a dollar store witch hat making its rotation on heads in our home, and spider webs have been draped from every bare corner. Game on, witches.

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Fall Toes
We call this the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” Pedicure.

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Uppin’ my Game for Days Alone with the Last Baby.
Reigniting that first time mom enthusiasm nine years later and trying to take this boy on the town for some fun when it’s just the two of us because I’m lapping this parenting little kids milk bowl up like a thirsty little kitten.

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Mikey likes it.

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Sanity by Milkshake
We had an hour to kill before Lainey needed to be picked up one afternoon , and things in the back seat were not going well at all. Tired of twisting back to get my uglymom on, we chose rather to save ourselves with chocolate milkshakes and an order or fries at Steak & Shake, and–look at that! Sharing and caring, and all is well with the world.

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That Lady and the Tramp spaghetti scene still goes down as one of Disney’s most greatest moments.

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Quite in love with Ralph, our new dinosaur lamp who brings his prehistoric glow (all that bioluminescent vegitation) to Dash’s night stand.

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Annual “Pumpkin Lot” Visit.
Can you sense my sarcasm in those quotation marks? Because it’s there. Nothing that says fall in Florida like churches tryin’ their damndest to create some magic in their parking lots, and we’re grateful. Go ahead–truck in those pumpkins, sprinkle that hay. We’ll show up.

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I’m happy to report–not one fight over the wheelbarrow. Must have been that overlooking church.

This one’s growin’ up mighty fast. Leave it to annual traditions to remember just how small she was when we started this.

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She can do it herself, thank you very much.

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And finally, we managed to keep up with our annual Halloween card tradition this year…

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Tipping my hot cider mug to you…cheers.

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  1. Love reading your blog and looking at your photos. Where did you get that spiral bound book of Dash made? It looks neat!

    • It’s from Pinhole Press–we have a few of them. It’s the Book of Faces on their website (a great holiday gift, by the way!)

  2. OMG! Their Halloween outfits are adorable.

    Love all the photos ~ they all look so grown up!!


  3. Love the pictures! When did the kids get so old?

  4. Most fun, adorable Halloween outfits ever! Photography question: what type of lens/settings did you use of Dash in the gym? My daughter does gymnastics and there isn’t much natural light. Always get the grainy, dark shots. Thanks!

  5. MArgaret Kirkpatrick says:

    I LOVE Dash’s t-shirt!! It is wonderful!

  6. Lainey is looking so grown up! Signs of the woman she will become are showing on her face :-)

  7. Lainey looks like she’s two years older since the last picture. Just another reminder that childhood goes by way too fast!

  8. Katherine says:

    So so sweet … little Nella is changeing – leaving baby girl behind :) and beautiful lainey! Stunning pics.. you must want to slow it all down. Gorgeous posts, thank you for sharing and allowing me to slow down in this moment.

  9. I feel a little obligated to video my 3 year old’s reaction when I walk in his room with that dino lamp next week (as soon as it arrives)……I predict his face will be priceless!

  10. I’m with the others who said those Halloween costumes are just so cute I can’t even stand it. Love everything about this post.

  11. Oh, they’re growing so fast! And that Halloween card, priceless!

  12. Jessica ANderson says:

    Oh Ma Gawd…..Nella, those little heals….I can’t even………

  13. I absolutely love your Halloween card. Do you mind sharing where did you purchase the red toddler shoes? They are darling…

  14. Tonji Reynolds says:

    I have been following your blog since the beginning. Amazed at how fast times goes by. Ev en though we have never met, my kids know your kids and have grown up together. You have helped me. Keep my mom sanity more than yo u know. Thanks for being real! 😍

  15. OMG those Halloween costumes are fabulous!!!

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