Following our yearly tradition, we had our parents, Nathan's grandparents, and our brothers over for an evening of festivities. We ate dinner, and then, Nathan and David took Jacob and Ellie trick-or-treating around the neighborhood while the rest of us stayed back at the house to pass out candy and entertain Emmaline. She still wasn't feeling that great, so we kept her inside for the most part. Jacob and Ellie came back with lots of candy which I have been enjoying way too much.
Mommy and Emmaline
We borrowed Emmy's costume from a friend. It cracked me up because it had a stinger on the back to complete the bumble bee look.
Jacob also went as "Bumble Bee" from the Transformers
Gabrielle was the cutest "Snow White" I've ever seen.
The old shed from Nathan's parents' backyard made its way to our backyard today. We have big plans for what we want to put in it. I just hope that it all fits!
Thankfully, it's not too heavy! Here it's being lifted over the fence by our driveway.
Now, it's being carried across the backyard.
Here it's being lowered into place.
Right now Jacob and Ellie are using it as a play house. I know they'll be sad when we fill it up and they can't use it anymore. Remember the flowerbed that I redid in the spring? The door of the shed comes right up to it, so next spring, I'll have to do some plant moving in order to keep them from getting trampled.
Tonight, our home group from church had a Halloween party for the kids. The kids all wore their costumes and we grilled out for dinner. We had also intended to make s'mores over the fire, but it was too dark and cold, so we opted to microwave them instead. They were just as yummy.
Nathan and Emmaline both have colds, so they stayed home and spent the evening together. He commented on the quietness of the house when there's only one kid around. It's amazing how you forget the sound of quiet as you add more kids to the family.
Today during Emmaline's nap, we carved pumpkins with Jacob and Gabrielle. It's not my favorite thing to do (especially cleaning all the goop from the inside), but the kids really enjoy it, so that makes it worth it.
Ellie and Mommy clean out the seeds
Jacob and Daddy discuss his design (Notice the paper next to Jacob's arm...he drew out his design so Daddy knew exactly what to carve.)
Awhile back, Pam gave me this award because she enjoyed reading my blog. Sadly, it has taken me way too long to accept it. So, thanks Pam for being a faithful reader and I proudly accept this blogging award. You are so sweet!
Now, I'm supposed to pass this award on to 7 people whose blogs I enjoy reading, so here goes:
These were supposed to be Emmaline's 18-month pics., but they weren't taken until she was 19-months old. I realized today as I posted Ellie's pics. that I never posted these. They were taken at the end of September. She is looking less like a baby and more like a toddler these days.