Monday, October 21, 2013

Getting Our Fall On

The weather has taken a turn for to the cold side.  We went from 70s to low 50s seemingly overnight.  Luckily, we had plenty of fall goodness this past weekend to keep us happy.

On Friday night the kids' school put on their annual Halloween party.  This year I was able to help decorate and also made some treats.  Over two dozen owl cupcakes.  And they turned out better than I expected. Yay!
They were a hit!  Also a hit?  My kiddos. You should have seen everyone's reaction when the three Ghostbusters and their ghost walked in to the party.  It was pretty fun to watch.  And of course, my kiddos ate it up.
My crew ended up taking home the prize for The Best Group Costume.  They were in heaven!
Because I was busy all day decorating the school cafeteria for the party, and making owl cupcakes, I wasn't planning on dressing up for the party.  But, when I came downstairs in my regular clothes my kids all looked at me and said, "You're not dressing up this year?" in the most disappointed voices.  I felt like a horrible mom.  So I quickly rummaged through our costume box, threw on a wig and a skirt and went as a witch. Not one of my more inventive outfits but it made the kids happy.

Anyway, the party was a hit. The DJ was great, the games were fun, the Haunted House (put on by the 8th graders) was spookey, and the treats were yummy.  It was a great night.

The next day was spent prepping the yard for winter.  Only half of it got done (emptying pots, cutting grass, chopping kindling) and then I had to hustle Ben and Tommy off to church.  Ben's first grade teacher was getting married and she invited all of her students to the church ceremony.  Tommy was actually in the first 1st grade class she ever taught (she has only been teaching three years).  They are so lucky to have such a sweet and thoughtful teacher.  I'd never heard of a teacher inviting students to her wedding before.  And after the ceremony she called the kids up to the altar to take pictures with her and her husband.  Then afterwards she threw the kids a little party in the basement of the church, complete with cookies, popcorn, punch and goodie bags.  She is amazing, and it was a lovely wedding.

After that we came back home and changed our clothes for the pumpkin farm.  Off we went to get our annual fix of pumpkins, apples, and apple cider.
The kids love all the animals at the apple orchard/pumpkin farm.  A friendly goat even joined them on the haystack maze.  So funny.

We even managed to snag our annual fall family picture. Whew!  Glad that is over with.  It took far too many takes this year.

By the time our afternoon was over Todd and I both needed a nap.  But, lucky for us, we had a date night instead.  We saw the movie Gravity.  It was awesome.  And intense.  I'm thinking Sandra Bullock is going to be picking up quite a few nominations for her role in that one.  After the movie we went to a bar and watched the Badgers trounce their rivals.  And then we even got to try out a new restaurant we've both been wanting to go to.  It was fantastic!  If you are ever in the area I HIGHLY recommend going to The Blind Horse.  Yum! Sooooo good.  And great service too!  

It was a fabulous way to end out our busy day.  

After church on Sunday I made a vat of applesauce while Todd went to his office for a few hours.  The Packer game was watched and enjoyed and the kiddos spent All. Day. Long. playing outside.  

Overall, it was a perfect fall weekend.  Which is great because apparently this week is going to feel like winter.  Boo.


Anita said...

I love the family photo!
And reading about your recent activities is perfect for a Monday morning to remind me that "Life is Good."

Charmaine said...

Hey Kat :) great feel good post ! well done on the costumes... u looked cute too :) cool cup-cakes... we don't really celebrate Halloween here in South Africa...but it is catching on a little more each year... Stay Strong C
i hope your Mom is keeping well :)

Bijoux said...

Great family photo and amazing cupcakes. I love the Ghostbusters! My middle child and son went to their kindergarten teachers wedding. She invited all her students (she had only been teaching 3 years at the time) to the ceremony and took group shots afterwards. I will always remember how exciting it was for the kids and we have some special photos of the day.

Makes me cry to think about it!

Tabor said...

You have made me exhausted and jealous all in one post!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Sounds like you're enjoying some great family time--way to rock the cupcakes AND the costume!

Mom24 said...

Wow! That sounds fabulous. Love those cupcakes, they look so cute, and delicious. Your kiddos look adorable too. Rebekah went to her 3rd grade teacher's wedding, she invited the whole class, it was so special. I still have extra fond feelings for that teacher, she's been married 14 years now. Wow!

Wisconsin Girl said...

Great Fall photo! And I can't believe all that you squeezed in on a Saturday and still stayed awake for a date night. Quite amazing! Love the Halloween costumes...too cute! Glad to see you are enjoying fall and hope you guys have another fun-filled weekend ahead!

Amethyst Skies said...

Beautiful pictures loving the cakes and such an awesome group costume idea!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

The Ghost Busters? When I saw that on FB..immediate awesomeness!

And, another great family picture!

Cyndy @ Back in the Bush said...

The peacock pic is SO pretty!
And Im sure it comes as no surprise that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the owl cupcakes.
The party sounds awesome.
Can you believe it was 55 degrees here in FLORIDA this morning? I am not a happy chick!

Riahli said...

Awwww, fun! I haven't even thought twice about the kids costumes this year, I'm thinking it will be a grab what you can from the dress up tubs sort of a year. ;) I use get all excited about it and stress out about planning what they would wear, but I just don't have the energy for that any more, ha ha! Your kiddos look adorable and I love your family photo at the pumpkin patch, beautiful! And I think your hair looks great! :)

Peruby said...

How many oreos didn't come apart perfectly while making the cupcakes and had to be sacrificed? LOL!

Haddock said...

Creative ideas.
Like that family picture.

Weekend-Windup said...

Your cup cakes looks so great. Family photo is beautiful. You all had a nice enjoyable day.

Pallavi said...

You have a beautiful family :) Loved the cupcakes! so creative.

Hilary said...

My goodness you have a busy life. Those cupcakes are just adorable.. almost as cute as your kidlets. What a creative group costume.

Elaine Alguire said...

That family photo is so awesome! As are those Halloween costumes - SUCH a great idea, of course they won!

And I am pinning those cupcakes, SO cute!

Happy Fall, Y'all! ;)

lime said...

those cupcakes are too cute and the! that is just the best. i can totally see why you won.

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