Sunday, October 24, 2010

{Pumpkin Time}

This year, we traded in our annual trip to Wagner Farm's for a day at a little pumpkin patch east of Albuquerque.  
As an unexpected perk to our day, our family jaunt coordinated perfectly with the fall weather that finally arrived, as well. So all bundled up, we made the drive to McCall's Pumpkin Patch for a day of pumpkin picking, hay rides, and all things Autumn!
The Deuce had an especially good time this year! If only you could have seen their faces when they got off of the hayride and gazed upon the field filled with pumpkins. They were in total awe of all of the perfectly misshapen possibilities that were there for their picking! 
Right as we stepped off the truck, in a absolute moment of genius, their daddy told them they had to be able to pick up the pumpkin that they wanted. Best.Decision.Ever. And entirely adorable to watch.
Ben settled on a pumpkin pretty quickly but our more particular child, Mister A.B., well, he had a bit hoarder harder time choosing. This boy is somewhat of a collector of like items. Poor little guy was on complete overload! He wanted them all!
Alas, we finally convinced both boys to make a decision and made our way out; two pumpkins and two pumpkin-heads in  our wheelbarrow.
 And because I'm better at posting pictures than writing about them these days, here are some more photos from our fun, fun day at the pumpkin patch...  
 Happy fall, y'all!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Broken Boy Blues-Updated

Our Benny boy is doing a lot better this evening! Still a far cry from 100% but at least we've seen a couple of smiles tonight :) Here are a few pictures for those of you who have been asking...
Yup, that's his collar bone!
Lovely, huh?
Between returning Monday night from a five day trip to Austin and a half day ER trip yesterday, there are about a million and half things that are in need of my somewhat immediate attention. Since it's almost been two weeks since I posted though, and two of my three are still sleeping, I decided to allow myself ten quick minutes this morning to post about my sweet Benjamin who took a nasty spill in the backyard yesterday morning. While we're not really sure what or how it happened; what we do know is that he fell and on his collarbone. After a couple of x-rays, two doc's and a radiologist say it's not broken but that it's either a green stick fracture or a separated ligament or tendon. Either way, it is extremely painful and our poor guy is not up for much more than sitting with mom or dad and watching movies. And since there's not much they can do  to treat a collar bone injury except wait for it to heal, we're just relying on pain relievers every four hours and the tiniest sling EVER. I seriously think the hospital borrowed it from a teddy bear in the gift shop or something : )
All in all, our boy is fairing well, despite his ouchiness. His ability to still try and milk us for fruit snacks is a good reminder of that. I think he ate approximately 47 bags yesterday, as opposed to the usual strict allotment of one! And while yesterday was quite the long day and we all hit the sheets a little run down, I've been praying all morning long that a good night's sleep will make all the difference today.    
Times up! Time for this nurse-momma to hand out some fruit snacks medicine!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Ten months old and momma's feelin' every minute of it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fridge Art

This weekend, while Baby J napped, The Deuce and I tried our hand at an actual arts-n-crafts project. To date, we've yet to venture out much past coloring or finger painting; although we did try glue sticks once. Curious taste buds quickly brought that little endeavor to a close though! Two and half is tricky age! Just old enough to be eager to try. Just young enough to have the attention span of a gnat. With daddy home to help bail us out should the need arise, we forged ahead though. The end result? A wonderful mess, a beautiful batch of fridge magnets, and simply too much fun.

Refrigerator Magnets 
Original dough recipe found here:  
* 1 pound box of baking soda
* 1 cup cornstarch
* 1 1/4 cups water

In a saucepan, combine baking soda and cornstarch. Gradually add 1 1/4 cups water and stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and dough-like. Knead the clay and flatten. Let your child use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Allow the shapes to dry overnight. Help your child decorate the shapes with {WASHABLE!}paint, or glue and glitter. Glue small magnets to the back of each shape with super glue! Save or if you can part with them, share em' someone ya' love!