Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Fun

I think this may be the quickest I've ever put photos up after a holiday! I am becoming a real blogger, slowly but surely. I've heard that to make your blog appeal to more people, you need a lot of pictures. I guess I need to work on that. I'm not a gifted photographer like the Pioneer Woman or Dooce.

We had a fun time. On Thursday we (and by "we" I mean "Justin") carved a pumpkin. It was the first time we've done this as a family. How lazy AM I? I mean, Miss Pink is almost six! But they really enjoyed it more now that they're old enough to participate. Well, actually Mr. Blue didn't want to touch the pumpkin goop. But he liked looking at the pumpkin. And Miss Pink got in there and scraped all the gunk out.

Miss Pink chose the design, opting for a classic jack'o'lantern face, which I'm sure her father was grateful for. The candle inside was vanilla scented, so when I went out last night to blow it out after two hours of being lit, the pumpkin kind of smelled like pumpkin pie.


As I predicted, Mr. Blue refused to wear his puppy costume. Fortunately, I had bought the suit for $6 at the thrift store, so I wasn't too upset that he didn't wear it. Being a mean mom, I did wrangle him into it for some pictures. He didn't scream, but since he wasn't happy, this picture is as good as it got.


He ended up wearing a football jersey and some camo pants. Justin said he was going as a redneck. If I'd had something to black his tooth out, I would have. But we don't own a John Deere hat or a miniature can of Skoal, so it wouldn't have been authentic.

After the kids and Justin came home with their haul (I stayed home to hand out candy and watch What Not to Wear, in order to look at pretty clothes I won't be able to squeeze into if I keep eating the candy) I let them eat their fill--or at least I was going to. Miss Pink wisely stopped when her stomach started feeling a little weird. It turns out two year olds won't stop on their own, so because I didn't want to clean up vomit at 2 a.m., I took his candy away and then they actually went to sleep in spite of all the sugar in their systems.

It was a happy Halloween for all!


*Also, thanks to Blog Antagonist for setting me straight about the Pixie stick poisonings that I mentioned in yesterday's post. Here's a link to the sad but true story of the man who poisoned his son. I really shouldn't just spout off the top of my head like that without checking my facts--although as the article said, there have been cases of foreign objects in Halloween treats, the incidents are few and far between in comparison with the fear of them. Still, I can see why only a few years later my mom wanted to err on the side of caution. However, Miss Pink loves Pixie sticks and I let her eat some last night. The only ill effects were the expected hyperactivity from downing pure sugar!

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21 comments:

  1. Nice to see you on the Halloween Parade!

    Jeannie

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  2. I love Mr Blue in his doggie costume! Did he warm up to it once he was wearing it? He still looks a little perplexed.

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  3. Wow so much fun! Happy Halloween!

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  4. I am with your little one, I hate sticking my hands inside of those pumkins. Yuck!

    Pictures are too cute! Sounds like the kids had a great time.

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  5. I love the pic in front of the blow-up decoration. They look soooo excited ;o) Fun memories!

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  6. Happy Halloween! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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  7. So cute! Good job on the pumpkins, too! I don't like the stick mess either, but I do love to wash off the pumpkin seeds and toast them in the oven. Yumm! :)

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  8. Good choice with the Jack o lantern face on your pumpkin - you can't beat the traditional look!
    Halloween is becoming much bigger and more fun over here in England now.
    Sure it can get commercial like Christmas, but it is what you make it and we just love to have great fun as a family.
    I'm guessing you do to. x

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  9. LOL about him being a "redneck." Yup, with the additions you mentioned, he would have been a bona-fied redneck! I know, my brother was one from 1991-1997.

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  10. Hey there. Thanks for stopping by. I do believe pictures are important for a good blog but I don't think you need to be like PW or Dooce. In fact, I prefer people I can go back and forth and have some kind of interaction with ya know?

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  11. Cute Halloween Pics! Next year I'm going to use a vanilla candle in my pumpkin too. By the way, I think the pics add a lot to your post :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  12. Adorable.

    Don't you just love it when people correct you.

    I sure do.

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  13. Great photos. I really like your pumpkin carving.

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  14. Such cuties you have! Thanks for stopping by my blog & hope to see you again!

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  15. Very cute. My two year old must have started at least five separate lollipops last night. Nice work on the pumpkin too, they are indeed work. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Pumpkin carving totally rocks! Especially because it's my husband's one tradition that he's responsible for. I can sit back and relax. Oh wait, that's when I did the dishes.

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  17. Ahh too bad he wasn't a puppy but I'm sure he ended up being super cute! As they both were.
    Thanks so much for stopping by; I really appreciate it.

    I was reading your "about me." I was an English education major, all set to be a high school teacher. Then I gave birth to the love of my life and have tried to be home with him ever since. I did finish up school with an English degree but just couldn't take being apart from him for an entire semester to student teach. But anyway, so English teachers (former and present) have a special place in my heart.

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  18. Nice pumpkin! We didn't even get around to carving one! I don't think my two year old even noticed!

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  19. Livie especially enjoyed these pics. They look so cute in their costumes! --Leann

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