The tardy bell rings for school at 7:45 so our day begins pretty early! None of us are morning people so it’s a challenge! After a quick breakfast of Pop tarts (don’t judge!) Mason and Millie brushed their teeth (not sure why she’s making such a grumpy face in her picture…I wasn’t lying about not being morning people), grabbed their backpacks, and ran out the door for school.
In a rare turn of events, Madden actually slept longer than his siblings! He has recently become attached to his sock monkey and I love that he has a bedtime buddy!
After he woke up and got settled into his morning routine, he grabbed his laptop to do work like Mommy. We snuggled, I checked email, and he worked on his ABC’s. We then got dressed because it was about time for the kids to come home from school.
My day doesn’t officially begin until I’ve had at least one cup of coffee. My Keurig has become a trusted friend! I love my special cup from Korea that says “I love you, my son.”
Mason & Millie had a half day of school and it was gorgeous outside so we decided to load up in the minivan and head out for an adventure! Our first stop was Flesors Candy Kitchen in Tuscola. It is one of our favorite places. They even allowed Mason & Millie to help in making their special fountain sodas. My kids were over the moon excited!
After our bellies were full, we headed to Arthur, Illinois to The Great Pumpkin Patch. It’s a yearly tradition for our family and I was so excited that this would be Madden’s first trip to the pumpkin patch (we adopted Madden 6 months ago from Korea. I’m so excited for all of these “firsts” with him!)!
The kids grabbed their wagons, got their obligatory photos in the scarecrow/pumpkin cut out, and spent time going through the mazes.
We then headed out to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkins.
After successfully finding pumpkins, we headed towards home. Madden was WAY overdue on his afternoon nap. The car ride went from him being happy, to upset, to crashed!
Once home, the kids worked on their homework, and Madden spent some time playing with his John Deere tractors.
I then loaded up my bag for a couple of wedding consults that I had that evening. I kissed my kids and husband goodbye and headed out to meet brides for cupcakes and to discuss their weddings. By the time I made it home, the kids were all sound asleep. It was such a wonderful day of making sweet memories!
Thank you Kellie for sharing your day with us!
Kellie Penn, Illinois
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Kellie Penn of Across the Miles Photography resides in Champaign, Illinois. She’s a full-time wedding photographer, pastor’s wife, and mommy to Mason, Miles, Millie and Madden. Her business is named after her son, Miles, who passed away when he was 3 months old. She is passionate about capturing life, preserving memories and is so thankful that photography allows her that opportunity. Her days are spent editing, blogging, filling up juice cups, watching Chuggington, volunteering at school, spending time with international students and eating cupcakes with brides. She’s addicted to Diet Coke and loves smores made with Ghiradelli chocolate and caramel.