Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Fun 2015

This year for Halloween I got my entire family to agree to a theme....and STICK TO IT!!!!  No one even changed  their minds the day of.  It was a Halloween miracle!  This has not happened since we did the cast of Peter Pan the year Molly was born.

We each selected a retro video game character.

I went as Tetris, Ryan was Link from Zelda, Andrew was Bowser from Mario, Molly was Ms. Pacman, and Chad was Space Invaders.  Chad made his costume.  Mine is from amazon.

Andrew's Bowser costume was made by my friend Brooke a few years ago and she kindly had her friend mail it to us to use.

Each of the kids carved their own pumpkins.

Andrew chose to make a Bowser themed pumpkin.

Ryan chose to be Zelda because he REALLY wanted to get Link's sword and shield. We told him we could only buy them for him, if he would create his costume out of items we already had in our home.  He did a great job putting it together just the way he wanted it!

Ryan's was a little harder for some people to figure out, but it was the perfect match for his costume.  He chose to carve Navi, Link's little sidekick.

Molly went as a spunky Ms. Pacman.  I made her costume.

Molly saw a sheriff drive by our home as we were setting up in our driveway for trick or treaters.  She asked me if she could please give him some candy.  He kindly took it.

 Last year, Molly wanted nothing to do with the insides of the pumpkin. This year she cut and painted her pumpkin (the cutting part was with help).  She still thinks the insides are disgusting.

Her pumpkins were definitely the fan favorites.

Most of our neighbors sit outside on their driveways to hand out candy.  I love this tradition!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Neighborhood Fall Festival

As the co-chair of our neighborhood social committee, I got to host the Fall Festival with lots of my amazing and very talented neighbors.   It was a lot of work and a lot of fun!  We had over a dozen volunteers, including several teenagers.  I love living here!

We had the doughnut on a string game.  This is Ryan's personal favorite.

The sweet taste of victory.

Molly loves it, too.

But not as much as she loves the Cupcake Walk.  My friend made 200 cupcakes for the cupcake walk.  I am afraid to know how many of those Molly won.  Every time I saw her she had another cupcake in her hand.  She said she was winning them to give away.  Which is probably true, she is very kind... but I know she didn't give ALL of them away.

Plinko was Andrew's favorite.  We managed to catch him there long enough for one picture.  He spent most of his time with his friends, so it was hard to get a lot of pictures.

Or maybe not friends so much, as one friend in particular.  Alex came and surprised us in time to be here for the Fall Festival.  The boys had a great time together.  They miss seeing each other every single day.

One of our neighbors created a hayride for the kids and my kids took multiple turns.

We had a pumpkin ring toss game.

A hay stack candy searching game.

There were several other activities that we did not manage to catch pictures of our children at, but got some good shots of their friends.

We had a fishing game.

A pumpkin ball toss.

A craft project

Face Painting

And a candy corn bowling game.

I am sharing pictures of them all, in case I end up being in charge again next year.

Neighborhood Trick or Trot 5k

Our neighborhood held its first 5k this month, the Trick or Trot.   I had been trying for a month to get the kids to sign up for the race. Andrew and Ryan woke up the morning of the race and decided that maybe they did want to run in it after all.   Neither of them had been training for the 5k at all, and Ryan had never done a full 5k.   But we didn't want to be discouraging and tell them they shouldn't exercise or try, so we all headed up to the starting line.  They were excited to be racing with a good friend.

Andrew ran hard and finished 3rd overall out of 40+ runners.  An adult male and a female 11 year old beat him.  And it was his own personal best record on the 5k.

Ryan got about 1 kilometer into the race and decided he was finished, that he hated running, that he was not going to do it and that we couldn't make him.  Nothing encouraging we said could change his mind.  He stomped and stormed off, and then decided he was so mad at us that he would keep going. He met up with his friend and his friend's eternally patient mother who would not let either of them quit half way through the race.  Ryan even complained to her the entire time, every step of the way. Until he saw the finish line. Then he ran.  And he beamed ear to ear.  He was so excited and so proud of himself for finishing. You would never know that the entire race had been pure torture from this cute smile.

Now all three kids are excited to race in the Spring 5k and at least one of them is determined to train between now and then.  :)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

ILES Fall Festival

Our school held a Fall Festival this month.  Ryan had a friend's birthday party at the same time, so he did not join us.  Molly and Andrew had a lot of fun with their friends.

Andrew spent the entire time with his friends, so we didn't actually get any pictures of him at the activities.  Molly spent the entire time hanging out with one of her favorite neighborhood friends and classmates playing games and jumping in the bounce houses.

 I spent our time at the Fall Festival volunteering at Plinko with my sweet friend and neighbor.

We ended our afternoon hanging out in the library for the book fair.  Pretty much a perfect ending for me and my fellow bookworm Andrew.