Monday, September 26, 2016

Backyard Camping

The weekend after school started, we wanted to do something fun to help relieve all of the back to school stress and help everyone unwind. We wanted something simple, something free, something we hadn't done in a long while.....

Backyard camping! 

We moved our pop-up down to the garden/hot tub area and set up camp! The kiddos helped get their beds all set up while Sammy started the grill and got some hot dogs going for us. They were so excited! Its amazing how something as simple as camping in the backyard can make a kid happier than a pig in mud. Our camp looked pretty dang sweet if I do say so myself. 

After filling our bellies, everyone took a dip in the hot tub! The kids especially loved the red hot tub light. Anthony said it was cool because it looked like blood. Or maybe it was Molly who said that. 

No camping trip of ours is ever complete without a rousing game of UNO! We're pretty serious about our UNO, you know. 

The pop-up sleeps our family just perfect. The boys shared the left side, Sam and I had the right side, and Molly got her own special bed in the middle - which is really the table folded down with the bench cushions over it. Perfect.

We'll have one more camping night this year before the pop-up sits for the winter. Our friends are having a camp out birthday party for their kiddos the end of October and we plan to have a blast at that!! Better bring the UNO cards.....

With love,
Mama Hauck

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome Autumn!

Ah, the first day of Autumn! My favorite season! 

Summer has ended and all the excitement and craziness of early September with its back to school and start of sports and this and that and figuring things out......slowly, eventually, eases it's way into a predictable, manageable schedule. 

Time for everyone to mellow out. Time to take a deep breath. Time to have a little Fall fun!!

We are soooo looking forward to....

Chilly soccer mornings
Pumpkin target practice  

Pine needle piles 
Bonfires and marshmallow roasting

The crispness in the air and the crispness underfoot
Halloween decorations!

The changing of green leaves into beautiful fall foliage
Getting the perfect shot

The start of wrestling nights
Fall family photos

Snuggling on the couch
Spooky stories from the library

Hot, yummy drinks of all different kinds of flavors
Pumpkin patch fun!

Boots, sweatpants, and sweaters
Front porch decor

Hot-tubing at night....the very dark of night!
Scary movies for a month

Turkey and deer and quail, oh my!
Carving silly pumpkins

Front porch sitting, enjoying the views
Costumes and Trunk or Treat

Beautiful Fall sunrises and sunsets 
Candy. Candy. Candy.

Homemade, delicious apple sauce
Autumn walks

Turkey, stuffing, biscuits, and apple pie
Our yearly trip to CA

Happy Fall! 

With love,
Mama Hauck