Saturday, October 31, 2015


The weather on Halloween was perfect, and we started the morning putting our garden to bed.  We harvested the final tomatoes, kale, and zucchini, and pulled out all the potatoes, onions, and carrots.  Ellie spearheaded picking the last of the raspberries, and Cece loved eating them and smooshing them all over herself.

Ellie's costume came with a glittery mask.  When she wore it to LPM on Friday, her eyes got irritated, so she came up with a good idea to have a make-up mask this time.

Next up was a highly anticipated event:  a Halloween party at the girls' gymnastics gym.  They had fun games set up all around the gym.  My biggest worry was that when we went back to class the next week, Cece would think she would get to go on the mats with her sisters again.

It was magic during the cake walk.  The music stopped, and Cece won a prize.  And then Lynlee.  And then Ellie.  Pure magic!  Those girls running the game were amazing pickers.

. : costume parade : .

After the party, we headed home to go trick or treating.  Cece was excited at first to run around.

Cece's first door approach.

"Come on, Dad!"

Am I supposed to climb up there?

I made it!

Mom, Dad, why aren't you coming?

Oh, I get treats if I stand by the door and look cute?

Hope's parents were busily working on painting their shutters, so Hope came with us for a while trick-or-treating.

Cece was really excited.  She loves Hope.

Where is that lollipop?

There it is!

Cece is such a mimic.  She loves to shield her eyes from the bright sun, just like mom and dad.

After doing the Hillside Drive loop, Hope went home and I took Cece home.  Greg took Ellie and Lynnie one more street, because they had to go see Mom Julie!

Ellie said her favorite part of Halloween was handing out treats after she got home.  Lynnie agreed.  They were so cute, sitting in the front door, eating chicken nuggets, waiting for people to come to the door.

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 28 - 30

The girls were going to be "their" animals this year (turtle, dolphin, and zebra) for Halloween.  Cece's costume on the website said it was a small, and the sizing chart said that meant a 4.  I figured it would be big but workable.  When the package came, it said small size 6-7.  Way too big!  Oh, well.  Cece wore a cute zebra dress we already had, and now she can be a zebra again in a couple of years.

Lulu loved her dolphin costume and wore it for 4 days straight.  This is the first time she tried it on.

 After 21 years of marriage, we got our first real dining room table!  Our old table we bought at a garage sale when we had been married about a year.  It has been fine but it is really small.  Our new table has a leaf and seats 8 comfortably.  Lots of fun putting it all together!

Ellie's turn to try on her costume.  Lynnie was still wearing her dolphin - she even figured out how to buckle around it as we went to pick up Ellie from school.  The only turtle costume I could find was a Teenage Mutant Ninja costume.  I told Ellie it was a Ninja Turtle and she thought that was perfect, since she is an American Ninja Warrior.

Wednesday night we had an Activity Days party with all the girls and their moms.  Everyone was invited to wear a costume and my absolute favorite was Ashli, who was Napolean's mom.

I got to make a few treats and it was a comedy of errors.  It reminded me why I just don't do cute treats.  The bones are just marshmallows and pretzels dipped in white chocolate.  I was melting my white chocolate and thought it looked too thick, so I added a little heavy cream.  Then it wouldn't stick to the pretzels, so I dumped it.  Luckily, I had some white chocolate chips in food storage so I started over.  I put half the bag in to melt in the microwave and went to change Cece  while it was going.  When we got back, the chocolate had completely burned.  In 30 seconds.  So I dumped that and tried the other half of the bag.  For 15 seconds.  Then I was able to successfully make about 10 of those things and I was out of supplies.

Ellie's school gym is too small to have parents come to the costume parade :(  On the school's facebook page they posted pictures, and I spotted Ellie sitting on the floor behind this cute girl.

Cece has really been into dolls lately.  She will sign doll and has to sleep with at least one doll.  This time she wrapped up a little doll in a scarf and thought that was perfect.

I love when the girls engage in creative play, like making boats.  And doing art projects while sitting in their boats.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkin Carving FHE

Todd and Rachel host some fun events every year, including the annual pumpkin carving contest.  Greg had a basketball meeting and couldn't make it, so I opted to have the girls paint their pumpkins instead.

Right before we loaded up in the van, I tried to take some pictures of the girls in their cute Halloween shirts.  It was 5:15 and they were excited for the party.  And not at all excited about taking pictures.

Lulu wanted to stand in this order, youngest to oldest.

Ellie wanted to stand in the middle.  That made Lulu mad.

Then Ellie pouted because Lu walked away.  Cece thought that Lu was playing tag.

An individual shot restored Ellie's good humour.

These two are turning in to the sweetest pals.

We got to Todd and Rachel's house and got started on our pumpkin masterpieces.

Um, I'm all done.  Lulu, take my paintbrush.

Ellie's pumpkin won the prize for the scariest pumpkin , in the children 1-7 category.

Lulu won most colorful pumpkin.

I was gathering girls up to go because I didn't expect Cece to win a prize, but she won something.  None of us heard what it was.

The trampoline is always fun with cousins!  Cece was getting confused as we were signing people's names and/or relationships.  The sign for COUSIN is very similar to her name sign, so she just signed her name to all of the cousins.  Good enough for now!

Little Caesar's is more delicious when you get to sit with your cousin Emily.


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