Pretty Little Pumpkins....

This year our local pumpkin patch, Lane Farms had quite a few visits from the Welsh clan.
These are pics from when we all got to go together. So I was behind the lens snapping away.
You never know what you're gonna get with these Welsh ladies.
check out some of the hilarious outtakes (which are more like our standard pic(k)s these days) 
Happy Fall Ya'll!

Soooo here's your typical family photo, except notice that two little pumpkins are enraptured with something to their right
that would be the hayride tractor pulling up right as we're trying to capture this moment
I will also tell you that the lady taking this photo "traded" off with me- she took a full on photo shoot of her family for the entire 2 hours she was there. I think all those kids got to do was pick up a pumpkin (which was then used for their "prop"). She offered to take our picture if I took hers. Can I just tell you I took a bizillion awesome photos for them. She, in return took 5 quick photos and beamed "you got a LOT of great shots!"- we have not one of us all looking in the same direction or of us all smiling. Ah, such is life! Important lesson to remind me to stay in the moment. that real life is in the outtakes and what happens outside the lens. 

upon arrival I asked Pen to take this pic for me
this is her "I'm too cool for this" face

my heart stops

this one cried for the first 30 minutes because she refused to wear the shoes we brought
the only other ones we had in the car were her UGGS and I told her it was way too hot for those
I finally caved and let her run around barefoot- hey don't judge, we all get worn down eventually

not sure whats going on with P here

more sad pouty face, everly on the other hand appears to be stoked she's just allowed to be standing up there

hmmmm not sure what's going on here

"no I will not hold your hand Violet"

the best I could do- Little E almost looking at the camera!

hmmm now I think I'll put something on baby sissy's head

scarecrow Joe- he talks ya know

showin some leg- gonna have to watch out for this lady! :)

there were many more outtakes but who's got the time
one day when I'm really old I'll look them up on the cloud or whatever we'll have by then and laugh my hiney off

and yes, the two younger dresses I made myself
the pattern can be found in the adorable book
Girls World by Jennifer Paganelli


Miss Violet Mae turns four...

Miss Violet Mae has officially turned FOUR!
Every birthday party Violet has had she's shared with Penelope, or it has been a small family affair.
Well my little princess loves princesses so much that we thought FOUR was the perfect year to celebrate her in style.
We invited Cinderella herself to her party, and as luck would have it she accepted our invitation.
She hosted the entire party!
She brought games, stories, a parachute, dance lessons, serenaded them; and even did their nails and gave them sparkly tattoos. 
The kids had a blast, and I hope that Violet felt super special.

Violet Mae is literally one of the funniest, silliest little girls I know.
Its hilarious to me that her energy can match that of 10 boys... she can run and jump and swing and climb with the best of them---- yet do it all in the fanciest tutu you have ever seen.

We're constantly wiping noses, cleaning up messes and listening to her serenading the neighbors from the back garden.
Violet rarely tires yet she can entertain herself.
I love watching her get lost in what she's doing. Her imagination is enormous and inspiring.
I want to record her sweet voice, and need to remember to write down all the funny and sweet things she says.
I will never tire of watching those curls bounce up and down as she sprints along the pavement, barefoot and tippy-toed.

We love you Violet Mae!
Life would be so dull without you. You bring the fun and the crazy and we say--
Violet Mae Welsh
four years old

this captures her personality perfectly

we borrowed a "throne" for Cinderella so she would be comfortable during
story time and we outlined the seating circle with petals so the kids would know where to sit 

carriage cake pops

glass slipper/jelly bean favors

and of course lots of pumpkins!

Cinderella delivered a special dress for the special day
and mommy had a special four wand made

shoes just like Cinderella!

the boys were all about the nail painting too ;)

if you ever need inspiration for a party be sure to check out
they custom made the clock fans and I purchased the dream banner there as well

enjoying her quiet time after the party- loving all her new goodies

sign courtesy of www.bonfortune.com

aren't these cake pops the cutest??

the candle was quite a surprise- it turned out to be a more fiery sparkler than we all expected
this pic is of Levi yelling after "that was the most awesome thing ever!"


glass slipper cake pops

my first stab at making a doll cake!