Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Halloween 2013

We had a lot of fun this Halloween.  I think he understood the gist last year, but this was the first year he really got it all.  The hype, the door-to-door walking, the was awesome.  He let us know weeks before Halloween that he wanted to be a Firefighter.  Mimi and Aunt Kelly were in town soon after he decided, and Mimi got him his adorable outfit.  He wore it a million times before the big day, but I think that helped with the anxiety most kids feel when having to put on a costume and leave it on while trick-or-treating. 

We also had a lot of festivities we attended this year.  First, the Galleria near our house had a little festival.  The kids could go to each of the stores to trick-or-treat, and they had bounce houses and bands/performances well into the night.

This picture was taken that night...framer!

Then the next night we attended the Lakeway Regional Medical Center's "Trunk-or-Treat" with the cousins.  I of course failed to get all of them together for a picture, but they all had a great time.  It was PACKED, and a little hectic, but we enjoyed it.  And Knox loved the clown and balloon animals!

Next up was his class Halloween/Fall Festival.  They had a little carnival and then we had a lunch for the kiddos afterwards.  The boys in his class all looked so cute dressed up!

His class!

The costume breakdown...the "popo" killed me.  Yes, he was a police officer!

And finally, Halloween arrived.  I planned a little neighborhood playgroup for the kids on our street, and then we hit the streets in search of candy.  I set up a little photo-booth in the house to get pictures of the kids before the chaos ensued...the pictures turned out cute!

Stephen and my brother, Jeremy, were out of town for a work meeting, so Lindsay came over with the kids to trick-or-treat.  They were all so cute!

Don't they look like they need a theme song?  So "Entourage!"

And how could we forget little Blakely?  Here is a picture of us in Vegas a few weeks ago.  I'll need to do an update for her soon!

Pumpkin Pics

Hey, at least I got to this before Thanksgiving...and I'm going to post Halloween next.  Totally on a roll!

Knox wasn't too keen on going to a pumpkin patch.  I would mention it every so often, and was always met with "I don't want to see pumpkins," or "I don't want you to take my picture."  Then we heard about a small pumpkin patch at Revival, a local artsy/interior design place, and I knew he would be sold.  Why, you ask?  Probably because of Hamlet, the resident pot-bellied pig that runs freely on the grounds.  Yes.  He was sold.

In front of the store, they had this old truck and pumpkin set up, so I tried to take advantage--while battling the wind.

Just a swinging with Hamlet.

The forced smile

A more natural one

And then pure joy, when I finally let him do what he wanted to do the whole time...ride the horsies!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chosen Marathon-Go Papi, Go!

One of these days I'll actually do more to my photos than just upload and put on my blog...but I haven't had time to breathe, much less edit pictures.  One day.  I figure I'm so far behind, it's best to just get them on the blog as soon as I here you go!

A few weekends ago we had the honor of watching my dad (Papi) complete his first half marathon.  He has been training for the past few months, and we were so excited to cheer him on and congratulate him on this accomplishment!  The event also coincided with a great cause, Adoption.  My sister and her husband are in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia, and this race provided them with another way to raise funds while doing something they both love: running!

Knox and I decorated a sign and we were off, stopping only for some warm coffee and chicken minis.  My sister ran with my dad, and when Matt had finished his race he ran back to finish with them.  It was a pretty cool moment seeing them round the last curve, and our cheering section was loud and proud!

I'm so proud of my dad, for not only committing to doing it, but setting an example for others that you can do anything you set your mind to!  He's pretty great!