Thursday, October 31, 2013


Day #31

Happy Halloween!

It is a big deal at our house.

We plan all year what we are going to dress up as

as a family.

I will post those pictures tomorrow.

We had a family vote this summer and changed our minds on our as-earlier-agreed-upon costumes

while Monte was out of town.

We called him with the vote

and he was good with it.

Which worked out nicely since 
he was outvoted anyway.

We carved pumpkins Tuesday night.

Something amazing happened this year,

wonder of all wonders,

Monte scooped the goop from his own pumpkin!

He scooped it AFTER he had already
carved the front, Florida boy that he is.

Looking a little pekid. Or maybe he is
looking meanish at me. Huh. Didn't
notice that before.
You see, Monte has a gag reflex that can be triggered immediately by a seemingly endless list of things ranging from

dried eggs on a plate in the sink, 

to blisters, 

to pumpkin goop.

I'm not sure he is going to be able to 
read that list without gagging.

Who are you and what did you do
with my husband?!?
Like most things in our household,

we take carving pumpkins very seriously.

We research ideas.

We have a plan.

There is a clear winner.

Ellie's pumpkin took the longest.


Her efforts were rewarded.

I was going for a Pinteresty "banners and polka dots" theme.

Instead it looks like Charlie Brown's Halloween costume.

The ghost one with way too many eye holes.

Ok, I see it now.

The girls kept saying,

"I got a rock."

every time they looked at my pumpkin.

Monte said he was going for Mike from Monsters Inc 

but I think it turned out more like a minion from Despicable Me.

Either way, it is adorable.

McDaniel has a love of whales. 

This is actually the outline of a whale. 

It comes across so much better lit up.

Hope everyone has a safe night of Trick or Treating!


  1. Can't wait to see your family costumes. Your family is so fun.

  2. I am sure your costumes will be totally amazing. Don't forget to link up to Inspire Me Tuesday. It will go live on Mon. at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty


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