What a Halloween!
We dressed up, paraded, trick-or-treated, and ate and ate and ate.
Most of my creative juices went to Michael’s Mater costume, which was a work of art.
From the front:
And from the back… a working tow hook!
And let’s not forget the working headlamps once dusk hit! (Don’t you just love the pie tin radiator/candy dish!?)
Mater was WAY too big to wear to school for Michael’s class parade, so we pulled this Captain America costume out of the closet. Look at these little super heroes!
Apparently Michael grew a bit… Look at his shoes and fake shoes.
Brandon and I phoned in our outfits, thanks to Target. They were fun and easy– fine by me!
Of course we had some festive eats too… Our many-layer dip was so easy and paired perfectly with orange and black chips from Wegmans:
And some sweet treats, “blood” courtesy of food coloring and corn syrup, applied with an infant medicine dropper, edible axes made by Wilton, bought by me:
We carved pumpkins too. All around, the perfect holiday!
Still looking for the perfect gift or card for your Mom this Mother’s day? Look no further!
Presenting a special bouquet of flowers:
My Mother’s day bouquet
These are really easy to make:
- Squirt out your paint – we used Michael’s Crayola washable tempera paints
- Take subject’s hand
- Paint subject’s hand. Work quickly depending on age and patience level of subject.
- Press subject’s hand onto paper.
- Let dry.
- Add some foliage (stems and leaves) and cut out or back with additional paper.
And if you’re a visual learner:
Prep your materials.
Painting your subject.
Stamp, stamp, stamp.
Hand prints: complete!
And then when the hand prints turn into painting…
Happy Mother’s day!
A couple of weekends ago, Brandon, Michael and I hopped into the car and drove 20 or so minutes east to Trinity Tree Farms, in search of the perfect Christmas tree.
Brandon has been trying for a few years now to get me to skip our annual trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot in favor of a U-cut tree lot.
(In my defense, I thought he wanted to drive into the forest and actually cut down a tree from nature– too many Christmas movies, or something, I guess…)
I subscribe to Red Tricycle and they sent out a great compilation of U-cut lots in the greater Seattle area. So, we did our researched and ended up at Trinity.
Due to Michael’s afternoon nap, we got a later start, which wasn’t ideal with Christmas tree shopping. But it wasn’t raining and we did catch some daylight.
Trinity Tree Farm was lovely. It’s a bit out of the way and the signage to get there was very clear and there was ample parking. They offer complimentary hot chocolate and other snacks are available for purchase. My favorite part was the roaring campfire. Michael and I sat around it with several other families. We toured the available trees to cut, but didn’t find the perfect one and ended up buying a pre-cut tree.
We were hoping to catch Santa, but we he left hours earlier, so Michael sat on Brandon’s lap instead!
Michael is turning into such a little boy!
I hope you are having a wonderful pre-holiday and I look forward to hearing where you like to get your Christmas trees in the comments below!
Merry Christmas from Megan’s Island and cheers to a very happy and prosperous New Year!