The Night of the Giant Tiger

I love our church's perspective on Halloween. Instead of having a giant fall fest, we view it as a perfect opportunity for outreach and to plug in to our community. So, any house or homegroup that wants to host a party, they sponsor a bounce house for your neighborhood. In addition, the church also sells candy (full sized candy bars) with labels that share info about our children's ministry and invite them to church.

We've been a part of a party in the past and had such a great time so we knew we wanted to host this year with our homegroup. We were expecting a small, normal sized jumping castle. Instead, we got the most massive bounce house ever made.....the Giant Tiger.

Since her buddy Beckett decided to be Mickey Mouse this year, Laura Kate was Minnie. The ears didn't last past the first minute, but her Minnie Mouse dress was really cute. And she had so so much fun jumping. She jumped and jumped and jumped and jumped and jumped. And jumped. And then when I thought her legs would fall off, I would hear her little squeals of delight coming from inside the giant tiger and she was jumping some more.

She also LOVED trick-or-treating with her friends. She got lots of candy and really liked blowing out the candles in peoples jack-o-lanterns. :/

Here are our pictures from the night....

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Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the Pumpkin!

Kyle carved this pumpkin tonight. I'm amazed by my husband.

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A List

1. LK loves to ask questions

2. Her favorite question is "Daddy, why do leaves fall from trees?"

3. I love that she loves the Fall.

4. Sometimes Sookie is too much for me and I put her in her house and just let Lucy sleep beside me because it is comforting.

5. Shepherd really likes grape kool aid. Really.

6. 95% of the time I have to put LK in time out, I have to turn around so she doesn't see me laughing....she is so funny.

7. 5% of the time I want to cry.

8. LK's second favorite question is "What is your favorite part?"

9.My favorite part is grape kool aid.

10. I put Laura Kate down for a nap today and asked her "what happens if you disobey and get out of your big girl bed?" She answered " You give me a french fry".

11. That was the wrong answer. I do not give her a french fry if she disobeys me.

12. mmmmm Shepherd loves french fries.

13. Laura Kate's favorite part is painting.

14. Her favorite song is "Mighty to Save"

15. Parenting is 100 times more the journey of joy, laughter, tears, heartache, prayer, and utter and complete reliance on God than I could have ever imagined.
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Friends in Books

In Rory Gilmore's Valedictorian speech, she says this:

"I live in two worlds. One is a world of books. I've been a resident of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina, and strolled down Swann's Way."

If you know me very well at all, you have probably picked up on a couple things: 1. I love Gilmore Girls and 2. I love diving head first into a book and getting to know new friends. Books come alive to me almost like watching a movie.

It has me thinking lately.....

What friends do I want my kids to (one day) discover in books?

So, I made a list....

Here's what I have so far....

1. Harry, Ron, and Hermione (The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling)
2. Jimmy and his pet Boa Constrictor (The Day Jimmy's Boa at the Wash, Trisha Hanks Noble)
3. Christy, Katie, and Sierra (The Christy Miller Series, Robin Jones Gunn)
4. Westley and Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride, William Goldman)
5. Sam I Am (Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss)
6. Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank)
7. The Boy and The Tree (The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein)
8. Hadassah (The Mark of the Lion Trilogy, Francine Rivers)
9. Charlie and Alice (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson)
10. Nancy Drew (The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Carolyn Keene)
11. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis)
12. Anna and Kate (My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Piccoult)
13. Marcus, Kate, Lisa, Jack, Rachel, Stephen and Jennifer (The O'Malley Series, Dee Henderson)
14. Jane and Edward (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte)
15. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austin)
16. Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy (Little Women, Louisa May Alcott)
17. Anne and Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery)
18. Catherine and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte)
19. Winnie, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Christopher Robbin (Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne)
20. Charlie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl)
21. Wilber and Charlotte (Charlotte's Web, EB White)
22. Bob and Mr. Scrooge (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens)
23. Alice (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll)
24. Mary and Colin (The Secret Garden, Francis Hodson Burnett)

Did I miss any of your favorites? I would LOVE to hear your ideas and lists too! Feel free to share in the comments section or re-blog and share your blog link.
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Pumpkin Patch!

Today, Laura Kate and I went to the Pumpkin patch with Beckett and his mom. We had so much fun. We paid a small admission fee and it included a hay ride, food for the petting zoo, and a small pumpkin. LK loved the animals of course, and loved the hay ride and pumpkins, but her favorite thing was the........dirt. Yeah, the dirt. She probably would have played with it for hours if I would let her.

Here are our pictures....

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