Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Calhouns in October

Editor's Note: He says this post is so long no one is going to read it. Consider yourself warned.

I can't believe how fast October flew by! It's now gone with the wind. Literally. The wind we had here yesterday was crazy! Thankfully it calmed down in time for my photo shoot. I'm definitely enjoying the cooler weather! Got my scarfs and boots out and everything! So, here's a quick synopsis of what the Calhouns did in October.

My kids had Fall Break for the first time ever. We never had Fall Break growing up, but, I have to say, I liked it. It's a nice little change of pace, if only for a week. As a family, we made the trek to Vertuccio Farms. It was a lot of fun, but got hot as the morning wore on. Before we drove out there, we stopped at Dunkin Donuts, a special treat for my kids. However, I made the mistake of letting them pick out chocolate donuts. Lesson learned. It really was a cute little farm, but, like with most things, my kids enjoyed doing the not-so-farmish things the most. We rode big pedal cars, jumped on a huge trampoline-bouncyhouse-thing-a-majig, saw (and talked) to all sorts of animals, rode the train, and EVERYONE whined and complained in the corn maze. It was everything I expected :)! But, seriously, if the Calhouns life depended on getting out of a corn maze, we'd all be goners.

The smile on this guys face whilst riding the pedal car was well worth the drive.

Jace begged to jump on the thing-a-ma-jig, and enjoyed it more than anything else on the farm. Love that smile!

Tate wasn't too comfortable on the thing-a-ma-jig (that's what I'm calling it until someone corrects me), so he convinced Daddy to push him on the swing.
We took a tour of all the animals...There were cows, chicks, ducks, geese, and pigs, to name a few.

Tate had us laughing hysterically when he started a conversation with one of the goats!
Goat, are you in there? What are you doing? Are you hiding? Can you come out? To which Richard remarked "You think the kids have seen one too many movies where the animals talk?" Too funny!

My kids were DYING to ride the train! I love these faces!

And then...there was the corn maze. I'll just end on that note, because what happened next was quite pathetic.

We also picked pumpkins as well. I had this grand idea that this year instead of carving our pumpkins we were going to decorate them. I saw so many cute ideas on pinterest, and had even ripped some ideas out of a magazine. So it was very difficult for me when my kids didn't like any of them. Instead, they had their own ideas, and I was having mad anxiety that they weren't turning out as I planned. I had to take deep breaths and remember that it was all for them anyways. Here's the end result.
I didn't get the picture until Halloween night, and unfortunately, Tate's pumpkin didn't survive until then.
The kids and I also made bats, lots of them! You can see these decorative bats we made in our Halloween pics, but, unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of the 70 Halloween treats we made for their classmates. Here's a picture I took from the Skip To My Lou blog where I got the tutorial and pattern.

It was quite a process, and even Dad helped. The kids school doesn't have Halloween parties, but they do let them pass out treats and the end of the day if they want. The bats were a hit!

Now, for the grand finale! Our homemade Halloween costumes! I'm not talking about the kind you make yourself, but no one can really tell. This was our first attempt at anything like this, and I was very proud of the fact that we only spent $5 this year (versus the almost $100 plus we've spent in years past). I already know what we're doing next year. I can't wait!

I got the idea for Jace to be Clark Kent off Pinterest. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew he had to do it! I don't think the picture does him justice. He looked rather cute, and pretty much everyone knew who he was!

Tate was adorable! He had a "will work for candy" sign, and when anyone would ask what he was, he would say "I work for candy!"

We didn't decide that Jaren would be a pirate until the week before Halloween. But he loved it, and that's all that matters!
I've never been super into Halloween, but I'm getting better and I'm starting to collect more and more decorations. My kids (and myself) love it!
I almost forgot. I also attended the Mother/Son Dance with my babies, the two that are in school anyway! We had a really good time dancing untill the wee hour of 7:30! Love these two!

1 comment:

Erika said...

Looks like a fabulous October! I love the bats...super cute. And glad you had fun at the Farm!