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Pumpkins and Trick or Treating

October 30th continued-31st

After all the fun of costumes and milk jugs we moved onto the big attraction – PUMPKIN CARVING! Ken cleaned out all but one of them himself to speed along the process and the kids all took turns doing the last.101_5009

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Echo even did a little Halloween fashion. Last year’s pieces still fit!!101_5002

101_5003101_5005Onwards to Halloween and spooky pictures thanks to Art for Kids (link on right).101_5021

We got the chance to tape and then watch the movie based on the book Room on the Broom.101_5022

Of course we had to eat that GIANT rice krispie square…101_5023

Combined with the kids’ first of the program free pizza for reading from Pizza Hut. This is Trinity’s first year!!! Nana and Baba took them to pick it up (you have to have the kids there to use the coupon).101_5024

We also put up Nana’s Halloween themed window stickers.101_5025

Before we knew it it was time for an early dinner – with ORANGE jell-o (thematic).101_5026

And then time to get back into those costumes and over to the Novaks for the long anticipated Trick-or-Treating. Although we had to suddenly convince Echo that Little Red Ridinghood was a “Prinpress”. I love the addition of Trinity’s church coat to her costume. Functional and adorable. We were joined by zombies and creative painted creatures and after our Trick or Treat adventure sat back and enjoyed some Halloween themed games and visiting! Sit back and enjoy the parade of pictures!!! 

Zombie Aidan

Zombie Aidan

Alex

Alex

Ken and the girls (Snoopy too!)

Ken and the girls (Snoopy too!)

Anthony

Anthony

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The group less Echo (Andrew is the green creature)

The group less Echo (Andrew is the green creature)

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My Halloween shirt

My Halloween shirt

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Halloween Here We Are

October 30-31

The day before Halloween was the best day for us to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. I was surprised… Trinity watched it one and a half times! Even Echo sat through most of it. They giggled, they wiggled along to the music… it was great! I really need to get my hands on a copy of The Corpse Bride.  The kids decided the front needed some Halloween decorations and went out and did all this wonderful art on the sidewalk without telling us as a surprise!!

I think this is the haunted house

Jack-o-lanterns

Zander’s skeleton

What else did Tuesday have going for it? Well, we worked on our pictures from our Lego and birthday party sticker sets… the kids did their spelling and such as usual.. Emanuel coloured a child in a DINOSAUR costumepicture instead of learning about a NEW dinosaurs…

In dinosaur costume

There was also that SECOND pumpkin to spiffy up. This time everyone but Trinity put their hands in (or spoons at least) and got it cleaned out. We did a ghosty, vampire face on this one! I think it turned out rather neat!

Group effort

Gavin trying carving

Pumpkins together

And then to top off the day we took the kids out in the front yard for a trial run of the costumes! I will definitely redo the ones of Trinity and Echo, Trinity with face paint and Echo to get the BEST image we can of her with the Death of Rats (seriously we love Terry Pratchett can you tell?). In fact, that feltie is my idea designed by Ken and stitched by yours truly! 

Death and her Death of Rats!

Our very own Chococat

Batman (Zander) and Spiderman (Gavin in ACTION POSES

One of my all time favourites… PENGUIN !!!

The 5 together

We took the advice of Art for Kids and did our own water colour resist using crayons and black water colour paint. You can find instructions HERE. They had a blast drawing their spooky pictures and then painting the black over. I am not sure where all my water colours went as I am rather sure I had some small packages BUT Gavin was nice enough to share his set! 

The painting

Our finished art!

Now HALLOWEEN! Well, it was a wonderful day! I slept in way more than I expected to… this bug had me looped and I was up late the night before working on Echo’s Christmas present (photos  to come), thankfully Ken was able to continue his application code and job search and let me sleep while the kids had fun with Legos and toys and things. We have recently done a clothes sort for the season so it SHOULD be easier for the boys to keep their room clean with less clothing in the drawers. Note I said SHOULD. We did work on some pictures I printed from Activity Village(my go to place for so many crafty things) and enjoyed the sunshine at the kitchen table. 

Playing with goo

I have yet to let the twins know but as of Halloween they BOTH met their 20 sessions of reading and earned their pizza coupons! So now we have to determine when they can use them.  I took some time and baked some chocolate cakes and as per Darcy’s request we covered one in ORANGE cream cheese icing (sorry no picture). I actually found a nice and simple recipe for it as follows (ok not the cake, that was a box mix!): Quick and Easy Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz of Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 2 – 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

METHOD

1 With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing. 2 Add the vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness and thickness. 3 Either spread on with a blunt knife or spatula, or spoon into a piping bag to decorate your cake or cupcake.

Once all of that was done, Ken showered and the kids prepped to go we packed our pumpkins up and headed out to the Novak’s. When we got there they were having an impromptu dance/carving party so our pumpkins fit right in. 

Carving

Our pumpkins came along for the ride

Since Andrew and Anthony were not ready for their plans Ken and I took Aidan (and briefly Alex before he headed back to wait for his ride) and our 5 and started trick or treating on the street the Novaks live on. We made it all around and back to wait for Darcy while she dropped off the 3 big boys for their groups. Darcy got back and we piled into their van and headed to a newer neighbourhood to round off our fun with a couple more streets.

Trick or treat!

The 6 we took out all together

After that it was back to the house to eat some candy and play some bingo! 

Bingo!

We hung out until nearly 10 when Echo was definitely in need of bed and all of the Novak boys were home (well except Big Andy who ended up with truck issues).

The whole group!

On the ride home we had 4 of 5 kids ASLEEP in the van (Echo went back and forth, I think she is getting closer to potty training and was annoyed that her diaper was wet… sadly with all the goings on we have been doing disposable more now). We stopped off for the closest thing I could get to a slurpee – fountain pop… and then home we went.  Definitely different from our previous Halloweens but in a good way. Our kids had fun, they spent time with special friends and basically family and Ken and I got to spend time with not only an amazing friend but our godson too. The kids really look forward to their time with the Novaks and when they ARE all together it seems like they do nothing but have fun. 

We had soooo much fun!

Saying Good-Bye for 3 Weeks

October 28-29

On Sunday we spent our last day with Nana and Baba before their 3 week excursion to Mexico (Talum). Lazy iPad playing, hanging around the house sort of day! 

Making pictures using stickers from the weekend fun

Which had myself working on a costume accessory for Echo and Ken and his mom doing a joint (but mostly Nana) effort on another more major aspect. 

Fits perfectly

And of course gaming with Daddy and Baba before bed but AFTER pizza… 

Gaming

Ken drove them to the airport at the crack of dawn Monday and then we settled in for a rather lazy but Halloween themed day… starting with sleeping in… moving to MOVIES in PJ’s and then from there… pumpkins! Well… pumpkin… we were too worn out and everyone getting over a bug to do both… but Tuesday will become pumpkinS. 

Ken’s choice on the pumpkins

Supervising the cleaning

All together with one pumpkin cleaned (Zander left)

Continuing the supervision during the carving stage

Group effort on the features!

Movie time consisted of a Magic Schoolbus cd of 3 eps, Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost and Scooby Doo and the Zombie Island all rounded off with Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Willie Wonka. With bits of schoolwork in between.

MOVIES

The final project of the day was to do a mini movie review for their movie of choice – super simple – Title, Main Characters, Favourite Part, and of course – a picture!!! 

Zander

Emanuel

Gavin

We ended our day with runny noses and slightly cranky kids BUT we had a great day!

All glowy and stuff