Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I really was not much of a Halloween lover before having children. In fact, I would go so far to say that I really hated dressing up in all the grown up outfits (that all seem to be a little hookerish.... why is that??)! So nothing pleases me more than to make this special day all about the kids! And in our family.... it is.... and it is so much fun!

After the busiest week of my school year thus far- report cards done, 21 conferences completed, half day chaos, dress up day, and Family Fun Night Friday- I was so ready for a great weekend! So we kicked off the Halloween festivities by trick or treating with two little princesses at one of the girl's dorms at Asbury.

Belle and Snow White loved it! They had a blast following the colored squares through Chocolate Mountain and all the other fun of this real life Kandyland. They thought they were big stuff, dancing with the college girls and modeling in front of the full length mirrors around every turn. They scored lots of yummy candy and were worn out by the end of it all.
Ivy is so thankful that Addy invited her along for this adventure~

Sunday night, Greg and I were excited to carve our big pumpkin for the real trick or treat night. We decided to pass on the silly jack-o-lantern face and go for the wine glass inspired, S monogram! Okay, I admit this was totally my idea and my super artistic husband ran with it! And does it look awesome or what??!!

And light off.... wow.... I love it!

So the pumpkin is carved and we are ready for the Smorstad/Amburgey annual trick or treat night! Good food and good company and lots of good laughter- needless to say, we had so much fun catching up with our friends. It is great to see how our baby brood keeps growing! Last year we made the jump from two to four kiddos along for the Halloween festivities and next year we will have five. I can't wait for Baby Amburgey to make it's debut in the next 10 days. :)

Look at Minnie Mouse, Mommy, and Baby Bump ready to go!

This was the only picture that famous Bull Rider, J.B. Mauney, wanted to pose in! (Rhett, I am so sorry if I didn't spell that right!) Snow White was quite impressed with her Cowboy and wanted to show him with a big smooch with her apple red lipstick. He was not to excited about the prospect of a kiss!! Ha :)

The "babies" and Greg ready for the wagon ride!

Rob was in charge of pushing the big kids in the stroller.... Where's Rhett??! He was not into pictures this year :) Bull Riders are really too cool for picture posing!

Our little Strawberry felt so big to go get some candy! As soon as she got a little treat in her bag, she pulled it right out so pleased with the prize. Thankfully she had no idea these goodies were edible and instead, was happy to just wave them around and show them off to those passing by!

Minnie Mouse was really too big to be classified as a "baby" in the wagon so she helped pull "Too-too" most of the night :) Greg and Sidney Shea are big buddies!

We had a great night filled with great memories. These are the moments I never want to forget as my kids get big. And I hope that we will always share Trick or Treat nights with Amburgey's, babies added, kids growing up, and when we are old (and our kids are gone- tear :*( -) we can pass out candy and remember the good '0le days!

And we vow to never drive a car and drop our kids off at the houses with the lights on.... seriously.... people do that!

Happy Halloween, my friends!


  1. How fun! Looks like you guys had a great time--and that pumpkin--wow! I am impressed!

  2. What a fun night! All the kids are just precious. And I LOVE the pumpkin!


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