Last week was Halloween and we ended up having a fun-filled weekend!! Parties and events over 3 days…the kids were thrilled :)
Avery came home from school on Friday with a pink nose and cute little whiskers. Gosh, I love this sweet girl.
I was happy the kids got to wear their costumes more than once, but by Halloween evening it seemed like some of the novelty had worn off because they had fully suited up twice already. Ha!
Here they are on Saturday afternoon before we went to the first event: a party on base with other military friends.
Grace was a fast cheetah and Avery was Princess Belle. They both had full costumes on and faces of makeup.
Drew was a fire fighter, complete with ash streaks on his face. I swear, I could have gobbled him up in this costume!
I had to get a shot of Andy with all three of them on our pretty leafy lawn.
I took a bunch of Insta story clips the night of the party on base, but I forgot to take pics or save any of the video clips to share here! Boo.
I do have this cute selfie of Andy and I :)
And I snapped a picture of Andy and Drew kicking a ball around the field. Drew was cracking up as he ran after Andy. What a precious moment they shared…
The party was really well done. There were tons of Pinterest worthy halloween snacks everywhere, people brought appetizers and desserts, food was catered by Panera and Chick-Fil-A, and the kids could run on the field, play on the playscape, paint paper mache pumpkins, bob for apples, jump in the bounce house and take a swing at the giant pumpkin pinata! I think this party was the highlight of the weekend for our kids.
It was a great turnout! We’re tucked in the middle a little to the left.
On Sunday afternoon our church had trunk-or-treating and a fall festival with a hayride, bounce house, hot dog lunch and lots of room for the kids to run and play.
I was so proud of all 3 kids! They were very polite at each trunk, only taking on piece of candy and always saying thank you :)
Andy and the girls were walking the prayer maze, but Drew was enthralled with the festival events down the hill. Lol
Be still my beating heart.
Sunday night we chilled out at home and ate a “snacky dinner” after Andy and the kids raked up some of our MANY leaves.
If you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve recently fallen in love with Aldi. Our budget was getting uncomfortably tight and I needed to trim some fat. Our grocery bill had gotten super high and my obsession with organic food was starting to become unrealistic in this season of life. I discovered an Aldi about 25 minutes away and the first time I went, I bought a week’s worth of groceries for HALF what I normally pay! I almost fell over at the checkout counter.
This fun platter was an assortment of things I had on hand (chicken spinach sausages from Costco), pickles and hot mustard from the fridge, a Panera baguette leftover from Saturday night’s party, and apples, aged white cheddar, and jarred pesto from Aldi! We all had fun talking and eating and the kids enjoy getting to choose what they want to eat, rather than me plating it up for them. I’d like to see these platters become a weekend tradition :)
Monday both girls wore their costumes to school and they each had a parade with their classmates. Here’s princess Belle who is now missing her underskirt, all makeup, and her wand. LOL
I wanted to get a video of her “parading” but when she walked my way she had a GIANT booger hanging from her lip and she was flicking it around with the tip of her tongue. Ah, three year olds!
Here’s her class posing for a picture. She was very excited her teachers dressed up like “Thing 1” and “Kevin the minion”. I’m glad she wasn’t bothered by the other Belle whose costume was incredible! At three they haven’t usually fallen too far into the comparison trap which is awesome.
Grace’s school parade had a huge turnout! The littles and I walked up to school to get a glimpse of Grace and we were really excited when we spotted her :)
Monday night we trick-or-treated around our neighborhood with Grace’s friend from school and her parents. It was a lot of fun and really helped us enjoy our first Halloween away from our Michigan friends.
It was our first Halloween in years that we weren’t freezing and/or soaked with rain!! I was thankful for milder temps and 3 children who had a wonderful time collecting buckets full of candy for me to secretly eat after they went to bed. Ha!
All in all it was a great weekend and everyone had fun.