Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I hope that everyone had a safe, fun-filled Halloween...we certainly did! Landry had a Halloween Party with all of his friends at daycare and came home with quite a bit of loot. Since it was Wednesday, that meant that he got to spend the afternoon with Nawnie! Before we left Nawnie's house we had a little photo shoot of our Bam-Bam.
I have to add that most of the time when I want a picture he will stand just like he did here, cross his hands, and say, "cheese." I love it!

Once we were at home I asked him if he wanted to go trick or treating. Sometimes he would say yes and other times he would say no. If I mentioned something sbout getting candy then he would always answer yes. :o) After 4 or 5 groups of kids had come to our door he was then asking to we headed out...not really expecting much.
If you know Landry then you know he is not a man of many words. Meaning, if you are a stranger, he is not saying a word to you. Even if you aren't a stranger, he can be pretty silent sometimes. Chad and I were pretty sure that there was NO way he would walk up to a strange house, ring the doorbell, say trick or treat, and then take some candy. know me well enough to know that I had to get him to try...and guess what...he LOVED it! Totally blew us away!!!!
We originally planned to go to 3-4 houses but we actually made it to 10 or 12. He said trick or treat and thank you each and every time. If you can't tell...I am BEAMING with pride right now! My sweet, quiet, super shy little man was a doll. He got tons of compliments on his costume...and was told many times that he was just the cutest thing. I couldn't agree more! Finally we told him that it was time to come home. Here's his loot:

He knew exactly what to do with that bucket of candy...first it was "cheese" time...
then it was time to go for the Snickers!

"Dats petty good, Mommy!"

Of course he had to finish the night with his favorite...M&Ms!

He was very interested in the kids that came to our door. He quickly realized that they were asking for candy, too. He was soooooo sweet and kept telling me, "I gif dem my nandy, Mommy...wook...fum my bucket." Melt. my. heart. How could it be that this sweet thing who was just so brave and went trick or treating now wanted to give all of his candy to the kids that came to our house? Again...beaming with pride. I told him not to worry that we had other candy to give them...but he INSISTED that his bucket needed to go next to the other bucket of candy. Needless to say, the evening was a HUGE success! Oh how I love my little Bam Bam!!!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Monster Bash

Last night we hosted a "Spooktacular Halloween Monster Bash" at our house. Now you know that I love to plan a good's true...I love creating a theme, the decor, the food...all of it. I have never really done a lot of decorating for Halloween in the past. This year I had a blast decorating...and thanks to the "Dollar Spot" at Target, Dollar Tree, and Michael's I was able to find lots of fun, glittery, festive decor items!

Scary and Boo signs came from the "Dollar Spot" at Target...the adorable black cat was from Dollar Tree...the glittery pumpkins and boa came from Michael's

The dining room table...

The mantle...

Tulle wrapped pumpkins...inspired by Pinterest

Bam Bam wanted to get in on the pictures, too!

By now you know that I love to come up with clever little names for yummy snacks and food...
Graveyard Guacamole
Zombie Hearts...aka cream cheese and chili sauce

Mummy Cupcakes...another Pinterest inspiration

Frankenstein Fruit...yup, thanks Pinterest

Mummy Dogs

Skeleton Bones...yet again...Pinterest to the rescue :o)
Pretzels with mini marshmallows covered in candy coating...DELICIOUS!
And it isn't fall without caramel apples!
Create your own caramel apple bar...caramel, apples, nuts, marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate chips...yummy! I forgot to get a picture of the entire was pretty cute. :o)

As you can see...the cupcakes were a hit!

Kiddie Cupcake Corner!
We told the kids they had to eat their cupcake in the kitchen so that it didn't get in the all three of them stood along the wall like they were in some kind of "cupcake prison!"

Of course the best part of the party is seeing everyone in their costumes! I made a make-shift photo booth on our patio...cue the cuties!
To all of the my photography friends out you are ever able to get cute pictures of kiddos is amazing to are my heroes!
Here are my attempts at getting 4 children in one shot...priceless. :o)
Landry and Nolan...aka...Bam Bam and a tiger!

Bam Bam, a mermaid, and a ninja

and more cutie...if I couldn't get two children to look at once, or three, why did I think I could get four?

Things I love about this picture...1. Ashley's hand wrangling in her tiger 2. Tommy has the bubble gun 3. Victoria was beautiful and smiling perfectly in every shot 4. Landry stood still like a statue the entire time! :o)

The Klinger Family...
loved Troy's tattoo he looked like a really creepy prisoner...
and Denise was a fierce looking Bat Girl!
The Edell Family...aka Goldilocks and the three bears!

Finn the Human, from Adventure Time on Cartoon Network...aka Davis

Dorothy and the Scarecrow...aka Frank and Sheri

The Netto Family

Here we are...The Rubbles!

Landry really wanted to get a picture with "his baby" Amelia! Here are the proud daddies...notice that Landry is holding Amelia's sweet!

Barney and Bam Bam

Bam Bam and his proud mama, Betty!

Dorothy and Betty

The entire group...minus Dorothy...she was still working as a dj...oh and Ryan...who was the photographer!

I think it is safe to say that everyone had a great time. It was so fun having everyone together, with all our crazy children, costumes, yummy treats, drinks, and of course...great friendship!