Friday, October 31, 2014

Our Halloween!

What started off as having some friends over (Emma, Sadie and family) ended up with an impromptu Halloween bash!  We are SO lucky to be surrounded by our family and friends.  What a treat to be able to host such a fun group. 

GranMama and GranPapa made it up in time for Trick-or-Treating.  They were our 'surprise' guests of the evening.  Brad, Auntie Carrie, Uncle Sam and Baby Vera were also able to join us, too!  It all made for a spectacularly fun (and crazy) few hours.
(Justin in his 'box turtle' costume.  This was the one he designed and constructed HIMSELF.  However, he decided at the last minute that being a construction worker would be more fun.  At least I have this one documented!)
Justin wasn't the only costume change.  Alex designed and sewed herself an angel costume, but quickly changed her mind when this STUNNING Egyptian queen costume and Grandma Mary-made cape arrived in the mail.  It was perfect for a chilly night!  Who could blame her?  Plus, my Mom was quick to point out that I was Cleopatra for Halloween when I was seven, so it was absolutely perfect!)
 
In order to save on trying to fix something fancy, I made it a grilled cheese bar--  a loaf of nice Italian bread (and a loaf of gf stuff too!), and a tray of assorted fancy cheddar cheese from Sam's Club was perfect.  I also served tomato soup, clam chowder and lots of chips/dips for our appetizer-driven horde.

The Mulders came up and brought their own pumpkin to carve (throwback posts- 2010,2011, 2012,  such a fun tradition!?!).  The girls and Justin got to work.  Then it was time to get dressed and hit the streets.
 
A blurry but accurate picture of the activity level in the house!
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This year we were a teal pumpkin house-- we had an assortment of early reader workbooks (thanks, GranMama) and small pumpkin erasers as a non-food alternative for all of those kids with food allergies (and Mamas and Papas who would rather not bring candy home), along with the requisite candy for the traditionalists out there.
A note about Kolachi:  I was so impressed with her behavior.  Even with a house full of people, she was polite and non-obtrusive.  She behaved appropriately with the little ones and was a complete joy to have underfoot.  We had a minor setback the first time the door rang.  She hurried to her "place" on the stairs to greet our guests, but was completely shocked and alarmed when the guests turned out to be a gang of masked 4 feet tall 'spidermen'.  She went into full-out 'protection' mode.  It was way too intense for her.  So, as Dave and the other adults got our kids ready for trick or treating, I armed myself with a baggie full of steak and chicken tidbits and took her out to the street.  Pretty soon she was able to relax and see that all the masked kids were 'ok'.  I am so proud of her!  She not only joined the family walking door to door, but also appropriately greeted (and kissed) quite a few kids who stopped for a visit.  Whew!  Raising a well-adjusted puppy is a LOT of work!  Also, I dare you to show up at my doorstep wearing a mask.

 The final four:  Ready for Halloween. 
 And my God-daughter.  Because she crawled away during the porch pic, but she's too cute to not include!  I love how her pacifier matches her petals!

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