From the time I can remember I have always been so excited to have children at Halloween. I have looked forward to dressing my cutie little kiddos in homemade costumes, and, admittedly, I always looked forward to dressing in family-style costumes, cause I love to dress up too! So far in my married life we have been cowboy and Indian (first year Cameron and I were married), then, we skipped a year, because I was hugely pregnant at Halloween and wasn't about to try and come up with costumes because I wasn't into it and Cameron could not have cared less), Surfer, Lifeguard, and Shark (Nathan's first Halloween where he was the cutest little shark ever), Despicable Me characters, and this year....wait for it...you're going to be shocked. Was Disney Halloween.
More about that later...
Last year at Halloween I was just getting out of my first trimester with Penny, and I was still super sick and very tired. So I fully enjoyed this year, trying to make up for last year ;)
I love Fall...but who doesn't?
First up was the River K Pumpkin Patch in Paso. We went on a Monday night for FHE, and had a blast watching Nathan run around yelling:
-"it's a PIRATE!" (everything with a skull is a pirate-"yo ho pirate li duh me!)
-"it cawey!" (scary)
-"look at the pumpman's! I love it! It's my favorite!"
|With kids this age, who can really take a perfect picture? Plus, I have this really sexy baby carrier that wasn't supposed to be in the picture, but, it's realistic, and that's OK.|
|In the "haunted house"|
All of the pictures of me lately are selfies with Penny in the carrier. Can I get an amen from all the mama's out there?
BTW, if you're a mom reading this and are contemplating buying the Ergo 360 and think it costs too much, BUY IT. 100% worth the money.
|Grandad, me, and Penny Girl|
When I finally finished our costumes a day or two before our church Halloween party I just HAD to get these costumes on the kids and try them out:
If you don't melt because of the absolute cuteness of these two as Mickey and Minnie, I do not believe you have a soul.
Nathan always loves feeding the goats-
Where this kid got his absolute adoration for animals, I will never know. Cameron's not a "pet hater" like I am, but he's not obsessed with animals. Nathan LOVES animals. I am pretty much guaranteed to have several arguments with this kid in the future about owning animals. AANNNDD I might, just MIGHT be persuaded to have some sort of animal if it can live outside. But I draw a serious, thick, black, impermeable line at any type of reptile. NOT going to happen.
A picture of mommy and Penny waiting for Cameron and Nathan to get out of the corn maze. I was literally having a panic attack thinking about going in that corn maze (maaaaaajor claustrophobia-and it's getting worse and worse as I get older). Good thing Nathan has Cameron, cause there's no way I would have ever gone with him. (see: tarp on TOP of the skinny-aisled corn maze. Dark, no escape. Kill me now.)
Then we took the cutest picture ever taken...
This year I saw this picture:
I asked Cameron to go to the store to get glow-in-the-dark paint, but all he could find at Wal-Mart was the classic one color paint that turns the greenish glow-in-the-dark color. So next year I want to try this again and get the right kind of paint.
We had somewhat of a Pinterest-fail, but he still had fun, so it's good.
Somehow Nathan isn't a weirdo-perfectionist like his mom.
Nathan is obsessed with the Disney Jr. show, "PJ Masks"
So, for Cameron and my pumpkins we decided to do Gecko and Catboy, and my mom joined in the fun and carved Owlette so we had a full set!
I also made some absolutely phenomenal (if I do say so myself, and I do) sugar cookies. The recipe I used was so yummy and SO easy, so if you're looking for a good sugar cookie and icing recipe for the holidays, let me know. I ate WAY too many cookies, and DEMANDED my mom or Cameron bring them to work so that I didn't eat any more. Well, guess what was still sitting on the counter in the morning!? THE COOKIES! I put 2 small ones in a bag for Nathan and threw the rest away. What a waste! But I literally DID NOT have the self control to not eat them. So they HAD to be covered with garbage to be safe from me. #thatsembarrassingtoadmit
Nathan was mostly interested in the sprinkles. That's my type of guy.
Ward Harvest Fest:
Here we are in our glory:
Cameron: Goofy (thanks to the Richards for letting us borrow your Goofy hat!)
Me: Pluto (shout out to my brother who painted that cute hat for me! Cost me about 10 bucks for the hat and supplies verses the 40 bucks I could find Pluto hats on for online!)
Playing the games!
Nathan was so so cute in his costume. I was loving watching him walk around with his little black nose and yellow shoes. I loved our costumes, but poor Nathan was a little jealous of all of the boys in ninja, super-hero, and Star Wars characters. He kept running up to other boys in "cooler" costumes saying, "Im a ninja!" or "I'm Catboy!" or, "It's a bad guy?" When he saw a boy dressed up like Captain America with a shield I thought he was going to just die of jealousy. He kept talking about Captain America and how he "needs a shiiiieeelld!!!" So, I think that this is the last year mommy is going to get to pick the theme. Well, I enjoyed it while it lasted.
The Saturday before Halloween we went to Pismo for their Pumpkin's on the Pier put on by the city of Pismo, but all of the volunteers are members of the church.
It was INSANELY busy. They had little carnival games set up for the kids to do, but there were SUPER long lines at all of the activities. Tara, who was visiting, was like, "I'm not going to stand in a line that long when there's no ride at the end." I agreed. Nathan did a few of the activities, did the bounce house obstacle course a few times, walked with Cameron and Penny in the costume parade, and we left.
On the way out we did some trick-or-treating to some of the businesses who were giving out candy.
On Halloween we went downtown Paso to do some trick or treating with Nathan.
|He treats her like she's a brother-who is her own age....this girl is going to be TOUGH. She's going to have to be.|
I was so proud of Nathan when the only thing he asked to eat out of his candy bag was the Cutie (orange).
Nathan didn't end up getting a ton of candy (yay) because there were a few dance groups performing by the park, and all Nathan wanted to do was watch the dancers! We kept asking him if he wanted to leave and go trick-or-treat and he kept saying, "no!" My arts-loving boy.
|SO into the dances|