The goose is getting fat

We've had all sorts of surgeries going on in the last couple months and we've definitely been feeling it. You know what I'm saying? Just that heavy feeling that comes with an irregular routine. I probably wouldn't notice it much, but kids need structure in a big way and when you change that up, everything feels off. So when everyone was finally feeling up to moving around again, I loaded the kids up to go on a wild goose chase. Literally. My parents have beautiful property that's essentially a refuge for animals everywhere. Yearly, they get every animal from moose to porcupine. I can't blame them. I mean if I were a member of the animal kingdom, my parents property would be my first pick for a retirement home.  I grew up with just about every bird known to man. Peacocks, parrots, you name it. :) Recently, my Dad found two domesticated African geese out by one of his ponds. 
Naturally, my kids were delighted when they found out Papa had geese, so we had to go hunt for geese. And we didn't have to go far. In fact, they followed us around and the kids were in heaven. 
When I was little, our roosters would chase me and on a field trip I got charged by geese. They smell fear on me, so of course, they tried to chase me every time I turned around. The kids thought it was hilarious. So a lot of pictures turned out blurry because I was getting goose chased. But oh well, fun memories. 
Besides, it's not everyday that geese want to join your family pictures. 
Plus it kinda fits for Christmas. Geese getting fat and all that. I doubt we'll eat these guys though, we'll stick with these tasty peppermint cookies that my brother-in-law made. 
Poor Madelyn just got her tonsils out. :( She was a good sport about the cold. 
I can't even tell you how happy these kids make me. Our lives would be nothing without them.
Adding Penelope and Clementine to our family has only added to our happiness. Life is good and God is good. 
Merry Christmas friends! Hope your season is the merriest. 



Shirt Pretty in Peplum//fabric old similar here and here
Sometimes I load all the kids up to go run errands and I get them out of the car only to realize that at least one of my kids doesn't have shoes on. I look at said child and sigh. Because it is oh so nice to be needed, but sometimes couldn't they need me just a little less. Just long enough to put their own shoes on? Oh well. Such is the conundrum of motherhood. 
And sure, sometimes it's frustrating to know that your child has no shoes on and you're bound to get looks. But someday these same kids will put on their own shoes and walk out of the house and I won't know exactly where they're going. And no doubt I'll feel old and lonely. So for now, if I forget to check their toes before we drive away, I'll smile and think about how nice it is to be needed.  All the time. Because someday they won't need me in quite the same way or at quite the same level. Blessed is the mama who is always needed.


Squad Goals. Star Wars edition.

One day I woke up and realized that I've created almost enough children to fill up the entire cast of Star Wars. I feel like I've arrived or something. ;)

But in all seriousness. Well I mean as serious as I'm gonna get in a post about Star Wars, my young padawon's decided last year that they all wanted to be Star Wars characters and who am I to say, "I've got a bad feeling about this." Bahahaha! Just can't help myself.
 These scruffy little nerf herders literally stopped traffic while we took pictures. Mostly dudes stopping to say "That's so awesome!" We had to kinda hustle through because we were attracting nerds like we were at Comic Con. It was getting awkward.
Plus these baby ewoks could only take so much. Clementine was having none of this nonsense. 
You've all seen Rey and Leia before, but let me introduce to the wonder of store bought/semi homemade costumes. The greatest. :) I've linked to everything. (Not sponsored or affiliated or anything.)
We've got a little Yoda who would much rather have been Rapunzel, but she's 2 so according to Ezra, she's not allowed to have an opinion yet. 

And of course, Ezra/Darth Vader whose mask strap snapped, so he had to resort to holding it up instead. The force could have come in really handy for that one.
And what's a star wars family themed costume extravaganza with some ewoks?

I just bought bear suits on amazon and then cut up a brown t-shirt and cut little ear holes. So much easier than sewing with fur...which I did attempt, but gave up because I decided it was more important that my children get fed than have a completely homemade ewok costume. #priorities

And that's it. Our little Star Wars Squad. "Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him." ...I dunno, it just felt like the appropriate time to throw out a Ben Kenobi quote. Happy Halloween all!



We swapped our little Lila for a Princess Leia for Halloween this year. I mean young Leia, not the old smoker voice Leia from The Force awakens. ;) He he. No but really, we just had to give Rey someone to hang out with, right?
Lila takes her Halloween costuming very seriously. I mean really. She gets in character.
"Aren't you a little short for a storm trooper?"
I just can't help myself. :)

Anyway, I sewed this costume up pretty quickly using some white sports knit that I already had. I made up the process and just used Lila's current measurements and sort of just eye-balled it. I'd share a tutorial, but does the world really need another princess Leia tutorial. Here, here, and here are just a few samples. Again, I just did my own thing, added a hood, and threw on a belt, which ended up falling off so much because Lila is so tiny. 
But in the end, perfect accuracy doesn't matter.

 Halloween is all about the candy anyway.


DIY Rey (Star Wars) Costume

I'd like to take this moment to stop and thank the person in charge of designing Rey's costume. 
I like to think they had mothers like me in mind. Like, "let's give those poor Mama's who procrastinate their kids costumes a break. No more of this Queen Amidala/Princess Leia complicated costume business. We're gonna make this easy. We're draping this girl in one long piece of fabric yo. Throw in a belt and some dirty, stained clothes, wrap her arms in bandages, and we're done. You're welcome, Mom's. You're welcome." 
So here's all you need to throw this together:
  • White shirt (the dirtier the better)
  • Green pants (holes required)
  • Brown belt (preferably bigger, so you can wrap it around)
  • Brown boots
  • Ace bandages (you think I'm kidding huh? Well, I'm not)
  • *One yard of beige fabric (I used this fabric, here's another option as well)

*for reference, my daughter is an average size 4 year old, you may need more or less fabric depending on body size. If you don't sew, just buy more fabric. What you're going for here is just one really long fabric panel. I just bought a yard and sewed it together because I'm cheap and I didn't want the fabric to be too heavy on Madelyn's shoulders

All you need to do is take your fabric (pre-washed) 
divide it (length-wise) into 3 sections (If you have a yard, 3 sections of 14 worked well for my daughter)
take your sections and right sides together, sew each panel on the top short panel one at a time. This will get you one long panel. 
Drape it around shoulders (google how to do this and you'll find lots of helpful how-to's) wrap the waist in a belt, wrap arms in an Ace bandage, throw a staff/lightsaber, and a row of buns down the head and your set!
I'm not even kidding, that's all their is too this guys. You can imagine my joy when my kids came to me with their Halloween costume plans. Because they do that. Like they sit and discuss what their "theme" will be. It's hilarious and I figure it won't last forever, so I embrace it. Especially when my 4-year-old declared that she wanted to be Rey. She's a big fan. 
And she happened to have old olive green leggings (with holes in them, I might add). She also has several old, stained, white (or not so white ;) shirts to choose from. Throw in some old brown boots, a belt, and ace bandages, and you're set. That's right, we used ace bandages. I mean this costume could not have been easier. We even live half an hour from some sand dunes. This was a match made in Halloween heaven. 
To be fair, pictures could have gone better. We totally got rained on, I'm recovering from leg surgery, and Madelyn's boots kept coming off. But she that's life, right? She had a blast pretending to be Rey, even though Madelyn was much too happy to stay in character. :)  
So there you go, nice and simple....and let's be honest, not expensive! That's a Halloween win in my book!
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