December 5, 2014

Off To See The Wizard

After reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Wyatt demanded to know why we'd never seen the movie.  
So a few months back, for our weekly Friday-Pizza-Movie-Popcorn-Night, we all fell in love with the timeless characters as we snuggled on the couch and laughed ridiculously hard at Johns' impeccable impression of the cowardly lion.  (Seriously, it's impressive).  
After which, I decided our fabulous little foursome would certainly be dressing as Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween, I mean duh.  With our hand-me-down lion costume the perfect size for Tessa and Macie an obvious choice for Dorothy, the boys quickly decided on who they would be.
After all-nighters and stress galore from Halloween pasts, I gave myself a break and turned to amazon.com for all my costume needs (I have no problem giving credit where credit is due...I CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT AMAZON PRIME).

Any who, a week before the main event, we were off to the annual Wall Family/Friends Halloween Party which we've been lucky enough to shenaggle an invite to the past few years.  On our way out of the neighborhood, John spotted the perfect, I mean PERFECT photo-op.  Our very own yellow brick  leaf road.  Of course we had to stop and torture our children by taking a ridiculous amount of photos.  Despite their complaining, they sure ham it up and I am in love with how these turned out...if you can't tell, I took way WAY too many and am posting them all. 
(We actually came back on Halloween day and took a few more, I really just couldn't get enough.)
Seriously, is it just me? Cutest. Dorthy. Ever.
So with a plethora of pics under our belt, we headed to the Wall Party where we were thoroughly entertained and the children had a blast...
(Please disregard the unhappy-ish look on my face.)
Note to self: You need to relax.  Take a page from Heather's book...throw exploding soda liters into the air...light pumpkins on fire, throw them, smash them...live a little.  Have fun.  Relax.
(Seriously, they are an awesome family.)

Later that week we finally got around to carving pumpkins, though we begged the kids to paint them, only the girls could be convinced....

The Halloween festivities continued as Macie dressed up for her Dance Party.  At the last minute, we decided to bag the Dorothy costume and go with a dead ballerina...which ended up being more like a weird goth-ish ballerina.  Either way, she was pretty stoked.
I also whipped up a fun dinner (thanks pinterest) of Mummy Pizza (surprisingly tasty), Goard Green Salad, and of course our Homemade Ores.
The days leading up to Halloween we were a nervous wreck as we anxiously awaited the results of John's recent job interview with Sport's Authority in Denver, Co.  Halloween day they finally called to tell us they would let us know the next week.  So our nerves continued as we took the kids trick-or-treating in both sets of Grandparents neighborhoods.
We were impressed with Papa Monte's decorating, had homemade chili dogs, butter beer, and a great evening.  And then this happened...
 Four.  Yep, four suckers.  At once.
And I remembered why I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  
Man I hate Halloween...But seriously, I LOVE HALLOWEEN!
And I love that my kiddos happily went along with our Wizard of Oz theme this year.  Their reenacting scenes from the movie brought a smile to my face all day long.  
I love Halloween and I love my fab four...  
...cowardly, brainless, heartless and all.

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