Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011

Happy Halloween!
Today was a day filled with fun and excitement!  We started our day by having a visit from Caitlin and Benjamin's Great Granny.  Daddy's Granny, Uncle Gary, and Aunt Mary came over to meet Benjamin.  Great Granny was excited to hold Benjamin, the first Hurley great grandson.  Yesterday was Great Granny's birthday so Caitlin and Allison sang happy birthday to her making her smile.  Caitlin and Benjamin are so lucky to have two Great Grandmas still living.
Great Granny introducing herself to Benjamin

Benjamin and Great Granny

After lunch and naptime, it was time for dance class.  Caitlin and her friends got to dress up for dance class.  Only four girls went to class tonight so they had a lot of one on one attention from Miss Megan.  The girls had fun dancing in their costumes! 
Practicing shuffle steps

Our little ballerina

Three princesses in a row

Caitlin and her dance friends

Once dance class was over it was time to go trick-or-treating.  We stopped at Nina Nina Dia's house before going home.
1st trick-or-treat stop - Nina Nina Dia's house

We then went back to our house to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood with Allison.  Our neighborhood was packed with trick-or-treaters.  We easily had over 200 kids come to our house.  Caitlin and Allison had fun trick-or-treating.  Caitlin also liked handing out the candy to kids that came to our house.  A special thanks to Poppy for making a scrumptious chili for dinner and to Nana for staying home with Benjamin and passing out candy while Mommy and Daddy were with Caitlin.  Next year Benjamin will get to go trick-or-treating too.
Our pumpkins lit up

Princess Witch and Jessie in front of all our pumpkins 

Cutest little witch 

Allison turning around to make sure we were coming

Caitlin pointing out the decorations

Best friends holding hands to cross the street

Ready to go to the next house

Big girls trick-or-treating

Daddy and Caitlin

So fun to watch them go to the door and say, "trick or treat." 

Moving quickly to the next house

Mommy and Uncle Kenny assuring the girls that the guy sitting behind the candy dish was just wearing a mask

Halloween is fun!

So hard to choose which candy to take

Caitlin standing in front of the pumpkin stack that was taller than the house

Mommy and Benjamin

Caitlin came home and told Benjamin all about her night

Halloween 2011 was a success!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin carving time

Today was the day to get our creative juices flowing and carve our pumpkins.  Caitlin couldn't wait to turn our pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns!  Nana, Poppy, Grandpa, and Uncle Paul came over to join in the fun!  Caitlin didn't mind the gooey insides of the pumpkin and enjoyed the entire carving process.  We'll let the photos tell today's story! 
Big Sister and Little Brother ready to carve pumpkins
Vampire Caitlin (thanks to Gracie for the fun teeth)
Daddy teaching Benjamin to grill (Benjamin slept through the whole experience)
Caitlin showing off her foam pumpkin and naming all the letters on it
Benjamin enjoying play time while the carving process begins
Mommy putting Caitlin's hair in a ponytail to minimize the amount of pumpkin in her hair
Posing with her pumpkin before we carve it
Caitlin loves smiling for Uncle Paul's camera
Benjamin resting in Daddy's arms
Caitlin taking a look at the inside of the pumpkin
Benjamin laughing at Grandpa
Benjamin is mesmerized by Grandpa

Our little boy has the best facial expressions

Caitlin likes playing with the pumpkin seeds

Daddy ready to start carving his pumpkin

Caitlin helped clean out the pumpkin

The gooey stuff is funny

Grandpa ready to carve his big green squash

Looking through the pumpkin - you'll have to see Daddy's finished creation to see why he cut a hole in the top and bottom of the pumpkin

Caitlin learning carving tricks from Daddy

Mommy working on using a cookie cutter to help design her pumpkin

Caitlin takes a turn at tapping the cookie cutter in the pumpkin

Little pumpkin carver

Uncle Paul takes a break from photographer to help carve pumpkins

Uncle Paul helped finish Mommy and Caitlin's pumpkin

Daddy's cowboy pumpkin

Grandpa's squash creation

Say "Cheese"

Caitlin showing off our pumpkin creations

Caitlin wanted us to take many photos of her with the pumpkins

Daddy carved a kitty for Benjamin's pumpkin

Can you find our little pumpkin in this photo?

Stay tuned to tomorrow's post to see our pumpkins lit up for Halloween!