The ghost of Christmases past…And baby makes 6! version.

There was a time between October 2009 and July of 2012 where I rarely wrote here, if any.

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Most months were a single post with a picture, and not much else.  Let’s call them “The Missing Years” of And Baby Makes 6.

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You know how you feel sometimes when something really great happens, and you just don’t want to talk about it because you want to savor it?   Right.  That feeling.

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Our life changed dramatically when we moved to the coast.

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New home, new job, new schools, new life.  It was such a magical time of exploring and every day was priceless.

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Our first Christmas here was in 2007. It was was so precious, I wanted to bottle it up and keep it on a shelf so that anytime I was feeling down I could open it up and feel all the magic and love that was there during that enchanting time.

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I didn’t want to share it with anyone.

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I traveled home during that season to spend some time with my family and never posted a word about it.

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I think that is one of the things about reading a blog that can be so intriguing….that space in between posts that leave so many questions.

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OMG, her face in this pic.  I want to eat her up.

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There were a lot of spaces in between in our life online….especially in regards to Christmas.

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Our Christmases were never blogged about much.

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Like the year my mother and I handmade blankets for each of the boys.

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They still have those blankets and sleep with them. In fact, Cory took his away to college with him.

Yoda was a treasured gift.  We still have him too after all these years.

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So many cookies decorated and baked….

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And left for Santa…

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Special gifts that will always be remembered.

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(always legos!)

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Many St. Nicholas days gone by.

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Trees decorated.

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Goodies made.

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There were many Feasts of the 7 fishes engrained in our memories that I never shared.

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And Christmas days hidden from view of all others.

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This blog was, for me, a place to write down all of the things I knew one day would be enveloped in a misty haze.

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Scrolling through the years here is like a cold front that comes in and whisks that fog away, revealing the memories clearly.

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As we approach this Christmas season I plan on sharing more than I did in the past.  Mainly because when I look back at all the things I did not document here for my kids, I sort of regret the missing years.

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And honestly, I don’t have patience for regrets.

“Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs” ~ Charles Dickens.

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Bats, ghosts, witches and things that go bump in the night.

Halloween is over.  Yesterday I boxed up all of our decorations, and we said our goodbyes to Mr. Skeleton for another year.   I just love the month of October and all the fun it brings.  Sad to say goodbye to this one.

Yet again, it went by too fast and we didn’t do all the things we had hoped. Many spooky movies were not watch, but I have to focus on what we did do, and that was loads of fun.

Bill was able to be home early since it fell on a Friday, so he got to carve the pumpkin with the littles.

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Ewww… pumpkin guts.

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She got her hand in the mess too.

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This year the pumpkin took on a happy face.  Seriously cute.

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I made some cookies and black bean chili while they were carving the pumpkin.

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Bill and Quinn gave out candy with the help of that skinny dude.

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Mia and her friend were witches.  Seriously adorable witches.  They got themselves ready and did their own makeup, complete with witchy moles.

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They also decorated their brooms.

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Spooky bats hung from the trees…

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A silly ghost blew in the wind…

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and pumpkin lights hid in the bushes.

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A perfectly spooky evening and fun for everyone.

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(my photographer for the evening got in a selfie)

From our house to yours, we hope you had a fun, spooky and awesome Halloween.

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Halloween week is here

Spooktacular week is here, and we kicked it off with Mr. Skeleton picking the kids up from school.  Love that dude.  Here he is last year…I forgot to take a pic yesterday.

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We will be cooking fun Halloween themed dinners and treats all week…..last night was Jack-O-Lantern stuffed peppers.  They were really good and pretty easy.  I baked mine for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees, and Bill wants me to add rice to them next time, so I may try that.  Make them for the kids!!

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Our spooky treat was this  Halloween puzzle cookie.  Very fun to make and tasted great. I doubled the dough and flour to make a larger cookie.

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And we will be watching fun, spooky flicks before bed.  Hotel Transylvania was the movie of choice for last night.

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I was reading some blogs yesterday via the Pinterest rabbit hole, and the recurring them with moms was “I love Halloween!  What am I going to do when all my kids have grown and moved out?”  Me?  I will still be doing all of this.  Bill and I get a kick out of it too.  Hopefully one day we will some grand babies to share our spooky fun with.

Happy Halloween week!!  Get on it and have some fun with your kids!  They won’t stay little forever!

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