Halloween 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This was it, folks. This was as good a it got...haha! An 18-month-old will not pose with her brother. ESPECIALLY after being bribed. That made it worse. But that's ok. We still had a blast! 
At first she was NOT having it. Even demanded to stay inside. But Jack convinced her and off we went!


 Off they go!
 Jack is so fun and was SO excited. Jack is famous in our neighborhood, so everyone loved to see him! His batman mask was quickly taken off, so some had to guess who he was. Marin decided for the bunny costume rather than the cow.

 It was very cold! They quickly decided they had enough candy and wanted to go back home and sort the stash. Of course I had to test the Reese's to make sure they were safe. The tootsie roll pops were deemed POISONED and to only be consumed by a woman named Melissa. They understood.
I hope you had a great HALLOWEEN! NOW BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! Frost was alllll over the grass at the bus stop this morning. ITS A SIGN! SANTAAA!!!!!


Halloween Party for kids!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! I hope you have a great day with your kids and celebrate this fun holiday and stuff your face with all of your kids candy (you have to make sure that its safe, right?!). Last weekend we had Jacks Halloween party! It was so much fun! Jack said it was the BEST day ever until he ran eye first into a doorknob and declared it the WORST day ever. Ahhh, life with kids.

So a few weeks back, I made some Halloween invitations with PicMonkey. I love that website! They have fun themes to use and I chose the "trick or treat" theme since it wasn't too spooky for the kiddos. Before I created the invite, I checked with the teacher if it was ok to send Jack to school with the invites to put in the other kids folders. Once I got the green light, I prayed all 23 kids didn't RSVP yes! (KIDDING NOT REALLY)

We had a fantastic turn out and any more it would have been too much. My goal was the kids eat, carve pumpkins and play games! I had plans to do the games outside, but it was rainy and cold, so we moved the games to our basement! I was in charge of pizza and dessert, the other moms brought appetizers and juice boxes. My Mother-in-law was awesome and brought the games! The kids loved it. It was a team effort and such fun!

For desserts, I made cupcakes and used cookies to look like graves, and wrote "RIP" and "BOO" with black icing. I bought this cupcake set off of Etsy and have always been such a huge fan of Meri Meri products, especially the cupcake kits! The monster stand was a steal for $5 at Target!

 I also made pudding with crushed oreos and gummy worms. These were fun to make!

 For the Mommas, I made a cocktail out of grape juice, sprite and vodka. I wanted to make it stronger since it kind of tasted like juice, but also realized they are driving home that day...take it easy, Melissa!
 I had purchased this banner from Etsy as well to hang outside, but since I ran out of time to string it together, I took pieces of it and taped it to the walls...bada boom bada bing. When Jon came back with the pizza, we put it on the stove top. Pizza is fast and easy and barely any pick up. I also grabbed the "Halloween grave" sign and "31" sign from the Target dollar bin as well. Both were only $3 each and excellent quality.

 The island is where I always put the appetizers. It is easy to walk around and where everyone socializes. Once the Mom got here, she put her bowl down easy peasy lemonade squeezy. Since our counters scratch if the heat goes on too quickly, I put black cloth from Party City down to avoid it. The bowls, plates and napkins are from Target, the purple plate and cups are from my Mom last year. The spider web on the black cloth is from Michaels!
 Here are a few more fun pictures from the party!






 She looooves her brother


I hope you have a great Halloween! I will have a baby cow and Batman, what about you!?


Brookdale Farm - Hollis, NH

Friday, October 21, 2016

A favorite place of mine to go is Brookdale Farms in Hollis, NH. We have been going since I was a young spring chicken back in the 1800's, and I wanted to continue that tradition with my kids. 

Speaking of spring chickens, Marin LOVED them and would get upset if we tried to walk away.
"See this?"
"Tickens!"
We woke up this goose (which I called a swan at first OH MY LANTA GET SOME SLEEP MELISSA) and he had a feather in his nostril and the 4-year-old in me laughed a little too hard.
Sweet baby hair is getting long! Only 14 more years until I can put it in a pony tail.
Love these two.
Jack is so good with Marin (77% of the time). You can tell he really watches where she goes and is protective of her. My man.
"Can I kiss this sheep too?"
"How about you, Auntie Grace? My mom said no, so I will ask you. Can I kiss this guy or what?"


ALWAYS RUNNING
Back to the swans. #willneverlivethatdown
Am I lucky or what? Perfect little kids.
I wanted to get them both smiling and sitting so nicely and then I realized that that is not happening so I took one picture and said "good enough" Jack is hilarious anyways so it is perfect in my opinion. It shows my funny, spirited 5-year-old and my 18-month-old who is always on the go. These are the pictures you look back on and remember them at that age. Then you go in your closet and cry. 
LOVE!
Marin does this thing where she will sit randomly and say "cheeeeeese!"
I clearly don't mind!

Precious girl with her "pummins"



#parenting

And as always, I love their shop and picked up some succulents and little holders for them for our master bathroom! I wanted to explore some more but...children.


Love these candle holders below.
And this giant bowl!







Love those cuties. And that place! I hope you are enjoying your fall so far! Have a great weekend!

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