Halloween Party, the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Days

We hosted our annual Halloween Costume Party a couple of Saturdays ago. I love that this has become a tradition for us! As usual, Piglet picked out the theme of our costumes. This year we were an ocean family. Match’s costume is my favorite! Also I love that Piglet announces proudly that he’s not just a killer whale, but an ORCA! 🙂 That boy loves his sea animals! Oh, and in case you can’t tell, I’m Mommy Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo!

We had some new faces this year, and the families from the neighborhood. I’m so grateful for our “hood” and having this little tribe to help raise our boy.


The kids went a little feral!

We took Piglet to a different Pumpkin Patch this year. I loved getting lost in the corn maze, drinking apple cider, and just being together as a family.

It has been unseasonably warm here, and we’re soaking up the sun for now. Call me crazy, but I am looking forward to colder days. Still, the sun is beautiful, and since it’s been dry, Piglet has been enjoying making “leaf angels”.

Match has been working out of town on a long distance job. He’s been gone 4 days a week, leaving early Monday and coming home late evening Thursdays. It’s been hard having him gone, and it makes these sweet family weekends even more special. I’m grateful for video chat and the ability to stay connected even when he’s away from home. I can’t wait for this job to be done so we can have him back home with us every night!

How’s your October, readers? Are you soaking up this time of year? It’s my absolute favorite.

Halloween ’16 PJ Masks

Happy Halloween, from the PJ Mask crew. Yes, mom and dad’s costumes are a bit thrown together, but Piglet loved that we dressed up as his favorite characters. I feel like we’re sort of a Pinterest fail. I ran out of time so the masks were very sloppy.


We threw a toddler trick or treating party with a few of our friends, and it was such a fun night. I loved seeing all the kiddos in costumes, and they were so cute running from door to door yelling Trick or Treat! I loved the party, and watching the kiddos play.






What a great night with friends. Happy Halloween, everyone, from our Catboy to you!



Halloween 2015, The Soggy Edition


This year we were so excited to go trick or treating with Piglet. He picked out his own costume (he insisted on being a puppy) and we knew he would have no trouble saying trick or treating and asking for candy. I sewed some cat ears for myself, and found a tail in my Halloween bin. Match even got into the spirit and rocked my old sheep costume from a few years back. DSC_0259



Sadly, the weather decided not to cooperate. It was an absolute downpour! I was very ‘s we did our costume pictures ahead of time, because my kitty makeup was pretty much oozing down my face in the first five minutes. We braved the weather and went to our downtown Halloween trick or treat event. Even with the bad weather, there were tons of people out and about.


We met up with Adventure Family, snapped a picture of our kiddos, then high tailed it out of there!


Piglet had fun passing out candy to the few trick or treaters who did come by the house. We curled up in blankets next to the fire and watched Halloween cartoons. It was a fun and mellow evening, and so very Oregon. Growing up I can’t remember a year when it didn’t rain on us.

Happy Halloween everyone! How did you celebrate?




Halloween 2013 in Pictures

Andy: Hey Ron, good to see ya! Weren’t you a pirate last year?
Ron: Yes. This is my Halloween costume. -Parks & Recreation


I know it’s a few days late but Happy Halloween! Piglet, Match and I have been busy these past few weeks.

Piglet and I went to a costume party at our neighbor’s house the Saturday before Halloween. Unfortunately it was super hot outside, but Piglet was a trooper. He was the perfect lil mascot! I only wish Match didn’t have to work. He could have been the quarterback.


 My neighbors did a great job with their family costume, and all of the adorable decorations.


This is their annual event, and I’m looking forward to next year, when Piglet will be a little more aware of what’s going on. She had all of these kid friendly games for the littles, and it was a lot of fun watching them. Piglet had fought his naps, so we didn’t last too long, but we still had fun while we were there.


On Halloween night, Match and I threw together last minute costumes and took family pictures. Match got me a belated 30th birthday gift-my digital SLR, with a tripod and remote shutter. It is ah-mazing. Be prepared for picture overload. 🙂

Here are just a few pictures of the decorations this year. Next year I hope to do more, but I was pretty happy with what I did, considering how busy I’ve been with Piglet. DSC_0087

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I hope everyone had a very happy Halloween! Now I better go deck my house out for Fall!

Halloween 2012

Tracy: Oh check this out! My key to the city of Gary, Indiana” . Mmmm, look at this! My gold record from my novelty party song![“Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” Music video]Tracy[singing, dressed up as a Werewolf bar mitzvah, spooky scary. Boys becoming men, men becoming wolves. -30 Rock

Our Halloween party was a blast!! The day started out super scary, with my own personal Halloween nightmare. I overdid it on prepping the house for the party the night before, and I woke up to tons of bleeding and blood clots. I had an appointment with the midwife for bloodwork that day anyways, so they were able to give me an ultrasound. Little Peanut is just fine, nice strong heartbeat, and the midwife said I just need to be better about taking it easy.

Match and my friends were all so understanding and didn’t let me do any of the clean up. They are all so good to me and little Piglet! Prepare for a photo bomb as I take you through the night. Let’s start with the decorations. I love the way they turned out.

and let’s not forget the food

Match helped me make the rice crispy eyeballs and ghosts. They turned out so cute! Miss Ph.D is so afraid of spiders she couldn’t eat the spider deviled eggs. 😉

And now without further adieu, I give you our costumes:

The pictures started out innocently enough, but quickly went inappropriate. Match had way too much fun with this theme!

The guest arrived and everyone was dressed up so cute.

Miss PhD as a devil, Geeky as Hermoine, me as the sheep, Walking Buddy as Medusa, and Hippy Chick as Bubble Gum, with her baby as a kitty cat. Walking Buddy’s sis in law came along, but I don’t think she had a costume.

I can’t get over how cute Match looks in his overalls. Walking Hubby was a gladiator. I have no clue what Hippy Guy was supposed to be. Maybe a magician? And Geeky’s hubby went as Maverick from Top Gun.

I had way too much fun at the food table. I plopped myself down and practically ate all the food. Good thing my sheep costume was baggy!

I mustache you a question!

At the end of the night Hippy guy did a cool glow in the dark light show for us. It was pretty neat to watch.

I had such a great time with friends. It was so low key and mellow. It was exactly what we wanted. I can’t wait til next year. I plan to do more yard and outdoor decorations. And I can’t wait to have a family themed costume with Piglet!