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Howdy Sugar Pie! I’m so happy you’re here! How is your fall season going? I hope you’re breathing in the delight and sweetness of this golden time of year…it’s so good for you, ya know! Our lives are so busy, filled with challenges and struggles. That’s why it’s so important to stop and “smell those roses” or watch the leaves fall, or meet a friend for coffee . Well, as with every October, since our kids were babies, our family once again made our traditional trek to the pumpkin patch! This year our destination was Sycamore Creek Family Ranch! It’s owned by my dear friend Lisa and her husband Mike Button, pictured on the middle left above.

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We had a rootin’-tootin’ good time! Yee Haw!!

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It’s always such a blessing to spend time with my little cutie-patooties! That sweet butterball-baby is my son Dusty’s and daughter-in-love Kimmy’s baby girl Ember Joy. I think she’s made out of marshmallows! That delicious doll-baby is so sweet and creamy! Darlin’ Polly June sure loves her little cousin!

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I do believe that Fun Family Traditions works like glue to hold families together (among a few other things of course!). Spending time together makes life meaningful and so much richer. The thing is, we have to be intentional about this because it’s so easy to say “I’m too tired”, or “I need to clean out the garage this weekend”. Sometimes we procrastinate by saying “maybe next week”. Only, next week may not work out. Someone once said “Opportunities are not postponed, they are lost forever.”  So even though we have an overflowing to-do list, we must make time for some good old fashioned family fun!

“Tradition gives us a sense of solidarity and roots,

a knowing there are some things one can count on.”

~Gloria Gaither

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There’s my little boy with his little boy. Awww!!!

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Johnny going for a ride on a slide…Sawyer hugging grandpa…two redheaded sisters giggling…a funny donkey and some pumpkins. All adds up to a fun fall day!

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My wonderful, funny, imperfect, goofy, lovable family!

(Minus my son JJ and daughter-in-love Tiffany and grandbabies, Olive Rose and Ivy James…they live in Southern California and we live in Missouri)

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But here they are!  J.J., Tiffany and my two adorable grand baby girls dressed up like Beanie Babies on their way to their church harvest party! I’d like to know how Tiffany talked J.J. into wearing leopard print onesies out in public! Lol! I’m glad he went along with it… they sure do look cute!

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Ashley and Polly were scarecrows, Glen a 90’s guy..Lol… and Johnny’s a Star Wars Character.

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Dusty and Kimmy were Black Eyed P’s (pretty clever!)…dustys fam

Baby Ember Joy was a Cuties Tangerine (adorbs!) Kade, a baseball player, Zealand is an Astronaut (umm…can he breathe in that helmet? LOL!) and Sawyer Clark Kent! Lol! So cute!! Good times, fun fall memories!

And now…

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Ummm…yeah, that’s me and Paula Deen!! Wait what?!!!  Y’all I got to meet her!! She came to our little ol’ town of Branson, Missouri! She came to do a book signing here at our local book store. What a doll she is! Truly so sweet, caring and adorable. I told her that the VERY LONG line of people waiting to meet her was proof of how much she is loved and adored…that’s when she gave me this hug and said to me “Aww…and that love comes right back to y’all, darlin”.

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That was 3 minutes of fabulous fun!! Lol!! She said that there’s a real good possibility that she might open a restaurant here in Branson! How fun would that be!! Yee Haw!!

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Another fun thing is my decorating feature on my dear friend Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate website! Check it out here! 

For more down-home goodness and recipes check these links below!

Aunt Ruthie’s Butter Crunch Pumpkin Bars

Warm & Cozy Hot Spiced Cider

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies

Aunt Ruthie’s Chewy Golden Oatmeal Cookies

An Autumn Housewarming

Sugar Pie Farmhouse Christmas Home 2016 Tour Video

Well, darlin’s thank you so much for stopping by! I want you to know sisters that you’re in my prayers and that I love you! Keep a song in your heart, count your blessings, be sure to give God the glory and keep the home fires burning!

Sugar and hugs! Aunt Ruthie

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