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Pumpkin carving party

The weather was so nice this year and we had a big mix of people and wouldn’t you know, I forgot to pick up my camera.

When I finally did remember I tried to grab a few pics of these dudes


They wouldn’t let me get one good shot


Marybeth had the best pumpkin by far


None of the kids wanted to carve- they all just wanted to play. There were tons of kids there.


And then my camera went missing and these shots turned up on it


And by the time I got it back to get a pic of the pumpkins most people had taken them so this is all I got!


Happy Halloween!

Susan - IT was a fun party!

Eisenhart Invitational 2014


This is the only meet that is “home” for our high school. It’s a pretty a big one but man the weather was awful.

Results are here- we took 2nd place.

And even though Austin got a personal best he thought he should have ran faster:(


Sometimes I think he pushes himself too hard. But it’s his personality and I have known him long enough to know that there is no changing that!


He is currently the 2nd fastest Junior in central Ohio.


He has worked his butt off to get to that spot.


His Grandparents weathered the weather to watch him run.


I’m just a little bit proud of these boys…

Found this video on Youtube from one of the other schools that participated- kinda cool to see our boys.

Gretchen P - 2nd fastest junior!! What an accomplishment. I’m sure he is pushing himself to be the fastest. You should be proud!

Lisa - Way to run, Austin! That is a great accomplishment! :-)

Maureen - Love your posts about Austin’s cross country success! I am a cross country groupie with all three of my kids who ran. My youngest son who ran for HInsdale IL won state for the first time in the history of the school last year. So much fun and lots of nerves watching him and the team. There is nothing like a fall cross country meet. He runs for Boston College now. Here’s a link to a youtube of their team last year if Austin is interested.


Laura h - So great! My son is on XC too, and it is always fun to watch them compete! You must be so proud!

Tonights dinner

Tonight was one of those nights where I opened the fridge and threw together something on the fly. With the help of Pinterest.


I found this recipe and with a few modifications- dinner was on the table!

I didn’t have tortellini so I used farfalle. I also used a lot more spices- especially the red pepper because I love spicy. I didn’t have cream so I used half and half. I probably used more parm cheese than it called for as well. It was really good!! The workers at my house commented that you could smell it outside and they were all getting hungry!

Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Yield 4 servings

The most unbelievably creamy tortellini you will make in just 15 min. Doesn’t get easier or tastier than that!


12 ounces tortellini pasta
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
3 cups spinach, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan


In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
In a small bowl, whisk together heavy cream and flour; set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in tomatoes, spinach, basil, oregano, thyme and red pepper flakes, if using; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Gradually whisk in heavy cream mixture and Parmesan, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in tortellini and gently toss to combine.
Serve immediately.

Once again the oldest gobbled it down. The 2nd one ate a little bit, and three and four had Annies mac and cheese.

Hannah - That looks really really good. I’m in such a rut with cooking…keep the recipes coming :)


I just realized that I never put the Homecoming pictures up.


The kids looked so great all dressed up


I’m feeling so short these days


But then so does Andy. Even though he is 6″1.


I’m so glad Blake went with MaryBeth


Although it is so hard to see them so grown up. Just the other day I was telling someone about this day- it seems like it was yesterday.


Who told them it was ok to get so big so fast?


Did I ever mention that they don’t do Homecoming in Chapel Hill? I’m not even sure they do prom.


It was a good night. I have said it a million times over the last almost two years- it’s good to see my boy smile again.

More from Yellow Springs


I love going for hikes, I wanted to go again this past weekend but it was Homecoming weekend and the schedule was full.


Always good to get outside and enjoy the beauty around you.


The weather has been so nice. It makes me want to be outside all the time


My people are pretty cute.


Cole didn’t like that I wasn’t in the picture.


Rare shot of these two together


Can you tell which one is more lovey-lovey and which one is more hands off? Been that way since day one.


Cole loves being outside. He spends the whole time collecting sticks, breaking sticks, throwing rocks, you name it.


I think Blake talked about what we were going to eat for lunch the entire time.


Eva wanted to do everything the big kids did.


Austin and Cole wanted to walk across this tree to the other side of the river.


It made me a little nervous.


I didn’t want Cole to do it. He got mad. So I let him do it. He was fine.


Sometimes its hard to step back and let them enjoy just being kids.


They were tired and hungry but this Mama’s heart was happy we made the effort.


It was worth it.

Hannah - These are awesome. And I totally get the battle…it’s hard to just let go of worries and let them be a kid. It’s one of my daily battles. Glad you got a little nature time :)

Laura h - These pictures are gorgeous!! Isn’t it so relaxing to be out in nature? My hub and I just got back from a trip to Zion National Park in Utah, and it is GORGEOUS there! Love your blog!