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Halloween Throwback + A Treat

Let’s Throwback this Thursday Halloween Costume Style, shall we?

I’ve gotta say we’ve had some great group costumes in the past…

It all began with our Little “Halloweiners” in 2007. Still makes me laugh! What a night we had parading them around the neighborhood – the boys oblivious to it all and just trying to sit up in those costumes in our favorite quadmobile, the choo-choo wagon.


The next year won on the cute factor, with our little Giraffe Exhibit. I loved these costume because they had stuffing in the butt and they were made for 4 adorable waddling giraffes.

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And then perhaps the most EPIC Group Costume of All, with the 4 Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Float in 2009. Definitely the most creative and best reaction we’ve ever had on Halloween. We run into people in the neighborhood who still know us for this! The part of the story you may not know is we drove this float over 2 miles that night, and by the end of it bolts were coming off and we were carrying a heavy headboard in the dark and dragging the wagon home and questioning our sanity. Great memories! 


We went back to a food theme in 2010 with our “Little Heart Attacks”. This year was super fun because they finally understood the concept better of going to the door and dressing up.


And then there’s my personal favorite of 2011, “The Fruit of the Womb”. I remember Henry falling down more than once and just bouncing off the pavement. Hilarious.


2012 was the Year of Duct Tape with my “Knights is Shining Armor”. The boys LOVED these and a reason to fight each other!


Easiest Costume Ever? 2013’s Cowboys – Dollar Store hats, plaid shirts we already owned. $1 bandanas, cowboy boots from our 1st Texas trip, and guns and holsters from Walmart that they still play with!


And finally last year, The Blue Crew were “winners” all around! 


This year the boys were still game for another group costume – no “wars” over what they wanted to be. There’s no float or giant creativity involved, but it should be a fun 4 all!

Oh and my TREAT for you those of you who sign up for a Premium Starter Kit in the next few days is a bottle of Valor or Peace and Calming on ME!  


These two VERY loved oils just came back in stock! (43,000 orders shipped yesterday alone due to Valor being back in stock!) These are 2 of the most used oils in our home. We love Valor for emotional support, among lots of other uses. And Peace and Calming is our BFF for Bedtime with the Boys!

When you sign up, add a bottle of your choice Valor or Peace and Calming to your order and let me know that you ordered and I’ll cover it! I’ve got you covered if you’d like to know more about the Premium Starter Kit and how to get started.

Have a safe Halloween and stay tuned for pictures! 


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Colorado 2015 Part II: Our Favorite Hotel for a Large Family + Colorado Springs


Start Here: Colorado 2015 Part 1

Warning: Picture Heavy Post


After chatting with friends and checking out our options, we decided to stay in Denver for our short duration in Colorado. It was a central location to our “must-sees”, close to the airport, and we found a brand-new Drury Hotel in the Denver metro area. Drury Hotels are PERFECT for our family. We LOVE that they offer FREE full breakfast, free wireless, and FREE nightly Kickback that totally covers our dinner!

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Another thing we LOVE about Drury Hotels is they are typically set up as a suite. So for our family, we typically book a 2 queen suite, and then we move the queen mattress to the living area with the pull-out couch. That way Mr. Murray and I have a room to ourselves. 😉


(Our boys flop like fish and are very sleepers, so it’s best for us to get better rest, which is SO IMPORTANT on family vacations. They of course are used to their noisy sleeping.)


So after we loaded up on the free breakfast of yogurt parfaits, eggs, biscuits, cereal, fruit, potatoes, and yes, a DONUT, we packed up for a day exploring Colorado Springs.


The beauty that awaited us there at The Garden of the Gods was indescribable and like most of the most beautiful things in the world, cannot be captured fully in picture form. JUST GO SEE IT! Maybe these feeble photo attempts will convince you further…Just trust me it’s 1,000 times better in person.


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It was so to just let the boys be BOYS to climb, explore, and yes even be a little daring. Of course my job as mom was to yell out a few “Carefuls!” throughout the day, just for my own reassurance. The boys though they lack fear are pretty “safe” and don’t do anything too awfully hard to watch.

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After grabbing some Texas BBQ at Rudy’s we drove around and explored more of the area outside of the Garden of the Gods, including the Olympic Training Center in downtown Colorado Springs.  I’m a bit of an Olympics Super Fan, so I may have freaked out just a bit over the Mary Lou Retton cut-out. Mary Lou and I go back to 1984 and our first colored Zenith TV, with me imitating her beam routine on a yard stick. As you can see from her expression in this picture, she is just as excited to meet me.



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I think we could have found plenty to do in Colorado Springs for a week, but we tried to pack as much as possible into one day, and LOVED every minute!

Things We’d Love to Check Out Next Time in Colorado Springs:

We ended the day with dinner back at the hotel and a night swim. My birthday couldn’t have been better! 

One more full day of adventure was ahead…

*Thanks to Drury Hotels for covering a portion of our stay in Denver. Our LOVE for Drury Inn just keeps growing! 



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Murrays Meet Mountains


My boys have begged to fly on an airplane since they could talk. We used to take them to the airport just to give them a taste, but they’ve never had the feeling of the power of a take off, or being in the clouds, or traveling at 500 miles per hour. In fact, we didn’t have any plans at all for making their dream a reality, because flying with 6 involves spending a small fortune.


Late one Friday night my friend Adrienne found one-way tickets to Denver for $25 a pop. I thought it was a scam, or some sort of glitch, but it turned out to be legit, and something Brad and I couldn’t pass up for our family.

Could have we used that money for a new mattress, flooring, savings, GROCERIES?  We certainly could have, but no one talks about their mattress for years to come and groceries are gone in less than a week. An opportunity to introduce all of my boys to the Rocky Mountains for the price of one airline ticket – how could we not go for it? 

I think the video captures the enthusiasm pretty well from us telling the boys the other night…

So in a couple of weeks we’ll make a quick 3 night adventure to Colorado! We’re had such a great experience with Drury Inn for our St. Louis trip that we decided to partner with them again for our accommodations in Denver. We’re excited to check out the newly opened Drury Inn in Stapleton.

We hope to do as much outdoors as possible and take in all the beauty of the area. So far we’re planning a day in Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods, but that’s the only thing we have on our agenda.

We’ve never been to Colorado before, outside of the Denver airport, so we’re up for suggestions and MUST SEEs! Thanks in advance for your awesome sightseeing suggestions, food recommendations, and any other travel tips you’d be willing to offer.


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