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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Stay safe tonight with your kiddies and enjoy the night!

We have Elmo. A Lion. And a Jar of Honey roaming the streets tonight.

The boys are ecstatic.

Dad is beyond excited.

And I’m just basking in the fact that I have 3 boys (OK, 4 boys, thanks to my honey) that are anxiously awaiting 5:30pm to roll around.

It’s like Christmas around here.

Ahhh… Halloween.

Have a great night!!

And let’s hope the sugar highs wear off by tomorrow morning! :)

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The confetti…
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The Pap…
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The trophy…
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It was a perfect day for a trip to Boston for the Victory Parade! (Oh yeah, we went!)

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We don’t have a DVD player in our car. (I know, I know. I’m sure we’ll be one of the last people to get one.)

Matt and I decided not to get one installed when we bought our car. We thought the boys may become “addicted” and take on the who-cares-about-talking-to-mom-and-dad mentality when Cars/Free Willy/Little Einstein is on.

I just remember being a child and going on vacations with my family. All 4 kids in the family Dodge Caravan (with one of those varnished wood strips around the outside, of course).

No DVD.

No iPod.

No cell phones.

No portable games.

Just us kids. Having fun.

Sure, we would have the occasional fights. Mostly if someone was “on my side” of an imaginary line… but that was it.

We laughed. We sang (OK, it was mostly Jane and I putting on concerts while our brothers rolled their eyes and/or buried their heads under their pillows).

We played games. You know, like trying to see if you can get the alphabet on license plates. Or how many states can we find on different license plates. Or the how long do you think it will take to get there game?

Believe me, I don’t think car DVD players are a bad thing. We actually bring a portable one with us when we go on long trips to Pittsburgh or D.C. Or anywhere else.

But there’s something about talking with the boys. Singing the alphabet. Counting to 10. Playing the “I Spy” game.

There’s something special about that.

And we’re usually good for a pretty long period of time.

Well, until William touches Alex’s blanket. Or Alex takes William’s sippy cup.

And then it’s, “OK boys, who wants to watch a video!?”

- Audrey
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Rocks In My Dryer is hosting a Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway carnival on her Bloggy Giveaways site!

We’re joining in to give away a 3-item Victoria’s Secret beauty package. One lucky reader will win:

* One 8.4 fl. oz. bottle of Love Spell Hydrating Body Lotion and one 8.4 fl. oz. bottle of Love Spell Refreshing Body Mist from Victoria’s Secret
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* One large pink vinyl tote bag from Victoria’s Secret
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*Congratulations to the winner of our Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway – Gina from The Un-Pink Ladies!*

We also have amazing giveaways for you to enter going on over at Mama Loves Giveaways!

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Let’s go over what happened this week at Pinks & Blues with our weekly Pinks & Blues re-cap.

Of course, you knew all of this already because you’re a subscriber to the Pinks & Blues Lucky Loop, right!?

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The Pinks & Blues Girls have so many exciting and fabulous giveaways going on over at Mama Loves Giveaways! You gotta check them out!

1) To celebrate our beloved Boston Red Sox playing in the World Series, we’re teaming up with Boston Accents Co. (a wicked awesome company) to give away 4 wicked awesome T-shirts!

And check out my (Sharon) post on New England Mamas – One K-razy Ride – about my incredible trip to my first World Series game evah!

2) Win a Double Daddy GoodFather Gift Combo from Dr. MOZ! This combo pack includes a GoodFather gift CD-ROM that teaches new fathers baby skills to a fun mobster parody modern men enjoy and a GoodFather gift T-shirt (size Med-3XL).
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3) We have an ingenious product to give away to a mom or dad who never wants to lose a child’s bottle, sippy cup, pacifier or favorite toy again! It’s a Take-Along Tether, courtesy of Parent Pardners.

4) Win the ultimate Baby Girly-Girl gift basket (a SaraBear diaper basket, to be exact) filled with tons of goodies for pampering a little baby girl.
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5) In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, enter to win a special BabyDish “Hally Bag” Pink Ribbon Baby-Be-Ready Diaper Bag Survival Kit.

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I didn’t want to fall in love with Seth.

I must admit, I tried very hard not to. I just couldn’t imagine opening my heart up again, knowing how much it hurts when it breaks.

It was a tough summer. Tough, actually, doesn’t even come close to describing it.

Discovering that our beloved 5-year-old big boy, Bismarck, had terminal cancer, and then losing him 8 short weeks later was thoroughly, completely and simply devastating for me, Steve and Ryder – and for our whole extended family, as well.

People would ask Steve and I if we were going to get another dog, but we couldn’t even think about trying to “replace” Bizzy. We decided that we would be a one dog family with our little baby girl Ryder.

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Bizzy and Rydie had such a unique brother-sister relationship. They were best friends. Bizzy was such a protective big brother to Ryder, and never let another dog approach her without first scoping out the situation for himself. And Rydie looked up to her big brother so much, and learned so many things from him, like playing bally. We just couldn’t imagine bringing another dog into the family and confusing Ryder (yes, dogs come first in our family).

A little over a month after we lost Bismarck, we found out through Defenders of Animals that a 7-year-old lab mix named Seth needed a foster home. His family was moving and couldn’t take him.

Steve and I discussed it, and thought that fostering Seth would work out nicely. We weren’t ready to commit to adopting a new dog yet, but we would be happy about helping out another dog temporarily.

And that’s the mentality I tried to keep once we took Seth into our home. I gave him love, I paid lots of attention to him, I took him on walks and played with him… but I tried to keep myself from getting too attached.

Of course, Seth had a different plan. And I believe that Bismarck played a big part in that plan.

Ever since we lost Bizzy, I’ve asked him to send me signs that he is OK. I really do talk to him every day. And he has always given me those signs… the whisper in the wind, the sunshine in my hair. And I also believe that when I see sunflowers, that’s Bizzy saying, “Hi Mama! I’m with you!”

But I have also come to believe that Bizzy sent Seth to us.

Seth has so many characteristics that remind me of Bismarck. He loves affection. He love walks. He loves to snuggle on the couch – and snore. He sniffs food thoroughly before deciding to eat. He likes to tease Ryder by taking her toys. It’s almost like Bizzy knew that Seth would constantly be reminding us of him.

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And Ryder and Seth have even developed their own unique relationship together. Different from the relationship that Ryder and Bismarck shared, but special all the same.

We have all fallen in love with Seth. And yes, he is now part of the family.

Permanently.

Yesterday Mom and I were out shopping and I spotted a greeting card with a huge sunflower on the front. I went over to the card and opened it. Inside it read simply: Thank you so very much

Was it Bizzy thanking me for being his Mama? Bizzy thanking me for embracing Seth?

Maybe a bit of both.

- Jane
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