Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Now that October is officially over, I want to recap all the fun things that made this Halloween my favorite so far!

We went to the Wings pumpkin patch twice this year. The cause it benefits is something we support and it's just the right balance of having enough to do to keep the boys busy and not overly crowded.

The first time we went with Granny V, Josh, Candy and Brooks and Malynne since she was staying with us. We were just wearing OU clothes since it was OU/Texas and I was counting on getting a cute family picture the next time we went.

We attempted a cousin picture with the boys and Brooks and it was a fail.

The boys picked out pumpkins and had a blast!

Lincoln wore all of his Halloween outfits.

We went back to the pumpkin patch a few weeks later when they had Touch a Truck. This was the boys' favorite thing last year. They had tons of utility trucks and rescue trucks and all of the people who had driven them were handing out stickers and letting kids push buttons and answering questions and the boys had a blast. This year there were three trucks and they were all unmanned. It was kind of disappointing...but the pumpkin patch is still fun, so the boys were fine.

Another failed cousin picture...

Instead of getting the kids huge pumpkins to paint this year, we just grabbed the tiny white ones from Target and had a cousin pumpkin painting party. Paxton was determined to paint his whole pumpkin and lasted way longer than everyone else.

Gramsy's car was in the shop for a few days so we picked her up in the mornings to take her to work. Porter was obsessed with all her Halloween decorations and insisted on getting out and seeing them all every morning.

Jared's office had a table for Brick or Treat this year and we had never been so we decided to try it. His shift at the table was during the time we got there and the boys couldn't wait for him, so I took all three by myself through crowded downtown OKC.

We had fun though! And aside from the part where they both almost fell into the canal, it was perfect! Jared finished up right as it was starting to get really crowded, so we all met for dinner at Texadelphia. We hit a few more booths on the way to the car after dinner and ended up with a pretty good supply of candy! Lincoln was in the wrap with his puppy head on and people kept stopping me thinking he was a real dog...

On Friday, we wanted to try some Trunk or Treats because that is one of Paxton's favorite memories from Durham.

Durham. We started with Acts 2 and it was perfect! There were tons of cars and the boys got lots of candy and had a blast! We were going to stop after that, but they loved it so much, they asked to go to another one. So after a quick Google search, I found one a few miles away that had a bounce house and a bake sale along with trunk or treat. We should have known when we got there and the parking lot was completely full that it was a bad idea, but we pressed on. The church we went to was so big that the boys thought it was a mall and it was packed! They had a few carnival games where you could wait in line and play and get a piece of candy, but waiting in long lines is not a skill the P's have mastered. I think we played one game, got some cotton candy and looked at the waterfall inside the church and then left.

Our last pre-Halloween activity was Storybook Forest. The boys and I went last year with Granny V while Jared was out of town. This year, he was excited to come! We went with Teighynne and Mallory and the kids also.

They had a blast! They loved all the little scenes and Porter wasn't even scared of the big spider this year!

Afterwards we played the games and rode the hayride.

On Halloween, we continued our tradition of scary face pancakes at IHOP after we dropped Paxton off at school. Porter loved decorating his and didn't want to eat it because it looked so cute.

That afternoon, Jared headed home from work a little early so I could go help with Paxton's Halloween party at school! He was so excited to see me and introduced me to all of his friends. I'm so glad I got to go!

After school, we read all of our Halloween books one last time and the boys took showers and got ready to trick or treat! We drove through Sonic for some 50 cent corn dogs and then stopped at Gramsy's house.

Then, we went to Papaw's house to see Granny V and trick or treat! We did about 20 houses before Paxton decided that he wanted to hand out candy! So we went back to Papaw's and let the boys hand out candy to trick or treaters. Sweet Porter was giving kids candy from his own bucket!!

We did more houses after that until Porter was exhausted and begging us to carry "all of him".

We went home and the boys were really hoping some trick or treaters would come to our house so they could give them candy, but nobody did. They were disappointed so they ended up taking turns going out and ringing our doorbell and the other one would answer and give them candy.

We had so much fun this year! Lincoln was adorable as the puppy in first Halloween tradition and he was so good about just going with the flow and hanging out in the wrap while we did all of our activities. The P's had so much fun and said this Halloween was their favorite!!!

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