Happy Halloween 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014
   Did you know Halloween used to be one of my least favorite holidays? Yes. I am was a Halloween humbug (is that a thing?). Well, this year everything changed. I think that once Harper was born my dislike of the month October started to morph into an extreme obsession with the month October. I think she helped me see the beauty in a month that I previously only associated with ugly events in my life.

   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!

 
We started off our day by tiding up the house. Then we lit our pumpkin spice candles to get the house smelling AMAZING. We then rinsed and soaked our pumpkin seeds and laid them out to dry while we went out to finalize our costumes. Harper had the cutest outfit given to her by her aunt Candice at her 1st birthday. We decided she could be a cute witch using the outfit, some black pants and some socks her Great Grandma (GG) gave her. Really, all we needed was a hat! Ash told me that the only thing he wanted me to get him was a beard... so he could be "Bearded Ash." I was like, "Okay, whatever you wish!" Even though secretly I wanted us to do a themed couple costume (because then I think I could get myself to dress up--remember that I was a Halloween Humbug previously so last I remember dressing up was when I was 11).

    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="">

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.


ENJOY!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE CRAIGS!
The only picture we have of "Bearded Ash" he isn't a huge picture guy :)

10 comments:

  1. Adorable and creative costumes! I like the crow idea! I laughed at your sisters comment. Family makes our lives fun! I really don't like Halloween and now I am wondering if my view on Halloween will change once I have kids? It sounds like Harper had a great Halloween though which is all that matters!!!!

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Haha my family always gets me laughing... especially my youngest siblings. I think kids make all holidays more fun--I think we do holidays for kids really, they take so much joy from them! Mine completely changed how I viewed Halloween so its possible yours will too! Guess time will tell! :)

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  2. Cute costume ideas. I love your blog. It inspired me to start writing my own :) happy blogging!

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad you love it and it was an inspiration to you! What is the blog you created? I would love to check it out! :)

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    2. My blog is babymommydiaries.wordpress.com I am looking forwards to your next post!

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  3. Such cute costumes and I totally feel your pain about the Halloween thing!!! I mean, our kids are the reason we do all of these fun holiday crazy traditions, yet it's also our kids who exhaust us to the point that we don't want to do the crazy holiday traditions! I feel you! I have a blog about raising my four kiddos, living with my high school sweetheart and juggling my full time job..... Your blog reminds me of our younger married life with our first baby! Threeboys-littlelady.blogspot.com. I also blog for a magazine and wrote about Decorating for the Holidays. Stkmomblog.blogspot.com. I Enjoy your writing!

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    1. Thank you! Yes it sure is crazy! I am totally going to check out your blog and get a little idea of what I have to look forward too down the road ;)

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  4. Your blog was a sweet find and I've enjoyed reading it very much. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and everything that entails ...

    #thenotyetpsychologist

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for reading my blog! I always appreciate hearing that someone appreciates my writing and stories. :)

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  5. Hi! I'm sorry if I'm spamming you, I had some problems when I tried to send my post the first time.
    Halloween is like christmas to me and I love a good idea behind a costume. Your crow together with the witch was one of the better ideas this year, they do fit together perfectly. Not all stereotypes are perfect.

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