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Struck By Lightening

Halloween always seems so busy.  Every year there are more and more activities and parties.  Each kids usually has a school party of some sort.  Then there is the ward party.  The work party.  The street party. All fun but it makes for a lot of sugar highs and messes around the house. I like Halloween but I’m always glad when it is over. Today we’ve already taken down all decorations and disposed of a ton of trash.2014-10-31

 

We quickly carved these pumpkins on halloween.  I think I’m going to retire from carving pumpkins.  Curious George is Autumns. The mermaid is Lacey’s and the cat is Rachelle’s.  Jackson carved his own pumpkin last week for the ward party.  Can you guess what it is?
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Every year our street has a pot luck Halloween party. We usually don’t know too many people but it is good to get out and interact with your neighbors. I think most of the neighborhood kids are a little bit older than our kids.IMG_9838

 

A co-worker invited the whole building to his band’s Halloween show.  They have two tesla coils that make music and a Faraday Cage for people to get in. I put some video footage of it in my weekly vlog.IMG_9881

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Halloween 2011

This is what Halloween looked like over here:

 

Batman, Bat “girl”, and a cute little cowgirl
For the trunk-or-treat on Wednesday night, Micah did a little dressing up with a nice white shirt unbuttoned a little with a gray shirt underneath that had the batman symbol showing and batman mask, but somehow I didn’t get pictures of that – he must have been the photographer. The kids really wanted us to all dress up as a “Bat” family for the trunk-or-treat, but of course I didn’t get my act together for that. Lacey assured me it was ok because the baby (in my tummy) was dressing up as me…so at least we all had a costume or were a costume!

Saturday night we had fun carving pumpkins for the kids. We had several stencils that they could choose from and we came out with Scooby doo, angry birds, and a cabbage patch doll. Pretty fun!

Halloween night was a big success – everyone came home happy and I’m glad its over. Don’t get me wrong… I love Halloween, but the celebration felt like it started early this year because it landed on a Monday and I felt like everyone celebrated the entire week before with Halloween cookies, candies, and treats everywhere we went!

Jack-o-Lantern in a Jar

Jackson wanted to give something to his Kindergarten teacher so I decided to make some sugar cookies I had seen.  The idea was to make cookies in the shape of jack-o-lantern parts.  Here is the recipe I used.

The frosting is very thin and is applied with squeeze bottles.


Then I got some orange plates and added stems.

You can then mix and match the cookies to make silly faces.

Haunted Dinners and the rest of Halloween

We’ve been so excited for Halloween for a long time here, so I decided I would get a little creative for the week before Halloween and see if I could get the kids to eat. Well, the snake sandwich was the first and favorite of the creative Halloween dinners, but they weren’t too crazy about  the others. I forgot to get a picture of the mummy pizza, I was really surprised they wouldn’t eat much of  that one, they LOVE pizza usually.  Oh well, at least I had fun getting to be a little creative with these. I may just start mixing in a fun dinner like this here and there into our regular routine.

Here are a few pictures of the kids in their costumes. We had a busy Halloween weekend. Pumpkin carving on friday night, we had Jackson’s soccer game Saturday morning and the excitement of bringing the snacks to that, a party at Micah’s coworkers house, the ward trunk-or-treat and a block party.  Hmmm, it felt busier than it sounds. Jackson was a storm trooper again (he loves to the gun that goes with it), Lacey was going to be Cinderella and has dressed up in the dress a few times, but decided last minute to be a monkey instead. Actually, we could hardly get her to keep a costume on. Rachelle was going to be the little puppy dog, its the costume we’ve dressed the others up in when they were this age, but a friend bought a little ladybug costume for her and it was very cute, but the only picture I got of her is the one below – with no wings or booties. The poor girl was partied out!

We hope you had a Happy Halloween!