Best Halloween Ever!

I was definitely excited for Halloween, but this was above and beyond what I expected! The past few Halloweens, we’ve had friends over to sit on the porch, eat, drink wine, and hand out candy. The past 2 years, since Turner’s been around, my mom and step-dad have been the ones hanging out on the porch handing out candy with us, which is always special!

Turner dressed up as a hobo this year, which was hilarious. We started our day, as usual, at the gym. Everyone who saw him loved his outfit! I must say, he sure was a cute hobo.

The rest of our day was pretty normal. He napped while I worked. Then he played while I got dinner ready. I always do soup on Halloween. One of our many traditions. I usually make chili, but this year I did beef bourguignon instead. Yum!

Around 5, I re-applied Turner’s beard and got him dressed back up. Then, we played around in the back yard until Stew was done working.


Once Stew was home, we walked around in the street with Turner’s wagon and waited for Gigi and Paw-Paw to arrive.


We took some photos and chatted with neighbors for a bit. I didn’t want to start trick-or-treating too early!


I invited my girlfriend, Angela, and her husband and son over to trick-or-treat. Turner and her little boy, Duncan, love to play together! I knew it would be fun to have them along. I’m so glad they came! Although, trying to get them to pose for a picture was like pulling teeth!



They had no idea what was going on. At one point, Turner tried to walk into someone’s house. And they were definitely not interested in the candy, which was fine by me.

After Turner had reached sensory overload, we headed home and put him to bed. Angela and her family went home too.

Then, we parked it on the porch with Mom and Michael, popped a bottle of wine, and ate our dinner while we handed out candy. Sitting on the porch, handing out candy, has become one of my favorite traditions each year! We always have someone with us which makes it an event in itself. Mix in some crazy kids in their clever costumes, and it’s quite an experience!

This has been the best Halloween yet! It was extra special to share it with friends and family! Happy Halloween, friends!!

Apple Day

My mom hosted our first annual “Apple Day” at her house. It was so cute! The house was decorated and the apple themed menu was nothing short of amazing!

We walked in, and the house spelled amazing! Gigi was making apple cider donuts as a starter. Turner was thrilled!


Mom had the pumpkin carving station set up for us while they cooked the apple cheddar burgers on the grill. We take pumpkin carving seriously in our family. Well, at least my brother and I do. Stew was on picture duty, and Turner isn’t quite old enough to enjoy it. He happily walked around eating Gigi’s food while we carved.

I’m a hard core pumpkin carver. I make it my mission to choose and execute the most complicated photo in those little books every year. I love the challenge. Ok…here we go!




We had such a fun day! The food and festivities were awesome! Turner definitely enjoyed himself. This has always been our favorite time of year, and enjoying it with Turner makes it even better!

Pumpkin Carving Party

We’ve been throwing an annual pumpkin carving party for the past four years. Every year it’s a different crowd, but we always have SO much fun! I love to go all out with Halloween themed food and drinks. It’s one of my favorite festivities to plan for!

I used Pinterest a ton to help with food ideas. I’ll link to the recipes I used. Some of them I changed up a bit.

Here’s our menu with pictures!
Mummy Dogs

Ghost Pizzas” (basic pizza but with ghost shaped cheese and ketchup used for eyes)

Graveyard Dip” (I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream)

Witches Fingers” (I used candy corn instead of almonds)

Mini Caramel Apples Make sure you DRY off the cut apples before dipping, otherwise the caramel will slide off. Lesson learned!

Vampire Cocktail

So, I would post pictures of our pumpkin masterpieces, but we didn’t quite get to carving. When I asked if everyone was ready to carve, they just preferred sitting around eating and drinking. I’ll take that as a compliment!! Another successful (almost) pumpkin carving party. Happy Halloween!

Momma: ONE, Hand-Foot-Mouth Virus: ZERO

Well, to date, this has been the worst illness yet! Sunday night, I noticed that Turner was feeling a bit warm. I gave him some Tylenol before bed and he slept like a champ. Monday morning, he woke up at 5:30am talking to himself, “HI! HI! HI!”. I went to get him and noticed that he had a few red spots around his mouth. I didn’t worry too much because he gets those from time to time no doubt from the globs of peanut butter that he shoves in his face.

As the day went on, I noticed MORE blisters and spots on his mouth, hands, and bottom. Could it be…. Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Virus?! Sure enough, by nighttime, he was covered.


His bottom was actually the worst part! I’ll spare you the rest of my gory photos. But I WILL tell you the steps I took to help soothe my poor baby’s discomfort. I’m not quite sure what helped, but in order to feel in control of an out-of-control-situation, I had to do something.

I gave him an Aveeno Oatmeal Bath every morning and night.

I also kept his diaper off as much as possible. I actually used disposable diapers instead of his cloth diapers because they seemed to be a little looser. The nurse told me to keep the blisters as dry as possible. Therefore, we spent a lot of time playing outside, naked. Well, Turner was naked. I kept my clothes on for fear of my neighbors calling the cops.

He wasn’t eating, so I did lots of smoothies and Frozen Yogurt. The Fro-Yo definitely worked. I also mixed 2.5mL of Benadryl with 2.5 mL of Mylanta. I mixed them together and gave it to him in a syringe. The Benadryl decreases inflammation and the Mylanta helps coat the throat. That’s what my doctor recommended. I’m definitely not a doctor, so don’t take my word for it! I just gave him a dose of that before bed.

He slept okay at night. He would just cry every so often but wouldn’t actually wake up. His naps were non-existent the past 3 days, which resulted in my having a mental breakdown yesterday around 12:30pm when I realized that would be the longest afternoon of my life. Turner grabbed my face and willed me out of my misery.

Today, while he’s still grumpy and covered in blisters, he seems better. He slept until 8am and took an hour long nap. He actually ate breakfast and drank his water which was a major improvement.


I realize I’m not out of the woods yet. But I also realize that this virus can’t take me! Not today hand-foot-mouth virus, not today.

The Pumpkin Patch

Boone Hall is the local farm right by our house. They grow lots of different fruits and veggies, and we always go to pick whatever is in season. Of course, October is pumpkin time! I’ve been going to this pumpkin patch for probably 10 years. In faaaaact, here is a picture of me and my college roommates searching for the great pumpkin!

And here is a picture at the same pumpkin patch when I was extremely pregnant!

And this one is from last Halloween.

Ok, I’ve made my point. Back to the present. This visit was great, because Turner actually knew what was going on. He had SO much fun! He loved running around and touching all of the pumpkins.


Well, actually, it was a little more difficult than last year, when I plopped him in the middle of a few pumpkins and took a bunch of pictures. This year it was more like, Stew chased him around while I searched for the perfect pumpkins and loaded them into the vacant stroller. Other parents admired my genius.

Boone Hall does such a great job with their pumpkin patch! I am a picture fanatic, so we took advantage of all of the different photo ops!




We came home and put Turner down for his nap. I decorated the porch with my new treasures while Stew did some work in the yard.

Have I mentioned that I love fall!?

It’s Beginning to Look Like Halloween

I can’t believe it’s October! Time is flying. I’m still debating on a Halloween costume for Turner. I’m between ideas. But now that I have less than a month, I better get on it!

In the meantime, we’re starting to celebrate the season. We have our fall candles out and our pumpkin and apple treats baked. We even went to the library to get some Halloween books! This weekend we’ll decorate the house, get some mums, and go pick pumpkins!

Gigi was in the spirit too. She came over to babysit and brought Turner a few festive goodies!

He was super excited to get his very own pumpkin which Ellie ate approximately 37 minutes later.

She also brought some books and clothes for when the weather starts to cool down!

I’m so excited for fall and the holiday season! Every year gets better and better. The best is yet to come!