Friday, November 11, 2011

One last look at Fall

A few of the fall-ish things we did this year:

Pumpkin patch with hayride, corn box, pedal cars and pumpkin cannon...

Pumpkins carved and apples bobbed for...

Pumpkin harvesting--about 10 of the small pie variety; then came ripping out their vines...those sprawling monsters will take over a flower bed.

And then it felt like Fall came abruptly to an end this week as we woke to 5 inches of snow one morning. I am okay with it--first snow in mid-November seems reasonable. But my kids were ecstatic. Still in my bed at 7am I heard, "Mom, where are my snow pants?" And soon after Tyler, Tessa, and Eden were fully bundled and out boarding and sledding down the backyard hill. I couldn't believe they were so anxious that they had to get in a few runs before school. I always appreciate and envy the zest for life that kids have.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our Halloween

Here's the bunch this year...

If you want to hear how their guises came about, read on. If not, just scroll through the pictures--the best part!

Tessa is into the Harry Potter books these days, and wanted to be Hermione. I was happy to oblige because these kids love playing "Harry Potter" and I knew they would use these costumes a lot for dress-up play. So once again I dreamed of doing the whole-family-costume-theme thing-- Tom could be Dumbledore, Ansley was going to be Hedwig (I saw a cute, simplish owl costume tutorial online), Eden could be someone's cat, etc, etc.

But as much as Tyler adores everything Harry Potter, he has already been there, dressed up like that. So he didn't want to do it this year. Fair enough, I don't want to force it on anyone.

Then I made the mistake of telling Eden her hair looked a lot like Hermione's after we had braided it one time. She was sold, and we couldn't talk her out of it.

So to Tessa's chagrin, we ended up with two Hermiones. Tessa told some people who asked that she was Ginny Weasley...but ultimately she wanted to be the more well-known heroine. Whatever, they were cute in their matching Gryffindor uniforms. (although their photo together turned out extra blurry)

I am actually pretty proud of myself for making the robes. They turned out well, if I do say so myself. They weren't hard, but I am such an amateur seamstress...that the nice results surprised me.

So I told myself I would work on those 2 robes first, and then I would focus the remainder of my time on Ansley's owl costume. Well, sewing projects always take me longer than they should, so of course there was next to no time left before Halloween parties began, so Ansley was happy to wear something we already had.

For our ward Trunk or Treat party, she was a dog. I love this costume...I wish I had a good picture of it. I bought it for Tyler to wear the Halloween he was 2, but of course he refused to put it on when the time came. Not sure if it's ever been used for Halloween, but it's been worn a lot at home.

For subsequent parties and trick-or-treating, Ansley deferred back to the ever popular "princess" costume. And now that I think about it, I am glad I didn't work hard on an owl costume, only to have her turn her nose up at it and choose something from the dress-up box.

(here she is hiding in the corner with her loot)

Now for Tyler...he saw a fake M-16 and army helmet at a costume shop and convinced me to buy them. It seemed an easy costume to throw together, and he is all about war history and military strategy these days, so I thought it was fitting for him. I also like that this form of "violence" is patriotic and noble and brave. I like it when Halloween kids are armed with pretend weapons to be heroes, not villains. So Tyler became a camouflaged Army soldier.

This was the easiest face-paint job I've ever done.

Here he is with one of his best friends from church and his Primary teacher/buddy.

So that's how it all went down. Fun, fun holiday...but I am always a bit exhausted afterwards from the costume-building, school parties, church parties, and now the candy wars.

And now, it's November! How does that happen so fast?!