Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pre Halloween Post

I just had to post a few of these from the first snow. I can't remember the date, but it was a week or two before Halloween and we woke up to a little surprise. The girls were so excited they had to go right out and play.
 They didn't last long, but that's ok.
 Now on to the Halloween festivities. These were actually, pre-Halloween. Tayler (my sis in law) decided we needed to have a family Halloween party. Our Rylee had a cough and we didn't want to bring her to my sis in law's house to be around her new baby. And seeing as we do a family costume, and we didn't want to do it without Rylee we had to come up with something quick. So nerds it was.

 Reese was so funny, because I don't think she quite got why we were dressed like that. She could tell it was funny, but she didn't know why. She was cute.
Here's a little something I whipped up for the party. Moist Lemon cake, with a fresh raspberry and lemon buttercream. Most importantly it was frankenstein. 
 Everyone dressed up, and they had some games for the kids, complete with prizes, the kids loved it.
 And a party is not complete without a makeshift, "photo booth"

 The next night was pumpkin carving time. We had Jack o' Lantern shaped pizza.
 Jeremy's family is really good at carving pumpkins, even the little girls used patterns so everyone's pumpkins looked great. I didn't get any great shots of them though, I am sad to say. But they were really good. Here's the girls with Jeremy.
 Here's Rylee's effort on her pumpkin, she pulled the pieces out after I cut them.
 I love carving pumpkins, it was fun especially now that the girls are getting older.
 Had to get a shot of them in their matching skeleton jammies. These are actually from last year, and I'm surprised Reese's still fit. Although I am kind of pushing it, they worked for that day enough I think. On a side note, my girls are so hard to get them both to look at the camera and smile. I think I took 20 pics of this same pose.
 Halloween morning, we woke up early (for the girls, not for normal people.) and headed to the school, for Reese's Halloween parad. We didn't want to have them wear their actual costumes, So I let them choose anything else that we had. Reese was a fairy, and Rylee was a cupcake. (I made that a couple of years ago for Reese.)
 It was very surreal to me, to be sitting at a school waiting for my child to walk through with all the other big kids. Plus there was so many people there I couldn't believe it. The whole thing made me feel very old.
 This is her with her class, and her teacher, Mrs. Judkins.
Well that finishes off the pre Halloween stuff. And then I will finish off with another post of our actual Halloween costumes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Zoo Day!

This year for UEA my parents took us all to Park City. So we started off the day at the zoo. (Warning, there are a lot of pics, I'll try to keep my commentary short :)

 Reese, my mom (aka Yaya), Rylee, and of course, the elephants.
 Classic measure up the the monkey pic. We have one of these for every year we have been alive, of each of me and my brothers and sisters.
 Doesn't work as good with 12 people covering the monkeys, but oh well you get the point.

 Just a cute one of Reese and mom.
 The polar bear was so fun, he would go back, and then swim under the water, to pop up right where Reese and my niece were. It was fun.
 Look at that pretty little face. This bird was cracking me up it let them get so close to it.
 And then those kids behind Rylee actually touched it and it didn't care. This pic is like so many others we have. She says cheeeesee but doesn't look at me, ugh frustrating.
 Can you see the huge crocodile in the back, Reese is pretending to be scared.

 At the end of the night Jeremy got them in bed and put on a show, it didn't last long. Especially for Rylee, she was out pretty quick. I think they loved sharing a bed. This was Rylee's first time in a big girl bed. We had a great weekend!