Thursday, October 29, 2015

All About That Bean - #19: Halloween

Halloween is not my favorite.  There.  I said it. 

I’m sure I liked it as a kid, but even then I know it wasn’t my favorite.  I don’t really even remember being that excited about it. 

I’m not sure what it is.  It falls during my favorite time of year.  I love Thanksgiving.  I love Christmas.  I am just really not a fan of Halloween.

I hate the horror part of Halloween.  I hate Haunted Houses and scary movies and any fright type of thing.  I'm not into the witches and goblins and gore. 

I like the pumpkins and the cute costumes.  I love a few pieces of candy (frozen peanut butter cups and milky ways are my favorites!). I like seeing my kids’ enthusiasm for it.  I think all of the little kid costumes are adorable and I love seeing them all dressed up.  I think it’s a lot of fun to walk around the neighborhood with friends and catch up with neighbors as we trick or treat.  

I think the fun of Halloween ends for me when kids reach late elementary school (4th? 5th grade?).  That’s when it becomes kind of a ridiculous holiday for me.  

I HATE having to dress up for Halloween.  I am so grateful that my school doesn't have students or kids dress up, and I am even more grateful that I have friends who don’t have Halloween parties.  I am so happy that I don’t need to find myself a costume and dress up.   

I'm sure we'll have fun on Halloween, especially since it's a Saturday this year, but I'll be pretty happy the next morning when I turn the calendar to November 1st. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - October 2015

I'm excited to link up with MelShay, and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday. 

What we're eating this week:
It's Halloween week and I'm all about a theme.  So, all of our dinners this week are Halloween themed! 

Monday - Halloween Pizza Pot Pies (recipe HERE)
Tuesday - Pumpkin Sausage Pasta (recipe HERE)
Wednesday - Ghoul-ash (recipe HERE)
Thursday - Vampire Chicken (recipe HERE)
Friday - Mummy Pizzas (recipe HERE)
Saturday - Halloweenies (recipe HERE) and Chili 

I'm sure we'll be whipping up some pumpkin pancakes this weekend as well.  

What I'm reminiscing about:
Past Halloweens.  Every year I frame the pictures of kids at Halloween and put them on our mantle as part of our fall decorations.  I love seeing all of their old costumes and seeing them grown and change over the years. 
To see all of our past Halloween costumes, click HERE.

What I'm loving:
Halloween and pumpkin everything!  

Baking Halloween treats for parties: 
**My kids are especially loving these peanut-safe candy corn that we found at the Dollar Store.  Maddie is so excited to finally get to eat candy corn!!!
Making Halloween crafts: 
Picking pumpkins: 
Painting pumpkins: 
Carving pumpkins:
Pumpkins and mums on the front stoop:
October is the best!

What we've been up to:
We've been having lots of fall fun.  Between soccer, Halloween parties, and other fall events, we've been busy.  Last weekend was the annual Fall Carnival at Maddie's school, and the kids had a blast.  This year we let Maddie go off on her own and walk around with her friends, which she LOVED.  I didn't get many pictures of her, but I did see her having fun in a mummy-making contest with her friends:
The little girls were super excited to play all of the games and win price tickets: 
And of course, the bouncy slide is always a big hit: 
 Love these three: 

What I'm dreading:
Not a whole lot.  We're heading into the very best time of the year!  I love when the calendar turns to September 1st.  I love it even more when the calendar turns to October 1st even more.  But I really, really love November 1st - December 31st.  It's my very favorite time of the year.  I love all of the traditions, the festivities, the fun.  I can't wait.

What I'm working on:
Christmas cards!  I know it's only October, but I try so hard to get my Christmas card picture and the card designed early.  It's so nice to get this Christmas task done early in November.  We had family pictures taken last weekend and I'm hoping there's a picture in there we can use for our cards.  I usually order my cards from Shutterfly or Snapfish.  I find there is always a big sale around Verteran's Day, so I'm trying to get my cards finished and in my shopping cart so I'll be ready to order. 

What I'm excited about:
Planning our next trip to Disney!  I LOVE the planning part (read more about it HERE).  It is almost as fun as the actual trip.  Resorts are booked, plane tickets are booked, meals are reserved.  

What I'm reading/watching:
I still haven't read one book since early September.  I miss it so much, but I just can't seem to get my brain to slow down enough to focus on a book.  Between work and home, there's just too much going on.  

Secrets & Intro To The Story of “How I Met Your Mother” | Ben K ...
I'm still watching "How I Met Your Mother."  I'm halfway through Season 8 and then I'm on to the last season.  I love this show! I love that it's only a half hour show so the episodes go really fast.  I can squeeze one in here and there.  I've become slightly obsessed with it and have watched nothing else in the last 2 weeks.  I watch it super early in the morning before work.  I watch it before bed.  I watch it on early mornings over the weekend.  I can't wait to see what happens, but I don't want it to end all at the same time. 

What I'm listening to:
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When I have the kids in the car with me, which is most of the time, we're listening to "The Descendants" soundtrack.  

What I'm wearing: 
The weather has been cool in the morning and warmer during the day, so it's all about layers around here.  

The kids have been wearing Halloween-themed clothes.  Aren't these outfits so cute?  
My sister sent them to us for Halloween and the girls LOVE them!

What I'm doing this weekend:
Saturday is Halloween so we'll be trick-or-treating with friends and neighbors.  On Sunday it's soccer times two and we'll probably start raking some leaves.  Ready for a fun, relaxing weekend. 

What I'm looking forward to next month: 
Everything about November.  Leaves.  Crisp, cool days.  Our anniversary.  Thanksgiving.  Christmas shopping and decorating.  It's the best.

What else is new:
I've had some great little helpers in the kitchen.  The other night Maddie wanted to bake something on her own.  She wanted to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch.  I double-checked her measurements, but other than that, she made them completely on her own!  She even put them in and out of the oven.  I was so proud of her!
At the same time, Lily helped me to make cupcakes for her class party.  She did mostly everything too - including cracking the eggs.  
I love having little baking helpers!

What's your favorite Thanksgiving recipe:
My favorite Thanksgiving recipes are my Aunt Mary's Stuffing and Aunt Mary Ann's cranberry sauce.  They are both so, so good.  I'll share the recipes soon!