Thursday, October 31, 2013

This is Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

All three of my children may be sighted around town this evening as horned mythical creatures. For now we'll settle for our Halloween shirts. :)







Sillies!

If you could peek back into my life about 20 years or so ago, you would be looking at one excited kid today. Oh, how I loved trick-or-treating. We used to live in a big old house right on Main Street, and I remember standing at the front door, my stomach in knots, just waiting for the sun to go down so that we could go out for a night of fun. If I close my eyes I can almost feel those same anticipating butterflies....

I'm super excited for Evelyn today and her first ever class party. I think pretty much all children love classroom parties - that goes without saying. But I lived for those parties. I never loved school. Never was a super great student. So my school days were survived between holiday parties and field trips. Haha.

Last night we had a little pre-Halloween party of our own. Eric brought home a surprise for the kiddos, the new Monster's University movie, so we had a movie night and conditioned our sweet tooth's with some gooey chocolate chip cookies. I won't divulge how many I ate. I'm still full. :)

I still don't have video of my walking Reagan, but I do have pictures of him rattling his skeleton bones across the living room floor last night. 






My boy Dave Murray the weatherman says that most of the rain and storms should be cleared out by trick-or-treating time tonight. Let's hope that he's right!

We wish you all a fun and safe night tonight! And if you don't celebrate...have fun and stay safe, anyway. :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Journey Back to Halloween Past....

I don't normally do a lot of these types of posts, but I was feeling mighty sentimental on a rainy October day yesterday. I began looking through all of the pictures of our Halloween pasts. Boy. I sound like a broken record, but this time of the year has marked some pretty big changes for our family in just a short amount of time. Two of our babies were brought home from the hospital...two out of three in under four years. It's even crazier when you see it in pictures. :)

So today we're looking back. Back to a time even before this blog began. It's getting misty in here...the sides of the room are blurring out...here we goooo.....

October 31, 2008

Sorry, no pictures. But I thought it was worth mentioning that Eric and I were PREGNANT on this day, barely married, and I was sicker than a dog. :) We took my sister trick-or-treating, and I came home afterwards and threw up my pumpkin pie. Nice. Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2009

We had barely been married for one year, and Eric and I already had a four month old Evelyn at home. Ooh, I was so excited for our first baby's first Halloween. It was a holiday - and we had a kid - and I'm me - so you can imagine the anticipation here!


Before flower headbands were super popular I used to sew my own, haha.


I remember that it was a gorgeous day that day. I had the windows open all throughout the house, and Evelyn and I made a pizza in the oven while we waited for Eric to get home from work. 


I couldn't get that pink butterfly costume on my baby soon enough!

(Because of these Halloween pictures, Evelyn will forevermore remind her dad of "you know, that time when you had a beard??" Haha. The one week of his life he didn't shave, and now he'll never live it down.)


We started our traditions early with a trip to see John and my parents...


...so little!

And then a walk across the street to see Great Grandma and Grandpa Robert.


After we made our rounds to family, we went home to pass out candy for the evening. It was the first and last time in our marriage so far that we actually lived in a neighborhood that got a lot of trick-or-treaters. What a fun Halloween that was!


I have very very fond memories of that day. :)

Fast-forward time, and we never would have predicted....

October 31, 2010

By the next Halloween we would have...


...ANOTHER BABY!!

Not just expecting a baby, but a real life wiggly little Gracie already in our arms. Evie was still a baby herself when she became a big sister. :)


I remember that this day was a Sunday, because it also happened to be the first day we ventured to church with our newborn. Not only did we have a new baby, but we had also moved to a new home in that year. It has served us well. :)

Evelyn was a peacock that Halloween!


And we can't forget about the debut of the glowing buckets...which would mysteriously disappear for years after this. :)


Gracie was super cute, but I still don't know what she was. :)

We bundled up and made the trip over to Great Grandma and Grandpa's. 



These pictures of Eric walking with Evie are some of my all-time favorites. I have no idea why. Well...except for the fact that it was my favorite time of year, two of my favorite people, doing one of my favorite things...we had a child old enough to go trick-or-treating. It was a happy mom moment!

I actually didn't get to see Evie do much trick-or-treating that night, because Gracie wasn't having it. I went back to my parent's house to feed her while Eric took Evelyn around the neighborhood with John and my parents. 

Oh, how I hesitate to share this next picture...with my still-chubby baby face...but, sigh...for posterity's sake.


Our annual family Halloween picture. 
Gracie looks thrilled. :)

October 31, 2011

Otherwise known as my favorite Halloween of all time (so far!)

It's funny, because I remember blogging about this Halloween and feeling so pleased and happy about it, haha. It was the year of no pregnancies and no small infants - almost forgot what that was like!


It was the year of the ice cream cone and the strawberry. :)

Looked all over creation for those costumes! 

For some reason I don't have any pictures of the kids at my parent's house that year, but maybe it was because we met up with them later in the evening. First, we made the annual trek to Great Grandma and Grandpa's for our visit and family photo!




What followed was the best night of trick-or-treating ever. 




There was just the right amount of crisp in the air. The decorations were quaint and tasteful. The kids and adults were polite and happy. House after house, it was so much fun. Evelyn had a blast!



I was my own proverbial jack-o-lantern that night...filled full of light and with a big dopey grin on my face. :) Really, best Halloween ever!

October 31, 2012

Last year. Whew! What a year that was. We were barely home from the hospital with our third (and unexpected) baby!


Some of you may remember that I was barely surviving at this point...and I'm not exaggerating. I thought I was losing my ever-loving mind. When I blogged about this evening I called it the "Halloween Miracle" because it was the first night I was able to get out of the house and feel like myself again post-baby. Halloween saved the day!


We were still learning what it was like to be out-numbered by children. It was our first outing as a whole family. We ended up spending most of our night indoors once again with a newborn. This year we started a tradition of visiting the folks at the nursing home. I think we will always do that from now on. It was a blessing to my heart.




Our great uncle Charlie had some rough ups and downs this last year. I'm thankful that he is still here with us and that we are able to go and visit him again this year. :)

Reagan only held out for a couple of houses after this, but we were fine to go back home and enjoy the evening together. The fresh air did our entire family good!

Oh...wait...the room...it's getting fuzzy again...we're going baaaack....

Ha. Well, here we are at the present. 

This year has the potential to be another one of those FABULOUS years. No teeny tiny ones. No sick and pregnant mama. Unfortunately it's predicted to rain on our parade - literally! We have gotten so lucky in the last few years to have some pretty awesome weather on Halloween night. I'm still holding out hope that the skies will clear up and that it won't be too chilly for us to enjoy ourselves. 

We don't celebrate the scary aspects of Halloween, but the fun things that really bring our family and community together. They are some of my very favorite memories of all - the kind that make me blubber like only a mom knows how. I can't wait for many more to come!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Family Pumpkin Carving Night 2013

It's that time again!



It's the week of Halloween, and for us that means finally carving the family pumpkin! That is pumpkin in the singular. Bless those of you who have the patience to do more than one. Bless your little hearts.


Reagan is ready for the challenge. Let's do this. :)

Oh, how we love traditions around here. I honestly don't even remember last year's pumpkin carving. It was a complete blur with a BRAND new baby in the midst of the craziness. In fact, it might have been one year ago today that we were coming home from the hospital with our little Reagy baby. And now he is big enough to join in on the fun!

There was a slight concern from the little ones as their dad made the first cut into this year's pumpkin.


Whoa, big knife there daddy!
I'm pretty sure Evelyn instructed her dad not to cut her. And after reassurances that no child cutting was going to happen, all was well with the world.




Reagan didn't want to be left out....



Like most things, he mostly just poked around at it. Don't want to get too messy, you know. I think he's going to be neat and tidy like his dad!



Finally it was time to carve a design, a job we always leave up to Eric. Well...I draw it on, he cuts. Earlier in the day the girls and I saw an idea online and it really stuck with Evelyn. We saw a picture of someone who carved a pumpkin to look like a little house. Evie wasn't going to have anything but a little house for our pumpkin friend. We're not artists in the Robert family, so we tried our best. :)


Evelyn kept trying to eat the pumpkin pieces that fell out...sheesh!


Haha, and there it is!

We set it out on the front porch, where the girls ran around like maniacs and we had a techno dance party thanks to the iPad. I'm sure the neighbors appreciated our shenanigans. Observe. 



 Time to change songs....


Now our front porch is officially ready for Halloween.


Trick or treat!

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