Wednesday, October 26, 2016

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4

Welcome to this year's Countdown to Halloween link up party hosted by myself, Nina from The Joni Journey, Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats, and Elizabeth from Chasin' Mason! Check back on this post for more details. I just adore this time of the year and I am excited to see how everybody has been celebrating so far this month. So, grab a button, add your post to the link-up, and have fun!

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Here is what we've been up to!

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
Started the day off with a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes! And, then ate the leftovers for the next three mornings. Yum.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
We attempted a little rock magnet project that totally failed and not only that but took two days to fail. I feel like we can eventually work out the kinks but I just tossed the supplies in a bag until motivation hits me.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
The cooler temperatures moved in! When we woke up I was just so excited to sit outside on the porch and enjoy the chill in the air. It almost gave me enough energy to make cinnamon rolls. Almost. For some reason my grocery doesn't have the cream cheese frosting type cinnamon rolls in a can anymore, so I'm not sure what is with that sadness. But, even the nice weather couldn't talk me into making some from scratch. Instead Aria, the bump, and I sat on the porch and enjoyed our little cool front.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
 Our first costumed event of the season! Aria decided that she wanted to be a rain cloud this year. I was scrolling through facebook many weeks ago and there was a link to this rain cloud costume. Aria saw it and there was no turning back. Her previous choice was a cat, but the rain cloud won her over and she never wavered from her decision.

So, we took our little rain cloud trick or treating at our downtown area. There was also a corvette show going on, which made it a bit more fun but also more crowded with people sitting in chairs behind their corvettes. Our little cool front was no match for the sunshine and after about two thirds of the way through the path Aria was tuckered out. I guess a rain cloud on the head tends to heat a person up. But, she got a jolly rancher lolly pop so she was set. She was also stopped by every other person admiring her costume. People even asked to take her picture. I guess be unique at your own peril.

And, I'm hoping you noticed dad dressed up like a unicorn. Aria picked his look this year =)

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
We got up bright and early for our second year attending the Partin Ranch Corn Maze! We loved this event last year and it was one of the things I really wanted to do again this year. So, we decided to make the most of the cool front and head outdoors. If only that pesky sunshine didn't kill the nice temperatures. We still had a blast yet again and I took too many pictures that I'm going to have to pop a few in a separate post soon. I tried to narrow it down a few times, but I just couldn't do it. The cows were friendly and Aria even got to zipline, so keep an eye out for that.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
The last morning of somewhat chilly temperatures called for a hot cocoa. I'm looking forward to the next cool front.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
I usually make a long list of countdown ideas for this month and then pick a few things when the time gets closer. One of those ideas was making a cardboard pumpkin bag toss game, but decided the materials were not so budget friendly. Then I saw this ready made pumpkin bean bag toss game at Target for five bucks. You can't go wrong. Aria and I played it until the sunshine got too hot and then when daddy got home we busted it out again until the mosquitoes chased us inside. Well worth the price for something we can store until next Halloween as well.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
Our purple playdough we made earlier in the month got tucked away out of sight out of mind in the aftermath of the hurricane and then cleaning for Canadian Thanksgiving. When I finally remembered to pull it back out it had grown mold. Aria was bummed, so we made a new batch. Orange this time. Totally worth the extra effort because she has played with this stuff for hours each day. She makes sweet potato casserole with it...over and over and over and over.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
By the end of the day I have a negative store of energy so dinners have been mostly fend for yourself. But, I finally had a bit of motivation and I wanted to try a new stew recipe. (It's The Pioneer Woman's recipe, naturally. But, the dumplings are my addition.) It's so yummy that I've had it for three meals over the past two days.

 [Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
Aria and I spent the morning making some chocolate pumpkin bread. I almost had it for dinner instead of the stew, but went with the heartier option in the end...with a piece of pumpkin bread as an appetizer.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
I think this is Aria's fourth year painting a paint resist pumpkin face pumpkin (that's a mouthful). It's a tradition I can't pass up! We got our baby pumpkins from the parking lot pumpkin patch earlier this month, but decided to grab the bigger ones from the grocery. Cheaper! Aria and dad picked up a couple while I was finishing the dumplings for the stew the night before. Aria actually understood that she was painting around the tape to create a face this year, so that was fun.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #4
And, we ended the night with another tradition - the glow stick bath! Usually we get in a few in October, but we weren't having any luck remembering to wait until the sun started to set to get in the bath. Finally managed to get one in, and Aria could play in the bathtub for two hours or more if I let her. My patience usually wanes around the hour mark. But, needless to say she loved her glow stick bath again this year.

Check out all the posts for Countdown to Halloween 2016 right here:

Halloween is less than a week away now! Time flies. I love having all sorts of fall fun this month, but it is definitely a lot more challenging to do while pregnant. But, I think we can finish the month strong! And then nap the rest of November. So, how have you been enjoying your month? Please share below, both big and small celebrations are welcome! Don't forget you can also join in on the fun on instagram with #cdtohalloween16 as well. And, mark your calendars - the final link-up is on November 2nd!





9 comments:

  1. I love everything about your week. You guys had a great time. The stew looks so yummy. I can't believe Aria plays in the bathtub that long. My kids love the tub, but for me it's a get it, play for a few, wash, get out. At that point in the day I'm over it and ready for bedtime.

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  2. What an awesome week! I love that you made it back to the corn maze this year and zip-lining?! Sign me up. Those pancakes sound amazing too. I REALLY need to whip up some pumpkin pancakes. It is the one pumpkin thing I haven't made yet :P.

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  3. Zip lining?? What a daredevil! Looking forward to that post. I think Chris automatically wins girl dad of the year for that costume. Cinnamon rolls sound yummy. If you roll out crescent dough and put the cinnamon filling in it makes pretty yummy rolls. More time consuming than the ones in a can, but at least you don't have to wait for the dough to rise.

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  4. Wow, you did a lot this last week! That beef stew looks really good, and now I'm going to add that to our dinner rotation sometime soon. I love Aria's costume! Took me a second to figure out what Chris was, haha! Probably one of my favorite things you posted about was sitting outside on a cool morning with Aria. Those quiet moments are some of my favorites. Also, I love the leggings you're wearing :) What brand are they?

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  5. Such a good mommy!! And I just love her costume! She's just the coolest!

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  6. A rain cloud is a legit costume! I love it. So creative!
    I seriously want to come to your house and eat all the fall things. They all sound SO good.
    Also, I'll bring some cinnamon rolls in a tube with icing. What the heck?? Why would they not carry those anymore? That's insane.
    I LOVE that picture of you and Aria holding hands... and of course the bump!

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  7. So Chris is just awesome! I looove Aria's costume. So creative!

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  8. Bahaha!! Chris looks amazing!! And I'm super impressed at her rain cloud costume---I'm not even pregnant and I just bought ours. ;) Thank goodness mine are not thinking outside of the box too much yet! And love that picture of you two holding hands; so sweet!

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  9. You had me at chocolate pumpkin bread! What fun you have been having!

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