Living so far away from a family I am very close to, makes pictures for me that much more important.  And not only just any old picture, but one that truly captures the little things in their personality that are so dear to my heart.  I want to hear there laugh when I glance over and see their face in my living room…I want to feel their joy or adventurous spirits.  I want to hear this little man’s squeals and giggles…

Somebody was definitely teething.

 

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I remember my mom sewing our halloween costumes into late hours of the night each year. She made from scratch and fabric patterns panther and lion costumes, and my favorite…the dinosaur costume- with padded dinosaur mittens and an entire green jumpsuit with stuffed spikes and a long green stuffed T-rex tail that dragged behind. I always walked into school ready for the parade knowing I had the Best Costume EVER.

My husband on the other hand argues that if we had attended the same school, he would have won hands down. He brags about the years when he was a walking baseball card, or an x-ray machine with light up switches and organs, or the year his sister was a little old grandma sitting in her cardboard recliner, and one year a couch potato with the couch and all!

He wore crazy creative cardboard costumes, where as mine (though maybe not as creative) looked like they were broadway sewn. Who would have won?

I can only imagine the long debates we will have over our children’s costumes one day.

Till then here are some of my favorite costume ideas…

That woopie cushion is the best!! Makes me laugh every single time.

Have a fun and safe evening!

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This little man’s baby blues and giggles fill his parent’s hearts with unspeakable joy.  Their love for each other is so evident…

Morning tickle time!!!  

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It had been 6 months since I walked through the door. And as it swung open you looked at me and gave me the biggest two-toothed smile an Aunt could ask for…
Niles, your mommy and daddy will do anything…just to see you smile.
Niles you are one handsome little boy! Those cheeks, those lashes, your slobbery chin!

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OOOOooo have I found a good recipe for you: Pumpkin Magic Bars!  Yup you read correctly…ooey gooey magic bars.  You know the ones with a buttery-graham cracker crust, chocolatey middle, and toasted coconut topping…now just add pumpkin and shredded apple.

I didn’t tweak this recipe at all…so I am going to just send you right on over to Baker’s Royal for the baker that first invented this great idea.

Kid Notes: I have helped my mom make the traditional magic bars since I was a very little girl.  Here are some notes so your little one can help you bake some sweetness.

To make the crust: Toss whole graham crackers in a ziplock bag. Let out the air. And let your little one smash and squish and pulverise.  Just check on the bag every once in a while…every now and then you may spring a leak from all of the smashing.

Let your little one help you compress the graham cracker and butter mixture into the pan.

For the layers: Let your older ones measure, stir, and pour out the pumpkin layer. Let your younger ones sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts and coconut.

 

 

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