"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?"

~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween 2008

We hope everyone had a SPOOK-TACULAR Halloween this year. I am hearing lots of wonderful things from people this year about how great their Halloween's were...and ours was no exception! We were SO busy this year and it was SO FUN!!
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Our festivities started off the week before Halloween. Lindsey and myself(mostly Lindsey) held a Murder Mystery Theater Dinner party. The Laudies had one last year that was MUCH smaller. This year, we went all out. We had 11 couples there, all who dressed up, and all who made the party such a success! We did skits, ate food, and goofed off! Thank you to Kimber for letting us use your MUCH bigger and nicer house than mine...I was relieved not to have to clean!!:) Also, thanks to Lindsey for putting SO much into this party...you did a great job and it was a great night!!
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Nacho Libre(seth) and Sister EncarnaciĆ³n(me)
Hockey Player(andy) and Angel(amie)
Me, Mandy, Seth, and Liz
Kimber, Samara, Mandy, and Lisa
Seth and I arguing over our "affairs", Kimber, Andy, and Dave*
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The next day was the Becker Family Halloween Tradition. Every year we get together and play some games and eat some food and carve our pumpkins. Living in AZ, the pumpkins never last more than a day, but it's always fun!
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I think Keaton may be the only kid who LOVES the pumpkin GOO! It took a little more prodding this year, but he thought it was funny!
Even Lilee got her hands dirty!
Admiring what she had done...
The finished products. Seth's was the pirate-ee one 2nd from left, and mine is on the table on the right. I stole the idea from the Ray's, but it is an ode to ME this year. This way I will always remember exactly what I was doing on Halloween...blech!
L-R Tinkerbell(lilee), Peter Pan(Keat), Batman(Aiden), Froggie(Kolby), and Darth Vader(Alex)
Nana with the kids
Can you get ANY sweeter than this picture!?
Kolby and Brady...the little stinker!
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Some Halloween pumpkin painting!!

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For those who do not know, I have been called as the Activities Committee co-chair in my ward! I absolutely LOVE this calling, it was my favorite at the institute! What can be better than planning parties with someone else's money?! :) Well, our first BIG event was the Halloween Trunk or Treat. We were successful in getting it switched to the day before Halloween this year, so we hope everyone was happy about that! So, on Thursday, we headed over the the church and opened our trunk and enjoyed chili, cornbread, chili-dogs, macaroni for the kids, and LOTS OF CANDY!! The costumes were great, and our committee really came through for us! Despite excusing myself TWICE to throw up in the ladies room, it was a wonderful night and a total success!! Since I was busy doing ward stuff that night, Seth was in charge of both kiddos which meant there wasn't a lot of time for picture taking! SORRY!

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The morning after the Trunk or Treat, this is how I found Keaton. He had all his candy laid out, we're still not sure how he managed to get it off the shelf, and had sorted it! What a cutie!

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Then, it was time for the big day! Keaton had been excited all week and I think he thought it was over after the trunk or treat! We headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house since they just got back home from the high country! We were happy to see them and happy that they could see the kids for the first year in their costumes. We went door to door with a few of the close neighbors, who were very generous to greet us so early.
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I love this picture of my mom and Lilee...so sweet!
Grandpa and the Twinkies!
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THEN, we headed back home, picked up some pizza on the way, and made it in time to hit about 20 houses in our neighborhood. The kids managed to EACH fill their buckets a couple times this week, so we are set for the year! Lilee's costume was HUGE(I made it and got a little TULLE HAPPY)! She looked so cute walking around but wanted to go where SHE wanted to go. It was a problem at my parents house, but that night, she walked across the street and plopped herself down. She was done. So, we put her in the mini stroller and the tulle covered her whole face! She looked SO CUTE! That's where she stayed the whole hour we trick or treated! The first house we went to there was this thing that scared you and even though it scared Keaton, I don't think it would have been so bad had I not jumped and/or screamed also. Keat was convinced all dark houses were scary, so we had to coax him each time. It was fun though. Every time you asked him if Peter Pan could fly. he'd put his bucket on the ground and flap his arms...so cute!
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As if the kids weren't tired enough by this point, we still had another party to go to. About 8 pm we headed over to the Boatman's home. It was decorated SO great for Halloween. They had fantastic food and even better company. Lilee perked RIGHT up and the kids spent the next half hour, at least, chasing each other in a circle! We all ate until we thought we'd burst and played until the kids couldn't take it anymore! We made it home about 10:30 and the kids crashed within seconds!
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With all the business, we didn't get any pictures that night! Oh well! I'll have to get some Target photos done soon!
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It really was a wonderful Halloween, and I'm so happy to have such beautiful kids to add to the excitement of the holidays! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

2 comments:

Kristi said...

Wow - you had so much Halloween fun!!! The kids looked soooooo cute! If I can ever convince J to dress up - I want to do a movie theme! Awesome job!

Clint and Mari Cluff said...

Tinker Bell & Peter Pan. To Cute!!!