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Photo Friday: Halloween Time

I’m a little late getting this post out. I realized this morning that I did not have a picture of the girl in her costume, even though I had one of the boy. And, of course, they were both at school at that point. Then, we picked them up from school to go to the funeral home for viewing hours for my husband’s grandpa. After that, we came back for dinner with the family then trick-or-treating. Got a picture of both of them and individually, but that was right before we were heading out the door. So, now it’s almost 8. We’re home and both kids are in bed. The boy didn’t even make it home before he was asleep.

vampire girl!

vampire girl!

My MIL came over last weekend with some pumpkins the kids had helped her pick out. Plus they both brought one home from field trips to a local pumpkin farm. In all, we ended up with 10 pumpkins(3 really small ones that we didn’t carve).

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The girl wanted to be Elsa for Halloween and the boy decided he wanted to be Olaf, even though he’s never watched the movie(she’s seen it twice). His costume didn’t come with any pants, and we couldn’t find any plain white sweat pants for boys. So, I bought some white fleece and a pattern and decided to make them myself. Was doing fine until I got to the waistband. I royally screwed that up. But, the rest of his costume hid it well enough at least. The girl’s hair isn’t long enough to do a good braid, so I took some white(off-white really) yarn and made a thick braid out of it and tied it onto one of her hair ties.

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Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

I wrote a little about this yesterday in my Sunday ROW80 Check-in post and even shared a couple of the pictures. But, I thought I’d do a bigger post on it today. As I said, we went to a local pumpkin farm on Saturday: my mother-in-law, the kids, me and my husband met us there since he’d had to work in the morning. When we first got there, I thought we’d still be waiting in line when my husband showed up as it was pretty long. But, it moved pretty quick, so we didn’t wait more than 10 minutes, probably less than that. The first thing my daughter said when we walked through the pumpkins was, “there’s a pink pumpkin.”


The pink pumpkin

We walked through the pumpkins then went up to the big corn box while we waited for my husband to get there.


In the corn box

playing in the corn

playing in the corn


The kids ended up bringing some corn with them… in their pockets and in their socks.

After my husband got there, we walked around for a bit. 20131012_115852


Then, they wanted to go down the big hill slides. And go down again. And again. And again.





going down the big hill slide

going down the big hill slide


Then, we walked around some more. The girl got to lead the boy around:


and ride a couple “horses”:

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The girl got to milk a cow(kind of):

milking a cow

milking a cow

They rode tricycles around a track:

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And they even got to dig in the dirt:

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It was a really warm day for the middle of October, which you can’t really tell by my kids’ choice of clothing. Told them they didn’t need the long-sleeves, but they didn’t want to change, so I let it go. And didn’t realize until we got there that the boy didn’t have a shirt on under his sweatshirt. The warm weather also brought out a whole lot of people, including one of my old friends. I don’t think I’ve really seen her since she graduated high school, a year behind me, so it’s been almost ten years. She was there with her whole family and my cousin(who is best friend’s with my friend’s older sister). One of my other cousins was there as well with her husband and little girl. It was a really good day for it.

Family Friday: Halloween Recovery

I hope everyone had a good Halloween and you rescued your kids from all the poisonous candy . We have way more candy in our house than we need right now. Before any trick-or-treating, we still had a large bowl of candy from the two parades we went to in September, mostly Tootsie Rolls(which is currently Hayleigh’s favorite).

Last Thursday, we had to take Nathaniel to the doctor to get the booster for his flu shot(since this was his first time getting it, he needed to have two). And apparently, laying down on the table is more traumatic than actually getting the shot. Since we were up in the city anyway, we decided to go over to the mall for their “Trail of Treats”. Tick or treating inside, out of the crappy weather? How can it get any better? Well, maybe if it wasn’t such a madhouse and people actually knew how to walk(Yes, I’m one of those people who speed walk through the mall). And if it didn’t take Hayleigh 5 minutes to pick out one piece of candy(only a slight exaggeration). Both kids had their pumpkin buckets, and I think they were both filled more than halfway with candy(most of which was once again Tootsie rolls). We took out the stuff she can’t have(or just what we wanted), and added the rest to her all ready full bowl.

On Saturday, we carved jack-o-lanterns. Hayleigh really surprised me by actually sticking her arm all the way down in one pumpkin(even if it took a lot of prompting from us). This is the child that has to wipe up the tiniest amount of milk from the table as soon as she spills it. And has to run to get a napkin as soon as she has a little bit of food on her finger.

digging out her pumpkin

not sure what this pumpkin is doing on his table

sticking her arm all the way in

our family of jack-o-lanterns

Then, on Monday, her class at school had their Halloween party. She was so excited to get to wear her costume to school. She brought home a paper lunch bag full of candy so, that was even more to add to her bowl.

Hayleigh's stash from her party at school

And even though it was rainy Monday night, we still decided to go trick or treating in town. We were going to skip it, but she was so excited about it, we just couldn’t disappoint her. We only stopped at a few places, so she didn’t get too much more candy. And I think carrying Nathan around to the places we did go should count as an upper body workout. Next year, he’s definitely walking. He would have this year(at least some of the time) if the sidewalks hadn’t been so wet and uneven. Next year, he’ll be even more sure on his feet, so that shouldn’t be such a problem.

taking a break from trick or treating in the rain to eat some popcorn

the hat kept falling down over his eyes, so he was glad to get to take it off for a little bit

We’re dishing out the candy 1 to 2 pieces a day(to Hayleigh anyway. Don’t ask how much Mommy eats a day). But, I would not be surprised if we still have some come Christmas(and we’ll probably still have some Christmas candy when we start getting Easter candy).

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