October 31, 2011

happy halloween

Yesterday was a fun filled day. We sort of crammed everything Halloween into one Sunday afternoon. We did have our pumpkins for about a month but finally got enough gumption to carve them. I helped scoop out pumpkin guts and then lazed on the couch until it was done. (Which by the way, I loved!)

Then we got ourselves all dressed up for a Halloween Party Spooktacular.

Miss Petite was a princess, The Divine Miss O was a kitty cat (she's standing like that so you can see her tail), and El Fuego has enlisted in the army at the ripe ole age of ten complete with a nerf gun.

Mr Hawthorne and I dressed as airline employees which was fun.

The party peeps! The children are running around eating candy somewhere.

My co-worker and partner in crime.

Here's wishing you and your family a funtastic holiday with very little spooks and a whole lot of ghoul fun!

October 16, 2011

a look at costumes past



Kitty Cat


Fancy Nancy

Minnie Mouse


Secret Agent

Velma, Fred, Daphne
(Mystery Inc Gang)

October 8, 2011

pickin' pumpkins

We hit up the patch on this beautiful autumn day. I've said before that October is truly one of my all time favorite months. I love the start of the Fall traditions!! And, the pumpkin patch is a favorite tradition by far.

The weather couldn't have been better. The patch was dry and the pumpkins were prime for picking.

The hay ride is a must.

We did something new this year too. We tried our navigating skills and ventured into the corn maze. Somehow we got out but I don't think it was the spot we were supposed to come out. We ended up in the strawberry field. Oops.

Then we headed up the farm store and picked out two pies, freezer jam and peach salsa. Yum-O!
A right perfect day if I do say so myself.

October 4, 2011

i heart fall

I love this time of year. I love September and October. I love Fall!

And in keeping with the Fall spirit, the kids and I made mini apple pies after school. We are on a conference schedule so the teachers send the little people home at 11:30am. Leaving the parents to figure out what to do for the rest of the day.

We started the fire, turned on a Halloween movie, and made apple pies. My inspiration came from The Farm Chicks. Although I did not follow her recipe. I basically was just winging it which is more my style anyway.

And to my surprise, these wee apple pot pie goodness turned out pretty yummy if I do say so myself.


October 3, 2011

have you boo'd your neighbors?

In years past we've been boo'd unexpectedly and been caught off guard. The kids would throw together paper concoctions haphazardly that resembled baskets and we would throw some miscellaneous candy inside and head out to boo back. But I always felt lame at our attempt to take part in this booing ritual.

So this year I took the devil by the horns (Did you like my play on Halloween words just there. Clever. No?), did a little web research on cute boo-ness, bought some yummy holiday goodies and set forth in getting this neighborhood tradition going.

What is booing you ask? It's a lot like a Secret Santa with a Ding dong Ditch twist. You leave treats on the door step of your neighbors, ring the doorbell and run away. Then that neighbor does the same, and so on. After you've boo'd, you can put a sign on your door saying you've already been boo'd so the neighbors can sneak around the hood trying to find houses that haven't already been hit. It is tremendously fun!

I found super cute printables from Skip to my Lou. I printed this poem and made bags to hold spooky goodies. Feel like baking? This a super cute treat for more booing fun.

Want more on how to start the "Boo" in your neighborhood? Skip to my Lou is a great place to start.
It's fun!!