The season almost got away from us before we managed to carve a pumpkin this year. What can I say, muddling through middle school, and taking a Disney vacation seems to make October go by faster than we can catch it! This year, we are pretty proud of the fact that our pumpkins both weighed more than 35 pounds, and that we didn't even use a pumpkin carving kit to finish them. We went old school. Drew the pics ourselves. I have to say, I like them better that way!
And more pics of Halloween night! Again, we had Thor and Medusa. I cannot believe how grown-up Gracie looks. She is truly becoming a young woman. So beautiful! It is totally fitting though that she dressed as Medusa! Get too close, and you're sure to turn to stone!! This year, she insisted that she was too mature to go trick-or-treating. She was going to stay home and pass out candy. But, as I suspected, the first kids in the neighborhood that came knocking on the door were able to convince her to hold onto her childhood a little longer and go out!
Thor, on the other hand, was not having anything of the sort. He was going to conquer the COLD COLD weather with just his trusty hammer. It didn't help that he was sent home from school that day with a fever and an ear infection. I know, what kind of mom would let him go out anyway. This one. Sorry. You can't nominate me for mother of the year; already on the wall!! (I can hear the judgy gasps from here! He made it, and is fine!!)
Again Mommy was Cat woman! Representing the Wildcats throughout the entire neighborhood. I got LOADS of GO Big Blue salutes everywhere we went! It was a fun night for everyone!
And what is Mommy's FAVORITE thing about Halloween?? CHRISTMAS!!
That's right! Before we had the costumes out, Daddy had already fulfilled his duties of bringing up all of my Christmas decorations. This year, since Halloween fell on a Friday, I didn't even have to take a personal day off to decorate! SCORE!! Before I went to bed that night I already had two trees up, and the entire downstairs done. The kids woke up to a winter wonderland, downstairs anyway. I spent the entire next day finishing. The best part about it all was that it SNOWED for the occasion! So many people make fun of me for the tradition. But, seeing the snow was just reassurance from the Good Lord himself that he approves of my enthusiasm or all things Christmas!
(At least that's how I'm taking it!)
If you concentrate really hard on the background of the above picture, you may see a snowflake or two. I was so excited by the snowy tribute to my special day!
|The Disney tree above is always the first to go up!|
The giant pic above and the green canvas below are my two NEW additions this year.
I try to add new Christmas treasures every year. If you haven't seen the Mann house at Christmas, stop by! The kids would love to give you a holiday tour!