October 31, 2013

The OFFICIAL Halloween Post

So we have been Halloweening at our house for more than a month (phew…it is a long time!) and this is the official Halloween post.

It has been a bit colder here in DC than other weeks so we weren’t sure what we wanted to do with Lucky. However, Lady really worked hard on his costume and wanted to “show him off” (not that we are prideful about our little man or anything…).

We decided to go out with several friends and their families—it was a blast because they have older kids who enjoy the holiday. Our apartment complex does a Halloween night and several kids like it here because you can get more candy for the time you spend out, we all decided to go into the local community.

The Safety Briefing before heading out

It was a good decision. All the kids were able to run up and down hills and stairs to burn off some calories and we all admired the huge houses and manicured yards. Lady and I took turns taking Tau’aho up to the door. I had fun talking to all the people about how cute he is. He was mesmerized by all the movement and the lights.

The cutest part of the evening was the older people who had their candy all sat out waiting for trick or treat-ers. One of the old lady’s came all the way down to the road just to tell us that her light is out, but she has candy. It was so fun, I tried to take a few more minutes talking with them—they must wait all week for all the fun little visitors.

Too tired to continue

So that concludes our Halloween celebrations…now onto CHRISTMAS! (And for all of you that are worried, we aren’t skipping Thanksgiving, we just enhance it with a Christmas tree.)

October 28, 2013

Ghoulish Experience in Ohio

This weekend Tau’aho added two more states to his growing list of states he has been in, bringing his grand total to eight! (not a bad start for a 3 month old, eh?)

After work on Friday we headed out to Ohio to see Heather and her family. It is Halloween week and Lady Hiva wanted to celebrate with some kids. Heather’s kids are always happy to indulge. Although it was a short trip, we managed to shop a Sees Chocolate we danced for hours with the Wii, and had a myriad of Halloween activities.

Being the closest shop that we could find near DC, Lady Hiva was willing to make the six to seven hour drive to Ohio so that we could go to the newly opened See’s chocolate store. She was in HEAVEN! I was telling colleagues at work today (in Turkish…well broken Turkish) that we did that and they said, “You go to chocolate stores every weekend?” Hahaha…I guess that is right.

We ate so much sugar while we celebrated Halloween and burned off the extra calories by dancing until we were sweating on the Wii.

We made sugar cookies and caramel apples and finished the weekend with a Ghoulish dinner. Each of the kids went through the Halloween cookbook and chose something they wanted. We ended up with hotdog mummies, bone shaped rolls, zombie fingers (string cheese and bell-pepper fingernails), snake venom drink (jello, punch and Sprite) and for real food we had chicken tortilla soup and bean dip. So much fun.

Lady Hiva and I love all the kids. The noises, the laughter, the fun and we even the crying, the dirty fingers, and the runny noses. Someday Lucky and his siblings will get to do that stuff with us too!

October 23, 2013

Halloween at Our House

Actually, Halloween has been going on for several weeks now. Lucky and Lady have been dressed in Halloween themed outfits every day. We have already carved our pumpkins and Lady Hiva made use of the Cricut and did a few Halloween scenes for the house.

She was most proud of the “bat wreath” she created. The house does look fun…(but I am secretly waiting for 1 NOV and the CHRISTMAS TREE GOES UP!!) 

Lady wanted Tau'aho to be in the photo with "his" pumpkin

Creating stuff with the Cricut

The Bat Wreath

These aren't Halloween, but I thought that it was still fun. I love these two