Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!!

Growing up, I never went trick or treating. I think we celebrated Halloween at church with a Harvest party. During high school, I dressed up once with a friend and went trick or treating, since I'd never done it before. Although it wasn't a tradition for us when I was a kid, I'm totally fine with taking the kids out for some fun. We don't do icky or scary but, dressing up in a fun costume can be a blast. Tonight Judah wanted to be Bob the Builder and Paisley was the Ballerina.
Can he fix it??? YES! He can!!

The neighborhood across the street from our house was filled with kids running from house to house getting candy. It was definitely the place to be for easy candy.
Cousin Noah was a superhero. His mommy, Sally made his costume. Didn't she do an awesome job?
Sally and Super Baby, Levi!

Paisley was happy to ride along in the stroller.

The babies did great but, they were both ready for bed by the time we were done.
"Bob" had to sit and look through all of his goodies. I think he got more candy tonight than he's ever had in his life. All this candy needs a special place to go so, it will last and he can have a piece here and there for a special treat.
It's our first Halloween since we bought this house. We thought we'd get lots of trick or treaters here so, we bought tons of candy. How wrong we were! I think we only had 5 or 6 people come by. We have so much candy left over and I'm not sure what to do with it. I think I'm going to look into making some holiday treats with it that I can freeze and bring out later or give away. If I find any good recipes that use left over candy, I'll post them. 

Watching Judah run from house to house tonight made me even more aware of what a big boy he's becoming. How fun it is to be a mommy and get to enjoy fun days with my kids. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Our Thankful Banner

It never fails to amaze me how tired I can be before we get the kids to bed but, as soon as their precious heads hit their pillows, my second wind arrives. My motivation often comes from getting the dishes out of the sink and into the dishwasher, items on my list that need to be checked off, shows to watch with my husband, or fun crafts that need to be made. After a busy weekend, tonight I desperately needed some silence and some time to simply put things back where they belong. After our house was back under control, I got craft'n.

Last night I decided that I wanted to make a banner with 30 individual paper cards. We would hang it in our dining room and everyday during the month of November, we would write something that we are thankful for on one of the pieces of paper.
I gathered miscellaneous scrap papers that I had on hand, trying to go for the fall colors so, they would match.
I cut the colored paper into 4.5 X 3.5 pieces.
 I gathered up some scrap white paper. You know, paper that things have printed wrong on, paper that was already used....just scrapes. I cut 30 pieces of 3X4. Next. I glued the white paper onto the larger sized, colored paper.
 I hole punched them all so, they can be tied onto a piece of fall colored yarn.
 30 pieces of yarn.
 It turned out way longer than I expected but, I think it's going to look really neat when each day is filled up with something that we are thankful for. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year and it'll be a good decoration, when it has all of our "thankful words" written on it. 

 Jeremiah helped me hang our Thankful Banner in our dining room/kitchen. I'm excited to write something down each day with Judah and teach him about being thankful. I'm also excited to see what things he says he's thankful for.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Family Trip to the Pumpkin Patch and Town Halloween Party

I feel like we packed more fun things into today, than we normally pack into, say, a month of weekends. We started the day with a family trip to the pumpkin patch. 

 After the pumpkin patch, we decided to go to Costco, just for fun. We had no list, no agenda. We just wanted to walk around, look at Christmas stuff and have fun. We passed a park on the way to Costco and I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the fall trees were, reflecting in the water. I asked Jeremiah to pull in so, I could take a few pictures. 

 While I was snapping away, Judah and Daddy spotted a few ducks. They gathered some fishy crackers that we had in the van, got out and Judah got to feed ducks for the first time.

 Apparently ducks like fish crackers.
 I love this picture. Happy and tired boy from the pumpkin patch, taking a drink with a balloon in hand and the ducks in the background.
 We wondered around Costco and our kids ate sample after sample. I swear it was the most samples I've ever seen at Costco. We didn't even need to feed them lunch when we got home so, we went straight to nap time. 
After naps, we quickly changed them into their outfits for the Halloween party that our town puts on every year. We live in a pretty small town but, they close down the main street and throw a fantastic Halloween party. It was our first year going and it was super fun. 
Paisley was a ballerina......I loved it.

Judah, the Train Conductor.
 Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Tiger were there. Judah loved all of them and he walked right up and hugged them. I was so proud of how brave he was!

 Paisley was YELLING "HI!!!" to all of them. She doesn't even know who they are but, she totally loved them and she wanted their attention!

 The fire department was there and they let the kids sit in the firetrucks. Judah loved it.

 Pony ride!
 Judah and I participated in the cake walk. We danced around while we walked and ended up winning a cupcake.

After the town party, we all went to dinner. After dinner we came home and Judah piled all the pillows he could find onto the couch and lied down on them. I think we'll all sleep well tonight. It's been a very fun and full day!


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