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November 2, 2011

I did not set out to make 4 costumes this year, but it all started with this:

Bamm Bamm

I knew I wanted Aiden to be Bamm Bamm because of the striking resemblance in both looks and personality, but this just wasn’t the costume I had in mind.  To me that kid looks ridiculous (albeit a lot warmer than Aiden is about to look).  Plus Aiden doesn’t need fake white hair. 

After I decided to make Aiden’s costume, I knew a Pebbles costume for Emily would be a requirement.  And then we got invited to a costume party, and while we could of just settled for store-bought, unrelated costumes, I let my imagination run wild.  So without further ado, I give you the Flintstones (with Bamm Bamm Rubble)…


Pebbles and Bamm Bamm


Taking his character seriously.


A real club.



And then it got cold.  But that didn’t stop us.  We partied at the neighborhood party with smores and cider and then trick-or-treated for an hour or so.



Happy Halloween!!



The Rest of October

November 24, 2010

October was a crazy busy month this year, and since we’re almost to Thanksgiving now, I figure it’s about time to wrap it up.  So without further ado, the rest of October.

The day before Halloween, we took Aiden to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm to pick out a couple of pumpkins to carve.  We never actually got around to carving the pumpkins we bought, but it was still totally worth it.  The highlights of the trip: wheelbarrow and hay ride.

Pumpkin Head  Me and my pumpkin head

Daddy wheeling around his pumpkin head

The following day was Halloween and IT.WAS.AWESOME!  First we met in the cul-de-sac for the neighborhood “parade” and Aiden’s costume was a hit. 


And then we went trick-or-treating.  It’s not very often that Aiden gets to roam the neighborhood freely (even though that’s all he would do if you let him), so we just let him go.  He got candy from like 4 houses, but pretty much only those that would meet him in the yard as he ran through.

Trick or Treat
“For me?”

Whoa there little buddy...
“Great, I’ll take it.”

However, he did hesitantly approach the smoking house despite the alien (or whatever the hell that guy was supposed to be) sitting on  the doorstep.

Proceeding with caution

And ultimately decided that it was worth it for the smoke machine (and the box of Nerds which he fiercely held onto).

Smoke machines...   ...are wonderful.

After trick-or-treating, we paid a surprise visit to Nama and Paw Paw’s house, but we of course forgot the camera.  I’m really not sure who had more fun this year, me or him.  This to me is what having kids is all about. 

Prehistoric Family

Boy this post is really orange.  Oh and Happy Thanksgiving! ;)

Little Devil

October 16, 2010

A few days ago, Aiden woke up with a swollen eye which resulted in me staying home with him for a couple of days.  I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty sure he was trying to kill me in those two days. And then I found this picture that I took in the mirror at Target…

Playing dress-up in Target

Too cute, right?  Well what if we zoom in on Aiden…


Oh yeah…the kid definitely had it in for me. 

Also, I dressed him in his skeleton hoodie to head to the doctor, and between that and the swollen eye, when I looked back at him in his car seat all I could see was Johnny from Karate Kid (you know when him and his entourage dressed as skeletons while Daniel Son was a shower).  This picture was taken several hours later and just does not do it justice…probably because of his adorable, not in the least bit menacing look.


Btw, Aiden’s eye is now back to normal and he is doing great.

Halloween 2009

November 3, 2009

I’ve always loved Halloween.  There’s just something right about going around and getting free candy as a kid and crazy costume parties as an adult.  Every year Dan and I do something special together to get in the spirit of things.  In California 2007, we all dressed up and started our tradition of cupcake decorating:


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Cupcakes 2007 

Last year we carved pumpkins (I was actually pregnant in this picture and didn’t know it) and did more cupcakes:

Skeleton Pumpkin    Ghost Pumpkin

Cupcakes 2008

But this year was different.  Our first Halloween with child.  I really wanted Aiden’s first Halloween to be extra special.  So before really thinking it through I decided to have a little Halloween gathering at our place for our friends and their kids the Saturday before Halloween.  I had this whimsical idea that they’d all come over and decorate cupcakes with us like we’ve done in years past.  Aiden and all his friends would be dressed up and we’d get lots of pictures.  It was all great in theory, but in execution it just ended up being a bit stressful planning to entertain such a large age range of kids (4 months – 10 years).  I think everyone had a good time though and it was really nice to see everyone.  Aiden’s costume ended up being entirely too warm for being indoors so he wasn’t even in costume for most of the party.  Here is the extent of pictures we have from the event (thanks Dan):

 Me & Aiden Kirsten & Leon

Drew & Family  The Chernaults

Tyler and Jathan


Before the party Dan and I made a little pumpkin with Aiden using his hands as leaves at the crafts table we had set up for the older kids.  Honestly, this was probably my favorite part of the day!

Tracing his hand  Gluing on the pieces

Finished product

A week later on Halloween morning, Aiden woke up with a stuffy nose and cough to go along with his pink eye so we made a trip back to the doctor to make sure it was nothing serious.  I refused to let a little case of the sniffles get me down and dressed Aiden in the pumpkin costume his Grandma gave him for the trip.  He was so stinking cute.

Before we left:

Lil Pumpkin 

Waiting at the doctor’s office:

 Tiny Chair     Wha happened?

That evening we stopped by our neighborhood Halloween party.  There were kids everywhere which I must say I’m going to have to get used to.  It’s so different when it’s not your kids – that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Us  Only Scarecrows Here 

Then we dressed him in his oven frog costume (in honor of those crazy frog legs he was born with) and took him trick-or-treating.  We only made it to one house between the bouts of rain.  He got a Kit Kat.  His enthusiasm in these pictures is overwhelming…

Trick or Treat...

give me something good to eat

Can’t wait until next year!

Poor Man’s Halloween

October 25, 2009

Fun morning with a couple of cuties and a sheet…

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