Halloween 2014!

Halloween!! Oh my goodness, Halloween. So much fun but kind of glad it’s over :)

Girls eating apple cider popsicles at Gopher Glen:

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We had two weekends of festivities. Carnival at Alice Shaw:

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Mummy Snacks for Ada’s Preschool class:

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She wrote all of her classmate’s names on the bags, it was so cute!

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They had pajama day and the high school kids put on a carnival with face painting, pumpkin painting, and games.

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Ward Trunk-or-Treat with Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Elsa & Anna!

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We had a carnival inside at first and then Trunk-or-Treating outside. We’ve been praying for rain, and then it came in the middle of handing out candy in the parking lot! Torrential downpour!! Luckily, we were all in the trunk and closed it up before getting soaked.

Matt & I dressed up as the King & Queen of pop (in our opinions) :) I did You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar nails, giant false lashes, & had to get a pic with my Aunt Liz as a Minion! So much fun dressing up :)

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We went to a fun party & they had these syringes with Jell-o in them :) I’m bummed I didn’t take more pics because everyone’s costumes were so good!!

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Ada in between an Anna & Olaf pumpkin – it was definitely a Frozen Halloween! A guy in our neighborhood has been carving these beautiful pumpkins since I was little.

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Favorite was when I asked Matt to go dance in the rain and he said, “I was just thinking that!” Love this boy that makes me laugh :)

Hope you all had a great time celebrating Halloween!

 

Elsa & Anna Frozen Photo Shoot

For Halloween this year, my girls are being Elsa & Anna from Frozen. I am sure we will be seeing lots of Frozen characters this year!

My friend from high school, Megan, is a talented photographer and took these beautiful pictures of Ada & Lola. She is doing Halloween mini-sessions for only $45! So worth it after all the time and effort put into costumes, plus Halloween night is always crazy anyway. My girls were stoked to wear their dresses before Halloween :) Check her work out & schedule a session at Meg McKenzie Photography!

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My Nana and I found these costumes at Costco, we knew we had to buy them right then and there otherwise they’d be gone. Sure enough, I was there a week later and the whole rack was cleared!  I just love the little wigs on them! Ada’s kind of reminds me of George Washington…don’t tell her I said that ;)

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Thank you, Disney, for making a movie that stars two beautiful leading ladies!

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Queen Elsa of Arendelle!

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Sweet sisters :)

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Happy Halloween! What are you dressing up as?

Happy Halloween!

Halloween was so much fun this year! We dressed up as Yo Gabba Gabba characters and I loved seeing people’s reactions! Little kids were so excited & people with older children looked at us like we were crazy. Awesome either way :)

Matt as DJ Lance Rock, me as Muno, Lindsay as Plex, Ada as Foofa, and Lola as Brobee!

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I got these costumes way back in February! It was a crazy good deal for the whole family, and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about it at all the month before. I must say that I’m really proud of guesstimating on the girls’ sizes 8 months out!

We went to a carnival at my mom’s school last Friday, then to our ward’s Trunk-or-Treat tonight. Both were so much fun! Tonight was the perfect amount of walking for the girls. They made one loop to all of the cars and then were joining me in the trunk to sit and look through (eat) their candy.

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Note Lola eating a blue airhead in the pic above…she was SO happy! I just love her in that costume. She looks 10xs more huggable than normal, which is a lot. I had to sew an old headband of mine to Lola’s hat to keep it on. I am seriously amazed that it didn’t fall off (I am not a seamstress at all)!

I saw this Candy Hierarchy today and laughed so hard! Heck yes Snickers is on the top tier. Check out the bottom though: “anonymous brown globs that come in black and orange wrappers” HA! Those were always the first to get traded when I was a kid! So gross.

I also loved this article about why the heck girls decide to dress up so scandalous on Halloween. We need to stop it! I’ll never forget when I lived in Provo & had just broken up with a guy. My roommates and I went to a Halloween dance and I was dressed in this awesome 80s sweater dress (see below…yes, we went to WalMart and took roommate pics) that was totally modest. I see my ex, and he is dancing with a girl wearing pretty much underwear and some wings. Sexy fairy? Victoria’s Secret angel? I don’t know. He saw me and did the smile/head nod and I just shook my head at him. I thought, “Oh, so that’s what you wanted.”

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It sucked in the moment as my hair was falling out of it’s giant 80s glamour and I was sweating buckets in my sweater dress at a dance, but looking back on it, I am so glad that I was dressed in a way that I would not be ashamed of later. You don’t have to dress sexy to look awesome and have a ton of FUN! I mean c’mon, who doesn’t want to party with a giant red Muno & furry Brobee?! I’m glad my momma taught me these things & I can look back on my costumes and not worry about my daughters seeing pictures of me in them! I hope they learn from me & I won’t have the arguments about one of them wanting to be a sexy nurse or something…ahhhh! Good thing that won’t be for a few years now :)

Photo  4Anyway, thoughts on this Halloween! Hope all of you had a great & safe one. What did you do? What did you dress up as?

JELL-O JIGGLERS Monsters!

I love that my girls are getting older and enjoying the holidays more. With Halloween around the corner, Lola has been practicing saying trick-or-treat. It usually ends with her just yelling, “CANDY!” She’s basically got it down :)

We decided to make some JELL-O JIGGLERS Monsters and it was so much fun! It couldn’t be any easier. Just add boiling water to the JELL-O mix and refrigerate. We used Lime & Orange flavors, then picked out a bunch of different sizes of containers to put our Monsters in. Little bowls, plastic containers, and such. The small guys are my favorite!

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Lola’s Scaaaary Monsters:JELL-O JIGGLERS Monsters

Ada’s Monsters that she named Koogie and Nonna:IMG_0938

I bought mini marshmallows and used food coloring pens to draw on bloodshot eyes and other different types of eyes. The girls had a blast picking out eyes and mixing them to make funny looking monster faces! We even added teeth to some, using toothpicks to stick them in.

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I just love watching my daughters get so excited about fun holiday activities like this. I wonder if it will become a tradition? My mom said that if she did something for a holiday one year, the next year I would say, “Mommy! We have to do it again! It’s tradition!” She’s such a great mom for keeping them going just for me.

Here are some other fun ideas for creepy Halloween JELL-O goodies:

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Have a Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy this time making memories with your family and friends. What is everyone dressing up as? I can’t wait to show you pictures of our family this year! :)

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.