Thursday, November 1, 2012


The festivities started the day before at the Intel Halloween event.  Claire got to trick-or-treat at the cubicles in Adam's office.  And we got to show off our darling children to Adams' coworkers.  Claire thought it was great!

Claire loved showing off her butterfly wings.

Checking out the loot.

My sluggers.

I made my spooky-themed dinner like last year (but the mummy turned out a lot better!)

I had to work (booo!!  Let me tell you, NO ONE is in the library on Halloween night!), but Adam was nice enough to bring the kids by after trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  So I got to show off my kids to my coworkers too.  

I realize it is kind of silly to make dessert on Halloween (candy, anyone?), but I had to complete my Halloween meal with a spooky dessert.  So I made a dirt worm cake.  Claire took one look at it and said, "who put the worms in here??".  

And today she asked if, after a good lunch, could she have some of her trick-or-treats?  


I haven't carved pumpkins in years.  Certainly not since Adam and I have been married.  (It might be as long ago as my first year of college!)  But now Claire is of an age where she was very aware of and excited for Halloween.  Which meant it was time for us to carve pumpkins!

Claire, of course, was all-too excited to help.  Which meant a lot of the seeds from her pumpkin ended up on the table or on the floor.  But since she didn't like the feel of the pumpkin guts, I couldn't even get her to help clean it up.  Shocker, I know.

This was my pumpkin.  I was pretty happy with the results.

I gave Claire a couple of choices of faces, and this is the one she picked.  She didn't really like the scarier ones.

Adam carved Jack Skellington.

I decided on this one for Henry's little pumpkin.

And here they are all lit up!  Not too bad, eh?

Pumpkin Patch

Instead of waiting until a week before Halloween, like I've done in the past, I actually got us out to a pumpkin patch early in the month this time around.  This year's pick was Roloff Farms.

Now, I am not into reality television at. all.  But the Roloff's have their own show (Little People Big World), and their property is featured regularly, with everything from a pirate ship to an old-west town.  So I thought this would be a fun place to go for our pumpkin search.  Little did I know, it cost $10 a person to see all of those cool TV-show-featured attractions.  But we still had fun at the petting zoo, the tractor ride and the hay bale pyramid.  Just the right amount of stuff to entertain a 3 year old.

Waiting in line for the petting zoo.

Claire absolutely loved this little guy.

Getting a picture with both kids looking at me and smiling at the same time proved to be 




Both kids seemed to like the tractor car ride.

Claire seems to be incapable of looking at me when I want to take a picture of her.  She will smile and look off to my right or my left, but never right at me.  Here is Adam, trying to get her to cooperate.

Go Pack, Go!

So there isn't much football to speak of out here in Portland.  The closest team would be Seattle.  And when, on Sept. 24th, the Pack was going to be playing in Seattle, and on Monday Night Football, no less, I decided it was only appropriate that all of us be dressed in our green and gold finest!  These pictures are pretty much all awful in one way or another, but I just loved us going out that day, getting numerous looks and comments (some not so friendly) about our cheese-headed-ness.  

Sorry to say that that game resulted in a loss due to some very inept replacement referee skills.

Harper Turns 3!

We sure love this little girl, and we were excited to wish her a happy birthday.  But, of course, this little sassafrass decided to have so...