Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Halloween Day

Halloween started off bright and early with the elementary school parade at 9:30am. Since Halloween was on a Friday and the kids have early out on Friday, it pushed everything up a few hours. This is Cooper during the parade. The kids just parade in and out of all the classrooms in the school and then end up back in their classroom.
After the parade, I went and did the party in Delaney's classroom. I now understand why my friends that are teachers despise Halloween. There was a kid that puked in Delaney's classroom and then proceeded to stay the rest of the day with HIS MOTHER RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. Is it just me or is that a little odd. Take him home for goodness sakes. Then one of those lovely masks that shoot blood down through them leaked all over the carpet in her classroom. Poor Mr. Antonio, the janitor was working OT in Delaney's classroom that day. Here she is during one of the games being transformed into the cutest mummy ever.
Here are all of my little goblins. McKenzie was the sassy little witch which we hope is not foreshadowing her teenage years because she is still the sweetest girl. Delaney was Tiger Lily from Peter Pan but everyone thought she was Pocahontas. And of course the only costumes we can get the boys to wear are some sort of athletic wear which is fine with me now. A few years ago this was not acceptable to a mother who liked to orchestrate a themed Halloween for her little ones. After Cooper spent a Halloween hiding in the bushes all night because I made him dress up like Captian Hook, I vowed never to ruin another Halloween for him again.

Our ward did a Trunk-or-Treat that night at the church. It was the first time we have done that and I had a few mixed feelings about it. I am all about a ward activity but I don't know that I liked it the actual night of Halloween. The kids had a great time so I guess that is all that matters. Grandpa Billy had come down to golf with some friends so he was able to come and hang out with us for the party as well. Later on that night while the girls were out trick-or-treating, Grandpa took Coop over to one of the haunted houses in the neighborhood. Coop was scared out of his mind but glad Grandpa was there to protect him. We don't raise the bravest of kids around our house. Boston has never been so excited for a holiday season to pass. He can now run errands peacefully with me without being scared and terrified of all the scary decor.

The Tradition Lives On

Throughout my childhood years my cute mom started the tradition of making sugar cookies not just for Halloween but for every holiday you could find a cookie cutter for. Without fail whenever Valentine's, St. Paddy's, Easter, Halloween, etc. came around mom was stirring up a batch of sugar cookies for all of us chickadees. It doesn't hurt that she makes the absolute BEST sugar cookie around. The recipe is a single batch but mom always five, yes you read that right, FIVE timesed(is that a word?)the batch. And believe it or not it probably only took a few hours for us to devour every last crumb of those cookies. I'd like to blame that on my four bros but unfortunately my sis and I held our own with the sweets. So in keeping with Bodily tradition the week before Halloween the kids and I destroyed the kitchen and made sugar cookies-but we only tripled the recipe. My only regret is that I didn't take a picture of all the works of art that were created. The kids did a great job and we had so much fun!

Carving Pumpkins

The Sunday before Halloween we had the kids carve their pumpkins but realized later that it was probably a little too soon because by the time Halloween came on Friday the pumpkins were a little moldy already. Here is Wader helping Delaney scrape the gunk out of her pumpkin and Kenzie taking care of business with hers.
Coop sporting his way over-grown chia pet hairdo and the pattern of what he wants his big guy to look like.

Scott helping Kenz carve her pattern. He was not thrilled with my "patterns" that I picked up for the kids. He wanted to know where the good ole days of yester year had gone when you just hand the kid a knfe and let them start cutting out a scary face. He was a good sport to humor us throught the process.

Here are the finished products! Kenzie's is on the left and is supposed to be the werewolves. Cooper's is in the middle with the cross bones and skull and Delaney's is on the right with the singing ghosts.

Cooper and Delaney ended up taking theirs to school for the pumpkin carving contest at school and Cooper won second place for his. I am not sure that was honest seeing as how Scott and I had to do most of the work!

Family Night at Staheli Farm

A few weeks ago we went over to Staheli Farms for Family Night and had a riot. The kids thought it was the greatest. It is a good thing we live in a little small town community because when our kids get out like that, there is no way to contain them and keep them right by our side. The boys were in heaven running from one activity to the other. Boston of course couldn't believe his eyes when he found a real live "Wilbur" that kept snorting at us everytime we poked him. Can you blame him?
Here's Delaney petting the cute little ponies.

Each of the kids took a turn on these fun swings made out of tires. They were perfect for Delaney and Cooper but we decided McKenzie might be a little too old for them since her feet were dragging the entire tire she was on it. Then it was Boston's turn and he scared us all to death because we thought he was going to fly off the thing as Scott was prompting him to go one handed for the eight second count.

Look at all those cute little booties!

We finished off the night by going on a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and running through the corn maze.