This past weekend was the Fall Festival at our church. I thought it was a SUPER success, and I am so proud of the way it turned out.
Stu was up first in the dunk tank. It took several tries, but he finally got dunked.
Riley told me his favorite thing was the dunk tank... He spent most of the festival in line trying to sink his dad and James (our preacher).
Reagan gave the dunk tank a few tries...
Well, that was fun.
I seriously cannot believe how fast this year is blowing by! It doesn't seem possible that it's already November. And yet it is.
Halloween was a howling good time. We stretched it out for as long as possible.
Spooking the house
First things first. The house has to be decorated.
This is might be my favorite part. It's like the house gets to wear a fun costume for a month! Actually, I began spooking ours when September appeared on the calendar.
I feel like Homer Simpson. I completely left out the best part of Halloween 2010. Doh.
Yes, Reagan was Captain Hook at the Disney party that year. And she was seriously SO cute. The photo above is her trying on the outfit at the Contemporary gift shop a few weeks prior.
But what I failed to include in my last post was the amount of costume changes Reagan had that Halloween.
The first is Captain Hook - obviously. She wore this costume to Mickey's party at the Magic Kingdom.
Our neighborhood had a Halloween costume block party a few days before the 31st. For this party, Reagan was a red crayon.
Today we picked up the kids 2017 Halloween costumes. I know, we are "way early". Both kids knew what they wanted to be, so I figured we get that shopping out of the way. I don't want a repeat of the 2015 Halloween fiasco. And I wanted to get out of the house...
Both Stu monsters have assured me that they will NOT change their minds before October 31. And since we arrived home, they have been in total character. I will be waiting to reveal their costume choices (sorry).
First, I must begin by saying thank you. Thank you to the men and women who have given their lives in order for us to have and continue our current lifestyle. Thank you to the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. Stu and I know, and we are teaching our children that freedom is never free.
I've shared our crazy, busy, jam-packed weekend fun in Our Memorial Day 2017 Recap.
This post is dedicated to hosting a party with a red, white & blue Americana theme.
Red, White and Blue
Time to decorate eggs for the Easter Bunny!
I gave up on the dye cups a few years ago. Painting and drawing on them is so much more fun.
Reagan painted most of hers. But Buddy prefers to draw. We used Sharpie paintbrush markers. They were PERFECT!
Before I get into the egg hunt... I must give you a tie bit of information first. Immediately after school on Friday, I dropped both kids off at my mother in-law's house. They spent the night. Both kids asked me to pack their stuff - this is unusual. Typically, both Stu monsters like to control their outfits and suitcases. But, it did not bother me. I selected the clothes, threw all of their stuff in a bag, and off they went.
The Rockin' Egg Hunt
Our church hosted its first egg hunt. And we kicked it up a notch by adding painted rocks to the hunt. Hence the name - it was a rock and egg hunt. Clever, right? I was not the genius behind it.
If I don't write about my Valentine's Day, did I actually experience one?
Yesterday was a day. Oy. Rea and I were on separate pages. Probably even different books. It was ugly. There was crying, yelling, tight fists, headaches. And that was all before lunch.
It wasn't all clouds and storms though. The sun broke through a few times, and I have to say, I had a nice Valentine's Day.
This year exhausted me. And, as usual, I am not sad to see it go.
However, I am uncharacteristically excited about what 2017 may bring. My hubs is beginning a new chapter in his career - a new position with his company. My kids are doing well - Rea is thriving in virtual school, Bud is awesome and growing. Both are (literally) kicking butt in karate. I am a super proud Mommy.
We sincerely hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. We certainly did.
As you know, the kids went to bed easily and early on Christmas Eve. They woke up just before 7am, but they chilled in their rooms. At 7am (on the dot), they were in our room begging to go downstairs.
Our Christmas morning custom is for the kids to wait at the top of the stairs until Mommy and Daddy get the cameras all set up. It's a tradition my parents started a LONG time ago. (Grammie thought it'd be so funny to recreate those photos with me and my sisters. The pics on the stairs will be kept private... let's just say, we don't fit in the stairwell like we used to.)
There is little I like more than a holiday! Something about the energy of the day makes me giddy.