Random Ramblings: HALLOWEEN 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

HALLOWEEN 2014

 I didn't take many pictures this year on Halloween.  I don't know I guess I just don't like to take along my big camera when we go trick or treating, and my cell phone doesn't always take the best night pictures.  But I did make the kids stand in the front yard before trick or treating so that I can at least have a few photos of what they were this year.  


I don't know about any of you moms out there, but I REFUSE to pay any large amount of money on a Halloween costume that the kids will wear for a few hours one day out of the year.  So this year the kids actually wore the same costumes they wore last year.  Hey they were cool with it, and so that works for me most definately.  
So Caleb was Captain America, Little Jacob was bumble bee the transformer and Chloe was a cat.  She was actually a witch last year, but when brothers pulled out their costumes from last year she was insistant that she wanted to be a witch like last year too.  But on Halloween morning she decided that she wanted to a cat, just like her BFF neighbor friends Faith and Aubrey.  Really these kids are inseparable.  
 They recently closed a local pumpkin farm, so we were debating on where we were going to go get our pumpkins this year.  We had originally planned to just pick the beautiful pumpkins from our garden, but some bugs attacked them and they got soft and mushy, no good for carving.
Then we went to a birthday party for a friends daughter the weekend before Halloween and she had the kids all paint pumpkins so the kids were totally happy with those this year.  We were going to carve them, but wanted to wait until Friday morning and then we never got the chance, but again the kids were totally cool with that since they had painted them already.  
So on Halloween night Jacob made us dinner, and my friend Amy (from next door, and the girls mom) came over to eat with us.  He made us California chicken sandwiches, and Jacob had picked out some candied apples for all the kids at Walmart that morning too.  
We went to my moms churches trunk or treat and Amy and the girls joined us.  Then me, Jacob and our kiddos went a little more trick or treating in a neighborhood  close by.  Then we went by Jacob's sisters house and the kids trick or treated there.  We hung out there for about a half an hour and then we headed home.  The kids fell asleep in the car on the way home and it wasn't even late, so I know they had a good day.  

Now that Halloween is over it means that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.  Once again I am so not prepared for either holiday at all this year.
I swear I never believed my mom as I was growing up when she would tell me that the older you got, the faster the years would go by, but now that I am older and have kids of  my own I completely understand exactly what she is talking about.  Time sure flies, because I swear it was JUST Christmas last year. :)

I don't have many plans for this year yet, except I know that before Christmas I want to do some baking.  I want to invite a few friends over with their kids we can bake all day and have the kids decorate sugar cookies.  The kids and I decorated sugar cookies a few years ago and I loved doing it with them and I want to make it a tradition that we do together every year.  I want the kids to have those kinds of memories.  

What kind of family traditions do you have at the holidays? Do you have any special memories from your childhood during the holidays?  

Happy official start of November.  

~NICOLE

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