Thursday, November 9, 2017

Halloween 2017

I showed up to piano lessons Tuesday morning with the same shirt as my SIL Kimi! Haha. There are only so many Halloween maternity shirts out there, okay? :)

On our way to school, Charlotte stabbed herself in the eye with a sucker stick. By the time we got to school she had stopped crying so I kind of forgot about it. When she came home though, half of her eye was dark red! It looked like blood. Really spooky! When Dad got home it freaked him out enough that he ran her to the nearest optometrist. We found out that she had broken a blood vessel in her eye, but she would be fine in a couple of weeks. Whew.

After that little fiasco, we were late to her piano recital. Luckily it was just family and they graciously waited for us.

M. and Charlotte did a great job! So impressed with both of them.

They do have a GREAT teacher after all!

We tried to get a picture of all the grandkids together... haha!

And had a yummy dinner at Grammie Tami and Grandpa Jay's.

Our first stop for trick-or-treating was at Great Grandma's.

Then we booked it home and Troy took the girls out in our neighborhood with some friends.
I was on candy duty. I sat out on the front porch with my big bowl of candy. Unfortunately my costume was a little too scary because kid after kid was too afraid to come up to me. Their moms were like, "It's okay honey, it's a nice one." Haha! After one little boy started crying because of how scared he was to walk up to me, I decided to give up and go inside.

The girls came home with plenty of treats.

London happily munched while Charlotte organized.

We had a few more trick or treaters after the girls got home. Lottie had so much fun being on candy duty. She had a hard time going to sleep because she thought she might miss the opportunity to hand out more candy. "Mom, even if I'm dead asleep and more people come, just wake me up, it's okay, I don't care!"

I'm including this picture because even though we have a pretty great life, stuff still goes wrong all the time. Ha! 

Every Monday I pick Lottie up from school and we head straight to the dance studio. The Monday before Halloween her teacher had a special party for the class. I didn't want Lottie to wear her Belle costume because I didn't want it to get ruined before Halloween. We had a fight about it which ended with, "Because I'm the mom and I know what's best." Well... on the way out the door to pick her up I grabbed last year's Wonder Woman costume and because it wasn't with her regular dance clothes, I forgot her dance shoes. I realized this halfway to the school and thought, oh well, she'll just have to deal. Then when we got to the studio and went in the dressing room to change, we discovered the Wonder Woman costume was WAY too small. I could barely velcro the back. And the skirt was so short that it showed her entire panties. No amount of tugging or pulling was going to get those panties covered. All I had to make her modest was her school jeans, so that's what she had to wear. Charlotte was so mad at me! When we came out of the dressing room she marched right to her teacher for comfort. Her teacher is super sweet and made her feel better about her costume (something that I couldn't do). She survived somehow though, and she made it through the class and mini performance. 

Charlotte, sometimes life throws you a curveball (like a mom who doesn't have it all together all the time) but you just have to roll with the punches. Good job. :)

I'm pretty sure this picture will always make me laugh.

Monday, November 6, 2017


Troy is such an awesome dad. I admire him so much. He totally stepped up when no one else would (including myself) and coached Lottie's soccer team this year. This is on top of volunteering every Monday in her kindergarten classroom because they don't have enough parent volunteers. He also practices piano with Charlotte almost every night and she is excelling way more under his tutoring than if it was just up to me. Haha. I love the way Troy loves my babies. The pieces that I drop, he picks up, and that's one of the many reasons he is my dream man. He is superman in my eyes!   

Charlotte did really well this season. She was one of the best ones on the team, which is a nice place to be every once in a while because it boosts confidence. I felt like the kids understood the basic rules of the game this year so it was fun to watch them play. I'm not a huge fan of soccer, but it's always a proud moment when your kid gets a point for the team! Go Green Cheers!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Traditions

It's the day before Halloween but I feel like we have been celebrating all month!
I love all holidays so I am A-OK with that.

I love our neighborhood in fall.

Probably one of my favorite traditions is getting out my big Trick-or-Treat signs! Someday I will convince Troy to grow me a lot more trees in the front yard. I feel like you can't even tell that it's fall in this picture.

Family pizza/movie night!

 Some of our favorite Halloween movies are...
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Spooky Buddies
Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2
Hocus Pocus
Corpse Bride
Haunted Mansion
(So far we've only watched two off this list and Halloween is tomorrow! Better luck next year, I suppose)

With October comes a lot of football watching. With each passing year I care a little bit more. Haha. Go Broncos!

 If you follow my blog then you know that "Witchalena" is a fun Halloween tradition at our house. The week before Halloween she visits our house each night and leaves a trail of clues. At the end of the clues is a treat and a short message from the Book of Mormon.

Last Saturday (October 28th) we went to the Star Harvest Festival. Just one more reason to fall in love with this town. What a fun tradition!

Charlotte made a beautiful Belle.

Such a princess... :)

And London was a fab Barbie.

Think pink!

It took a little convincing but Troy dressed up as Ken! It was so funny. London was in HEAVEN!

At first I was so sad we didn't dress up as a family this year. No matter what I tried I could not convince them to change their minds about their costumes. In the end it worked out though, because they were so cute and so happy. How could I be upset about that? Sometimes letting go of a little bit of control is a really good thing ;) 

When you live in a small town, you run in to a lot of friends :)

Trunk or Treating

 They had a bunch of kiddie games set up in the Star Barn.

On Sunday we had our traditional Halloween dinner. Troy made his chicken alfredo recipe (my favorite!) It was delicious!

 I overcame my fear of dry ice and it paid off! The girls LOVED their witch's brew.

 That's been our October so far. I'm excited for tomorrow!