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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! 🙂

 

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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October is over half way through and that means Halloween is getting closer by the minute. It is finally feeling like fall here in the desert. We have had rain for the past couple of days, even some mighty strong hail that had us all trapped in the garage Sunday evening, till it died down. Since this month is moving way too fast, I wanted to share some pretty interesting facts about one of my favorite Holidays. Hope you enjoy!

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Halloween celebrations date back 6000 years.

“Samhainophobia” is the fear of Halloween.

You can refer to Halloween as: All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Feast of the Dead, Haloween, All Saints Eve and El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).

We wear masks on Halloween because Welsh and Celtic traditions say that the dead visit the living on October 31st. They wore masks so that the spirits of the dead didn’t recognize the living.

During the 1800’s in America, the end of the harvest season was celebrated at the end of October by wearing costumes, eating sweets, and playing practical jokes on each other.

Trick or treat originally meant that the person asking for the treat would perform a “trick”, like reciting poems or sing a song, for the amusement of the giver.

The “trick” part switched from performing to vandalizing homes and other pranks if the treat was not given.

Bobbing for apples started with a Roman harvest festival honoring Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

The Jack o Lantern originated from Ireland, where they hollowed out old turnips and placed candles in them to keep away evil ghosts and spirits on the Samhain holiday.

About 99% of all pumpkins sold are used as Jack o Lantern’s.

witchpumpkinIn 1964, Helen Pfeil of Greenlawn, NY was arrested for handing out arsenic laced treats to teens she thought were too old for trick or treating.

Orange and black are the main colors for Halloween. Orange representing the Fall Harvest. Black representing darkness and death.

Black cat’s get a bad rap on Halloween. They were once believed to be witch’s subordinates who protected their dark powers.

White cat’s are believed to be bad luck in England.

Halloween is the 2nd most successful holiday. Christmas is number 1.

Halloween candy sales average around 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Around 86% of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween.

Halloween is the 3rd biggest party day, trailing behind New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday.

Pumpkin is a healthy holiday treat. It is low in fat, high in antioxidants and fiber. Roast the seeds for a fun Fall snack.

Bone Chilling Halloween Facts

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If you see a spider on Halloween, it is said it is a spirit of a loved one watching over you.

Legend has it that if bats fly around your house on Halloween night 3 times, death is on its way.

It is said that a person born on Halloween can communicate with the dead and has protection from evil

If a candle’s flame turns blue on Halloween night, legend has it that a ghost is near.

Avoid owls on Halloween, it is said that they will swoop down and steal your soul.

Want to meet a witch? Legend has it you will, if you turn your clothes inside-out and walk backwards on Halloween.

Some of these facts came from here

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The kids and I, before we came down with the head cold thing, started working on their Halloween salt dough projects.  I let them play with the dough for a bit, while I tried to figure out how to get L’s hand and foot print. The hand print we had to do 3 times. 3rd times the charm, right?! Daddy helped me do the foot print which took the first time. Oldest did her hand print. After we got them dried, Oldest decided to make her hand print into a spider.

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The foot print became a candy corn ghost, 20151017_115714

and the hand print, 20151017_120012-1 turned out pretty cool just like it is. I would like to get some glow in the dark paint to make the hand and ghost parts stand out more, but for now it will have to do. I had enough left that I made an extra pumpkin, a tombstone and ghost. Hey I like to play too, ya know.

We got out the paints this morning and started painting their pumpkins. Oldest wanted to do a Minion pumpkin but as she was waiting for the paint to dry, L painted on it. She wiped it all off and has to start over now, so no pictures of hers yet. But I did get one of L’s finished work. I was hoping for a little bit more paint on it, but instead it was all on her hands and arms.

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The best part is that they had fun, and that is all that matters. 🙂

 

Pumpkin man pumpkin man

I’m the one-eyed pumpkin man.

I will chase you as fast as I can,

‘Cause I’m the one-eyed pumpkin man.

You will run, thinking… it’s

just for fun.

But when you hear me scream, you

will hope that it is just a dream…

‘Cause I’m the one-eyed pumpkin man!

 

Trying my hand at a spooky poem inspired by one of my daughters favorite toys.

 

Last year's pic but she still loves him.

Last year’s pic but she still loves him.

 

One of my favorite pics.

One of my favorites.

Saturday night we got to go to our very first Boo Fest here in town. I wanted to go last year, but Little L was only 4 months old and we didn’t want to have her out after dark if we didn’t have to. So we just stayed at home. This year, I decided that we were going. I had been planning it for a couple of weeks. If my hubby didn’t want to take out Little L, then the oldest and I would just go by ourselves. Oldest decided that she wanted to be a zombie teenager and I gave in. I wanted cutesy matching outfits for the girls, but I got cheap at the last minute. All I had to buy her was some zombie makeup and my mom bought her some zombie tights. She wore the pink shorts that she no longer likes because she didn’t mind getting makeup on them for the zombie effect. We bought Little L a pair of halloween pajamas. Glow in the dark skeleton. I said I got cheap!

It was a busy day all around. I had to go up to Walmart to order a birthday cake and so that trip always takes atleast 2 hours or more when my mom and oldest goes. I would be in and out within minutes if I could just get out of this house one time by myself. It never happens, so I just roll with it, trying not to stress. Boo Fest started at 6 p.m. so I was going to make dinner early then leave around 5:30 to get a place to park. My mom decided that she would just pay for us something to eat there so I wouldn’t have to cook. Ok…I love not having to cook. I made sure Little L had something in her tummy tho before we left. Then we had to stop at an ATM for some cash for the food, oh and we were suddenly low on gas, so we had to stop and do that. I didn’t think we would ever get there and it was less then a mile up the road.

We finally got there and it was already packed.  It was fun to see all the little kids dressed up. People were carrying pumpkins to their cars like it was gold. We made the trek across the parking lot and got into the area. There were a tons of bouncy houses and carnival like games, and I few food stands. They also had a live band which was pretty cool. Oldest decided she wanted to go up into one of the bouncy houses and we tried to get Little L up in there, but no, she wasn’t having it. She was in one of her moods, I think that it was just too late in the evening for her to enjoy herself. Everytime the band started up another song, she cried. We did get her to go into the pumpkin patch. It was littered with all kinds of small pumpkins. She picked up two and I got a few pics of her. Couldn’t get her to smile at all. After we got her out, I told oldest to go pick her out some pumpkins, she came back with 3 pretty cool ones.

After that it just went down hill. Why did I ever think that this would work out? Oldest got super clingy like she had never seen people before. I tripped over her a couple of times because she was so close. Little L kept crying and making her little pouty face. She didn’t want to walk and we had her stroller but she wanted daddy to carry her. I wanted to go on the haunted train ride, but I couldn’t figure out where the entrance was so we just stood there, in the middle of the field. I looked at my hubby and said I’m ready when you are. We left shortly after, we tried to get oldest to go play but she just wouldn’t. She is not an outgoing kid like we would like her to be. She said it was too crowded and she just felt out of place because there were so many little kids there.

We got home and only had been gone little over an hour. I felt bad that the night was a bummer but we did score some pretty cute pumpkins and I got a few good shots of our little pumpkins too.

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I used to never enjoy Fall. It meant going back to school, and back east, it turned cold as soon as September 1st arrived. Now, living in the desert, and loving hot weather, I never thought I would actually miss the changing of the seasons. The leaves turning into colors of orange and yellow. The fact that my kids don’t get to feel the crispness in the air. Makes me very sad. I have been telling my hubby that we need to move. I miss grass. It does sound odd, but I do. All we have here is rocks and sand.

So now that it is almost the end of September, I am in the mood to go to a pumpkin patch. We got to go last year, for a school field trip. It was rather fun and we wanted to go back. Well…this year, the school has two planned, one that is 2 hours away, and another that is 3 hours away. You have to be joking. Why would they schedule these trips like that. Doing online school, you have to find your own way to where the field trip is. I am not getting up at 4 am to leave at 6 am to be there by 9 am and have to leave at 12 noon. This is when one is actually closing for the day.

I was thinking about this earlier today and how much of a bummer it is, when I remembered the time we were living in Washington. We found a pumpkin patch really close to where we were and went in the middle of the week. My hubby doesn’t like big crowds, so we try to plan stuff during the week, not the weekends. When we got to the patch, the lady took our money and told us that we get a free small pumpkin when we left. Cool, we like pumpkins. There was a hay maze and of course, the pumpkin patch but everything else was closed till the weekend. That was fine. We amused ourselves with the pumpkin patch, I took tons of pictures of  Little T by the scarecrow, by the pumpkins, by the hay maze entrance, in the hay maze. If there is a photo op I am gonna take it!

Being on the plump side, I didn’t want to go through the hay maze. Daddy and Little T went through it several times. I stood to the side and watched, laughing and enjoying the fun Little T was having. They took a break and Little T said I needed to go through it, just once. I said no over and over again. Came up with every excuse I could. She would not let it go. I finally gave in, and said yes. She wanted me to go first. I think she knew if I went last, then I could easily get out. I stood firm and made her go first. Well since she had been through it so many times, she knew her way. She was done before I got a quarter of the way in, it seemed. We were laughing and I was crawling when all of a sudden we came upon a really tight area. I went to go through, and got stuck. OMG I am stuck in the freaking hay maze. I told Little T I was stuck, she was behind me now, so she turned around and went back out to tell her dad. Well while she is doing that, I am cussing and fuming, how could they make this so flippin tight I kept saying over and over. There were no warning, no restrictions, or I would have definitely not went in. I got soooo mad, that I tried to turn around and forgot that there was hay above my head. Under that hay was a very hard 2 x 4 that when I raised up, I slammed my head into. I hit so hard, I thought I was gonna pass out.  It took me several minutes to shake it off.  I got even madder that I did this that something came over me and I got myself unstuck. I really don’t know how I did it, but I was free. Thank God. I told my hubby what happened. He asked if I was ok and I said yes, thought so. We ended up leaving shortly after this. But before we did, we went to pick out our pumpkin and I told the lady that there was a tight area and I got stuck for a few minutes. I also told her I hit my head. She didn’t seem too concerned. I guess since I made it out ok, she didn’t think it was too important.

The one we went to last year, was much bigger and they had all kinds of animals to look at and feed. Little L was only 3 months old, so she didn’t get to do a lot. That is another reason I want to go this year. She would definitely have fun!

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