She has changed all of that, because now I associate the month of October with the birth of my favorite little girl and her new excitement with dressing up and trick-or-treating. I love her for it.
This Halloween was packed with so much fun. Me and Harper decided to live it up! Halloween Eve we carved pumpkins and harvested the seeds. Harper ended up throwing up all over the couch that night... so that put a small damper on the festivities, BUT! Thankfully it was a one time thing and when she woke up the next morning she was happy as a lark!
I didn't really have a costume plan for myself due to the fact that I never had a plan for myself when it came to costumes on Halloween except to not wear one. So me and Harper set out to get her and Ash costumes. We FINALLY found a costume store and spent 45 minutes in there as I looked at all the costumes thinking, "Maybe I should dress up. I bet it would be fun." Then I saw it... A set of black wings. Immediately I decided that I would by little Harper's crow. After all, don't witches always have a crow with them?! I decided that I was possibly the most clever mom ever and that there couldn't possibly be a better mother daughter costume theme. So I got myself a mask and the wings, the beard and the little witches hat and we left.
By the time we got back we really only had a little bit of time left before we had to leave so Harper could trick-or-treat with her uncle Nate and Auntie Bek. So we popped the pumpkin seeds in the oven and started getting our costumes on. Ash got home about the same time from work and relaxed while we finalized our costumes. Then I got out the pumpkin seeds and we took pictures outside because I was so excited to show off my clever mother daughter costume idea.
|Attempting to look somewhat creepy.|
|Her SMILE! <3 td="">3>|
|Sorta bird like...|
|She kept taking off her hat!|
|Most of our pictures look more like this...|
|I finally resorted to holding her hat on.|
We drove to my parents house. Of course I told everyone my brilliant costume idea. "Witches and crows don't really go together that well... I mean it works because they are both Halloween themed... but a witch and a cat would probably be better," was the response I got. I was DEVASTATED. Wait... what?! My idea was only half-way good?? My dad told me, "Maybe if you had dressed Harper us as Edgar Allen Poe, then the crow would have worked." Thanks Dad. Ash told me, "You look more like a dark angel than a crow by the wings help I guess." Then my little sister told me that if I wanted people to think I was a crow I should have got a beak or painted my lips yellow. Okay... because since when are crows lips yellow? Not in the real world... maybe in the cartoon Dumbo. Yeah... so I am still a little bitter about how everyone smashed my what I thought was a perfect costume theme, but its all good, I'll get over it!!
After everyone agreed that witches and crows weren't exactly a match made in heaven we brought Harper around trick-or-treating. At first she was so confused by what we were doing... but after about 3 houses she knew exactly what to do and would get so excited to walk up to the door and pick out a candy then put it in her candy bag. After we did maybe 10 more houses, she was completely worn out (she pretty much walked the entire time) so we went back to my parents to pick up our car. We then went to Ash's moms house so Harper could show off her costume. After some visiting their we decided to call it a night and went home. We were all pretty excited. Our cute little witch fell asleep in the car, I transported her from her car seat to her bed and she was pretty much out for the rest of the night.
*sigh* kids make holidays so much better.
I love it.
Oh here is my pumpkin seeds recipe for anyone who is interested! It is SUPER easy.
1. Preheat oven to 375 F
2. Lay out cleaned pumpkin seeds on a foil covered baking sheet.
3. Let dry.
4. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
5. Toss to coat.
6. Bake for 7-15 minutes depending on how crispy you want them. I did mine 15 and they were perfect but my oven is temper-mental and I live at a high altitude so I wouldn't swear by it.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE CRAIGS!
|The only picture we have of "Bearded Ash" he isn't a huge picture guy :)|