Holy Halloween Batman! Or Batgirl, should I say! This year, our Halloween was Crazy Town from the week of Halloween through the week following. Between our superhero pregnancy announcement pictures, the Bean’s preschool festival, pumpkin picking, dress-up birthday party fun, pumpkin carving, work parties and an awesome Day of the Dead festival, we were bizzz-ay! It was so much fun and I would love to have written separate posts for each event, but let’s be real… I kinda suck at this whole blogging thing right now, lol. But hey, check me out with my 3 posts in one month! That’s a new record you guys!
Let the good times roll beginning with a little family photo prep. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t get a bit carried away with our superhero outfits and planning every detail of our photo shesh! It was sooo easy finding G, Gracie and baby boy’s outfits, but mine – no so much. Eventually I did find a Captain America shirt that I really liked and all was well with the family attire until I melted G’s Wonder Woman shirt ironing on the Superman emblem… Yup, so something that would happen to me. This took place late the night before our pictures, of course and yet I somehow managed to keep my shit together. I was pretty proud of myself for not freaking out and to be honest, now when I look at the pictures, I really don’t notice a thing. I guess that old saying rings true, don’t sweat the small stuff!
The week leading up to Halloween was all about school spirit and Halloween prep. The Bean’s Co-op hosted a week of Halloween fun, which meant our gal got to wear the skeleton shirt she picked out all on her own and a Halloween bow she’s worn every year since she had hair. I had to laugh at the picture she took in her outfit in the front yard because, hello little miss teenager! Just look at that sassy face! The kids dressed up in the cutest Halloween outfits all week reading spooky stories (spooky by preschool standards) and sharing themed school snacks. Friday was their Fall Festival and since they were allowed to dress in their costumes, our gal went as Batgirl and even wore her mask most of the day! She got a few healthy snacks but mostly sweets, which she did not complain about. She had such a great week and her mamas could not believe that her 3rd and last Halloween at the Co-op came and went so quickly. ::tear::
We waited until the night before Halloween to visit our usual pumpkin patch, because we honestly completely forgot about the whole pumpkin carving tradition, and guess what? They were completely out of pumpkins! We then visited another pumpkin patch… no pumpkins. I called 2 local grocery stores and Wal.mart, annnnnd no pumpkins! The Bean and I were totally bummed as we headed home when G called to say she drove past a church and found a little Pumpkin Patch – SCORE! The Methodists save the day! Grace picked a cute little white pumpkin and Georgia picked two big orange ones. Mommy facilitates the craving of pumpkins every year and this year she had Grace draw her pumpkin's face that she then cut out with the Bean's help. Grace was so excited and I must say, our last minute pumpkins came out pretty stinkin’ cute. :)
Our niece is an October baby, like me and always has fun dress-up birthday parties that the kids LOVE! Because we had the outfits all ready to go, Georgia and I decided to dress up too and so did a lot of the other grown-ups. We ate pizza and cake as the kiddos played all afternoon. It was a great way to kick off the day we’d all been waiting for – HALLOWEEN!
This kid has the best cousins!
We have a few traditions we always keep on Halloween! We always make sure to visit Gracie’s Gaga and Papa who are the cutest and always dress-up a bit too! Every year they have a little something for the Bean (this year it was the cutest Halloween Barbie) and they shower her in candy. We then visit Gracie’s Nani and Grandpa K who also spoil the kiddo before we head home to do a little trick-o-treating in our neighborhood. I just want to squeal with excitement at the thought that next Halloween we’ll have a 6-month old baby boy all dressed up with us! Ekkkkkk!
16 week belly pic taken just days shy of 17 weeks!
This year we went to the Dia de los Muertos Parade for the first time and decided that it’s going to be something we do every Halloween from now on! The marketing team at the Bean’s Co-op had a booth at the event and because G is on the marketing committee, we tagged along. You may have seen the children’s movie about the Day of the Dead that came out a few years ago called, The Book of Life and if you haven’t, you need to! It’s one of Gracie’s absolute favorites and when we told her we were going to a Dia de los Muertos celebration, she was beyond excited!
In New Mexico, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations take place over several weeks in October and November, although the holiday is traditionally celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. Thousands of people from across the state come together to dress-up and celebrate with music, dancing, food and NM folk art. The women wear flowers in their hair and almost everyone has their faces painted!
The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Families honor deceased loved ones by building offering altars (ofrendas) where sugar skulls are placed, along with offerings of pan de muertos. The parade stretches across the South Valley and brings together New Mexicans of all ages and backgrounds. It’s just so fun!
We were there until late in the evening shopping local vendors, eating from yummy food trucks, painting faces and shopping for our little dude. We obviously couldn’t leave without getting him a few things too! It was a great end to our favorite holiday.
And on a side note, we'll be 20 weeks on Saturday! We're almost half-way through this pregnancy and that just blows my mind! I also turned 35 in October (which blows my mind as well)! The wife took Gracie and I out of town for the weekend to an amazing resort for my big 3-5! Post on that coming soon.
How am I 35 when I just turned 30?! Really! How?