Friday, November 4, 2011

happy halloween 2011

Halloween was a bit of a blur this year due to morning sickness.  We had to oust pumpkin carving and procrastinate caramel apples, but all in all, we had a great year!

Micah was a knight on Halloween, but I had to throw in a picture of him in his Iron man costume because for the whole week leading up to Halloween, he lived in that thing.  Here he is at our ward's trunk-or-treat:

And here are Kolton and Nathan at the trunk-or-treat (big thanks to my family who came with me since Wes had to work):

Here is Micah - "Iron man-Spiderman" after all the face painting craziness of Halloween morning. All our kindergartners were SO excited for the Halloween parade at school. (Thanks also goes to my awesome mother-in-law who ran me through the logistics of painting Spiderman and even loaned me some supplies.)

His makeup is a little smeared due to some tears, but he didn't notice, so all was well.

Abby also hung out with us while we waited for the parade to begin.  Of course Teddy was there too!

Hallie, Daddy's girl as usual.  :)

Poor Jonah had a rough morning.  He pretty much got thrown food and ignored all morning since I was face painting everyone and my mom was getting everyone loaded up.  (Ignore the huge orange juice stain on his arm...he dumped his sippy cup out on the high chair and we just didn't have time to change the poor guy without missing the parade.)

Here is Spiderman Kolton:

And "Spiderman-knight" Nathan and "Dead-pilot-with-blood-dripping-off-his-mustache-and-fangs" Josh:

Please excuse the fact that some of these pictures are blurry.  I had to chase the kids who wouldn't stop for pictures.

Halloween night, we had a pumpkin-shaped pizza and salad.  We also made some caramel corn to take to my mom's to share.  Then we loaded up kids, treats, and costumes and headed to my parents' neighborhood for trick-or-treating.  Here is the best shot I could get of all the kids.  We had trick-or-treaters coming and going during pictures, so everyone was just a little distracted.  ;)  Aren't they all cute?

This was my very favorite costume this year.  Isn't Jonah the cutest teddy bear you've ever seen?!  I love those little feet!

Let's get a closer look...

And here's our Spiderman (sorry it's blurry):

And our knight:

Both boys insisted on getting their faces washed for the night.  They didn't want to wear their masks with paint underneath, I guess.
Let's get one last look at that darling teddy bear...

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pumpkin Walk

This year, we had the privilege of attending our first "Pumpkin Walk". It's something our elementary school does every year around Halloween, and after attending I can see why it has become such a fun tradition!

Each class in the school decorates their pumpkins around a character value they want to develop.  They choose a theme and everyone decorates their own pumpkin.  They are then set up outside the school, one class after another, for anyone to come out and enjoy.  After the walk, the kids get to take their pumpkins home to keep.  It's a really cute idea!

I took lots of pictures.  Each class represented so much work and creativity to me that I had a hard time leaving anyone out!

I loved how some of the older classes had each child write a little bit about their goals/values for the upcoming year:

Isn't this so true?

I thought this was a "sweet" idea:

These kids make me laugh and I've never even met them!  Aren't their chef pumpkins hilarious?

Don't you just want to hug this little girl after reading that?  What a sweetheart!


This was one of my favorites because there was a little more variation between each pumpkin.  The kids really took that and ran with it.

This totally looks like something I would have done as a child.  All pink and pretty. 

I really got a kick out of this one.  She kind of reminds me of Miss Piggy.  :)

I loved the different perspective offered here:

This could melt the heart of any mother of boys.  So sweet.

Very mature and eloquent. This kid is going places!

And here is Kolton's class and pumpkin.  I loved the theme his teacher picked.  So perfect for kindergartners!  I loved seeing each "chocolate chip cookie".  So darling!

Here's my little "chocolate chip"!  (in the yellow towards the middle)

And my little brother, Nathan.  (in the orange on the bottom left)

And my other little brother, Josh. (smack dab in the middle with the Spiderman hat)

And their pumpkins:

My boys were so excited to see all the pumpkins.  Kolton was so proud of his pumpkin and couldn't wait to show us.

This is how Jonah looked pretty much the entire time.  (If anyone out there knows how to keep shoes and socks on a toddler, please tell me all your secrets!)

And after awhile, this is what he decided he thought of the pumpkin walk:
Oh well.

All in all, it was a really fun night.  A big thanks and pat on the back to the fun and creative minds behind it.  We can't wait until next year!


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