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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

First off, let me just apologize for my dismal blog posting record in the month of October.  One post in one month has to be an all time low.  While the blog was quiet, as a family we were very active in the month of October and I have a lot of fun activities to post about on the blog.  In a moment of temporary insanity, I signed up for NaBloPoMo 2012, or National Blog Posting Month.  This means I will be attempting to write a blog post every day in the month of November.  I did this last year before I had walking talking twin toddlers and somehow I have decided to do it again this year!  So for those of you who still check the blog from time to time, there should be some fresh content on a daily basis for this month at least so please stop by and see how we're doing!

So, yesterday was Halloween!  It feels like we have been celebrating Halloween in our household for at least 3 weeks now since we have attended so many Halloween related events and participated in so many Halloween community activities including:  the local Parents of Multiples Halloween social, two different dress up days at our local library story times, a dress up walk around the mall, visiting a pumpkin patch, making Halloween cupcakes, painting pumpkins, and trick or treating around our neighborhood last night.  We wore three different costumes at  various occasions and we have just really done Halloween BIG time this year!

Like last year, my Mom (Grandma to B & C) came to visit a few days before Halloween and just left us this morning.  We had so much fun during her visit and we were so sad to see her go back home today!   On the actual day of Halloween (yesterday) Chad even took the day off of work to spend it with the family.  That made us feel so special!  We loved having both Grandma and Daddy home with us.

We started off our Halloween celebrations around 11:00 AM.  We had planned to meet several of the Moms in my local Parents of Multiples group at the mall to walk the kids around in their wagons and strollers with their costumes on.  We had a small turnout this year (there were only 3 of us) but we still had a great time.  Here we are in our wagon at the mall:

While strolling around, we stopped at the Bass Pro Shop because they had a Halloween Photo Op set up:

And we also had a chance to check out the tank full of fish they had at Bass Pro Shop:

After our fun time strolling around the mall, we took the kids to lunch at Rainforest Cafe in the mall.  Boy did they LOVE seeing and hearing all the animals and watching the lightning storm that happened every 15 minutes or so.  What a fun lunch experience for all of us!  Sadly, I didn't think to take any pictures while we were there.

Somehow, we didn't manage to leave the mall until we'd had a ride on this Ice Cream Truck, twice, because Grandma and Daddy are pushovers:

I can't really blame them, when this little girl pouted and wanted another ride, it was hard to refuse:

After an eventful morning at the mall, the kids came home and took a long nap while we prepared for Halloween.  When they woke up they had dinner and changed into their costumes:

If you don't know, they were the Minions from the movie Despicable Me.  They love to watch the movie so we thought it would be a cute costume idea.

Our friends Jeff and Kristen and their children Matthew and Madison came over to trick or treat with us, and we headed out around the neighborhood.  Here are a few family trick or treating pictures:

This was Brady and Chloe's first year of real trick or treating and I was amazed at how well they did.  They walked from house to house for an hour and a half trick or treating.  They held our hands and walked up to each house, and often would pick out one piece of candy themselves.  We told them to say "trick or treat" and "thank you" at each house.  By the end of the night Chloe was saying "trick" and "bye bye" to the people at each house.  :-)

By the time we got home we were exhausted from such an eventful day and put the kids right to bed.  I think the kids had a lot of fun on Halloween and it was extra special because they got to spend the day with their Grandma and Daddy too!

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