Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween before Halloween

There's a lot of great reasons why to have Halloween before the real Halloween. One of them is carving pumpkins early. I love having a date where my cousin Kate can come over and use her mad pumpkin carving skills to whip up whatever pumpkin the kids ask for! This isn't just any pumpkin carver, she wins contests!!
The kids love to have the 'ok' to grab pumpkin guts and get all messy. Not that they would need the 'ok' to do it, because they would anyways. But why not carve pumpkins multiple times? They go bad in a few weeks anyway, well in Ava's case it was a few days. For whatever reason her pumpkin was rotting inside and her Kitty turned out to be known as Smelly Cat. I think we sang Smelly Cat about 50 times that day.......whaaaaat are they feeding youuuuuu......(if you don't know what I am talking about, go back in time and watch some Friends episodes....or just turn on TBS right now.

Ava is obsessed with kitties right now. Thank-you pottery barn for carrying a kitty costume. Now if only Ava's kitty impression didn't sound like a dying cat.
This is one of many costumes Austin may wear for Halloween. This one happens to be somewhat tight, apparently he grew since I ordered the costumes in June. Ok not June, but I did get them really early. Never can be too prepared.
Another reason to have an Early Halloween is putting on those costumes for the first time and capturing it on a beautiful day. When has Halloween ever been a nice holiday with sunshine? Hasn't it rained for the past 5, 10, 15 years!?
Apparently Kitty Cats climb on pumpkins....
Love that tail!
the many faces of Leonardo
We also like to make Halloween books that are spiral bound mini booklets filled with pictures of the kids carving pumpkins, wearing their costumes, and trips to Post Family Farms.

my favorite one! hi-yah!!!

As many kids change their minds as it gets closer to Halloween about what they want to wear, I want to make sure I capture them in the moment that they actually want to put on their costumes.

Enough Kitty pictures!? ok just one more!
Can you make out the kitty face? Kate did a great job considering the stinkin' pumpkin was rotten! Smelly cat didn't last long on our porch!

There is Austin's ninja turtle pumpkin! He loved it. He kissed it over and over and was so proud!  It's not too late to dress up your kids and have Halloween before Halloween. If we have any good days left...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Golden Birthday: 30 on the 30th

My birthday weekend extravaganza was nothing short of amazing. I had told Jason months before my birthday that I didn't want to 'just go out for dinner' for my birthday. Don't get me wrong, birthday dinners can be amazing, a night out with just the two of us is so cherished these days. BUT, this year was my golden birthday!! Not a big deal!? Well, it was to me!

Plus don't all girls cringe when they hear the word thirty? I shudder. I don't want to be thirty. Nor do I want to be twenty. I am glad I am done with being broke in college and not to mention the constant exams in PA school. But surely most parents dream of the days before kids. Wondering what we did with ALL that spare time!?  And why didn't we travel more!?

But Jason, my parents, and great friends made my birthday weekend pretty amazing.

Jason and I ran to Chicago just for the day on Friday to go shopping. We made it downtown to go to the Louis Vuitton store to pick up my birthday present and then ran like crazy to make it in time for our reservations at RPM Italian. I've wanted to go there ever since it opened and it was just as amazing as everyone said it was.

Then on Saturday night a birthday party was put together at our neighborhood club house (which looked the most amazing it ever had in my opinion!).

 We had our own wine connoisseur since it was a wine tasting party!
 Jason built this bar in a few short days that fit perfectly in the clubhouse.
 Adorable decorations of candles, jars, burlap, and old pictures!
 Tammy made a peach sangria that was right up my alley!
 He is nothing short of amazing! It was a beautiful and fun party that I will never forget.

 My parents were there tasting wine and enjoying the party. Most everyone in the neighborhood know them by now!
The room was filled with people I love! I felt so very blessed! The weekend finished out with a neighborhood couples golf outing on Sunday and all of my family coming over to share Labor Day with us. It was a such a nice long weekend.

I look forward to a nice night out for birthday dinner next year ;)
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