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Joel turned 34 today, but we celebrated over the weekend to make it easier. Even though it was his birthday, it was basically about the kids anyway – there are almost as many of them as there are of us now! We couldn’t resist these elf pajama sets since the girls all want to match all the time anyway!  And we can’t wait to get a picture of Grandma and Grandpa with their Santa pjs on with all 8 of their elf grand babies, but they are on back order and didn’t make it before the party. The house was overly and tackily decorated, we had lots of food, and we even bought “snow.” (When you live in California, the things you’ll do for weather are pretty extreme.) My brothers both showed up in full costume, because dressing up is never out of style.

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 It was dark by the time we started playing with the snow, so thats why the pictures are so dim, but aren’t the kids just darling with all the excitement? Poor Fox isn’t old enough to enjoy any of this yet, so it’s like baby torture, but he does love watching the kids play.


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HALLOWWWWWIENER BLOG 1650I’m already looking forward to next years Halloween party! Lindsay made the best dinner and carmel apples, we walked Balboa Island, and the kids stayed up ridiculously late thanks to the sugar rush.

Of course, there are other holidays to dress up for, which we undoubtedly will, but there’s just something so special about a holiday that doesn’t carry any obligations with it isn’t there? It’s always been my favorite. Always.

The fruit bats are still flying around my house, and I wanted to cut the Egyptian mummy costume off Jude last night (unwrapping that was a serious chore), but he insisted he will be wearing it again soon, so it’s intact.

The only disappointment this year was that Jeremy didn’t get to join us, but we did drop by his work on the way home. And even trick-or-treated at Grandma and Grandpa’s to see them!

  • Candace Wingo

    Of course the kids were very cute, but Ashley wins a prize too! ReplyCancel

  • Mary Gubein

    So very clever and looks like so much fun!