Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2015

What a fabulous Halloween we had!  There was so much excitement leading up to it... including our annual pumpkin carving.  The kids were allowed to do it all on their own.  Paige pretty much did the entire thing herself.  Molly was into the designing and carving... but had someone else clean her pumpkin out.  Garrett cleaned his entire pumpkin out himself, but wanted help with the design and carving.

Here's the finished masterpieces.

We even got Hawk into the festive spirit.  He didn't mind the Halloween bandana, but was way less excited about the Chewbacca costume.  He has now been dubbed "Chewhawka the Woofie".

The kids each picked out their own costumed and I completely relinquished control (which is always hard for me).  Molly was Elsa from Frozen to match with her BFF who was dressing up as Anna from Frozen.

Paige was a pop star. We saw her costume at Costco and she was immediately sucked in by leopard print, hot pink and sparkly sequins.

Garrett was Obi-Wan Kenobi.  It was a perfect match to Hawk's costume and I was amazed that I actually got a photo of the two of them together!

And here's the three of them... completely in character!

That evening we went to our neighbor's home for a party before we headed out for trick-or-treating.  We enjoyed some awesome Halloween food, and I even got my costume out of the closet for the occasion.

Then we headed out with the herd of children to go get candy.  The kids did great, although the little ones faded pretty fast.  Molly and her friend's little sister were a matching pair of Elsa's and Molly took her under her wing the entire evening.  It was pretty adorable!

All in all... it was a fabulous day!  So much fun!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

The Saturday before Halloween Garrett had a soccer game.  But after his game, we decided to go get our Halloween pumpkins.  Thankfully, Christie told us that the local plant nursery was having a sale... $0.99 for a pumpkin of ANY size.  So off we went to Al's Garden Center.  The "pumpkin plan" ballooned as we got excited about the the cheap pumpkins and by the time we had left we had bought THIRTEEN of them.  Oh well... it made for a pretty display on our front doorstep!

But the kids felt like they didn't get the full "pumpkin patch experience" so we stopped at Baggensto's Pumpkin Patch on the way home.  The kids got their tractor ride, hay maze, and farm animal experience.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

School Fun Run

Today was the elementary school fun run.  This is one of the biggest school fundraisers of the year, and the kids have so much fun seeing how many laps they can run.  They separate out the runners by grade, so the first group off was the kindergarteners.  First off... the warm up!

Then it was time to get running, making sure that they stop and get a mark for every lap!

Interestingly enough, Garrett and Paige ran the same pace and each did seven laps.

Then of course it was time for a team photo.

And then celebrating with otter pops and friends!

And then it was time to do it all over again with the third graders!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Last Warm Days of the Season

The kids are enjoying some of the last warm days of the season.  We are so thankful for the great weather!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Dragon Cheetahs

This fall Garrett played soccer for the first time.  The kids on his team were all kindergartners, and were absolutely adorable.  At the first practice they chatted about what to name the team.  Half the kids wanted to be "The Dragons" and half wanted to be the "Cheetahs".  So together they decided that they would be the "Dragon Cheetahs".  It was so much fun watching Garrett's skills grow over the season.  It was also abundantly clear that Garrett was the team "encourager", and you would constantly hear him saying that people were doing a good job or giving them high-fives.  During one game my Mom was in town and was able to watch it with me.  He scored THREE goals during the game and Mom and I were hoarse from screaming by the end.  His final goal tally by the end of of the season was five points.  We are super proud of what a great job he did!