Halloween Update.

The night started off just as I had pictured it. The kids excitedly put on their costumes, Olive had a little help from mama, Brandon grabbed his Mickey Mouse and out the door we went.

Candy and the light of a perfect crescent moon awaited us.

But the rest of  the evening didn’t go as I had envisioned.

They didn’t walk holding hands happily,  nor did they delightfully skip from house to house together whispering trick-or-treat to our neighbors. Oh no. As much as I had hoped Olive would absolutely love Halloween. She didn’t. In fact, if girlfriend could have, I’m sure she would have chose to stay home instead. She walked up to the first house. Happy at first. But happy turned to fright when a neighbor said “hello!” to her.

That’s all it took for her to lose it. This was to be the only house she would visit this Halloween. And that is okay. In time, she like her brother will grow to love and anticipate it as years pass.  She like him will someday ask how many more days until Halloween. And she like him will beg some day to become some magnificent character she adores. And though I myself anticipate those days to come in our future, I will sit back and cherish these baby years that we get to enjoy right now because we know how fast they slip by….

Olive went to ride in the comfort of her stroller while daddy pushed her around for the remainder of our time outside.

Brandon was much more independent this year.

He has really broken out of the shy stage he was going through.

I love how polite and thoughtful our little man is becoming.


All of the ‘thank yous’ make this mama proud.


Cheers to many more wonderful Halloweens to come.

A Mario & Alice Halloween.

Last year at this time I spent hours creating the kids Halloween costumes.

For Olive it was a Super Kitty costume.

It came out so much better than I was expecting.


Next up was Brandon’s.

I created a Spongebob costume for him, a Gary the snail, and the most perfect (well perfect to a 6 year olds standards) and lifelike jellyfish with net. And he loved it.

I was such a proud mama when they were completed. I couldn’t wait until everyone could see them in their costumes.

That Halloween evening was very cold and windy last year. So much so that Olive, who was just 4 months old at the time, and daddy trailed behind us in the car and Brandon begged me to go home after walking to 3 houses.

So home we went to enjoy some hot chocolate and get warm instead.

Then we all caught terrible colds.

But this Halloween?…

This Halloween is going to be different. Great in fact. I just know it.

Brandon chose his character. Mario. So i set out to find him the cutest Mario costume I could. And I succeeded.

Really this child was born for this roll! He’s puts this costume on every day since the day he got it and uses his imagination to bring his character to life.  As a matter of fact he’s wearing it right now.  He’s so much fun!

My husband and I agreed that Olive would be Little Red Riding Hood . ..

That was until I set my sights on the sweetest little Alice In Wonderland costume! And i quickly ordered it without a second thought.

And boy am I glad i did..

So we are crossing our fingers the weather cooperates and we are able to enjoy this Halloween evening a little more than we did last year and most of all that the kids have so much fun and make everlasting memories together doing so.


Here’s to wishing you and yours a safe and happy Halloween.