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Happy Halloween!

Wow! I can’t believe it is already Halloween! Where has the year gone? For the last 3 halloweens we have always gone to the same place in our town. This year we did something different. We went to my husbands aunt’s house. We recently reconnected with part of his family after 4 years, so it was nice to get together and spend time with everyone.

We had a fantastic time! Little man went as our version of Captain America. Little man has never been a fan of costumes and I previously purchased some and he flat out refused to wear them. So now we piece together our own outfits. On the plus side, they are not just for halloween, but worn year round. This year you can find me out with either a Fireman or Captain America. He loves to dress up as those to characters, and I love to fuel his imagination.

 

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I asked him to say cheese. He said, I’m not giving you no cheese, mommy!

 

We got an astonishing 4 buckets of candy, and it is now all hidden in the pantry, and the chocolate is hidden in the freezer. Just admit it, the chocolate is for the moms, and its more delicious in the freezer. We are very grateful that his aunt’s neighborhood puts on such a great Halloween for the children. We walked a lot, played a lot, and over all had an amazing time. I would say that the only down side we had, was it’s a HUGE neighborhood and no bathrooms. We had a bathroom emergency about an hour in, and since little man doesn’t know how to stand and go potty yet we were in desperate need of a bathroom. Luckily, the next street we turned on had a Sheriff Deputy and he was more then generous to let us use his bathroom. After about 2 hours of walking, Papa and Louie went back and got the truck to pick everyone up since we were so far into the neighborhood and the kids didn’t want to walk anymore, plus my legs were so done and going numb so it was time to head home.

I can’t believe that we have just celebrated our 4th halloween with little man, and next up is Thanksgiving and CHRISTMAS! I hope everyone had a great halloween with their little ones!

 

xOxO

 

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Fall School Day Projects

Today we had a lot of fun. We create our fall luminaries, which was a lot of fun and a tad messy. They came out great and we plan to make a few more to add around the house. My 3 year old loves taking out the battery operated tea lights and turning them on and off. These would make great gifts for your friends and family, or great decoration for a fall themed table. We will be using the ones we made today on our front entry table, which is decorated with some faux books, a mason jar wax warmer, a dried flower bouquet from my best friends wedding, my mother’s day tea hat that my little guy made for me, and most importantly my husbands Grandfathers service flag, hats and some of his metals.

Tomorrow we are going to have a fun out of the house school day depending on the weather. We will be meeting a friend at the park for some outdoor play and exploring, and a scavenger hunt for things that begin with our letters of the week that we have worked on so far this year. Our current letters are S, T, E, & A so we will see what we can find. If our weather is not nice and we are not able to go out doors, we may make a stop at our local fire station. We do this at least 3 times a month at random times, and to random stations. The firefighters love visits and of course the cookies that we bring, and my little guy is so excited to hang out with the firemen and playing on the trucks. I am pretty sure we have a future firefighter on our hands.

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Celebrating Fall Time

I have been told that it is now fall! My favorite time of the year, only down side is that we live in Florida and there is no real fall. So we will create our own fall. We have many project that we will be working on this week and the weeks to come. I am excited to see our little guy learn about Fall and all that it means. Who knows, maybe we will have a few days here soon where it is not 95 degrees outside.

Our first fall project was really simple. We created apple and pumpkin handprints in our Composition book.

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We are using a composition notebook during our home school journey to keep track of our progress and achievements. We hope to look back at the end of the year and see our sons strengths and weaknesses so that we know what area we need to improve on.

Our next project we are going to work on is perfect, we are going to use the tuns of mason jars that we have left over from our wedding a few years ago. We are going to make Fall Luminaries to decorate our house and give us a bit more of the fall feel. This is a simple and fun project and most people have all the required laying around their house and if not most items can be purchased for under $5 at the dollar tree.

Later this week or at the beginning of next week, we will be making home made applesauce pouches. It is really simple and easy for your kiddos to help out. You will need :

  • 3-5 lbs of apples (Depending on how much apple sauce you want)
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple Slicer
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of water or apple juice
  • Large Pot with Lid
  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Large Bowl/Measuring Glass
  • Infantino Squeeze Station and Pouches (Optional)
  • Jars or Containers for Storage

Slice your apples into segments, add to your large pot, add about 1-1 1/2 cups of water or apple juice (we have used both and it tastes the same), and cinnamon to taste. Your children can help you will all the steps up until this point. Next Cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until you apple pieces are soft. Once apples are soft, add half your apples and half the juice to your blender (your blender may hold more or less) and puree until smooth. Once you have pureed your apples, place your mesh strainer over a large bowl or measuring cup and pour your apples in using a spoon push your sauce through the strainer, straining out the apple skins and larger pieces. Once done you are ready to add your apple sauce to your jars, or pouches and refrigerate or freeze within 1 week. We usually leave about 4 bags in the fridge and add the rest to the freezer and pull them out as needed. Enjoy!