Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Festivities

It's not that I particularly love Halloween, I just love all holidays and I try to make the most of them.  Holidays are even more fun when kids are involved.  I try to pack as much into them as possible..hah!

On Monday, the girls had their fall parties at KDO.  Most of the kids wore their costumes, but I had these cute little dresses that I felt they'd be more comfortable in all day.  As you can see, Annabel has found her "Ace."  She's not quite as attached as Adeline is yet, but I fear the day is coming.  She sleeps with this soft lovey every night.  She wouldn't let go of it for pictures that morning.

Monday night we carved our family pumpkin.  I asked Adeline if she wanted a scary pumpkin or a happy pumpkin, just certain she'd chose a happy one.  Boy, was I wrong.  She absolutely insisted on a scary one.

Annabel kept trying to eat the pumpkin seeds.

The drawing & tedious work was left to Mommy.

The muscle was left to Daddy.

When we first turned out the lights, Annabel cried.  I'm not sure if she was scared of the scary pumpkin, or the just the dark.  Adeline was delighted, though.

Tuesday morning some of our play group met to pass out treats at a local nursing home.  We dressed our kids up in their costumes and paraded them around.  I think it is such a good experience for all of us.

Something about a small child just makes everyone smile.  The residents just light up whenever we come visit.

Last night I put the girls in matching Halloween pjs and snapped a picture.  I tried to get one in the dark because their pjs glowed, but the picture wouldn't turn out.  I thought this one was cute though, because they look kind of orange.  :)

And today is finally Halloween!  

We went to a local bakery this morning to order Adeline's birthday cake and I'm so glad we went in person instead of ordering over the phone.  They had all these adorable Halloween treats that we just couldn't live without. 

After lunch I took the girls to get flu shots and poor little Annabel passed out in the car holding her little jack-o-lantern the nurse gave her.

After dinner we enjoyed some our sweet treats from the bakery.

Then it was time to don our costumes and get ready for some trick-or-treating!

Our little princess & unicorn!

I found these cute glo-stick wands in the dollar bin at Target.  Perfect for tonight!  

Annabel was just fascinated with watching everyone else.  Adeline was pretty shy at first, but I was at least able to get her to say thank you.  Once she warmed up a bit, she got a little more talkative.  One couple asked if she was a princess for Halloween.  She shouted, "No!  I'm a spider!"  Where does she come up with this stuff?

Then we came back home and got all hyped up on sugar & passed out candy to other trick-or-treaters.

And we ended the night with a glo-stick party in the bathtub.

Happy Halloween, everyone!  I hope yours was as sweet as mine.

NBHS Class of 2002

My high school class celebrated our 10 year reunion last weekend.  I really had a great time.  Friday night we met up at the football game and froze our butts off.  I never moved out of my seat and never took my hands out from under the blanket, so I didn't get any pictures.  On Saturday morning some of us met up at the local park for our kids to play.  It was freezing there, too, but Adeline and Lyla ran all over the place. Then on Saturday night was the big party.

Erin, Amber, and I did all the planning and decorating.  That was pretty difficult since one of us is here in NWA, another is in Little Rock, and the other in Houston.  There were lots of group texts and 3-way phone calls going on in the weeks leading up to it.  A sweet teacher had her class paint this sign for us.

When I went to order the cake I said I wanted chevron.  The girl had no idea what I was talking about.  It definitely could have been better, but I guess it could have been worse, too.  Hah!

We graduated with 89 people and we had this many show up for the party.  I was happy with the turnout, but I'm hoping we have even more at the 20th.

This was my handsome date.  He knew a lot of the people in my class since he was just two years older than me and we're from such a small town.  I think he enjoyed himself more than he thought he would.

And something about being around high school friends makes you act like you're still in high school.  Silly Lindsey is still in there...

It was way more fun than I thought.  I really enjoyed it.  It was so nice to see that everyone is doing so well and is so happy with their lives.  What a blessing!

Monday, October 29, 2012

October in Texas

We spent last week in Texas.  Jon's family had their annual squirrel camp, and I had my 10 year class reunion the weekend after the campout, so we just decided to spend the whole week in Texas to attend all the festivities.

We started off the fun by my mom coming into town on Wednesday night, the 17th.  We got up bright and early Thursday morning to attend the craft fairs at War Eagle and various other outdoor sites in NWA.  Our sweet Kalee came and kept the girls.  I got several sweet picture texts throughout the day.

This is the beautiful view crossing the bridge at War Eagle.  What a beautiful day for shopping!

Then on Friday morning, Jon and the girls started down the road to Texas while my  mom and I stayed behind to do more craft fair shopping.  Jon sent me this picture with the caption, "flirting with everyone in Wendy's."

Then on Saturday morning my mom and I headed to Texas, too.  That night, Tiny and I took the girls out to squirrel camp for dinner.

Annabel was crazy about the fried pies and wouldn't hardly let her grandparents eat any.

Adeline enjoyed the cookies.

We went to our hometown church on Sunday and spent the rest of the day relaxing.  Then on Monday night, we went back out to squirrel camp for fried fish.  Jon's childhood friend Matt is serving in Afghanistan, but his wife and their two kids joined us out at squirrel camp that night.  Adeline loved hanging out with Abigail.

And Annabel & Ethan enjoyed playing in the dirt as well.

Tuesday, we switched over to staying with my parents.  We went out to their office for a visit that morning.

At Nana & Happy's house the girls got out all the Easter eggs.

That night we had pizza at my grandmother's house.  Annabel tried on my sunglasses.

Wednesday I went to visit my sweet baby Cannon.  He is my cousins' Braden & Kim's new baby.  I got to hold him for an hour and a half!  I loved every second.

My aunt Nadine gave her daughter's old battery-powered 4-wheeler to my parents to keep at their house for when their grandkids came to visit.  The girls loved riding it all over their yard.

One gassing, one steering. 

Thursday we went for another visit at my parents' office.  Annabel really took off walking while we were in Texas.  I think she's going to be a full-time walker by the end of this week.

That afternoon we went to visit my other grandparents.  Annabel just loved walking all around with my grandpa.

That night my dad and I took the girls to Dairy Queen while my mom helped with a friend's wedding rehearsal.  The girls loved this orange cream bar.

Friday morning I made cheesy toast.  I said, "Isn't that cheese toast yummy?"  Adeline said, "The cheese part is."  Another funny from that morning is when I prayed before breakfast.  I opened my eyes and Adeline said, "I didn't pray.  Annabel didn't pray either."  I just had to turn around and laugh to myself.

After breakfast I met one of my BFFs at our high school's pep rally.  Our girls had so much fun!

Saturday morning was all about playing.  Playing in the toy basket and playing at the park.

And this is how Texas weather goes in the "fall."  The beginning of the week was in the 80s.  By Friday it was like 40.  I don't miss that!  

Saturday night was my big 10 year class reunion.  I will post about that later.  We are so blessed to have such wonderful family.  We really enjoyed our extended stay, but are also very glad to be home.