Illuminating Stella

October 2014 archive

Halloween Round-up

If it’s possible to celebrate Halloween any more than we did this month, I don’t want to hear about it. Not to sound ungrateful, because we’ve been having a very good time. But now the big day is here and I’m a zombie. I might need a triple latte to power through tonight. So far this month we’ve been to the local Pumpkin Patch twice, Tanaka Farms and an outdoor movie screening of Room on the Broom. We’ve hosted a Monster Craft Party and attended a Pumpkin Carving Party and two additional Halloween Parties. We’ve made pumpkin spice cookies and halloween cupcakes. Today at swim Stella’s coach was dressed as a mermaid and gave her a special treat. Tonight we are going trick-or-treating at my Sister’s house and then we will put this holiday to bed! Stella really wanted to be Jessie from Toy Story this year and my Mother-in-Law made her adorable costume. I know she will wear it till it falls apart, she just loves being Jessie. So naturally I have fifty million photos. Most of them are blurry, because toddlers in costumes seriously don’t sit still. Here is what we have so far!

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Currently…..

Eating: I tried this recipe at the Trader Joes near us a few weeks ago and immediately bought the ingredients.  We’ve made it twice since, once we substituted shredded chicken for the sausage. It’s super easy and yummy. All you have to do is throw it all in a skillet and heat it up.

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Reading: Orphan Train for book club. Last month we read Zelda, A Biography. It was a re-read for me. Such an interesting time period to read about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald surely lived a fascinating if not tragic life.  We are also reading lots of books about potty training with Stella, which is going slowly but good. We are not pushing it with everything else on her plate (starting school, working on pushing/hitting and general toddler mood swings). But some days are going really great, she will tell us she needs to potty and actually does. Our favorite potty training book is Big Girl Panties. Maybe I’ll do a post soon on Stella’s Library with potty training books.

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Walking: We did the Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure last Saturday. Such a great event, this is our third time participating. Stella was astonishingly good about riding in her stroller for all the miles.

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Watching: On Sunday Stella took a late nap and I took the opportunity to watch Maleficent. I was also cutting up millions of monster parts for a Halloween Craft party, but this is as close to a break as it gets.  It was such a beautiful remake of Sleeping Beauty, I was pretty enthralled. I think Angelina Jolie was the perfect casting for the role.

Obsessing Over: Ikea Toys, again. Stella needed this Dragon “muppet” to protect her castle. We are in the market for a big girl bed as we are hoping to tempt her back into her own room for sleeping. Hence the trip to Ikea. Ever since we returned from Vegas where she slept in our bed the whole week, she is adamant about sleeping in our bed. Something needs to be done. Maybe we just need to put a carseat in her room, she has no problem sleeping in one of those.

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Celebrating: “Good days” at school with after nap trips for pink frozen yogurt with pink spoons and then on to the beach. The never ending heat waves may have also played into this trip. School is still a source of mixed feelings for everyone.

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Loving: This purple OshKosh B’gosh Jumper. Classic cute! Thanks again to Molly for the hand-me-downs!

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Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

We visited Tanaka Farms with my Sister’s family for the 3rd year in a row on Sunday. This year my parents were able to join in on the fun too, which was so nice. The girls had a great romp in the pumpkin patch and were tough to convince to sit still for photo ops.  This pumpkin patch really does make for a beautiful back-drop, even though you have to work around hundreds of people who feel the same way and want the same shot of their kiddos. Orange is my favorite color, so I love all the pops of it in every shot. Stella most vehemently protested a family photo with John and me. We are totally third rate when her cousins are around. This year they introduced a $2 cover charge, which was a bit annoying as it created a huge bottleneck at the entrance. We had to keep the girls from diving into muddy puddles while waiting in line. Once inside we enjoyed ourselves as long as the bright, hot sun would allow. Each little girl and their Grandmother got to pick out an extra special pumpkin to take home.

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