This weekend…pumpkin carving

This weekend we carved our pumpkins and did lots of cleaning.  Setting up new little cozy corners in the house, washing coats and gloves, and winter blankets.  There has been a shift in the air and we are embracing every moment of it.

Isabella scooping out the "guts"

Isabella scooping out the “guts”

I love Blackburn's face in this photo.  He was surprised at all the seeds.

I love Blackburn’s face in this photo. He was surprised at all the seeds.

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Isabella sketching her pumpkin's face

Isabella sketching her pumpkin’s face.  Next to a pocket knife and screw driver and a drill at her feet.  Don’t you use the same tools when carving your pumpkins? 

I helped Blackburn with his  carvings, he instructed.

I helped Blackburn with his carvings, he instructed.

Ben carved the bottom of his to wear.

Ben carved the bottom of his to wear.

I find this very creepy

I find this very creepy

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Georgie is like a Halloween decoration

Georgie is like a Halloween decoration.

I can never get them to hold still long enough for a good picture together.  This was perfect.

I can never get them to hold still long enough for a good picture together. This was perfect.

I hope you had a lovely weekend and were able to join in the Halloween spirit.  Almost time…there are discussions at our house of witch costumes (the evil kind, not the good kind), the hulk, a creepy doll, a medieval time girl and a few other ideas thrown in for good measure.

 

This weekend…

This weekend in between soccer games and a quick visit to the hospital after a soccer injury, we squeezed in a visit to the thrift store. We went to see if we could find any Halloween decorations.  There were a few, but none that interested us too much.  My thrifting motto has always been that if interests me enough to pick up and carry through the store while negotiating three children through narrow aisles, packed with people and if I still have it in my hand by the time I reach the check out counter, it is worth purchasing.  This time around I found some pastel dishes (usually not my thing, but I really liked these), a Roseville pottery crock, a corn husk doll sealed in glass from Czechoslovakia and some books for the kids.  Ben found a couple of soccer jerseys and Blackburn snagged a Transformer car from the toy aisle.  I also found two skirts (which I will post a photo of at another time).

Ben and Vita made some gluten-free cinnamon rolls from scratch.  Each time they make them they get better and better. We spent Sunday night putting up some Halloween items, including putting Vita’s Frankenstein monster in the window and hanging up skeleton and ghost lights on the fireplace.

She is much better now.  She went down at the end of the game after scoring three goals back to back. She collided with another girl and hurt her leg.  At first we thought it was her knee because she could not walk so to be safe we took her straight to the hospital.  Turns out she has a very bad bruised muscle.  A very expensive bruise!

She is much better now. She went down at the end of the game after scoring three goals back to back. She collided with another girl and hurt her leg. At first we thought it was her knee because she couldn’t walk so to be safe we took her straight to the hospital. Turns out she has a very bad bruised muscle. A very expensive bruise!

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Happy Halloween

Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven”

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“ ’Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”

Happy Halloween all you ghosts and goblins! I hope you get more treats than tricks.

Makeup mania

We had a lot of fun tonight at a friend’s Halloween Party.  The kids painted pumpkins, listened to spooky music, roasted marshmallows, snacked on good food and we all dressed up for the occasion.  We busted out the Halloween makeup.  Isabella was a zombie, Ben was her unfortunate victim, Blackburn had a skeleton face, Vita Rose was a rainbow fairy (her own creation), and I painted my face like the Day of the Dead skulls.

Blood just applied.

Family portrait for 2012

We got this Japanese Lantern awhile ago and finally lit it. It was really cool to see it float off into the air.

My favorite picture of the night!

The best part is that the party started at 5:00, was great for the kids, was close to our house and now it is a little after 9:00 pm and all of our kids are cleaned up and asleep in their beds.  Happy (early) Halloween!