Halloween 2015

I realize I’m pretty late to the game on this post, but for good reason! Actually bad reasons – we’ve been plagued with a lot of sickness the last 5 or so weeks, mixed with lots of working overtime, lots of exhaustion, teething, work travel, back injury, you name it.

But we were determined to enjoy Halloween! We started with our annual tradition of painting mini pumpkins and carving a big pumpkin. Otherwise known as: everyone loses interest so I carve the pumpkin myself. At least this year we learned that you can’t put a carved pumpkin outside in this heat or it melts. So it stayed inside and rotted. Maybe next time we’ll just paint pumpkins…

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Harper had a fall festival at school and dressed in her favorite Rapunzel dress and had lots of fun making crafts and playing with her friends.

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

We were in the thick of all the exhaustion and sickness right around Halloween. Finn had a bad cold, then I got a bad cold, then I had to work overnight the night before Halloween and the whole day of Halloween, right up to trick-or-treating time. So I was exhausted and practically lost my voice from all the coughing.

But the kids looked darn cute in their costumes and had a blast trick-or-treating with our neighbors!

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

We ended up with a lot of leftover candy that we enjoyed for weeks!

Halloween 2015

picking pumpkins

Between naps and feedings and Finn feeling a little under weather, we had a small window of time last weekend to make a quick trip to pick up some pumpkins. I really just wanted to go so I could get pictures of the kids together. So during the twenty minutes we were there, fifteen of them were spent trying to get them to both look at the camera. Then we grabbed one big pumpkin to carve and four little pumpkins to paint and raced home.

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Harperween 2014

Harper got really into Halloween this year and made it so fun! She loved to say “Happy Halloween!” We went to a local pumpkin patch (or rather, a little festival with a gathering of pumpkins) and picked out a big pumpkin to carve together and little pumpkins to paint.

“I’ll take this one!”

Halloween 2014

I tried to take a mommy-daughter-baby-bump picture but she was more interested in the pumpkins.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

The rest of the festival had fun stuff for bigger kids. But she liked watching all the kids on the inflatables. Maybe next year, kiddo.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Harper helped to scoop out the pumpkin but did not like the mess on her hands.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

So we learned here in Texas that carved pumpkins don’t last more than 2 days in this heat. By day 2 it was completely molded black on the inside and by day 4 it was literally a melted pile of mush. But it looked good for one day!

Halloween 2014

She loved painting our little pumpkins together. And only tried a few times to eat the paint!

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Today we went to her Halloween party at school where we saw several Anna’s, Elsa’s and Olaf’s (as did all of America today.)

Halloween 2014

Then we came home and got ready for the trick-or-treaters.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

We went to a few houses with our neighbors and Harper totally rocked the trick-or-treating. I was really surprised, but she knew exactly what to do and wasn’t shy about it. When we came home, she took all of her candy out of her bucket and sorted it into piles for Mommy, Daddy, and Harper while singing “Happy Halloween!” The best part – Mommy and Daddy get to eat her candy!

harper’s first halloween

Happy Halloween! No fancy costume for little Harper, but we took some pictures with a pumpkin Gram got her when she was here. The kitties wanted to be included too.

Harper's first Halloween

Harper's first Halloween

Halloween kitteh

Halloween kitteh

Harper's first Halloween

Harper has started smiling! It’s usually when she’s in her bouncy seat or after a sneeze. A few times she has smiled back at me! It’s hard to get it on camera, but I’m sure I’ll have many more opportunities.

Smile

Harper

gone in a flash

$65 worth of candy gone in less than 3 hours.

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