Early Thanksgiving

gicen that I’m 34 weeks today (and Blueberry is the size of a cantaloupe), we opted for an early Thanksgiving in Barrington (the suburb the Linville’s just moved to). Kids loved the horses (neighbors), four wheeler, hot tub and other fun activities. Their house is beautiful.  On Sunday, my cousin Kelsey, her husband, and Lala came over for a fab feast by Kathy. We did a day in Chicago too – celebrating Natalies 8th bday at American Girl and visiting Elliotts half brother (the rhino King) at the zoo.

i didn’t get any pics on my phone but mammal and papaw were there too! Nat and Mammaw did some yummy baking! These swirly cinnamon things that we have to make again







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Boston with G and G

my parents make Met us in Boston Columbus Day weekend. We did a trolley and the Sci museum. Here are some highlights.


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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  We were blessed with great weather, so we maximized our trick or treating time.  We did our whole street and nearly all of the street next door – Ellington and Farmington are where its at in Longmeadow on Halloween!

As a kindergartener, Elliott got to where his costume all day at school.  He opted for a cuddly cow costume (which he has had for nearly two years now – he wears it in the annual Christmas play at church) because “then the 5th graders (girls) will cuddle on me.”  He was right – he said he got more hugs than he could count.  I helped out in his classrooms with Halloween station activities – and watched both kids in the Halloween “parade” (aka march on the green towards the end of the day.  Elliott’s 5th grade buddies (both boys) were super attentive to him.  Natalie didn’t seem to have as much fun – she wasn’t exactly sure what her costume was about and was a little chilly.   (She wasn’t this cute furry cat – those are her PJs.  She wore a witch dress, with no other accessories.)

Beginning the day, all cute and cuddly

Elvis was eager to challenge Darth Vader in a “Who would win?” contest.  I think that light sabor is more threatening than whatever hand gesture Elvis has going on.  Jordan was thrilled by his Elvis costume – a birthday present from his very talented mother.


We had the same Halloween decorations this year as in prior years – lights, a friendly ghost, cobwebs and some lawn ornaments.  The kids said we needed an update in future years – not nearly scary enough.  They grow so much in 2 years – scary was not okay two years ago.


My “costume” got quite a bit of attention on Facebook, given how simple it was.  The last picture is the end of the night, the kids and Jordan passing out candy.  We went through about 600 pieces in less than 2 hours.  I refuse to buy more than 4 Costco-jumbo-size bags because I don’t have the resolve to pass out candy to a steady stream of folks for more than 2 hours.  Our neighborhood was bumping for at least 1-1.5 hours afterwards; I opted for stories with my cuddly kiddos.

You can thank the Green Bay Packers for this post – Jordan is at the Patriots vs. Packers game at Gillette stadium.  I tend to procrastinate bed time sometimes when he is gone.  On that note though, I’m going to sign off.  This prego mama (33 weeks this Tues, which means Blueberry is about 4 lbs!) needs her rest.

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Field Trip and Doc Visits

I wanted to squeeze in being a chaperone on a field trip before baby #3 comes. Elliotts class went to a farm – perfect for their age: not too scary hay ride, small corn maze with two exits, small cider donuts. (Ok he would have preferred large cider donuts! But I bought some extra to take back to big sis)

And, no surprise, he was a very kind host  he picked out his tshirt to match my earrings  he insisted on sitting by me on the bus and on the hay ride  On the way back, he used my growing belly as a pillow  (Blueberry didn’t seem to mind – in fact, it was probably much preferable to his full body squish that he prefers before bed, even though he says it’s way less comfortable than four months ago)

Also in other exciting news, Blueberry was measuring a little behind during my regular check up, but good news – 2 weeks later, I had an ultrasound as a more precise measurement and she is at the 55th percentile!! 2 lbs 12 oz  I’m just over 28 weeks

in less good news Nat’s bike wheel got caught in a grove so she tipped a slightly sprained her wrist  She was brave when it happened and at the ER




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More mom time

moms and Milkshakes (Elliott’s idea)  this is a spin off Dads and Donuts at the library


we also spent a lot of time in our new minivan what a ride!

Kids love all the gadgets. I love the easy doors.


And I went solo to

open house night. Excited to see the kids work!  One sentence captured my heart. #luckiestmomeva

Now Natalie….

I gotta go to bed. Back to back soccer games tomorrow morning and I’m the assistant assistant coach for E since head coach Jordan is out of tow.

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While Dad is away…

…he is enjoying lobster in Maine. And we opted for a gourmet dinner of chocolate chip pancakes (for the first time ever)!


We also have made time for two nights of homework. I love being home and not rushed for things like this.

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Cookie doodle

i have to soak up the days when he loves me this much.

Isn’t he delicious? This is the remnants of his pic day outfit.

And his fav place at o hare.

“Can you tell I am cleaning out pics on my phone?!? I ran out of storage.

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1st days of K and 2nd!!!

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Soccer Season

first weekend of soccer games. I’m proud of both kids. No complaints. They ran hard. They tried to get their foot in there. Lots of room for improvement but Coach Dad can help with that.

Nat was too tired to allow me to take a pic. She is on the U8 travel team. Elliott opted for Flash socks and undies to help him go super fast. Two benefits of having your Dad as coach – you get your fav number and your idea for a team. And is one of the ideas that gets put forth for voting. Intergalactic Scorpians beat out the Dragons. Reminds me of when Python was my camp groups name when I was 8. Coming from an all girls household I didn’t know what a python was and when I found out I thought it was a terrible name. I wonder if the five year old girls inn e’s team think the same.

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Mass Moca

? on our way to Mass Moca in the Berkshires. These kids are cracking us up.

Nat: I’m a witch! I’m a witch!

jordan: nothing about you is like a witch. Not your cuteness. Not your smile. Not the way you dress

nat: what about my wart? (A personnel wary that she has had on her thumb)

jordan: laughing  well maybe that  and your breath in the morning


then Nat was being silly and entertaining Elliott with a song: made in China (which is where her journal was made) after awhile, I turned down an imaginary volume knob


fro the back elliott said: you turned it the wrong way! And proceeded to get louder



once we got there, elliott wasn’t the biggest modern art fan  we were examining these huge swatches of color  I said purple made me think of eggplant and blue of the sea  elliott put his face within an inch of a red one  I asked what that made him think of he said the most boring thing of the world  totally serious







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