Monday, November 03, 2008

Elaina Bug and Jedi Ben

What a weekend we had! Halloween was a blast!
Thursday was super busy trying get costumes organized and sewn. A special thanks to Colleen and her super sewing skills! She made Elaina's costume as well as Ben's. We spent the afternoon planning and shopping, and then were up late making the perfect costumes for my kiddos!
Friday I volunteered as one of the room mothers for Ben's party. Since I was in charge of the game portion of the party, I decided to dress up for the event and went as a witch with purple hair. Ben was so excited that I was there and that I wore a costume! We played Halloween Bingo and I think that the kids liked the game. We played until everyone won, and I gave out some fun party favors and suckers to all the kids. Ben had fun giving out the leftovers to his friends at the end of the party. After school we stopped by Aunt Kathryn's and Uncle Don's for a quick hello and trick or treat and from there we went up to South Davis. We got there in time for a visit from my sister Liz and her husband John. Liz helped me get Elaina dressed in her costume before they left for another Halloween get together. They have a really neat tradition at South Davis. All the residents (including the Adult Units) dress up for the event. All month long the nurses donate candy. They have a contest for the department that donates the most. There were TONS of treats donated. Everyone lines up in the main lobby and down the hallway in their costumes and then the fun begins. Families from the community bring their kids for a safe trick-or-treat environment. Ben got SO MUCH CANDY! He was in heaven. After he'd gone through the line, he came and sat with Elaina and helped me hand out the candy. It was a lot of fun. I had Elaina in a small stroller and she really did well. I took her out a couple of times and held her in my lap, but people tended to want to touch her when I was holding her, so I put her back in the stroller where she wasn't getting touched. She was very interested in all the costumes and was happy and content. I didn't keep her downstairs for the entire evening, I was worried about exposing her to so many people, but it was fun to spend the evening with both my kids. After I got Elaina back up to her room, we spent a little bit of time playing with her, but the excitement of the evening wore her out and she was tired, not to mention that all the candy had wired Ben, so I decided to leave. We stopped by my Grandma's house and did a little bit of trick-or-treating on her street, and then we went to Colleen's house. I'd forgotten my camera at home, so she had been sweet enough to let me borrow hers. I've been spending the weekends with Colleen and her husband Najee. They live closer to Bountiful and so I don't have as far to drive when I stay with them. They are also so good with Ben and we have really been having fun playing games and watching movies at their house on the weekends. They are also helping me in my search for new living arrangements, so we keep pretty busy on the weekends.
Anyway, here are some fun Halloween pictures! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Elaina Bug!

She was in such a good mood!

Ben was "Luke Skywalker" super Jedi!

Okay, now he's a Vampire Jedi. She's just a cute Bug!

Sitting up so well in her stroller.

She's a people watcher!

All worn out from our evening fun.

Elaina wasn't sure what to think about Mommy's purple hair and giant eyelashes. At least she didn't cry!


Vanessa said...

You guys looks great! How nice to be able to spend time with Ben at school.

Elaina is the cutest litte bug I've ever seen. She sure is getting big.

Stephanie said...

She DOES look great sitting up in the stroller! Wow, what a big girl you are!

Jake & Stephanie Ellinger said...

Its so good to see you with BOTH of your kids and having such a great time. I love Elaina's costume! I hope that you guys had an awesome Halloween.

Lady said...

Aw! She looks so sweet in her stroller. We saw tons of kids outside as we were leaving and I was sad that we couldn't have stayed longer to party with you. Glad to hear everything went so well!

The Portas said...

What a fun Halloween! Sounds like a ton of fun. Elaina looks SO GOOD sitting up like that in her stroller. I bet she just loved the different perspective and watching so many people. What a treat!

Hoping you find suitable living arrangements soon...we'll say prayers..xoxoo

Cheap A** Chick said...
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Cheap A** Chick said...

Awwh! They're both so adorable! Sean went as Pikachu.


Aimee and Hardy said...

That is the cutest ladybug I've ever seen. So glad you had a fun day.

Kathy said...

They both look adorable. I'm SO glad that you posted pics! Just ask South Davis if you guys can move into the room with Elaina! Ben wouldn't mind sharing a bed with you (I'm sure!).

She's getting so big!!
Any talks of going home??
or..did you ever hear back from Stanford??

The Hood's said...

So cute! I'm so glad you guys had a great time! I love the costumes! We also had the star wars theme going on!

Mimi said...

She is so cute!!

carolyn q said...

SO cute! I am glad you were able to spend time with Ben at school and help with his party. I also love that fact that Elaina was dressed up.
My boys were Yoda and Anikan Skywalker.
You are a great mom!!!