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Off To See The Wizard

Our kids love Halloween. I’m not sure why, but it probably has something to do with getting all dressed up, and of course, the candy. As parents we’re not quite as big of fans, mostly because it’s a lot of work for 4 bags of candy we don’t really need. Although it’s worth it because of how much they love it.

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I guess you could say, if you’re going to do the whole “get all dressed up for Halloween” thing, you gotta do it right. We are definitely all about the “themed” costumes, and this year the theme was The Wizard of Oz!

I happen to think the kids pulled it off quite well, but I might be biased! Either way, we had an absolutely beautiful night for trick-or-treating. We’ve had some pretty rainy and cold Halloweens over the last few years, so it was nice not to have to layer winter coats under their costumes!

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We usually walk through the neighborhood Jason grew up in, and where his parents still live. There are a lot of family friends who love to see the kids come by, and the kids of course love the candy. It’s a good neighborhood to trick-or-treat in because there are a lot of kids walking through the sidewalks, and a lot of families participate.

What are some of your favorite Halloween traditions? We’d love to hear about how you celebrated! Leave us a comment below!

 
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I do believe in spooks.
I do believe in spooks.
I do! I do! I do! I do!
— THE COWARDLY LION

 
An Afternoon Together

I've written about it a few times, so it's probably no surprise to you that our family enjoys a little adventure.  It's not all that uncommon for us to tell our four children to load up in the car, "we're going on an adventure." 

The best thing about an adventure is that sometimes it's a road trip up north, sometimes a weekend at an outdoor music festival, and sometimes it's an afternoon spent not that far from home.  This is one of those.

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Last week, our kiddos had a half day of school their first day, which means we had time for a half day of adventure!  You can't travel super far in a half day, but fortunately, there's plenty of great places around here to explore and create memories with our little people (which is really what it's all about).  The best part is - as you can see - all we packed were their personalities!

We decided to head over to the campus of Michigan State University, and start with some of the best ice cream you've ever had at the MSU Dairy Store!

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MSU also happens to have some of the best places to explore, including the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden.  You could spend an entire afternoon here.  Trust me, we did!

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There are a lot of ways to create memories and share an adventure, and most of them don't require a lot of money, planning, or travel.  In fact, the most important ingredient in a family adventure is time.  Together.  

We know very well that there'll be day that will come far too soon, and these four little people will be off on their own adventures.  We'll be thrilled for them, of course, but for now, we're so thankful to get to share as many adventures as we can!

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The memories we make
with our families is everything
— CANDACE CAMERON BURE

Family Adventure

We are all about adventure in our family.  Why else would anyone take 4 children to a park with 16,000 of their friends, in 85+ degree weather, to sit in the sun for 4 days and listen to loud music?  As our kiddos get older, and especially as the summer winds down to an end, there are less and less opportunities to make memories together, so we definitely take advantage of every chance we get.  So, we took one last summer trip last week to the Unity Music Festival in Muskegon, MI, and had a blast.  I'll just let a few photos from our weekend tell the story!

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We're blessed that our kiddos are always up for an adventure, whether it's a road trip up north, a camping trip near the Mackinaw Bridge, or a 4 day outdoor Christian music festival.  The best part is, nothing creates family memories like a little family adventure.  And it's memories that we pray our kiddos will take with them as they grow become young adults in the next few years. 

How about you - what does your family do for adventure?  We'd love to hear about it!

 

 

 
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A Family is a group of
people bound together by love
and a little bit of adventure

Cousins Are

If you are fortunate enough, like us, to have lots of cousins, you probably have some pretty great memories as a kid of cousin adventures. Some of our favorites from our childhood include spending time at our cousins' farm, summer birthdays, playing "ghosts in the graveyard," cousin sleepovers, and family vacations. 

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That's why we're glad our kiddos have some pretty great cousins to hang out with.  They love camping together with Grandma (known as GraGra around here), and Papa, and making life-long memories.  They say that cousins make the best friends, and I think we'd have to agree!

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A cousin is a little bit of childhood
that can never be lost
— Unknown

Family, AdventureJason Aten