Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween 2009

Our Halloween this year was a lot of mixed characters, but was so fun!

Kayden the Vampire

Boston as Yoda (love that shadow!!)

McCoy as Dumbo

Trick-or-Treating was a lot of fun for everyone. Chad took the crew out first and after about 1.5 hours, they came back and Boston was done. I took the Kayden and McCoy out to get more candy while Chad (the caveman) setup a fire for our trick-or-treaters to enjoy.

Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza

Our annual pumpkin carving this year was done with our good friends, the Lewis family. They used to be our neighbors in Burbank and now only live 25 mins away from us again, so we have had lots of fun together.

Kayden loved every aspect this year and cleaned and carved his own pumpkin.

Busy cleaning and cutting

Boston just enjoyed cutting all the extra pieces to bits.

McCoy thought that if the pumpkin guts are coming out, why not also put them back in. He filled up many a pumpkin and then would splash around in the gooey wonderfulness.

Our family's finished products. Chad did Jack the Pumpkin King from scratch, Kayden did the scary face and also drew my silly face, Boston wanted a spider and McCoy was excited for the train.

Main Bathroom Redo

The beginning of July, our swamp cooler leaked down through all of our walls and one of those was in the main bathroom. We had to remove wallpaper in order to dry the walls properly and since then, have been slowly taking down all the wallpaper and then picking out how we wanted to redo the bathroom. It is finally done!

Sorry, we never took "before" pictures of this room.

Sacramento Sun

In the middle of October, we took a trip to visit Chad's parents in Sacramento.

We arrived on his Mom's birthday and celebrated that night.

The next day, we went to Funderland and then the kids had a sleepover at their Aunt Mindy and Uncle Jason's house while Chad and I went to the temple and to dinner with his parents and then home to play games.

Friday we took a trip to the Jelly Belly Factory, which was a hit for everyone.

The next day, we took a Halloween decorated train ride in Old Sac, walked around the shops there for a bit and then everyone was ready for naps.

That night, we went to a trunk-or-treat in his parent's old stake. Chad and I and McCoy were a Caveman family, Kayden was a power ranger and Boston a ninja. Grandma and Grandpa were pirates.

We headed home on Sunday, after debating on whether to travel, as sickness had gradually hit all but me throughout the vacation and we still didn't know what it was. It was one of the longest trips we've taken. We cleaned up 3 throw-ups, kids just wanting to lay on the floor at each gas station and Chad being a trooper, but definitely not doing well.

We did make it home with high fevers, but the kids just crawled into bed and were finally sleeping. Monday morning after calling the doctor, we realized they all had H1N1 and had been fighting it for a few days. We then stayed in the house for the rest of the week and 'weathered the storm'. (Looking back, we do apologize for spreading it to unknown people at Jelly Belly, Old Sac and the trunk-or-treat. We are truly sorry - we didn't realize what it was!)