Friday, October 30, 2009

I'm ready

Bin full of costume stuff:


Candy for the trick-or-treaters:


Terrifying black cat:


Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Have I mentioned I love Halloween?

I'm trying to think of costumes for me and the hubs for the party we're going to on Saturday. We have a bin full of wigs and hats and other bits of costumes, so I'm sure we'll be able to cobble something together. It gets harder every year though to come up with something. It's not like when I was a kid and knew before summer ended what I wanted to be.

This was my best costume of all time. I was six and my dad made this from a pattern. On a sewing machine! I'm still in awe. I don't think he's sewn anything since, but how could you top this? Behold my Cabbage Patch Kid costume...

It was the talk of the first grade, I tell you.

Then there was this year...

Whaaa? I think my face says it all. And no, that giant inflated pumpkin thing is not hanging on the door as Mark initially thought. It's on my head. A dollar to anyone who can tell me what I was exactly.

If you're dressing up this year, what are you going to be? Any best and/or worst costume stories?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

4 Days Til Halloween!

We put out a few more of our yard decorations yesterday. We're not going crazy because we started so late, but I told Mark next year I want life-sized creatures! And animatronics! Let's build a haunted house maze! At that point he called a lawyer for divorce papers.
Our cemetery...

Gotta have bones in a cemetery...

This little table is on our porch. I also have a bowl full of shrunken heads that I'm going to fill with water and a couple of green glow sticks which I'll put on here on Halloween.

What are your Halloween plans? Partying? Taking the kiddos trick-or-treating? Handing out candy? Hiding under the covers until it passes? Do tell.

Monday, October 26, 2009

5 Days Til Halloween!

If I had to pick a favorite holiday, it would be Christmas, but Halloween is a close second. Very close. Like, Christmas needs to watch its back close.

And, if there's one thing I can't understand, it's adults that don't like Halloween. If there's nary a pumpkin on your porch and you turn off your lights and hide in the dark on the 31st like a big ole scrooge, I don't even want to know you. When I was a kid, we could trick-or-treat at nearly every house on the block, but it seems now that more and more houses are dark. Sad. So every year we make it a point to really decorate our yard and then we watch scary movies while we hand out candy. This year we're going to a Halloween party, but late, because I wouldn't miss handing out candy. It's my favorite part.

We've put up about 1/2 of our porch/yard decor. We're behind because of the moving (lots of house updates coming, too!). We're putting up more today, with a few things being saved until just before dark on Halloween. That day Mark will get on the roof to put our scary funkin on top of the chimney, we'll put dry ice in the mailbox and fire up our fog machine, and put the strobe light on the lawn to light up the whole scene in eerie flashes.

But we've already put up what I consider our big gun. This guy makes people that are walking or driving by stop and point.

We tend toward more adult/scary decorations outside, maybe because we don't have kids yet, but we've never had any kids, even the tiny ones, be too scared to come to the door. Nothing would keep me away from getting candy either.
More pictures tomorrow...

Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy 40th Mom & Dad

Forty years ago today, my parents eloped in Las Vegas.
They're one of the very few couples I know that have made it that long. How cute are they!?

Happy Anniversary! Love you!

Monday, October 5, 2009


We spent most of our anniversary day trying to show our old house to get it rented. It did not go well. But we managed to salvage the day by going to dinner at a great tapas restaurant near our new house...

I didn't save and freeze any of our original wedding cake, because, I don't know. I just don't believe in letting cake sit in a freezer for a year. So my mom kindly surprised us with a delicious little lemon cake (one of the two flavors of cake we had at the wedding) she made. It was a perfect ending to the night. And breakfast this morning. Thanks mama!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

One year ago today...

I married someone pretty fantastic.

I love you, Baby Boo! (I saved the really mushy stuff for the card. You're all welcome.)