Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012

Halloween has become quite the spectacular holiday for our family. We have our pumpkin patch traditions, our pumpkin carving traditions, our decoration and artwork traditions, and, of course, our trick-or-treating extravaganza. All three kids are less frightened of Halloween now, but we still avoid any and all scary houses. Not even candy can get them to walk down the path of would-be haunted houses. Just not worth it to them. Yet.

Annabel's Friday Art. This pumpkin has no teeth because she had just lost yet another front tooth!


Charlotte the spider has decorated our house again.


Charlotte up close.


Sammy's pumpkin collage art.


Annabel's pumpkin collage art.


Lucy's pumpkin collage art.


Pumpkin carving time!


Not impressed with scooping the goop.


Planning her (toothless!) face.


More face planning.


This year for the first time ever Lucy carved her very own pumpkin from start to finish. She was so proud!!!


Funny face!


Carved exactly as drawn. Spooky!


Two of a kind!






Lucy as Spot the dog, Sammy as Spider-Man and Annabel as ballerina girl, all dressed up for the school carnival. 
(Spot the dog's costume was handmade. Worth it because she loved it, but no easy task!)


Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Trip

We hit the pumpkin patch early in October because Paul was off on a 30-day long  business trip around the world (yes, really, it was a trip around the entire globe) the next week, so we wanted to fit in some fun fall festivities just prior to his leaving. We went back to Joan's Farm and Pumpkin Patch out on Mines Road after a couple years' hiatus. It was better than I remember it being. They moved the animals to a semi-shady spot with lots of grass growing just outside the pens, so all the kids were picking fistfuls of grass and feeding it to the animals. It was early in the day, so there actually weren't too many people yet, which was nice. However, there were plenty of pumpkins from which to choose, so the kids found three perfect pumpkins to carve come the eve of Halloween. We even packed a lunch, so we got to enjoy the morning and early afternoon out in the sunshine.