Halloween 2010 - Wrapped Up

It was a great Halloween this year! No rain, colder than normal, and beautiful fall scenery her in New England. It stayed lighter longer that usual because of the late time change this year, and the kids got tons of candy as per the norm. I think the act of trick-or-treating is much more fun than the candy itself. My little man doesn't like anything to do with chocolate and my lovely little girl has come to the conclusion that the amount of candy they receive for Halloween, is far too much. So both have agreed to take part in the dentist trade-in this year. They'll each keep 10 pieces of candy, then trade in the rest of their candy to our dentist for cash to put in their piggy banks. They really don't care, and I am thrilled not to have candy in the house for the next months.
The only down side to this Halloween - my lovely little girl has continued to cough - for the last 2 weeks and is home today with me awaiting her doctor's appointment to see if she has walking pneumonia. Other than the cough, she's been fine, but, it's just been nagging, especially the last week. However last night, after all the fresh air I think, was the first night she hasn't coughed during the night, so we shall see in about an hour what's going on. And since the kids have no school tomorrow, because of election day, she''l get some much needed rest.
Speaking of election day. There was a major snaffu, in my opinion, here in our town. It seems that our town must be one of the major "hot spots" for trick-or-treating in the state because who shows up in the midst of the extremely large crowd, but one of the gubernatorial candidates for CT, who will remain nameless. He parked his oversized luxury campaign bus along the main trick-or-treating route, then he and about 5 of his assistants went amongst the crowd, not setting up at a booth or anything, asking kids to take candy from them (only making themselves known by a button on their lapels). 
Let me paint the picture of how we found out about this:  It's crowded, very crowded on the sidewalks on Halloween - hundreds if not thousands of kids are here from all over the region. We are walking to the next house, when the candidate comes up to my daughter and asks "Do you want some candy", she and I look up at him, like, huh? Then my husband and I notice who it is, and that he has several people behind him doing the same thing. They were quite mixed amongst the crowd, no signs, or anything, they really could have been any other parents except the campaign pins on their lapels. My daughter, rightly, says "No" to him, then one of the assistants asks the same thing, and again she says "No". A female assistant looks perplexed - then I looked at her and said, "I think my daughter knows not to take candy from strangers." Then, the a-ha, light went on, I think, I mean, I HOPE. It was a completely inappropriate display, I even heard other parents later that night saying the same thing. Needless to say, I was disgusted. 

On a lighter note, here are all 7 of the jack-o-lanterns that my husband carved this year. He did a great job and he was very proud of himself - the bean counter that he is. He's clearly watched too many Challenge: Extreme Pumpkin Carving episodes on the Food Network! LOL - I love it! I say, keep it up, sweetie!
Well, that wraps up my tales from the Halloween side of things here! I'm looking forward to the next couple days when my momma comes to visit for all of November, including Thanksgiving! We haven't had any family here for Thanksgiving for 5 years, so it's going to be a very thankful month! Check back in with me later this week when I'll have some craftiness to share with a "thankful" theme! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Monday!

Happy Halloween & Leaf Jumping

Happy Halloween, ghosts, goblins and all other spooky friends! Today is my kids' favorite holiday all year! It's not even 9am and my daughter is already wanting to get ready! LOL Yesterday my husband finished  carving that last few of our 7 jack-o-lanterns. He swears he isn't creative, but over the years he's proven that statement wrong time and again, and this year he really took his creativity to a new level. I just love what he did with this cat pumpkin, and the mini scared pumpkin next to him. I'd say, for a number cruncher he's got a creative streak!
Yesterday was all about leaf pile jumping, too. This pile of leaves was probably 4' tall when it was first piled up. We put our dog inside, since he's such a similar color, he looks a bit camouflaged . . . can you find him? Isn't he a handsome boy?
So is this little guy! Oh, boy! A 4 year old in a leaf pile is so much fun! I am so glad that my kids have this great memory of fall leaf pile jumping to look back on. We never had nice dry leaves to jump in as a kid - they were always wet and damp. So there was never any leaf jumping when I was a kid. But this more than makes up for it, watching my little love bugs having so much fun in them now.
Hopefully you are having a super weekend wherever you are, and if you celebrate Halloween, have a wonderful night! I will have lots of pics to share this upcoming week, I'm sure! Thank so much for stopping by!

SRM Stickers :: Bazzill Appreciation Day

Today at the SRM Stickers blog we are thanking Bazzill Basics. Many months ago they sent the SRM Stickers Design Team a collection of great paper, borders and card sets. Everything from Bazzill is always so great, I've used nearly everything they sent me! So for today's feature, I reached into my own personal stash of Bazzill to say Thank You for their generosity!
I used one sticker sheet for my card - SRM Stickers "We've Got Your Sticker - Happy"
This sticker sheet is so great, as are all the new "We've Got Your Sticker" sheets, because there are stickers in brown, black and white! My personal favorites are the white!
Thank you so much to Bazzill Basics for your generosity to SRM Stickers and the SRM Stickers Design Team this year! It's been so fun working with your product!!
That about does it for me today! I have much to do this weekend! Crafting to share next week and final preparations for Halloween are keeping me very busy! Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful Friday!