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oh hey, friday | first world + farm problems

I sat down to write this post, and proceeded to spend at least an hour perusing Pinterest for first birthday party ideas for Bennett.
He is turning one is 7 weeks!!!!
SEVEN. How!?

1 | bennett's birthday
I keep going back and forth.
Do I throw a big party for his 1st birthday or not?
We did for both Brody and Beckam.
BUT their birthdays weren't directly before Christmas...
and the December birthday curse starts early for our baby.
I think that we will end up doing it.
Or maybe we won't.
Any fun first birthday themes I should go with for our little wild man!?

2 | sugar beets
If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen the little IG live video I put on there of harvest.
We are in full swing for the next couple of weeks.
And by we, I mean my husband.
And apparently Brody too.
He has been waking up early every morning, eating breakfast, getting dressed and heading out the door with Ryan.
He has never really cared for sleep, and he fittingly wore this shirt yesterday...
We don't see our farmer much, because fitting me and three children in the tractor with my hubby isn't very practical.
Or possible.

3 | kitties
It's no secret that Beckam is our animal lover.
He is obsessed with our new kitties.
He now carries them EVERYWHERE.
He helps them climb trees, puts them on his scooter, and in general doesn't put them down.
I kinda feel bad for them, but I think they love it.
They run to him.
They are basically asking for it.

4 | house
We have been in our house for about 10 years.
I am suddenly getting the urge to want to change things.
Mostly the outside.
New lights?
New paint color?
Yes please.
Fingers crossed that these sugar beets contain a whole lot of sugar so maybe I can have a fun new project!!!

5 | obsession
I don't really have anything profound to say about this, other than the fact that I am obsessed with this baby.
Just look at his face!

Cheers to a fantastic Friday friends!

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oh, hey friday | family pictures + new car = it's been a BIG week

1 | first things first
Do you remember all of that help that you guys gave me regarding family pictures!?
Well, here is the fruits of your labor...
I just got some sneak peeks, and can't wait to bombard this blog with many more of these beauts!

2 | new car
I got a new (to me) car (SUV) yesterday!
I have loved my Ford Explorer, but it has been getting increasingly tighter with our growing boys.
A good opportunity came yesterday, and we traded it off for a Yukon XL.
It is pearly white with glorious leather and I am in love.

Also, it was probably the fastest automobile purchase ever.
Turns out that taking a baby to buy a vehicle might not sound like a good idea, but they get you in and out in a flash!
While taking a test drive, and having Bennett screaming in the backseat, the salesman informed me that he was an empty-nester, and he was really enjoying it. Ha!

3 | pumpkin patch
We recently spent an afternoon at the corn maze/pumpkin patch that is right down the road from us.
The boys absolutely love it there.
AND we farm some of the owners ground, so he lets us go whenever.
We like to go when they are closed.
And enjoy the whole place to ourselves...

4 | harvest party
I will attempt a separate post for this years harvest party.
It was a success though!
The perfect weather, the perfect company and another perfect bounce house.
I've said it before... never have a party without a bounce house!

We also had about 50 left over baked potatoes.
Any helpful tips on what to do with them?
I am going to make a potato and corn chowder today... that might use a few up.

5 | bennett
Did you catch Bennett's 10 month old blog post?
He is growing up entirely too fast.
And that teddy bear is shrinking awfully fast too.

Cheers to a fantastic Friday friends!

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bennett | 10 months

10 months!??
How did that happen?
Bennett has started to form quite a personality, and we have a feisty one folks!
How is it possible that a 10 month old can be so opinionated?
I'm not entirely sure, but he's lucky he is so precious.
He has already thrown some fits, and this is so out of the ordinary from his older brothers at the same age. 
Perhaps he will be an angel when he turns two.
The fits aren't very often luckily, and he truly just wants to be independent.
He is the speediest of speed crawlers, and we always have to be one step ahead of him.
This usually involves making sure the bathroom door is shut, because apparently playing in the toilet water is a fun activity.
Also unplugging anything he can reach, and plugging the outlets with those fancy plastic covers. He is a fan of power cords. 
Bennett has started talking a little bit more, and instead of just family members names... mama, dada, bubu, papa... he can also say bye-bye while he waves, and uh-oh when he purposely drops EVERYTHING off of the table. 
He is still a big fan of his big bothers, and likes to get into whatever they are playing with. 
The big boys have learned that putting toys on our kitchen table to play with is the best.
Farewell to a tidy dining room. 
I love it when they all play together though, and get a glimpse into the future of all the playing/fighting that is to come. 

likes |
The kid will eat almost anything. But he really likes to be the one feeding himself.
He likes to crawl around everywhere and put all the things in his mouth. Leaves are a recent favorite.
Music and dancing are his thing. He loves to get down. When music comes on he has an instant smile of his face, and the bouncing commences. 
He loves to laugh. Usually at his brothers. It might be silly faces they make, tickling they do, or the games of chase that they play.
He is still obsessed with his daddy, and wants to go with him at any moment of any day. He generally only wants me when he is hungry or has pooped himself, but I'll take whatever I can get.

dislikes | 
He doesn't like to be left in his crib when he is awake. If he wakes up, he wants to be picked up. He can last in there about 5 minutes before he gets angry.
He really doesn't like being forced to lay still for a picture. In fact, he won't do it. You should see the circus I put on to get just ONE picture. Literally, the picture below is the ONLY one I got of him. So long are the days where I could get 50+ to choose from.

milestones |
My little friend decided to cut FOUR teeth at once last week. His top four. And he was sick at the same time. Perhaps that is why the fits were occurring. Little guys was probably miserable. 
He has stood by himself a couple of times without holding on to anything. I can't help but think that walking is just around the corner. 
My guy is still a tank. He measured in the 95th percentile for height and head size a couple of weeks ago, and his weight was 80th percentile. He doesn't have many rolls on his body, but he is solid as rock.

I love this kid so much, and while I hate to see him grow so fast, I love that he is such a sweet boy and still loves his snuggles.


oh hey, friday | a wedding + a lot of memories from the 90's

I'm just going to go ahead and break the rules for the whole "write about five things" today, because I seem to only blog on Friday lately... and I need to write about my trip down to California a couple of weeks ago before I forget about it completely.

My bestest friend from childhood, and also my maid of honor at my wedding, just got married!!

I wouldn't have missed the occasion for anything.

SO, I packed up my trusty side-kick and we flew on down to Cali.
The flight there (and back) weren't full, so I strategically put Bennett in a seat until the plane filled up. No one, in their right mind, wants to purposefully sit next to a baby, so we had plenty of space.
He slept the entire flight, and woke up ready to party!
His cousin was sleeping though, so he had to wait until morning,
And then a homemade apple sauce party commenced.
The party then moved into the car as we drove the couple of hours to my parents house.
 Bennett made it to Zaza and Pappy's and even got to sit in the highchair that I used as a baby.
And then, we hustled to get ready, and drove a few miles up another nearby mountain to the main event.
Maggie's wedding!!

I couldn't help by tear up when she walked down the aisle!
So happy that she has found such an amazing man.
Bennett insisted on happy squealing through most of the ceremony, so I took him off to the side and unfortunately missed hearing it all.
But, the deed was done, and it was beautiful.
The wedding was probably one of my favorites of all time.
Great food, great company, gorgeous venue, etc.
Here are a few photos  of the event...
 (dancing with her dad)
 (Maggie's little brother Matt... basically like my little brother)
It was the FASTEST night ever.
But one of the best.
I loved thinking back on childhood and remembering some of the best memories!

Maggie and I used to spend so much time together.

I remember doing weekend sleepovers, and then when we got home, we'd call each other on the phone and chat forever on our cool colored cordless phones.

We would wear close to matching overalls (with one strap down) on the first day of school, and my mom took pictures.

We would call the local radio station over, and over, and OVER again until we could get through to request a song. We would record endless mix tapes from the radio!

We would pretend to be cheerleaders in the back of my dads pickup truck on my driveway and do countless cheers. We even dressed as cheerleaders for halloween. And when we finally got old enough, we because real cheerleaders and practiced our cheers FOREVER.

We learned to roller skate together.

We took care of lots of litters of puppies together.

We would go through Sears catalogs and circle the things that we would want to buy, and then use calculators to add up the items... haha, if only we had the millions of dollars to purchase it all.

Countless games of MASH. And gin.

Once, when we were older, we even got asked to be in a commercial for a local-ish furniture store. We saw it on TV once, and thought it was the coolest!! Which it really was.

We would spend a part of every single Christmas Day with each other as we exchanged gifts and saw all of the new loot that arrived. Although Matt would always already know what everyone was getting because he inevitably ALWAYS found the present stashes.

Speaking of Matt, we once dressed him up like a girl and took a roll full of photos of him. We loved it! But then, we found out that he took the roll and pulled it ALL out, exposing the film and ruining it. He must've known from the young age of 7 that he was going to be in show business one day. (He is a stunt double/actor/etc. now, and is actually a pretty big deal.)

Maggie and I (and our brothers) spent countless hours together waiting for our mom's to return from Costco with a pickup full of food and goodies for us.

As we got older, and I was in College, I was lucky enough to come home in the summer and Maggie and her boyfriend lived just two doors down. I would go over for dinner, be a third wheel on almost all of their dates, and just hang out for hours.

Basically, Maggie is as good as they come.
Nearly all of my memories from age 5-10 include her.
She has taught me how to enjoy good food and music, that it's ok to have a good cry when you see someone you've missed, and how to be joyful regardless of the circumstances.
A lifelong bestie. Even if we don't see each other nearly as much as we might like to.

Do you have a lifelong bestie!!??
Tell me your favorite childhood memory with them!

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Have a great weekend friends. 
Our annual harvest party is Sunday, and I've got 100+ potatoes to wash, oil and foil.
I also have a massive pot of chili to make. 
Follow along on IG HERE for more on that. :)
ALSO, Bennett is turning 10 months old on Saturday, and I might need someone to hold my while I cry.

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