Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Little Pumpkin!

It’s hard for me to believe that my not-so-little girl turned 3 this October.  This year we celebrated Tacy’s birthday at the local pumpkin patch.

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We are so lucky to have this pumpkin patch nearby.  It is such a fun place to visit each autumn.  Since the older monkeys’ birthdays fall in the the spring and summer, we have never had the chance to host a party here, but Tacy’s October birthday is just right for a party in the patch.

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I especially love that I didn’t have the task of cleaning house before the party!  Instead I was able to focus on preparing a few snacks and some pink pumpkin decorations.  I served apple slices with a creamy, caramel dip and some “Harvest Hash” made of various cereals, pretzels, candy corn, and Reese’s Pieces.

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As a special keepsake for Tacy, I had the party guests leave thumbprint pumpkins on a canvas that I painted to look like a pumpkin patch.

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This pumpkin patch was loaded with activities for the kids to enjoy.  There were hayrides and corn mazes and everything in between!

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Tacy’s favorite thing to play on was the horse swings.  She rode this little horse quite a while.

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Tacy also had fun climbing and swinging in the hay barn.

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The kids were having so much fun playing that it was difficult to round everyone up for cake and presents.

I know you were probably expecting great things from me as far as cake decorating goes, but we had been in Canton, Texas the 2 days prior to Tacy’s party, so I didn’t have time to decorate a fancy cake.  Tacy didn’t seem to mind, though.  Her only request was that the cake was pink on the inside.

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Tacy received several cute books this year.  She also got a Barbie, art supplies, Kinetic Sand, a guitar, a toy puppy, a doll, a toy keyboard, Legos, and some clothes.

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She even got a how-to book on babysitting grandpas.

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While we were in Canton, I picked up matching T-shirts for me and Tacy.

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Lucy made a couple of popsicle stick dolls and wrote the sweetest birthday note for Tacy.  It almost made me cry.

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Tacy really enjoyed getting to spend her birthday playing with cousins and friends.

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Happy birthday, sweet Tacy Mae.  We love you so much!

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