Halloweenie 2013ie

This year Halloween sort of took a back seat to our trip.  Being out of town for two weeks left little time for costume planning.  Early on Joy had the genius idea of me, her and Katrina dressing as the witches from Hocus Pocus.  We were all stoked for our costumes.  Until it came down to the week of Halloween where there was lots of scrambling.  Katrina and I put our costumes together the day of our friends annual Halloween party.  And you know what?  We nailed it.Halloween_04I think we were pretty spot on with our costumes.  Too bad I went from having a scratchy throat to full blown snotty, stuffy cold in a matter of 3 hours.  I felt like garbage.  Unfortunately we didn’t stay very long at the party.  We planned on going out to Rob’s bar on Halloween so we could dress up again, but then Joy was sick and our time as the Sanderson Sisters was done.

Now for Max’s costume.  We had no idea what he was going to be.  We really wanted to take advantage of this probably being the last year we could control what he dressed as so we wanted it to be good.  I had too much on my plate so Rob became the head of the Max costume department.  He chose Hulk Hogan but we couldn’t find a yellow tank top, and for some reason neither of us were really feeling it.  So we asked Max what he wanted to be.  Of course we had to explain what you do on Halloween and dressing up and trick or treating.  Then we gave him examples of costumes; witch, wizard, bat, robot.  As soon as we said robot he was all about it.  So the day before Halloween Rob carved out a couple of boxes and when I got off of work on Halloween I worked my magic with foil and construction paper and glow sticks that we’ve had in our Halloween boxes for 4 years.  And Max Bot 2.5 came alive.Halloween_02We didn’t really think about how well he could move in it so there was a lot of assistance walking up steps and holding his candy bag (Which I made!!!).  His buttons said Jump, Hi-5 and Laser.  And yes he did those things and made laser noises.  Halloween_01

Halloween_03He got the hang of trick or treating pretty quickly.  We only went to about 6 houses I think.  He got a littler overwhelmed at houses where there were lots of kids, which there were a ton of.  I don’t remember there being so many last year, but man alive our street was hoppin’.  When we got home we dumped out his bag and I separated the candy with nuts from the rest and put it away (for me and Rob).  The remaining candy went into a special bowl on the counter.  Every day if he’s well behaved and takes a nap he can have one piece after his nap.  It’s been a good incentive for napping, but definitely doesn’t always work, and no, we don’t plan on bribing him with candy forever.  Just until it’s gone, which won’t be very long if I keep eating it.

I’d say we had a pretty good Halloween  Max loved his costume and still having fun with it, wearing it and stomping on it because after all he is a destructive two year old.

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Pumpkin Hunting

The weekend before our trip we went to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.  The same pumpkin patch we go to every year.  The weather was incredible, and even a little warm.  And the beauty of going early in the season is that it wasn’t that busy.PumpkinPatch_01

PumpkinPatch_03These two have the sweetest relationship.  I’m really glad Katrina’s living in Portland again (and with us!).  Together they found the perfect little pumpkin.  We opted for small ones so we didn’t have to carry huge ones back.PumpkinPatch_04

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PumpkinPatch_05We have yet to do any carving or painting with them.  Maybe we’ll get around to it before Halloween.  Probably not.

Easter with the Family

Easter.  When I think of Easter I think of getting together with family, dressing up, and having a nice dinner.  And also waking up to a basket of treats brought in the night by a bunny.  Max was visited by the Easter Bunny this year, three times.  He got THREE Easter baskets.  In them were cars, magnet toys, bubbles, and play-doh, little boy underwear (SO CUTE OMG), a pop up book and a stuffed Dumbo.  Easter_04It was a lovely afternoon spent with our family.  We had a delicious dinner in the backyard and it was just the best.  You know those days where you throw together last minute gatherings and they turn out to be really great and perfect?  It was that.  Stress free and full of happy people and things like mimosas and in Max’s case blueberries to lick off of the table.Easter_03And to make up for the not so great photos taken of us the day before at Max’s party, I had my mom snap a few of us real quick, and I’m glad I did.Easter_01Easter_02They’re not perfect, but they kind of are.  Max will never stand still and smile.  One of us will always have a ridiculous face, and that’s ok.  As long as the lighting is good and we’re being ourselves the photos will come out great, just like they did.  But good gravy I wish this kid would take one good photo for me.  Is that really too much to ask?

Hope your Easter was great!

Happy Whatever. We’re so tired.

Here are a few of the scenes from around these parts during this holiday season.
Xmas_03Xmas_02Our tiny vintage pom pom tree is still a big hit.  This guy can’t get enough of it.
Xmas_01We joined Rob’s parents, on a very cold and very rainy night, at their condo on the Willamette to watch the Christmas ships pass by.
Xmas_04We payed a visit to our favorite Santa in town, with Katrina and Ian in tow, and Max wasn’t so into it.  But every kid has a photo crying with Santa, right?  The upset of being forced to sit on Santa’s lap was nothing a little pigeon chasing couldn’t fix though.

We have been very blessed this year with a roof over our heads, our health, and a supportive family that I can’t thank enough.  It’s also been a tough year.  Financially, emotionally, and mentally but we made it through.  This is the time of year where we put all that behind us and celebrate being together, being a family and being grateful for what we have.  And we are, we are sososososo grateful.  We are also tired.2012ChristmasCard_01