What in the world got into me this week!?!?!?
There has been glitter and glue guns involved?!?!?!
There has been field trips and messes in the kitchen!
I decided that this would be our “fun” fall week.
And fun we did have!
We started off the week by going to a local orchard and getting FRESH apples and yummy apple cider.
Which we then made into Apple Cider pancakes!
Now, these were fun to make since we had the fresh apple cider….but they weren’t as good as "the best pancakes e.v.e.r."
But if you want to try them here is the recipe....…I did make them GF so maybe they would be better made with regular flour.
Then it was onto the crafts!!
It was a BEAUTIFUL fall day out on Tuesday….like almost 80 degrees! So we went for a walk around our property and gathered all kinds of pretty leaves for our next couple of projects.
I was shocked that these projects turned out looking like the pintrest pictures that someone posted on FB!
(As you know I don’t “do” pintrest….I just pretend to do pintrest. Remember last years attempt at a Christmas card picture!?!?! lol)
But they really looked like a hedgehog and a fox!
And I have the burn marks on my fingers from the hot glue gun to prove that I actually did these crafts!
Then I decided that we would just paint our pumpkins this year. Carving pumpkins is just a pain and I end up doing all of it anyways!
Lena looked at me with a huge smile on her face and said, “God’s fall is so pretty, not spooky.”
They were understanding what I was trying to get across to them this week….that fall is beautiful and there are so many fun things to do that aren’t spooky or scary.
The girls had a BLAST with the glitter glue and stickers. I also found these awesome paint brush pens that already are filled with paint!!!! AMAZING what the craft aisle at AC Moore has! I should visit it more often!
Now of course the week wouldn’t be complete with a total FAIL!! lol
We tried making our own, made from scratch, caramel apples……
We boiled the sugar mixture down.
And then I stood at the stove for 20 minutes stirring and stirring and stirring.
And then my candy thermometer broke.
So I had to totally guess on the temperature and when I went to pour the caramel out it turned ROCK hard on the apples.
We would have totally busted our teeth if we would have eaten these apples!!
So it was back to the drawing board.
And our closest grocery store didn’t have just those easy-peasy sheets of caramel that you wrapped around the apple.
So I went through the aisles trying to find something that would work and was GF!!!
(Cuz if I’m going to all this trouble I’m going to be eating a caramel apple too!!)
So I found: Rolos, health bar bits, caramel sauce in jars, caramel dipping stuff and melted it all down and then dipped the remaining apples in this concoction.
And wouldn’t you know….it WORKED and these were the most AMAZING caramel apples E.V.E.R.!!!
You should have heard the teenagers fussing though.
These (supposedly) were their very FIRST caramel apples.
(I know….they are sheltered! But I honestly think I made these when they were young….but I don’t remember!)
Travis wanted to know why he had to wait 18 long years to have such a treat!!!?!?
You can donate here to help cover his therapy costs.
Unfortunately Josie came home from school sick on Thursday. Seizure, diarrhea and vomiting. Lovely.
So she went to bed early and didn’t get to eat her special apple yet.
But amazingly she was feeling “GREAT” this morning and couldn’t wait to go to school.
(They are doing lots of “fun” things today so I think she was pretty motivated to feel better.)
I made her wheelchair look like a fire truck for fun today.
And this year I decided that the girls could go trick or treating.
I know. You can gasp. You can unfriend me…..that is ok.
We haven’t fallen into satan worship! lol
I just decided that this year instead of saying “NO” to trick or treating like we have in the past….we should evaluate the “why” we have always said no.
I don’t like what Halloween has become. And so we have just stayed away from doing it. The boys didn’t really ask and it just is easy to “ignore” it out here in the country.
But growing up we would go to my grandparents house and dig through my Grandma’s dress up box. It was FUN!!! It was not weird, spooky or demonic. It wasn’t “slutty!!”
It was just plain fun to dress up in hand me down costumes and go around to our relatives and get candy.
(Since we lived way our in the country we had to drive around…no neighborhood to walk around.)
So this year Travis wanted/asked to take his sisters “trick or treating.”
I had just read this article that someone posted on FB and decided that yes, with some good conversation and some “boundaries” this could be a fun memory for the girls.
The “rules”/goals for this week have been:
1. To honor God in all we do and to give the glory to the One who made the beautiful fall colors!!
2. To not watch anything “halloweenish” on TV. Which has been hard as that is ALL that is on….thankfully we have DVR!
3. To not go to any “spooky” houses. People are just weird nowadays and go out of their way to purposely scare the kids. That isn’t what we are ok with. We only went to houses we knew. AND I asked permission from our friends and family to make sure they were ok with the girls coming. To honor their beliefs and thoughts on the whole “trick or treat” ordeal. And if they weren’t comfortable with us coming then that is A-ok!!!
Will we do it again next year?? I don’t know.
But for this year it was fun and the girls just loved dressing up and getting candy!!!
(Jared and Logan decided at the last minute to tag along and so they came up with their costumes on the fly)
(A friend found this costume at a thrift store and thought of him. And it fits!!!)
And don’t forget Spiderman….with her adorbs sidekick!
The girls had a blast with their big brothers. <3
I thought we came up with some pretty fun and “free” costumes!!! (aka, stuff we already had!)
(Well….other than Little Dog’s costume that I got online for $7.00 bucks! I didn’t realize it was coming directly from China when I ordered it from Amazon WEEKS ago. It said it wouldn’t be here until Nov. 5th. THANK GOODNESS it came today in the mail….Ava was sooo happy!)
And just so Boomer wouldn’t feel left out, Ava put on her Superman cape for him to wear.
So whatever you did tonight I hope you had fun! If it was staying in and watching a movie, or dressing up with friends and getting some candy, or having a harvest party.
Whatever we do…. may we do it all for the glory of God.