Thursday, October 30, 2014

Days of Halloween: Candy Corn and Dem Dancin Bones!

Well, skeleton day and candy corn day got a little jipped due to...well, life. Life happened and all my careful planning took a back burner while I enjoyed the casual every day moments with these kids of mine. We plowed through though, and enjoyed some good ole Halloween merriment.
First we'll discuss SKELETON day! It was a lot of fun. I hung dollar store skeletons from the ceiling and found these fun skeleton plates, low key but festive.
Remember Skeleton night last year? My they have grown!!

For lunch we had white mac and cheese- uh, I mean, Cheesy Bones! I cut toast in the shape of a skull. Then for a treat, dipped pretzel sticks, with marshmellows on either end (so the look like bones,) in white chocolate  It was a hit. Except Johnny didn't eat his.  So maybe it wasn't. 

I tell him to smile, what does he do? Try and stab me with his fork. Yes, he concerns me sometimes.

 For our activity, we danced to "The Skeleton Dance," This was a blast, William was the cutest squatting up and down to the beat.
After dancing dem bones of ours, I buried pieces of a plastic skeleton in the sand box for the kids to go and unbury, yes- it is a little morbid, but it was pretty fun. It reminded me of when I was little and would dig up bodies in grave yards with my family every October.  That was a joke, just checking to see if you are paying attention. Ha! Made ya look. 
For no reason I can come up with, Johnny found absolutely no skeleton parts! Caity was just an efficient excavator, I suppose.  William just threw sand all over himself.  I had some crafts planned, but just got a little too tired to follow through with we called it a quits and made a goal to do them another day.

It may sound corny, but Candy Corn Day was also rather enjoyable. When I was a kid, I used to love candy corn, like love it.  I don't really like it any more- weird, right?  Now, I like stuff like onions and tomatoes and olives...younger Mary would be so disappointed.

For breakfast, we had fruit/yogurt parfaits. Then, for a main course: normal-colored eggs (I learn my lessons! :) ), cheese and bananas.  Everything resembled a candy corn.
We did counting games with the candy corn, which was super easy but took up some good time and was good practice for the kids. 

For our craft, we glued little scraps of paper to a drawn candy corn. I did this with Caity when she was little, it is fun to see how much she has changed.  This time, she was very methodical and refused to let any white show underneath her scraps.  It was cute and fun to contrast to Johnny who haphazardly glued his scraps down, and got bored after like eight. Then Will...who ate the paper...then the glue.

I love my view from behind watching them work. They were so concentrated.  
When Caity was at school, I pretty sure Johnny ate ALL of the candy corn on the table. If that isn't a parenting win, I don't know what is.

Then, candy corn day ended and we had a good couple of days.
A good couple of days where we enjoyed eachother's company and enjoyed the brisk fall weather and watched "Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin."
Not to mention did all this:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Yesterday, I opened my front window and saw the sun rise through the tree in my front yard.  I love this tree.  It felt like God was saying, "Good Morning, Mary."
I know my not so stellar photography skills fail to capture it but, why not post a picture?

I love watching the kids play in the leaves.  Fall is just a wonderful time of year.

Caity's surprise FHE activity. (Jumping in the leaves.)

Johnny kept running through her piles.

More fun with Dad.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Days of Halloween: The Witches Fly at Midnight

I knew if I did a ghost day and a monster day, Caity would be expecting a WITCH day.
She loves witches. She was a witch for Halloween a couple years ago. 
Such a cute witch, I can't believe they used to be so little.

I had to get a little creative for breakfast.
I think the table turned out fun. I love how the cauldrons looked with the pudding, oreoes and worms. Also, have you ever had apple cider with marshmellows?  It is pretty tasty!

If you are wondering what that purple-grayish stuff is....eggs. Ew, right? You don't have to tell me I took it too far, this I know. Yuck, it makes me gag looking at them! I was desperate, people. Caity and Johnny were initially really excited, then they were like, "Um, those are eggs? That isn't right, mom." Eh, Ketchup fixes everything. 

Johnny was concerned about the eggs. "Why would you do that? Why would you make it gross, Mudder?"

But he was happy I added ketchup. I know, this picture is basically the same as the one above, just choose one to look at, while I indulge in both of them. :)
She always gives the reaction I am looking for. She thought the witch hat cotton candy was the best thing ever.  She also said, "Even though its a little disgustin, I think the witch hair WAS a good idea." She understands the struggling artist within me.

Random tangent....
Yesterday, Caity and I got to go babysit our friend's baby while they went to BYU vs Boise State foot ball game. It was an awesome girls night.  We ate Kid Cuisine, colored, read BFG, played My Little Pony, ate ice-cream, watched Flubber, and just acted silly. She kept saying, "I just don't know how I am going to thank you!"  It was fun to have some one on one time with her- we don't get that very often with these boys crawling all over us. I promised her our pictures would go on the blog, haha. So if you didn't get enough awkward close ups of my face in the Monster's some more:

This is for Caity's sake someday down the line.
ANYWAY, back to Witch Day!

Snack time was witch hats, broomsticks, and scary witch's cat- that actually looks like a fluffy bunny blob. Seriously, whoever designed that cutter needs further training.

For activities we made potion (think vinegar and baking soda: yeah, it was cool.)
We did a witch hat ring toss, which was a lot of fun!  Caity asked what they got if they got the ring on the hat, I said, "Lots of cheers."  This was the best part, they just kept laughing and cheering and laughing and I loved that.

I pulled out all the stops for today's witch craft. Coloring pages. Ha! That is the best I could come up with.  Good news: they are only three and six, so they were thrilled. Love this age.

For dinner we are having soup in bread bowls- get it? Like witch's potion in a cauldron? OK, maybe a stretch- but I'm sure you get the idea. 
Anyway, another successful Day of Halloween in my book. 
William gets really bent out of shape waiting for his milk to warm up! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Lion, a Hulk, and a Ballerina

Today there was trunk-or-treat at our church. 
So at around four o'clock, my three sweet children disappeared, and in their place I found:

The Hulk,
 A Ballerina,
A Lion.

They were the cutest hulk, ballerina and lion I ever did see...but I could be biased. :)

Dressing up was so much fun.  I feel like everyone dressed up as something that really represents their interests right now, so that just made it even better.

I know- I have a million and one pictures of William.  That lion costume just cracked me up. It was so funny watching him woddle through the crowds with his big ole mane. He was in heaven just walking around, looking at everything. He was hard to keep track of!  He also had no peripheral vision, so he was pretty cars or even where John and I were, he didn't seem concerned though, which was kind of funny.  It was like he was lone lion in the vast church parking lot.

Caity dancing to the monster mash.

Johnny trying to scare William...William just got a little annoyed. William just kept walking from the tree to the lamp post, and Johnny would chase after him saying, "Johnny wait! I wanna scare you!"

After we ran out of candy, Caity was pretty concerned about who was left, so she started giving out her own candy! Ha ha. I finally convinced her to stop since at that point it was mostly second-rounders coming to our car.

What a dad! :)

While the kids ate dinner, William continued wondering.

He was pretty excited when Dad showed him what exactly people were throwing in his basket.

Counting spoils. He got bored after twelve.

Exactly 57 pieces! Not bad, Miss Cate.

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