Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Happy Halloween!  There are so many reasons I love this holiday.  I love that it means we are less than a week away from the election.  I love that it reminds me how great all my neighbors are.  I love that although there is some last minute scramble, there isn't as much stress for the mom as some other holidays.  I love that our best friends come into "the city" to trick or treat with us because the houses in their neighborhood are too far apart.  I love the weather, the leaves, the decorations.  As you know, this year I had the dog/knight Sir Bernard and a Medieval lady. One thing I don't love is that I don't get to decide what the girls dress up as anymore. Oh it is painful to yield that to them...but I do it because I don't want them fussing about it to their therapist some day. And they did look pretty cute anyway.  Here they are with our friends.  Little Neighbor Girl was Bindy (the crocodile hunter's daughter) PK2's friend was a dog in knight training and PK1's friend was also a medieval lady.  Can you believe the beautiful costume her grandma sewed for her?  

Here they are getting their hair and make up done.  I let PK1 help draw the dog nose.

I was in charge of making 8 boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese for the hot dog roast that our neighbors do before trick or treat.  So in addition to dressing the kids and taking the pictures, I had to have 8 boxes of mac and cheese steaming hot and ready to go at 5 PM.  I took a picture of the boxes because it looked so funny all lined up.

I was going a little nuts, getting it all together when my BF showed up at just the right moment to help me stir the big pots!  She is great.  Oh...and I did change out of the sweats and t-shirt.

Here is a sneak peak of my kitchen, which has been torn up for 6 months.  But I AM loving it so far!  It is not done, but it is getting there.  I think maybe by the holidays.

Cook-out potluck at my friend's house:

And all the neighbor kids:

And the day after Halloween, when you are a home-school kid, after breakfast and devotions, but before school lessons, you do get to sort and admire your candy for awhile!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Last Sunday evening PD was home and thought we better carve the pumpkins in case there wouldn't be another opportunity.  I was SO not up for it because it had been a full day already.  But I am glad we did it, and PD does all the hard part.  It was a late night, but so fun. Please note my torn up kitchen in the background.    

Notice there are three pumpkins.  I finally got to execute the face I have been wanting to try.  Mine is the one with the big mouth.  (no comments from the peanut gallery please)

I LOVE how they turned out!  PK1 wanted a scary cat really is kind of mean and scary!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pumpkin Patch 2010

Gram and Papa were able to join us for the Pumpkin Patch this year.  It was really nice weather. We saw the bee colony again.  PK1 is just fascinated with the bees and can tell you all about them.

They rode the barrel train again.  They decided this was the first year they were too big to share a car.

Gram and Papa were great pumpkin choosers.  We got some really good ones.  And I got one for myself because last year no one would carve their pumpkin with the face I wanted.  SO this year I got my own.  Gram got two for her porch as well. Here we are with our choices.

We had a really nice time.  The girls went down the barn slide and got their face painted too.  I am going to say this in the quietest voice ever because I don't even want to think it is true, but I think the girls are almost getting too big for the Pumpkin Patch.  The barn slide didn't seem that big and we were all done with everything they had to do in such a short time!  This stage of having little ones goes so fast.  As the guy at Home Depot told me the other day as he saw me try to juggle the girls and two cans of paint, "The days are long, but the years are short."

Go here 2008 and here 2009 to see our other years at the Pumpkin Patch.