Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

We go a little crazy around here for Halloween.  As some of you know, Pat is an animator and his office is filled with VERY creative and talented people.  For Halloween his work throws a big party and has a HUGE costume contest.  These costumes must be hand-made and creative.  It is a really big deal.  Pat has never won this contest, so we worked very hard this year on his costume.  It was so much fun to create it together and even the kids helped.  Once we got going I decided to make a matching costume for myself.  We really had a great time putting it all together.

While we were at DisneyLand everything was decorated for Halloween.  Jack the Pumpkin king is EVERYWHERE and the Haunted Mansion is completely re-done around The Nightmare Before Christmas.  This inspired our Halloween costumes.

Jack and Sally



Incase you are unfamiliar with The Nightmare Before Christmas (in which case you NEED to go rent it...now), here is what the real Jack and Sally characters look like...

I am happy to report that Pat's costume was the WINNER this year!!  Here are the top 3 winners from this year.  Keep in mind these are ALL handmade costumes-- Amazing!

First place: Jack the Pumpkin King 

Second place: Jack Sparrow (he stayed in character the entire day.)

Third Place: Bridget (from the video game Guilty Gear)

Here is the whole office...

They had to take Jack for a walk around the city (and yes, Pat is walking around on stilts).


The kids had lots of fun parties this year.  They each had one at school and then we had a cancer event and a Make-A-Wish party.  Cami wanted to switch her costume up for each party.  She is such a little diva.

Here she is (costume from last year) with some of her bumblebee friends at the Make-A-Wish party.

Here she is with her cancer sisters.

Here is Caden with his best bud Porter... his costume is just awesome.  a


Thank you Make-A-Wish for the fun party!

Here is Cami and her friend Cash at a fundraiser Kaidan's family did to raise money for CureSearch.  

Here is Miss Cami taking her vampire roll very seriously on Halloween night.  


Here's our little dragon.  I know, I know...he's really intimidating.
RAWRRRRR.....  

Cami and her cute group of girlfriends.  These girls all live in our circle and they are little BFF's.  
Can you see Pat's pumpkin bum in the background?... I seriously have a kid at heart for a Husband.  

And here we are with some of our favorite (and well dressed might I add) people...







...and we are all costumed out.  Until next year anyway...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Caden!

We are still alive.  I know its been awhile since I've blogged, but things have been crazy around here and there have been lots of changes going on keeping us VERY busy.  Pat got a new job, the lease ended on our car so we've been busy trying to find a good family car, and we were busy working on a HUGE Halloween project, but I'll write more on that later.  First, and most important...

Caden Turned 3!!!
I have said it before and I'll say it again, this little guy is just so easy going and is constantly making all of us laugh.  I don't know what we would do without him in our family.  We would laugh a lot less I can tell you that much.  We love our little bubba and all of his quirky-ness.  
Happy Birthday!





Caden has been planning his birthday party ever since he witnessed Cami's Harry Potter party.  He decided he wanted a dragon party.  Let me just tell you it can be VERY difficult to find dragon theme party stuff, but we made do and Caden invited two little friends to his party. 




He loves his little buddies.

We had a dragon egg hunt and played pin the fire on the fire breathing dragon, then the rest of the party was spent running around pretending to be dragons.  I just love the imaginations of 3 year olds.  

Look at these cute little guys...



Happy Happy Birthday to my smile maker, happy-go-lucky boy.  
We love you Caden!