Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

The last few days have been full of Halloween festivities. Yesterday Levi had his Halloween party at school while Lillian and I went to a Halloween party hosted by one of her friends. They both had a blast and came home with a bag full of goodies and fun things.

Last night, John's parents came over for our annual pumpkin carving. This year the kids were more involved with the process, which makes it even more fun for them.

Shirtless helpers assisting Papa
The family with our pumpkins-
John's on the left, Lillian's in the middle, and Levi's on the right

Our pumpkins all lit up
Today has been filled with Halloween-themed food and low-key fun around the house before we got ready for trick-or-treating. Levi was the Incredible Hulk and Lillian was a butterfly. Unfortunately, the rain didn't make for the best trick-or-treating weather, but the kids enjoyed it.

We also had some fun with an old wig I pulled out of the Halloween costume bin. Even Papa got in on the action.

They ended their night snuggled up watching "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"


Monday, October 28, 2013

Simple Fall Decorating

I have always enjoyed decorating my house with seasonal touches. However, each season it seems to get harder to do. Life is busy with my little ones and decorating gets pushed to the bottom of the list. This fall was no exception. Just last week, I swapped out some of the more summery decor for some touches of fall.

I know some people are not seasonal decorators. You have your decor and you stick to it year-round. That's fine if it works for you, but it isn't hard to make some changes to get your house "dressed" for a new season.

A lot of it has to do with color. There are definitely colors that come to mind when we think of a particular season. Adding in or swapping things out for more seasonal colors instantly transforms your decor. I don't have a whole lot of "fall" decorations. I do have a few pumpkins and small things that say "Fall" or "Harvest", but other than that, I decorate with fall colors-oranges, browns, rust, gold, etc. Even small additions and changes can make a big difference.

Also, purchasing some small pumpkins and gourds is an easy way to decorate your home this time of year.

What about you? Has fall arrived at your house yet?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This Year At The Pumpkin Patch

Where has October gone? It seems a blur and now it's almost Halloween. The temperature is dropping so we're pulling out our sweaters, coats, hats, and mittens. There are Christmas decorations already in the stores. I know I'll blink again and it will be Thanksgiving.

Levi is keeping busy at school. He absolutely loves it! I see him learning lots of things and his curiosity seems to grow by the day. He wants to know about things and asks what new words mean, all the while filing it away so he can pull it out later and wow us with his understanding.

Lillian has had the chance to get to know some new friends her age now that Levi is at school three mornings a week. It has also been nice to connect with the moms of these little ones.

This month, we visited a few pumpkin patches. One trip never seems like enough. We went back to Denny's Pumpkins in Independence with my mom a few weeks ago. We came home with pumpkins, squash, and gourds for decoration and eating.

This past weekend we went on the Autumn Drive in McHenry County and ended up at Cody's Farm again. There they enjoyed the pedal tractors, barrel train, goats, and playing in the corn. We also picked our pumpkins for carving.