October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! (+ Costume Tutorial)

Happy Halloween from Vanellope Von Shweetz (Wreck it Ralph) and my sweet Garden Gnome!
For the last couple of years I've tried to get my girls to match for Halloween, and I've been pretty successful!
But this year they had different plans.
The girls originally picked out a fairy costume for Lidia, and this garden gnome costume for Carly.
Matching! Score!
....and Carly followed through with the Garden Gnome costume. She was pretty adamant about being one, (despite my efforts to get her to match Lidia's new costume idea), and she was pretty cute if I do say so myself....
But Lidia?!
Somehow she got it in her head that she just HAD to be Vanellope from Wreck it Ralph.
The costume turned out amazing!
Of course there was no actual costume for Vanellope so we had to make it ourselves.
I've had many people ask how we pulled it off, so I thought I'd share it with you.
First, I have to give props to my sister for her help on this. She basically made our vision come to life!
So first things first, I googled the Vanellope costume and I came across a fabulous tutorial and went to work.
Sweatshirt: from Target in teal
Skirt: black plain skirt in the girls clearance section at Target for only 3.00!
white footless tights from Target and teal fabric paint to transform the leggings into "Vanellope leggings"
(see website tutorial above for step by step on the leggings!)
-Black hairspray from Nobbies to make Lidia's hair black
-Candy for her hair: candy dots with Velcro on the back and "Sweetheart conversation hearts" stickers
-Licorice hair tie: red rope twisted together
It turned out great! And Lidia LOVED it! She couldn't stop looking at herself in the mirror.
That's what I call a success!
Anyway, we went out trick-or-treating around my parents' neighborhood first to see all the neighbors...
... and then we headed to our church for their light the night "trick or treat", games, prizes, and inflatables party!
The girls' had their first taste of cotton candy ever, and you can see from Lidia's face how well that went over... ha!
We also ran into Brooklyn. The girls were blowing kisses to each other from across the room all night!
Cuties :)
All in all, I think this Halloween was for the record books.
Before bed, Lidia said, "Mommy? Today was a good day. This was my favorite Halloween ever. And my favorite church time ever! Let's do it again tomorrow, ok?"
Alrighty then!
How can I say no?!

October 24, 2013

Carly and the cousins

We had family come in town this past weekend from Colorado. Which made other family come in town from other parts of Iowa, Nebraska, etc. So we had one big family lunch on Saturday at my mom's house. Carly had a blast with her cousins. (Actually they would be her second cousins, once removed? I think? They are my cousins' children.) Anyway, here are the kiddos playing on Saturday at my mom's. We played outside on the girls' swingset, in the leaves, and at the park. Carly even got to go swimming with them at their hotel!
Ava climbing the tree, and Carly admiring her.
She LOVED Ava!
(We all do :)
 Playing in the leaves...
Then playing at the park!
The kids loved Ava and Dylan's grandpa! He was so much fun to play and wrestle with!
... and chase around and run after too!
But Carly loves her Grandma the best! :)
 Kelly, Simon, Ava and Dylan were all in town from Colorado to run the Des Moines Marathon. So after the marathon on Sunday, we met at Panera to say goodbye before they headed back home. Here is some of my family at the brunch the next morning.
(Don't mind me and Lidia's awesome attire. It was Sunday! We don't get ready on lazy Sundays when we don't go to church... hello! :)

October 21, 2013

Aunt Chloe's Homecoming 2013

Once again, my little sister went to two homecomings this year.
Shocker? No.
I don't have any pictures from her first homecoming, but the following pictures are from Urbandale's homecoming.
This is Chloe's biological dad. It was so awesome of him to come take pictures before homecoming with her!
Our parents, Chloe, and some crazy faced little girls.
Who claims them?
Not me! :)
Wasn't it just yesterday that IIII was going to Homecoming?
Don't even get me started on my feelings of the girls' going to Homecoming in 10 years! AH!