Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween with Granny

At this point...I'm OVER Halloween. I thought it would be super cute for Anna and Mary to be Lalaloopsy dolls but by Halloween I was over those wigs and make up. I had planned on being at my mom's early so I could get some good pictures of all the kids outside (my favorite lighting) but I actually ended up taking a nap after school and slept way too late. So, I threw the kids costumes on them, me no make up, and when I arrive I've missed my "perfect time of day" and we are stuck with inside pictures. At which point, I put the camera away. I let Silena and Patrick do all the work.
This year was so much fun because my friend Macie got to celebrate with us. She usually works and for years we would take the kids by Walgreens to see her if she was there. So, this year I guess JR got her out of working. I had so much fun spending time with her. I hope she can come next year!! On a sad note, we did miss Delilah this year though. She was planning on swinging by BUT Ian decided to fall and need stitches! So she spent Halloween at Children's! WE MISSED YOU LILAH!

(And this may be why I don't leave the picture taking up to Silena! She creeped us out with blood splatter!)

We hit the jackpot this year when it came to candy. I mean, OH MY WORD, as if we didn't get enough from our fall festival (and Tannehill) my parents neighborhood hooked us up, with good candy! I love trick or treating in their neighborhood. They live in a town home subdivision and it's an easy quick walk covering a lot of houses. Some of the neighbors were out this year giving out candy at a fire pit. They looked like they were having so much fun!

Of course, I love the food on Halloween too. My mom makes some of the best chili and then there's all those sweet goodies she makes for the kids (and adults - but in the name of kids). It was so nice just to sit back, hang out with friends and family, and eat the best food around! All the while the kids look cute and really enjoy each others company. Another super duper fun Halloween in the books!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Festival 2011

This year's fall festival was a SUCCESS in every sense of the word! It just keeps getting better and better. This year Dr. Gamble and a team he put together. Made some new games and they were amazing. They looked good and were fun to play. And Jason (Dollar -my Jason),from what I hear, stepped up his hay ride gospel presentation! So not only were the games fun, the fellowship fun, the food yummy, but the gospel was told to every hay rider as well. How much better can it get.

The best thing in my opinion was this year instead of doing one booth all night we broke up into groups and only worked a certain time slot. So this year was especially fun because we got to enjoy it with our kids! Instead pawning them off or just letting them loose - Because you know that I have done that in years past! I also enjoyed taking pictures of everyone dressed up and having a good time. I hate being in one place all night! As a social butterfly I feel locked up in a cage! So this year...I WAS FREE! Yippee!

I'm always so surprised at how many people drop by for this event. I'm so thankful that for the past 3 years we've been able to do the festival outside. I think that makes more people drop in. We had about 500 this year.

Lori Polk, all props to you for being an amazing leader and organizer. You rock my friend. Can't wait to see next year's festival. It just keeps getting better.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween at Tannehill

FIRST ANNUAL for us! I've been wanting to go to Tannehill for Halloween for about 2 years now but things would never work out. Well, Shea got me there and we had a blast! I hope this is our new tradition. Jason stayed home with Isaac because he doesn't love chasing kids around in HUGE crowds ... he has no idea what's he's missing! HA!

I did pictures for our friend Mandy while they were in town - which just so happens was RIGHT next door to Shea's house. SO, we were there and ready by the time it was time to go to Tannehill. If you don't leave at just the right time you end up waiting HOURS to get in and miss a day of fun.

It was PERFECT weather and beautiful beyond beautiful. Sue, Shea, and I with the girls went to walk around the park to see everyone's decorations. This, to me, was the highlight of the trip. Anna cannot do scary things! She will FLIP OUT! So it was fun to watch her slightly panic in FULL SUN. The girls were on ALERT MODE - ready to scream or run at anytime. Mary wasn't very scared. I think she knew we would keep her safe. If something came really close to her she would hesitate but not cry or scream - you could just see her thinking about freaking out.

We got back from our walk and hung out at the cabin - eating, what else were we to do?!? And hanging out with some people from the church while the kids all played with each other and ran around the site! One interesting fact I learned, which made me have the BIG HEAD, was... Jason Gamble (if you don't know thim you will not get the extent of the shock - but he can do anything and everything EXCEPT take pictures like me - which I will never share my secrets with him - he knows WAY TOO MUCH ALREADY) CONFESSED HE is JEALOUS of ME!! That's right friends! I was shocked. He said he was jealous he couldn't take pictures like me. And I wanted to say, "Now ya know how we all feel when you come around!!" Gotta love him and I was on cloud 9 for the rest of the day - Heck, I'm still on it!!

Then it was time to get ready for the BIG TRICK OR TREATING!! Riley and Anna (and Mary) were LaLaLoopsy Dolls and they were so cute! I got them all ready one at a time, putting their wigs on and doing make up. They were so cute and I wanted to get their pictures made! And by the way, Noah was on this trip but he's getting so big he doesn't hang out with us. He played with a friend he made at the cabin and played by the fire. You know he loves fires. But when it came time to Trick or Treat - he was all about it. We got him then.

Let me just say, I have NEVER had to stand in a line to trick or treat. That was crazy! But we had fun walking the park again. We could not have done it without Jake. He kept up with Mary so well. He made sure, first and foremost, that she was with us at all times, but also stuck with her and made sure she got candy, carried her when she was tired and she was soaking up all the love he would give her! She wrapped him TIGHT around his finger!

The only down side was we got separated from some of our group but we did all meet back together and chatted around a WARM fire!! It was a GREAT mood!

I'm sure Morris is thinking, "Who invited them again?!?"

Scared of what may be around the corner. Anna is not good with scary stuff! Riley is checking her back and Mary is just loving hanging out with the big girls!!

Mary found MICKEY! All is well!

I really love this picture of the 3 of them!

Here Mummy take her...NOT ME!

The girls were so scared of this little 9 year old boy! I think he's kinda cute!

Time to get ready!


Trick or TREAT!

More friends!

Jake is scared of Lalaloopsy! And why wouldn't he be!?

Humpty Dumpty! Looks just like him!

Oh this cookie is SO good! Thanks Shea!

If this doesn't scare you, not sure what will!!

Me & my red man!

See...Jason, see what you were missing!?!

I love this picture of Noah. He is really growing up!

Jake is the BEST!!