Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween was an absolute whirlwind. October seemed to fly by and we had to race to cram in all of our usual Halloween activities!

We managed a last minute visit to the pumpkin patch.

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We went trick-or-treating at the VERY crowded high school.

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I volunteered at Dylan's 5th grade party.   It was a big change from the usual class parties.  The party was held in the gym and cafeteria, and the entire 5th grade partied together.  It was unbelievably loud. Dylan didn't want me to take pictures, so all I have is the one picture he let me take and a picture of him in the costume contest.

Dylan's Halloween Party

I planned Lexie's class party and coordinated all the donations. It was time-consuming, but the party went perfectly! The two other moms I worked with were awesome. I'm so glad I got to spend the afternoon with Lexie and her classmates!

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I volunteered at Lily's very first school party.  She had a last minute costume change to Elsa, of course.  She had a great time!

Lily's Halloween Party

FINALLY, we made it to Halloween!

We kicked of the day with Liam's last mini-photoshoot for Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  He looked too cute in his costume!

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Liam Halloween
Penguin Liam
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Thanks to our constant busyness, pumpkin carving had to wait until that afternoon.

Pumpkin Carving

We gave Liam a "pumpkin guts" sensory bag, but it didn't last long!

Pumpkin Sensory Bag

We only carved one of our pumpkins.  We got it done JUST in time!

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After a quick dinner of Cheesy Halloween Pasta,  Mummy Dogs, and Peas, we literally ran through the house getting into our costumes. We jumped in the car, and made it to Grant's mom's house just as Trick-or-Treating began. Phew! (That's life as a family of 6. Always rushing around, always racing out the door, and always late!)

For the first time in 3 years, it wasn't raining on Halloween!  It wasn't chilly, either.  It almost didn't feel like Halloween without the rain!  Trick-or-Treating is SO much better when the weather cooperates!

Daryl from The Walking Dead led our pack, and he was followed by Thing 1 (Thing 2 didn't have time to put her costume together...oops!), a Butterfly Fairy, and a penguin.  We make our own theme!

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Trick or Treating 2015

Trick-or-Treating with Lily is very entertaining. Seriously, that kid is destined to be an actress or perform on Broadway!  At every house, she sang, "Trick or Treat, THANK YOU! Happy Halloween!"

Upon arriving at the awesome haunted house in town, she spotted all the monsters strolling around the yard trying to scare the kids.  She was genuinely scared, but screamed "I HATE HALLOWEEN!" in the face of each monster who tried to scare her.

As we walked away, she went back to singing a song about a spooky Halloween night.  The song lasted for over a block, and she even sang it to the people handing out treats.

And, just for the record, don't tell her she's a beautiful butterfly. She will promptly correct you by saying, "I'm not a butterfly.  I'm a FAIR-WEE!"

I love that kid!

Dylan and Lexie are pros at Trick-or-Treating, and moved very quickly, but Lily lagged behind.  She had no problem doing it alone!  Liam wasn't the least bit interested.  He spent a little bit of time in the stroller, but I mostly carried him.  If I put him down, he ran! He was pretty much the cutest penguin ever!

We lasted about an hour and a half before heading back to Grant's mom's house.  The kids were tired, but they got a lot of candy, so they were happy!

Dylan + Lexie + Lily Trick or Treating
Liam Trick or Treating
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We returned home, and a few friends stopped by.  The big kids ran off to play while Liam hammed it up. I would blame his excessive happiness on all the candy, but he really didn't have more than a piece or two!

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Liam
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It was a great night and their smiles say it all!  We had a wonderful Halloween! 

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How was your Halloween?

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29 comments:

  1. They all look adorable. You definitely had a busy October.

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    1. Thank you so much! We sure did. I'm hoping this month is calm!

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  2. Awesome costumes! They held trick or treating on Thursday night here - so we skipped this year. But the kids painted pumpkins and still had fun. :)

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    1. Thank you! There were a few local communities that did that here. So strange! I'm sorry you had to skip it!

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  3. Your family is so precious! Look like you guys had a wonderful Halloween! I can't get over how adorable that penguin costume is! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. The picture of Liam in his photo shoot with his mouth all scrunched up (5th one) is THE BEST!! Glad you had a good Halloween! We carved pumpkins on Halloween afternoon too. :) xoxox

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    1. I love his expressions! That's one of my favorites, too. It doesn't surprise me that you carved them on Saturday. We're the same! XOXO

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  5. Daryl haha! Wonky is my favorite kind of theme. We can never all agree and there are far fewer opinions here. and super cute about I'm a fair-wee! Some people thought Aria was a cow and she just went along with it...yup I'm a cow. Just give me candy =)

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    1. That's what happens here, too! Everybody has an opinion. It sounds like Aria knows exactly how to get what she wants! XOXO

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  6. Cute costumes! We actually celebrated Halloween on Saturday too! Ya Ohio for getting it right. =)

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    1. Thank you! Way to go, Ohio! I hate when they hold Halloween on a different night. No fun!

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  7. Oh my goodness, Liam's penguin costume is precious! He looks adorable in it! Looks like you guys had a wonderful Halloween!

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    1. Thank you so much! I found it at TJ Maxx for less than $20. SOLD!

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  8. Looks like you all had so much fun! Karsyn changed her costumed throughout the week too. I guess it's a 4 year-old thing. ha!

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    1. Haha! I'm glad it wasn't just Lily. She's my only kid who ever changed her mind about her costume!

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  9. Liam looks adorable in his penguin costume!!
    And your girls are so beautiful!!

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  10. So I was just reading around different blogs and came across yours! You have some beautiful babies! Glad y'all had a great Halloween, ours was rainy but still fun! Looking forward to following along :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Brooke! I'm glad you had fun despite the rain!

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  11. yall are too cute & looks like you had a great Halloween

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  12. Love love love this! Great costumes for everyone! Cutest little penguin I ever did see! And I want that butterfly costume for myself! Isn't Halloween the best?!

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  13. What a great crew! Liams costume is just the sweetest. Did he bite into that sensory bag? haha the photo of him licking the pumpkin seems about right. Oh those silly kiddos want to put everything in their mouths. So funny.

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    1. Thank you! Oh, he totally bit into the bag. I don't think he liked what he tasted!

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  14. What cool costumes! I love Liam's big grin--those pictures absolutely made me melt! We lasted about an hour and a half trick-or-treating too. This year my son wasn't even interested in the candy. He just had fun showing his special Iron Man hand to people (ha!). Lily sounds like she had fun singing :)

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    1. Awww! That's awesome that he was so excited about his costume!!!

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  15. All beautiful costumes! and the coolest one is Liam! I love the way he smiles! I love Liam indeed!

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