Archive for the ‘Halloween’ Category

Well hello there, long time no see. I know, I know, I have been MIA around here. I took a break from the blogging over summer to spend some time with the girls and quite frankly I just couldn’t make myself sit down to type. I had lots of crazy stuff to post, but the words just wasn’t there. So here I am a few months later, trying to get back into the swing of things.

Just some quick updates for this post: Oldest made it to her 5 Seconds of Summer concert on the 10th. She had a blast and I have to say that I did too. Just watching her was good enough for me. She had the biggest grin on her face the whole time and when those boys came out on stage, she didn’t stop once. I am glad that it is done…she was driving me crazy with the everyday countdown over the summer. “Mom, 45 days.” “Mom, 19 days.” “Mom, just 5 days.” All summer long. But it’s all good. She walked away with a concert t-shirt that cost $40. Yikes! and she got a poster of one of the opening bands.

Oldest is in her last year of middle school this year. School started back in August and she was ready to get back. Little L turned 3 in June. I made a The Good Dinosaur cake for her and had lots of decorations and presents. Took a ton a pictures and spent the rest of the month working on my scrapbooking.

Since fall has returned and we are very happy to have some cooler temps around here, I have gotten into my Halloween crafting. Oldest and I found out we both love Shrinky Dinks. I found some really cute ideas and we had to run to the craft store. After we made a ton, we were like, what should we do with them. So we opened our own store on Etsy to sell them for charm bracelets, magnets, and pins. It has been opened a little over a week I think. We haven’t made a sell as of yet, but I am hopeful. Here is the link if anyone wants to check them out. Tracystrinketshop 

I am in the process of making some new ones and looking forward to making some ornaments out of them for Christmas. Hoping that you see something you like.

Well thanks for reading and I hope to be posting some more stuff soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are into November now, can’t believe it. October went by way to fast and I wanted to do more posts for during the month, but time just flew. Saturday went pretty well. I got Little L talked into a nap around 2:30. I knew if she refused a nap, trick or treating was going to be H E L L! She actually slept till almost 4. I started on dinner around that time so we could all eat and leave before it got dark. We got out around 5:40 which was earlier then I had planned, so that was good. We headed up to the neighborhood that we went to the past 2 years. Just right up the road behind the park. As we drove down the streets, everyone was sitting out their tables and chairs and doing some last minute decor. We got to a dead end road and parked for a few minutes to let the time pass. Hubby didn’t want to leave the truck anywhere so we decided I would walk with the kids, he would drive ahead and when he seen us, he would either wait or come join us for a few houses. Which he did, he was very busy, moving the truck and all.

The first house we went to though, I didn’t think this guy was ever, I mean EVER going to give the kid a piece of candy. He wanted L to say “Trick or Treat.” Well, we had been practicing all week, pretty much all month. But here is a stranger demanding that a 2 year old say Trick or treat. Let’s just say I wanted to punch him in the face at times. L finally said it and he gave her one piece. Poor Oldest was standing there with her bag and he didn’t even acknowledge her one bit. I asked her if he gave her any candy and she said no, but it was ok, she just wanted to get on with it. The next house was across the street, and this lady was awesome. She loved both their outfits, Oldest the Robber and Little L was a fox. She didn’t care if she said the three words or not. She let L pick the piece of candy from her bowl and then she told Oldest to take what she wanted and she also had some coloring books and toys. She told us to grab some for the little one also.

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So our night began, zigzagging back and forth, took some pics of the kids standing in front of decorations, said thank you like a hundred times. Watch hubby creep down the street, park up ahead and jump out to join us for a bit, to do it all over again when we got to the truck or passed it. Little L was having a blast and we were only going to keep her out for about an hour. She didn’t want to go home or quit so we let her enjoy the evening. A couple of times we had to get into the truck to go to another street. The second time doing this, Oldest jumped back out to go by herself, while we made L take a break. Oldest finally go to wear her scary mask that she had bought and we hit a couple of houses when she said she was done. She had to take off her glasses to wear the mask, which was not good, since she is so used to them, she could barely see where to go. At one point she pulled the mask up to get some fresh air and I noticed that something was off. Then a few minutes passed and she realized that she lost her beaning hat. Which really wasn’t hers, it was her dad’s good beanie hat. I went back down the street with the flash light and tried to retrace our steps, but no hat was to be found.

Everyone was walking around saying “Happy Halloween” and at one time, after everyone had left the area and we were the last ones to walk away, L got to the bottom of the driveway, threw out her arms and yelled, “Happy Ween!” as loud as she could. It was pretty great and Oldest and I had a good laugh as we made our way to the next house.

We finally called it quits around 7:40. Only had a few houses that was lit up but no one came to the door. There were also some that left the candy dish out for you to take a piece. I heard one kid yelling that he took a whole handful as we were walking up. Wasn’t much left in that one. L got scared a couple of times. Once she actually started crying, they had a flashing light that was freaking her out. One house had all the lights off, but some strobe light going, and L fell trying to get onto the sidewalk and spilled all her candy. The guy was pretty much a jerk to her, didn’t even bother asking to see if she was ok. Then when she didn’t say Trick or Treat, he said oh can’t talk can you? Another one I would of liked to punch.

When we got home, we dumped the haul out onto the table and let the kids admire it all. Then we let them have some of it and we joined in too. I am not one to pass up some chocolate. I worked just as hard as they did, even though Oldest would argue about that. After the pig out, we took some more pictures goofing off in our sugar induced happiness. I took 94 pictures that night!

Last night I found out that Walgreens was doing 50% off a picture order of 10.00 or more. So I sat up late going through all the pictures from the Boo Fest and the Birthday and Trick or Treating to have developed. Got 57 pics for done for only 6 bucks. Good deal I would say. Let the Scrapbooking begin!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween weekend and all the kiddies got to have loads of fun! 🙂

 

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I have always thought this comic was funny. Why? Because it’s my daughters middle name. I know, I have an evil side.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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For some time now, any noise or weirdness that may happen in our house, my hubby will say that it is just the ghost. Charlie the ghost, that is. He does this to spook Oldest and sometimes he gets me too. Our house isn’t very old and no one died in it, (well not the house part), but there are some weird noises and sounds at times. I don’t know how he came up with the name Charlie. Sometimes, L will point up to the corner of the room. This will make Oldest cringe. She will ask L if she sees Charlie and L will nod her head yes every time. We have even went so far as to tell Oldest that Charlie hangs out in her room. He stands in the corner and watches her sleep. I know, super creepy and we shouldn’t do it. She hates it when we say this, but it is all in fun. In my mom’s room, the light has been known to turn on by itself. We say Charlie is playing tricks again. In my bathroom, I have one light that likes to flicker at times when you first turn it on. “Oh Charlie, would you knock it off,” I say outloud. The the light will straighten itself out.

Several months ago, Oldest had her friend over and they love watching scary vidoes. We were outside early the next morning, trying to let L play before the sun took our shady area. Her friend wanted to play Ghost Hunters. He was talking about something on the show and Charlie popped into my head. “So, you’ve seen Charlie then?” He had a funny look on her face, so I went with it.  “Charlie, the ghost that stays in her room.” I said pointing to Oldest. “He stands in the corner and watches you guys while you sleep.” Oldest was looking up at me with a big grin on her face, thinking that this was going to spook her poor little friend. He thought about it for a few seconds, then shook his head yes. “I have seen him.” He said kinda low, looking down. Then he walked away. He never said another word and the Ghost Hunter game went right out the window.

When I was about Oldests age, I had a cat named Puff. On the weekends, I would hear my door crack open just a smidge and he would jump up on the bed, and snuggle down beside my leg. Even if I was needing to get up, I would let him stay for abit, listening to him purr. Unfortunately, Puff got sick and passed on. The first weekend he was gone, I swear to this day he visited me one last time. I was half awake when I felt something jump onto the bed and lay down beside my leg like he always did. At first in my groggy state, I thought it was him, them I realized it couldn’t be. Then I thought that maybe it was another one of our cats wondering around looking for a place to cuddle. I laid there awhile longer, then decided to see which one it was. I reached down before looking and there was nothing there. The feeling of a cat laying beside my leg was gone also.

Now back to what I said about no one dying in the house. Apparently the very first owner of this property built the garage. He was a machinist that liked to build guns. The story is that he wanted our neighbor to come by one day, he wanted to talk with him. He didn’t get the chance right away and several days later, the guy killed himself in the garage. Our garage. When hubby told me this, I was speechless. I felt so sorry for this man.

And no, his name was not Charlie.

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween to all!

Last night and today was spent decorating and carving pumpkins. I got this Halloween door cover at Walgreen’s for .75 cents the day after Halloween last year. It came with stickers to make the faces on the pumpkins. When I got home, I realized that the stickers were not removable after you placed them, so I packed it up with the rest of the decorations for some fun to be had this year. Last night after bath time, I got the stickers out and let the girls decide on how the faces should be done. I told Oldest to lay the faces out and put them together first on the floor, before actually sticking them to the pumpkins. In one ear and out the other. She totally winged it. Little L got the bottom two pumpkins and Oldest was supposed to have the top two. But when it was time for her to put the stickers on, L got a bit miffed and started crying wanting to do it. So like the good sister she is, Oldest picked her up and let her put the stickers on. We only had to rearrange 2 things once it was done. We carefully peeled the stickers back off, so we didn’t tear anything up.

100_3953Then today, since it was really dreary out and the girls couldn’t get out side since it started pouring the rain, we went ahead and carved up the pumpkins. This was Little L’s first time and I didn’t know what to think of it. We told her to dig in and start pulling the guts out. Now this kid loves to get messy, give her paints, she paints herself, let her out side and she goes straight for the dirt or has daddy turn on the hose to make mud. But pulling pumpkin guts out was not her cup of tea. Daddy handed her a spoon and that was a little better, but every time she got some on her hand, she had to stop, get up and find the towel to wipe it off. It was quite funny, but after awhile she had more fun with it.

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They got the big one carved and then daddy said how bout the 2 smaller ones. Oldest said yes, so he cut them open and they began scooping. I was snapping away, taking pictures and I could tell L was getting a bit tired of the whole messy situation. I told Oldest just go ahead and clean them the best she could and get ready for daddy to cut the faces. After the clean up, she drew the faces on the pumpkins for daddy to carve out. By this time both girls had wondered off. I set up the table and got the pumpkins positioned and the tea lights put in and then hollered for them. I was only going to take a couple of pics, but ended up with atleast 20 just trying to get a couple of good ones of L. She was definitely tired and didn’t want to look at the camera, let alone smile. She wouldn’t leave the pumpkins alone, kept taking the tops off and messing with the lights. Oldest was getting aggravated with her and I got one pic that we all had a good laugh about. Oldest was making a face that had, “this used to be my time” all over it. You could definitely see the jealousy.

All in all, it was a good time. More memories to have and more scrapbooking to do. 🙂

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It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.

-Vincent Price

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Last year I did a post about Movies that Creep Me Out. If you missed it, and like creepy, scary movies like me, you can get spooked here. Yesterday morning, I turned on the t.v. and since Little L had allready escaped the bedroom, instead of watching cartoons, I started flipping channels. I landed on FX and there was a movie…I went to turn the channel, when I noticed the little girl was up in the air, pulling on a blanket, all alone in her room and giggling. I had to stop to see what it was. Because you know kids alone in their rooms, giggling, floating in the air is not a good thing.  Then I remembered that I had seen this movie, but what was it called? It was past 8:30 and I really needed to be getting some breakfast going, but I didn’t want to walk away. After awhile and no help with telling me after the commercial break, (thanks FX), I remembered the name, Mama. It is a really good creepy movie about a ghost named Mama. It isn’t on Netflix anymore, that is where I had seen it a couple of years ago.

The next movie that came on, although I didn’t watch it, was The Purge. Now this is another not so favorite movies, but I have watched it a couple of times. I don’t like movies that seem real. I mean, what kind of town would let people go around one night killing who ever they want to kill and it be ok? I hope not any, but seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

I thought I would go over some pretty good scary movies that we have watched this year. We don’t do theaters, so most of them we watch on the internet at a free sight. There was Insidious 3, which I thought was definitely creepy at times. Sinister 2, I didn’t get to watch it all as of yet. My hubby watched it, and he said the first one was so much better, but it always is. The Visit was comedy is some parts, but creepy in others. While watching, there was one part where my daughter screamed out loud and then bit my hand that she was holding on to very tightly.  No Good Deed is a crime, horror, thriller type movie and worth checking out. Ouija is also a pretty good watch. I have never or will never own a Ouija board, but I don’t mind watching dumb asses play with them.

Some t.v. shows I got interested in were American Horror Story and The Walking Dead. I haven’t see the 4th season or the newest one yet of AHS, but we did a marathon of TWD the week of the season premier.

A few really bad horror movies that I felt like we wasted our time watching were The Gallows, Unfriended, and Paranormal Activity, the Ghost Dimension which was our latest one we sat through. It could have been a lot better, since the first 3 were good.

I am sure there are more movies to add to both lists, and I will think of them after I am finished with this post. If you have any to add, leave me a comment so I can check them out. This weekend our plans include, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Gift and the new Goosebumps movie to name a few. We want to get all spooked up for Trick or Treating.  🙂

 

I can remember every Halloween costume Oldest has worn over the years. At 2 she had a Cinderella dress. She didn’t go out Trick or Treating back then, I really didn’t see the point. The next year, she was a cute little witch all in black and bright green trim. She had more fun giving out candy this year. Then at 4 she was a ballerina, and the first time she got to actually go to houses. When she was 5, she had no clue what to go as and we had just moved to Washington and didn’t have alot of money at that time. We went into a Salvation Army with a friend and she spied a black/leopard print dress in her size. She wanted it so bad, and I remember that it was like $2. We also loved going to the dollar store and they had these masks that came with all the pieces you just had to glue it together, in the Halloween section. We found a cat mask and she went as a kitty that year.

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My little Kitty. Meow

At age 6, she went as a Pirate, minus the eye patch. The next year, her cousin invited her to go with them and he was going to be a ninja. When we went looking for her a costume, she found a female ninja outfit. We called them to make sure that it was ok with them that she also went as a ninja. Her cousin could be a bit on the selfish side, but they said it was cool with them.

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Just chillin!

When she turned 8, she went as a dark princess, angel thing. I am not really sure what it was, but she liked it. At 9 she went as a Monster High character, Lagoona Blue. 10, she was a witch again, and last year at age 11, a Zombie.

For Halloween this year, Oldest has decided to be a Robber. I don’t know how or even why she came up with this, but ok, I will go with it. We found all the parts and pieces except for the right mask. I bought her one but after she got home, she said it didn’t fit right since she has to wear glasses to see any thing! I told her not to worry about a mask or maybe she could take some of her make up from last year and make her a mask. She didn’t like my ideas, of course. When we went up to Walmart last week, we walked through the Halloween section to see what I could get to go with Little L’s costume. She found a fox mask and fell in love with it. I did find the tail, but I figured she would just spend the evening pulling it off. While I was looking, Oldest found a mask that totally spooked the hell out of me. It reminded me so much of the movie “The Strangers“.  That movie is very creepy and scary in my book, I think because it seemed so real. It could happen, and I hate movies like that. She decided that she had to have that mask. I asked her if she was changing her costume this late in the game and she said no, she would just wear that for the mask. We got home and she put it on, Little L did not like the mask at all. I repeat, DID NOT LIKE THE MASK! She cried until Oldest put it in her room. She has tried to wear it a couple of times, but L just won’t have anything to do with it. I told her when we go out, she will just have to either wear the original mask we got or no mask. Then once we bring L back home, she can wear the creepy mask for the rest of the time.

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CREEPY!!!

I have pictures of every one of the costumes, since I am a picture fanatic and scrapbooker, but not on this computer. But I have to say. I still have each and every one of her costumes, packed away. Maybe Little L will like to wear one one day! 🙂

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Two Halloween’s ago. Little L trying on the witch outfit that Oldest wore when she was 3.