Family Fun at the Pumpkin Farm!

Not too far from us is a really cool farm that has a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and a whooooole bunch of activities. Barrel role, bouncy houses/slides, hay bale rides, rain barrel rides, and then the other section of the place is this area with dozens and dozens of pop up tent vendors with food and treats and a boatload of other items for sale.01 (138)cloneefbblog

The kids went in the barrel races and inflatable slides when we first got there but I didn’t take photos until we went on the hay bale ride. Here we were waiting in line. The man ahead of us was with his kids and was upset with how they were acting and scolded them in a really big way and man was that awkward. He literally told them they were acting like babies and to grow up. I wasn’t even aware that they were doing anything wrong. They seemed to be Payson and Ember’s ages. It was awkward. And then Brooklyn told Sierra how awful that guy was and the guy overheard so I was like, I hope I don’t get beaten up in the parking lot after all of this. 01 (100)efbblog

But the ride was fun! haha01 (111)efbblog01 (113)efbblog

It was a very cold October day so after an hour or so of fun we went and got apple cider. Oh yeah, first we all had to go potty so we went to the porta potties. It was the first time many, most I think, of my kids had used one and that was an adventure all on its own! There was a long line so everyone was right there to watch you go in. The porta potties were gross. In the one I went in there was a used pad on the ground. Then the water station to wash hands was tricky to figure out. Some other woman there helped us. That was nice of her. It was funny. Porta potties. Crucial and also not my favorite.

 

So… onto the apple cider.01 (116)efbblog

This was homemade apple cider made with apples from the farm we were at and it was honestly the best apple cider I’ve ever had and I’ve never been the same since. haha. Just kidding. But I do consistently wish I could have more of it.01 (122)efbblog

Only two of my kids liked the cider and I can’t remember which two. Sorry. Probably Sierra and Payson. I’ll ask them later and edit this post. Or I’ll never do that and never remember. ha01 (123)efbblog

After getting warmed up inside and having our cold fingers warmed by the hot apple cider cups we went back for more fun! The four little kids mostly wanted to go on all the inflatable bouncy things. There was this huge one that they absolutely loved.01 (142)efbblog

Brooklyn didn’t want to be there and kept asking to go home.01 (151)efbblog

I felt torn between being there for her and for the other kids. It was a rough time in our lives. In my life… balancing her needs and the other 5 kids’ needs. I decided to make her come with us and stay through the whole thing. The other kids needed that family fun.01 (162)efbblog01 (167)efbblog01 (171)efbblog

Right before going home I set up my camera to take a timer picture just to have the whole family in a shot. These are what I got.01 (185)efbblog01 (186)e2fbblog01 (188)efbblog01 (190)efbblog01 (191)efbBLOG

And this one of just the kids is cool.01 (195)efbblog

A man there offered to take our photo and took this and I liked it so much it hung on our living room wall for a few months 🙂01 (196)cloneefbblog

I also filmed some of it:

Playing With My Hair

After becoming very attached to very long, dark hair on myself… 9 years of nothing but long, brunette (my natural color, obviously) hair… I decided to make a change. It was a long process since I did it myself.

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My plan was to have highlights and then color them purple…AF9I8218efbblogAF9I8286efbblog

Which was not my favorite at all!AF9I8329efbblogAF9I8353efbblogAF9I8348efbblog

So then I added more bleach to my life.AF9I8217efbblog

Which turned my hair yellow. No problem, I thought, I love purple so let’s add a little purple and see what happens.AF9I8215efbblog

Well, this happened.AF9I8437efbblogAF9I8441efbblogAF9I8458efbblogAF9I8459efbblog

And that wasn’t the worst but it wasn’t what I wanted. The underside of my hair hadn’t take the bleach well and the ends being dark annoyed me so back to bleach I went!201910234842732033972419300

And that was much better but not quite light enough to play with color so for the 4th time I bleached it! (This is over the course of two or three months, not back to back)

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Now my hair was light enough to try what I really had been wanting to do: dye it pink!

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The pink was too bright at first and started to fade right away. But I liked it that way:

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The color above was one of my favorites but it washed right out in three washes. So then I turned to adding chalk color to the blonde. I loved that:

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And felt really happy with the color in general. I loved having lighter hair. The problem was roots!

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I lost inches of my hair from breakage and I had to cut off many more inches just because my ends looked so fried. I lost 10 inches at least total from my hair from bleach. I didn’t want to keep lightening my roots and risking losing more length so sadly, literally with much grief, I realized I needed to start going darker to do something to camouflage the dark roots. I didn’t want to go back to brown yet so I figure I’ll play with some dark, bold colors first. I went with purple for the first darker color.

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Woah was that an adjustment!!! I was shocked when applying the dye and shocked after. I missed my lighter hair and even cried!

Weirdly I got the very most compliments from men with the purple hair! It started to fade quickly, too. Here it is after one wash.

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It’s more magenta than purple now. I don’t love my hair currently but getting compliments literally every time I go out is really helpful. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do next. I am leaning toward a pale gray-blue. What you’d call “icy” blue. But I’m not sure! I have been dying Brooklyn’s hair blue for months and have found that blue is the most staining color of all. It doesn’t seem to ever come out! That makes me really opposed to trying it since I like to change up the color now every couple months and really don’t want to have blue hair for more than a few weeks. So maybe blue is out? Then what is there? I don’t know… I’m just typing to myself really. haha

Here are the videos I’ve posted on my youtube channel:

And here is where I dyed Brooklyn’s hair.

And I’ll add the one where I dyed my hair purple as soon as I upload it.

Our 4th of July!

Guess what Costco had this year! Fireworks! I was so dang excited when I saw them because for a huge box it was “only” $50! Normally when we buy fireworks at the fireworks stand it’s twice that! So I got a big box of fireworks from there and then we went to a stand to get sparklers and pop its! We got a variety of sparklers to try out!

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Brooklyn had stayed home, she doesn’t like to go on most errands. Once home I painted nails… anyone who wanted them painted got them painted. Me, Sierra, Ember, Everett, and Lyla.

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I had bought 4th of July themed shirts the second I saw them in WalMart probably a month or more ago! The kids finally got a chance to wear them!

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We packed up our fireworks and lightweight camping chairs in the back of the van and I noticed someone had thrown an applesauce pouch into the back and it spilled everywhere! Luckily I keep baby wipes in the van and was able to wipe it up but sheesh.

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One more sad part of getting divorced and moving into an apartment is we don’t have a yard and legally you can’t set off fireworks unless you have private property and I looked up the laws and you can’t set off fireworks at parking lots or parks or on streets that aren’t yours… luckily there is a special parking lot set up for people to set off fireworks! It wasn’t close to where we were going to watch the fireworks in the sky so I was a little worried about making it back in time to see the big fireworks but it all worked out and I was so thankful for this area to do personal fireworks!

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The kids’ dad was there, we share holidays, and I have pictures of him with the kids but I’m not posting them because ya know, I keep him off my social media, but in case you were curious, he was there and so far we’ve decided on sharing custody on all holidays and birthdays.

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Payson and Ember doing peace signs ♥174efbblog198efbblog

And now… fireworks!

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Lyla was thrilled. She kept trying to run up close to them so keeping an eye on her was a full time job. Like with every second of every other day. haha!

I told the kids that I think once they’re 10 years old they could light fireworks as long as they light it and then immediately hurry back toward the van. So Sierra lit her first fireworks!

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These are tightly cropped photos from larger versions since her dad was with her. The originals (which is what I’ll use for our scrapbooks) are so cool! I think cropping up close like this is better than blurring faces though! Do you?245ecropfbblog

I didn’t get pictures of the other kids lighting fireworks because I was also filming parts of our day…I vlogged a lot. So as soon as I edit that I’ll add the video to the end of this post.

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After we set off our last fireworks we drove back to our city to see the fireworks in the sky. Our city does a really good job and we always get “front row” seats. Literally as close as you can get, we get. It’s AMAZING! It’s like we’re sitting right under the fireworks!

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Several of the kids wanted to sit right between me and their dad to be close to both of us during the fireworks. That was tricky setting up chairs. We were basically bunched together in a big group. It worked well and was touching that they were so concerned with being next to both of us.

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Lyla liked the fireworks, she sat on her dad’s lap through most of it and Everett sat on my lap. But you can bet that she also wanted mom and mom’s boobs a few times throughout the night. haha

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After the fireworks ended the kids’ dad went home since it was late. We went and did sparklers over by where we’d parked our van.

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It was awesome having three different types of sparklers! We liked each one for totally different reasons. It was a blast. Such a perfect day.

Taking pictures with my new camera!

I got my camera a week or two ago and hadn’t had a chance to take it out to really shoot with it so when the weather finally warmed up to the 40s we went on a hike and I brought my new baby to test out!
(There’s a vlog at the end of this post, too!)


 
Sierra is the cutest ♥


 
Allan got to play with both my newish (the 80d was bought last year, that’s still pretty new to me!) cameras, too!



 
The lake looked so pretty in the bright sun!


 
Me in my natural habit doing my natural thing. haha! Man do I love hiking and do I super love taking pictures and filming videos! Seriously, this is my heaven. Well, I don’t even need a camera, nature makes me happy enough, but I sure do like my cameras! ♥


 
I don’t like to pester my big kids for pictures but they all wanted me to take lots of pictures of them this trip! They kept asking me for turns! It was pretty awesome. I mostly shot pictures of them just in nature but once in a while I said, “smile,” as well!


 
I love Payson so dang much!


 
Ember loved this spot she chose for her pictures and had a whole bunch of poses she wanted to do. She’s so awesome!


 
And finally, Brooke’s turn!

 
The light was so pretty and she was having so much fun I took quite a few.


 
Sierra found a tree that looked like it had a chair and had Allan film her on it and then asked me to take a picture. Brooklyn insisted on being in it, too!


 
Little wildflowers were starting to pop up! Yes, spring come soon!

 
Sierra, Payson, and Ember were really into looking at all the tiny little flowers popping up. It was so sweet.



 
Everett brought his Yoshis and carried them the whole way. He played with them here and there, too. I love his obsession 🙂

 
And the gorgeous lake!

 
Then it was time to head back!


 
I had Brooklyn take a picture of me and Allan. I love my kids having pictures of their parents together when we did family trips. I always wished I had pictures of my parents like this even though my parents got divorced. I have a couple now for the first time in 20 years and I treasure them.

 
Brooklyn and Sierra love getting to use all my cameras. They both love filming and Sierra loves taking pictures, too!


 
And here is the vlog!