Our Five Ring Circus: What's Up Wednesday

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!  

I'm in the midst of finalizing plans for two class Halloween parties this week (while chasing a toddler), but decided to take a break from all the planning to link up with The Larson Lingo for What's Up Wednesday!

{What We're Eating This Week}

Lots of Halloween meals and treats!


Monday: Ham & Potato Crockpot Casserole (shared on Instagram)


Tuesday: Skillet Lasagna
Wednesday: Chicken Fried Rice (Recipe HERE)
Thursday: Pumpkin Faces Stuffed Peppers with Mashed Potatoes
Friday: Dinner at my parent's house
Saturday: Mummy Dogs, Cheesy Halloween Pasta, and Peas
Sunday: Haven't decided yet...

{What I'm Reminiscing About}

Halloween in the past.  I'm working on a post, and going through old pictures.  My babies are growing up way too fast!!!  Dylan's first Halloween was an entire decade ago.  Excuse me while I go cry.

First Halloweens

Dylan (skunk)-First Halloween 2005-11 months old
Lexie (sleeping sweet pea)-First Halloween 2007-8 months old
Lily (awake sweet pea)-First Halloween 2011-2 months old
Liam (the not so big bad wolf)-First Halloween 2013-2 months old

{What I'm Loving}

Liam's November Rep package arrived from Anchored Arrow & Co!  I swear, the bow tie bandana bib was made JUST for him!


I love taking pictures of Liam every afternoon to share for Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  This little boy rocks his mini photoshoots.  He's such a blessing!


{What We've Been Up To} 

Last Friday, I volunteered at Dylan's 5th grade Halloween party.  It was for the entire grade.  It's a big change from class parties!


We went to the pumpkin patch on Saturday.  It was rainy, but we still had fun!


On Monday, we went Trick or Treating at our local High School. It's always so crowded, but the kids get a ton of candy! This was the first year Dylan was too old to go, so he took pictures for me and helped Lily and Liam Trick or Treat.

High School Trick or Treat Night
MHS Trick or Treat Night
MHS Trick or Treat

{What I'm Dreading} 

I guess I could say the amount of money I'm going to spend for Christmas, but I'm expecting that!  If we're looking at the big picture, I'm dreading Liam going to preschool next year and Lily going to Kindergarten.  I'm going to miss Phase Two so much!


{What I'm Working On}

I shared our Edible Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bin yesterday, but I'm currently working on a few more fun ideas.  I can't wait to share!


{What I'm Excited About}

Halloween (Please don't rain!), the birth of my great niece, Dylan's Birthday, Thanksgiving, and  Christmas!  This time of year is so busy for us, but so much fun!

{What I'm Watching/Reading}

Thanks to year two beginning on the Netflix StreamTeam, and the new 43 inch TV they sent me that now resides in my bedroom, lots and lots of Netflix!!! Have I mentioned how much I love Netflix?!? We're currently streaming Gilmore Girls (5th time through!) and Hemlock Grove Season Three.


We also have Family Movie Night once a week. This month, we focused on Halloween movies.  Our personal favorite is Hocus Pocus, but Dylan and Lexie are loving the Roseanne Halloween episodes, too!


All I'm reading is books to my kids right now.  We have a bazillion Halloween books, and we added to our stash with books from the library, so we're working hard to fit them all in by Saturday!


{What I'm Listening To}

Does Jessie streaming on Netflix count?!?  Thanks to my iPod crapping out on me, we're only listening to Top 40 songs during our 5,000 hours per week spent in the car.  It's all my kids want to hear!

{What I'm Wearing}

A fuzzy sweater, jeans, and my new boots and boot socks!


{What I'm Doing This Weekend}

Lexie's class Halloween Party is tomorrow afternoon, Lily's class Halloween Party is Friday morning, we still have to carve our pumpkins and make Halloween cookies, and of course...Trick or Treat! 

{What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month}

Thanksgiving activities, Dylan's birthday, Thanksgiving, and decorating for Christmas! I love this time of year!

{What Else Is New}

In addition to our normal busyness, Dylan starts basketball at the end of November.  I'm not sure how it's even possible, but our schedule is about to get even busier! Having four kids is time consuming!

That just about covers it!  I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween with your families!!!



  1. Loving all of the costumes and your kiddos are precious!!

  2. The sweet pea costume is SO adorable!!!

  3. Gosh they've grown so much! I love those boots, super cute!

    1. I know...way too quickly!
      Thanks! I can't wait to wear them again. It's a bit too warm right now!

  4. Great post! Looks like you have a busy weekend coming up too!
    Love all the pictures from first Halloweens - so stinking cute!
    Liam is getting cuter everyday!
    I am following you and you can follow me back at Annster's Domain if you want
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Aw, Jacob was a pod of peas when he was three months old!! So, so sweet!!

    And I LOVE those boots!! They are amazing!!

    1. Awww, I bet he looked adorable!
      Thank you! Hopefully I can wear them again soon! It's really warm right now!

  6. Don't you just love this time of year? I love that all of the busy is fun. Your kiddos' costumes are just way too cute!

    1. I absolutely do! If we could just skip to Valentine's Day after New Year's Day, I'd be happy! ;)

  7. That little Halloween meal is too darling! That little bow tie on Liam – how handsome!

  8. Liam and his bow tie, so sweet. Love that Halloween meal too. My girls always love it when I try and be creative like that.


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