Halloween Fun!

Wow… what can I say, I have been missing from the blogosphere for a few weeks now… I cannot believe how fast this fall season is passing by! Halloween came & went so fast!

Austin the zebra

Austin the zebra

Bubs was a zebra for Halloween this year. I made his costume (can you tell?). Growing up, my mom always made our costumes, and I would like to pass that tradition on to my children as well!

I had a great idea of how I would paint stripes on a white hoodie & white leggings… well… it turns out that a white hoodie & white leggings are hard to find for a 16 month old! I did, however, find zebra leggings & a zebra hoodie… so I bought those. So, I guess you could say I “cheated” a little on my costume making, but that wasn’t my plan, I had no other option! I did make ears & a maine out of felt to add to the hood, I used black socks (over his shoes), and black mittens (well, for a few mins anyway) on his hands for the hooves. I think it turned out great!

My Zebra

My Zebra

Zebra butt

Zebra butt

We had such a busy Halloween season (I’m not complaining), I have always loved Halloween! Bubs got to wear his Halloween costume three times!!

Oct 20th our town had a Halloween festival in our downtown park, the kids could trick or treat, there was live children’s music, and a costume contest! They even had a costume contest for pets! We brought Lexi, dressed as a cow, with us. Halloween is her favorite holiday, she LOVES all the crazy kids running around! We met our neighbors in town, N & Bubs had a great time just playing and watching the other kids. We did not collect candy, since Bubs isn’t going to eat it anyway!

Austin 3

Whoa… don’t fall over!

Austin 1

Trying to sneak some of N’s candy!

Family 2

Daddy, Bubs & Momma

Family Photo

Family Photo

As unhappy as Baby Girl looks in this photo, she really was thrilled to be downtown with all the kids! She just isn’t that photogenic (well, and she’s not too thrilled to be dressed as a cow, although, she LOVED that everyone “moo’d” at her!)!

Next up… Oct 25, Plymouth Whalers OHL hockey game, Halloween night! They had trick or treating between periods, and lots of kids dressed up! Again, we did not collect candy, but it was fun for Bubs to see all the kids dressed up!

Walking with Daddy

Walking with Daddy

Snack Break

Snack Break

Hanging out

Hanging out

Picture with Daddy

Picture with Daddy

Snuggling with Uncle Mike

Snuggling with Uncle Mike

Bubs is such a good sport, he loves his Plymouth Whalers, even though we were out past his bedtime, he did great at the game!

Of course, next is Halloween… Oct 31… Austin’s cousins, Gavin & Avery came over to trick or treat with Austin. Too bad I didn’t get a picture of the three of them together BEFORE trick or treating… it was raining here on Halloween, so when we got back from trick or treating the kids were SOAKED… well, luckily Bubs was not that wet, since he was in his stroller. Here are some photos of him…

After trick or treating

After trick or treating

My Zebra after trick or treating

My Zebra after trick or treating

We did collect candy on Halloween, mainly because Bubs saw that his cousins were getting candy… he was so cute, wanting to give the next house the candy he got from the previous house! Our neighbors are so sweet, many of them were prepared for little trick or treaters, they had “toddler approved snacks”, things like fruit snacks, cheddar fish, small suckers and cheetos! Bubs had such a great time, I can’t wait for next year!!

What did your kids dress as this year for trick or treating?? Did the weather bother them?

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Little Artists

Well, Hello Monday!

What a great weekend! Yesterday I was trying to think of something fun to do with Bubs outside, we are having this AMAZING late summer Fall weather! It was perfect out, not a cloud in the sky, high 60s, with LOTS of warm sun!!

I pinned a safe kids finger paint recipe on Pinterest, MONTHS ago, and have been dying to try it out with Bubba. I kept putting it off, thinking “the older he is, the more he will enjoy the paint”, and hoping the weather would cool down a bit too. Well, Sunday was the day to find that recipe and make the paint! So I pulled up my Pinterest boards and went on a search for it, guess what?, it turns out, I pinned about 5 different safe kids paints… I had a specific recipe in mind, so it took a while to find it. Here it is if you want to make it yourself. (I made a double batch).

I mixed up the recipe, then added my food coloring… I had 13 colors!!

Paint 1I called our neighbors to see if N wanted to come paint with Bubs, they were in and headed on over! While we were waiting for them to arrive, I made a few stamps out of potatoes, I thought the kids would have fun using the stamps, as well as, painting with their fingers!

PotatoesBubba wasn’t that interested in actually painting, he wanted to eat the paint and eat the potatoes!

AustinWe tried to have N show Bubs how to use the stamps…

Austin 4It didn’t work out so well… Bubs took it and “ran”…

Escapee 1

Escapee 3As you can see, he was eating the potato (see the paint on his face?!), he ended up eating most of the square off of the square “stamp”!

Meanwhile, N was making a layered masterpiece!

Painting 1 Painting 3 Painting 4 Painting 5

All-in-all it was a fun Fall day, spent outside with friends! We will definitely do the paint again, it was a GREAT recipe, safe for the kids to eat, did not stain their skin and made vibrant colors! Now that we know it washes off easily, I think next time we will do it inside, maybe that way Bubba won’t be as distracted!

What are some fun Fall outdoor activities you have done to enjoy this weather??