Wednesday, November 2, 2016

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5

Welcome to this year's final Countdown to Halloween link up party hosted by myself, Nina from The Joni Journey, Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats, and Elizabeth from Chasin' Mason! Check back on this post for more details. I just adore this time of the year and I am excited to see how everybody has been celebrating this month. So, grab a button, add your post to the link-up, and have fun!


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Here is how we ended the month!



[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
 We didn't want to leave out the pups from this Halloween's festivities. So, Aria and I made them a batch of pumpkin apple treats. They were a hit. Baxter and Lizzy loved eating them and Aria loved giving them. Win win.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
 The start of a long Halloween weekend. We hit up the Fall Fest at the church with the pumpkin patch we like to visit each year. Aria didn't care too much about the candy aspect, but she could not wait for the bounce houses. After she bounced up an appetite she had some cotton candy, a strawberry gelato, and a hot dog. Mixed in was a tiny bit of trunk or treating before we headed for home. But, basically anything with a bounce house and sign Aria up.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
 One of the local fire stations was hosting a trick or treat. I thought it would be fun to check out all the firetrucks. Aria was game after I told her there would be a bounce house. It was during the middle of the day, and not at all cool, so instead of the cloud hat Aria opted for a quick kitty costume. Aria started off in the bounce houses and then got a little candy at each of the fire trucks along with being able to hop up inside most of them. She also got to shoot the hose and was given a plastic firemen hat, which she loves...we've pretend put out fires for days now.

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
We started the day with a little Halloween doughnut date. Because what goes better with piles of Halloween candy than Halloween doughnuts?

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
We usually carve a pumpkin on Halloween but for some reason they had Halloween on Monday this year. Who schedules a holiday during the week? Especially when it doesn't involve a day off work? 

So, instead we carved the day before Halloween. This is, however, the first year that Aria has wanted to help scoop out the insides of the pumpkin. I am pretty sure it was her favorite part. The smiles and goofy faces I caught on camera are priceless. She also picked out what we carved too. She didn't care at all the previous Halloweens. A true Aria pumpkin this year, although dad did do the actual carving and she dictated how the face looked while I drew it on for her. I talked her into helping me draw the nose but she is a perfectionist apparently and made me redo it.


[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #5
Aria and I spent the morning watching Halloween shows, and the afternoon stuffing baggies with candy for trick or treaters.

Then the big finale finally arrived. Aria was jazzed. She got in her cloud costume, we took a picture or two, and then we were off. People were extra generous with their candy handing out and her pumpkin pail weighed a ton after a handful of houses. She made it down one end of our street and one side street before she was over it. 

When we got back home she enthusiastically handed out candy. I think she liked it better than trick or treating. Every time somebody came to the door she would dash to the foyer to get everybody a baggie of candy. She was even annoyed when she had to use the bathroom and missed a round of trick or treaters that came to the door - "you were suppose to wait for me! I wanted to do that!". 

She had two pieces of candy and then crashed around 9 from all the excitement. Another Halloween, and October for that matter, for the books =)

I cannot believe that it is November already (and baby month, fingers crossed)! There are plenty of things on my 'to do' list that we never got around to, but I could sleep the rest of November from all the things we did do. I am officially ready to put Halloween behind us and move on to Thanksgiving, Birthdays, and Christmas...and having a baby somewhere in there. But first, one final link up for Countdown to Halloween this year. How was your Halloween? Please share below, anything big or small is welcome! Don't forget you can also join in on the fun on instagram with #cdtohalloween16 as well.

 


12 comments:

  1. Aria's costume is seriously the coolest!!! I love how creative it is and she looks so happy. :) Great job Mom!

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  2. Ummm... that picture of her scooping out the pumpkin... when did she get so old!! Looks like you had a blast this Halloween! :)

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  3. Love it!! You are one diligent and fun mama!! Her costume-- so, so cool

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  4. Her costume this year was pretty amazing. Looks like another great October is in the books! I was just thinking about you yesterday. I need too start keeping better tabs on you :D!

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  5. Oh my gosh, it's baby month!!! How did that sneak up already? Love that you guys baked for the dogs. So sweet. And both of Aria's costumes are adorable. Ez would've been in heaven if the firefighters were handing out candy around here. We never would've been able to drag him away. You guys fit in a ton of fun stuff this month, especially for being third trimester pregnant. Kudos mama.

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  6. Your dogs got in on the action of Halloween, too?! You win. YOU WIN!!
    I'm DYING over how awesome your costumes were this year. Where in the world did you find them?
    And, Marcus' favorite part of all of Halloween was handing out the candy, too. He was SO bummed when we eventually had to just put our bucket on the front porch so he could get to bed.

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  7. The costumes are so cute! I love the idea of trick or treating at firetrucks - they should call it a truck or treat!

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  8. Oh my gosh, Aria's costume was SO dang adorable! You really have some good times...I wanna come live with you! :)

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  9. Aria liked scooping out the goop inside the pumpkin? I needed her over at my house! One look and Mason was OVER IT which left me to do the scooping. I definitely don't hate it but I don't love it either. Oh well. Maybe my helper will be better next year or we will just have to decorate all our pumpkins with stickers! That seemed to appease everyone :)

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  10. I loved Aria's costume this year, and Chris' too! :D Sounds like you all had a fun weekend celebrating. I like the fire station trick or treating too; I wish our city did that! How are you feeling in this last month? November and December are going to be busy for you this year! :)

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  11. So cool that you made treats for the pups! Aria is precious in the kitty costume. Did she enjoy shooting the firehose? Mase would have loved that. You guys had such a fun Halloween season.

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  12. Ive always wanted to make dog treats it seems so easy and much healthier for them, but have I? Nope. Im dying over Chris' costume! Did Aria want him to dress up as Rainbow Dash?!

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