Category Archives: Holidays

The Many Faces (and tools) of Pumpkin Carving

Last night, Mason, SuperDad, and I carved/decorated pumpkins. I had planned on sitting out of the festivities, but they needed a photographer. Mason’s facial expressions made it worth my time.

He wasn’t huge on the guts at first and kept saying “I’m all done now” and would need coaxing to continue on. The fact that he’s smiling in these first few is PURE LUCK.

And then we switched pumpkins and the real fun began…. Armed with his very own knife, Mason carved his heart out. He then put all the guts back INTO the pumpkin, only to pull them all out again.

He started getting cold, so I cut up an old onesie and made him a classy Halloween Hillbilly shirt. Who needs Pinterest when you have baby clothes and a scissors? LOL

Since I’m anti-pumpkin carving (because I am a weird pumpkin hugger) but Mason couldn’t understand why we were carving two pumpkins and leaving the third one plane, so I gave him mine to “decorate.” Grandma B just bought him a new set of tools that day, so pumpkin decorating went far beyond the stickers I had imagined….

Fortunately for you, the pictures where he was using his pliers are all on my phone and I’m too lazy to get them. LOL

Mason posing with the finished (carved) products)


This time last year – Little Tree Hugger

Two years ago – Swim Class and a Party / Mason’s Siblings



Pumpkin Patch 2012

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It may have been the last weekend before Halloween and it may have only been 42º, but we gave the pumpkin patch all we had. From digging in the sandbox and taking a tractor drawn wagon ride to running through the corn maze and buying HUGE pumpkins for only $3, it was great fun. The only thing that would have made it better is if we would have remembered Mason’s awesome pumpkin hat! And perhaps some gloves….

We will definitely be back again next year, but hopefully a few weeks earlier in the season!

Last year’s trip – Post 1 / Post 2

This time two years ago – Little Flirt / 7 Month Pics

Happy Mother’s Day!

My Mother’s Day has not really gone as planned. The original plan including me sleeping in while SuperDad and Mason made breakfast and worked on a top secret Mother’s Day project. Then we were going to eat and enjoy the day together as a family. Instead, SuperDad got called into work at 6 am and it’s just been me and one cranky little boy all day today, and thus, just another day of sweeping the floor, doing the laundry (which SuperDad usually does!), and wondering why I can’t get the blu-ray player to work.  But I’ve learned by now that motherhood is all about rolling with the punches, expecting changes in plans, and making the best out of something, even when it isn’t what you planned.

We enjoyed a long lunch with Grandma J at the cafe, where Mason was the star of the show, greeting waitresses by name and hamming it up whenever anyone approached him. He may have also announced “Person going POTTY!” every time someone went to use the restroom too, but at least everyone found it funny.

After a trip to a jam packed Wal-mart, a few too many tantrums, and a hard fought nap, this mommy is happy to be sitting down with a box of Andies Candies at her computer to enjoy a little me time, even though blogging wasn’t really part of today’s original itinerary.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother’s Day and for those who have lost their mothers, never really had a good mother, or are missing children who left too soon, my heart is with you. To those people working today (like my mother and my husband) who would rather be home celebrating with their families, thank you for being willing to work a job that requires you to work un-ideal hours so that others may be safe (police, firefighters, hospital employees, etc) or have a bit of fun (retail, casinos, etc etc) on the holidays. You are appreciated. And to all of the mothers supporting other mothers in this wild journey that is motherhood, thank you for holding out your hand and helping. We’re all in this together.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone.

This time last year – Bachelor’s Weekend

Two years ago – Little PeaPod

Easter Egg Hunt #1

Quite possibly the thing I hate most about being a working mom (for the record, there aren’t many – I really enjoy being a working mom and think daycare enriches Mason’s life) is missing the chance to do special activities with Mason. Book babies at the library, a one day petting zoo event, etc etc. This year, the Easter Bunny was at the mall only one day – Friday from 1-5 and the Easter Egg hunt was in the park on Saturday at 11, and of course, I worked 8:30 – 1. Ugh.

Thankfully, Grandma B was able to take Mason to the egg hunt this year (his first time!) and when she told me she took pictures, I nearly cried from happiness.

So, Mason’s first official-not-just-in-someone’s-backyard Easter Egg hunt:

 Just getting to the park. Grandma made him wear his ridiulous swimming hat and now of course, he wants to wear it everywhere he goes.

And the egg hunting is ON!

Something tells me his attention to detail could have been better LOL

As quickly as it started, it was over and all of the eggs was found. They spent three times longer looking through Mason’s stash than they actually spent hunting for it. Even though Mason doesn’t really know what candy is, he was still excited to get some!

Mason says “I hope YOU had a good Easter too!

“Want an eggie?”

This time last year – A Visit with Cousins / Won’t Be Long Now
Two years ago – An Important Lesson
/ Babies are Fickle

Valentine’s Day Pictures

On Sunday, being the good blogger I am, I bought Mason a special shirt for Valentine’s Day and set out to take some darling pictures of him wearing his shirt and smiling angelically at the camera while I snapped away, hoping to get pictures for an adorable greeting card to send to local relatives (who could get the card in two days or less) and post a blog entry with.

Well, between the whole insanity of “trying to photograph a busy nearly 2 year old” combined with my crappy photography skills, things didn’t pan out the way I had planned.

First, we’ve got the “Busy playing with my tractor” picture

And then the “What do you mean, don’t dig in the cupboard??” picture

And then the “So blurry let’s put it in black and white and hope that helps” picture

And lastly the “toddler is done with this nonsense” picture.

Throw in a well meaning post at 9 pm instead of 9 am and we’ve got a total bloggy fail. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right? Much love and Happy Valentine Day to all of our bloggy friends.

This time last year – Five Fingers of Thanks / The Last “First” Holiday

Random Christmas Photos

I was just looking through the photos on my camera and realized there was a bunch of Christmas stuff I didn’t post. So let’s just ignore the fact that these are Christmas-y and ooh and ahh about how cute Mason is, okay?

Walking down the light tunnel with his Daddy

Posing with Christmas Caroling Critters

Opening his stocking a week later right before bedtime

Considering the stocking contained this light,  a fruit pouch, some diaper creme, the light was by far his favorite….

This time last year – We Have Lift Off / Crawler!

Winter Bucket List

So I’m not talented enough to make a fancy graphic, so I’m going to go with an old fashion bulleted list. I know we’re a bit late in posting this, but being in Northern Wisconsin, we still have a good 2 1/2 months of winter left, so lots of time to play!

In no particular order, here’s Mason’s bucket list:

  • Go sledding
  • Build a snowman
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • Have a birthday party!
  • Go to the Children’s Museum

  • Play in the snow
  • Make a Christmas ornament
  • Spend time with family
  • Throw snow balls
  • Watch Joe run in the snow

  • Watch The Grinch and Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Put up winter window clings
  • Take new pictures in the snow
  • Cuddle together under blankets

What’s on your winter bucket list??

This time last year – First Spaghetti Dinner / Red Writing Hood Alphabet Post

Christmas Day Part 2

Mason ready to go traveling in my new suitcase!

Giving his new Brobee friend a kiss

Totally excited about his Chuck Ramps

Then we went to Grandma’s house for lunch, Mason took a nap while the adults opened presents, and then Mason came and just wanted to watch.

Grandpa quickly figured out that if he started opening one of Mason’s presents and looked like he was having a great time, Mason would want in on the action. Score!

Reading a new book with Grandpa

Playing with his new laptop from Uncle Greg (fingers on home row already, that’s my boy!)

Playing with his new tractor, surrounded by yet more new toys

While Christmas part two was not void of tears and tantrums either, it went quite a bit smoother than at home and we enjoyed a great afternoon with Grandma and Grandpa B. We then headed home and Mason played non-stop with his new toys while we tried to find our living room floor. He actually still has several presents at home left to open, so good thing we’re in no hurry to take down the Christmas tree.

This time last year – Christmas Morning Part 2

Christmas Day Part 1

So, Christmas morning with a toddler…. It had its ups and downs.

A major up?

He was beside himself with excitement when he saw his toy kitchen. Like, absolutely in awe and disbelief – shy hand up by his mouth, smiling ear to ear, looking back and forth from it to us repeatedly like “Is this REALLY for me?!!?”

The kitchen was a total win. Getting him to open presents instead of play with his kitchen? Not so much a win….

There were lots of tears, crying, and screaming because opening presents OBVIOUSLY isn’t as fun as playing with the great new stuff that your parents should have wrapped and saved for last. We actually still have a few presents left to unwrap (hoping to do tonight) because he got to the point where he was screaming no and running away any time we tried to hand him a present. Hahahaha, never would have predicted that!

But he still had his moments of absolute adorableness.

And, he LOVED his Rhody horse.

And his construction cap.

So, despite the tears, screaming, crying, kitchen covered with a blanket and horsie put away for a nap, Christmas morning was definitely a morning to remember.

This time last year – We decide to helmet Mason