The weather's changing, the leaves are falling, and the kids are back in school full swing. In September, our little aspiring artist Junie won an art contest and her prize was a staring role in a community production of Stone Soup. Strange award - I know, but she loved it. The play was part of a community fundraiser for SEICAA and June was so excited to help serve those who don't have as much as she has.
She got a medal and everything! We also got to sample soups from different businesses in the area. I am still dreaming about that bacon, potato and cheese soup from Texas Roadhouse!
Then on to October and costume time! This year, our family went with a Muppets theme for Halloween. We are so lucky to have a Nana Deb who possesses the vision to turn felt, feathers and foam into these masterpieces.
We really miss our Oklahoma friends, and especially the Halloween party they throw every year - so this year we decided to have a backyard Halloween carnival for the residency families. We planned for weeks and probably spent a small fortune at the dollar store. We had games, prizes, decorations and treats all ready to go.
Wouldn't you know it, we got a snow storm the night before the party and had to move the whole thing inside. Luckily, Kolby was post-call that day, so he transformed our toy room into a haunted house. It may have been a little more cramped, but I'm pretty sure the kids thought it was spooktacular!
I just have to include these Despicable Me costumes created by our friend Jessica (Vector). She is one talented seamstress. That's the cutest minion I've ever seen!
We finally got around to carving our pumpkins on all hallows eve.
Am I a good photographer or what? Looks like Kolby's sawing June's head off. We know how to scare the neighbors!
Winn went with a black widow.
June did the Headless Horseman - although she wanted to do the Horseless Headsman.
You probably can't tell, but I don't think Kolby had slept for about 48 hours when we carved these babies. He's that good of a dad.
Toods loves to be a part of the action. He sits right on our feet whenever we stand still for too long.
I helped Klive with his pumpkin on Halloween morning. He was adamant that we carve Hulk Smash into his pumpkin. Evil K loves to smash!
Here's June's all lit up.
Winnie's spooky masterpiece.
The girls couldn't wait to wear their costumes to their school parade and parties. The whole community shows up to watch the kids march in their costumes. I'm so glad they still do this, because It was my favorite school day when I was a kid. No costume weapons are allowed, but Mrs. Kent thought Animal could get away with wearing her chains and carrying some glowing drum sticks.
Klive was in heaven when he rolled into elementary school dressed as Kermit. The girls and ladies were showering him with cuteness compliments and he was eating it up. He loves the ladies, you know.
This was Miss Piggy's first school Halloween party and she was stoked. I got to help out with her class party and now I know I should have dressed her as a social butterfly. She's no shy little bug like Junie. Heaven help her teacher.
We took lazy man's route and hit the park for 20 minutes of trunk-or-treating. Klive turned into a trick-or-treating maniac when he learned how easy it was to score candy from strangers. When we got home, he giggled and squealed with glee as he carefully sorted his candy treasures. He even gave his sugar loot a nice tight squeeze before he went to bed, where visions of sugar babies danced in his head!