Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Boo to you and you and you and you! Happy Halloween!

If you've ever been to Disney World during October, you'll recognize the title of my post for today!

Wow! What a fun Halloween! My girls were actually old enough to enjoy trick-or-treating this year! Last year we just barely made it to the 6 houses on our own street. This year, we walked our street, 1/4 of the circle and the one behind! The girls filled their little trick-or-treat buckets and were so excited!!
One thing about taking kids OUT trick-or-treating is that I MISS OUT on handing out candy! I must say, it was quite a busy year here with kids. Even though we were out most of the evening, we still got a good amount of kids and I handed out 90% of the candy I bought.
I have to wait until I get the pictures from my mom. I forgot to take pictures of the girls in costume yesterday!! *DUH*!! What kind of scrapbooker AM I??!!
BUT.. I did get some great shots of our cat. He's definitely a team player and was in costume too!!

Here's a shot of part of the front of the house. It's not the full view. I'll have to wait till I can get pictures from my mom. I was so caught up in the girls having fun that I really didn't think about my camera!!
Ellie was a red bat (who refused to wear her wings) and Mackie was a butterfly (who insisted on wearing her coat!) This is the only photo I managed to take of them.
I can't wait to get my mom's pictures! My hubby was dressed in full Civil War uniform and carried a lantern. He stood in our 'graveyard' and when the trick-or-treaters came by, he moved just enough to freak them out ( only the big kids) Everyone LOVED our decorations. I'll take pictures tonight. Everything is still up !
I hope that everyone had a fabulous Halloween! I am already planning for next year!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halloween Art!

My friend Debbie is as inspired by Halloween as I am and she's created such a fun piece in honor of the upcoming holiday. I absolutely LOVE the way she did this! The mummy is so sassy and the Canopic jar is looking at her so lovingly. This piece has gotten my creative juices flowing! I'm off to my studio to see what fun things I can play with!!
Her blog is full of fantastic, vibrant art work. You've gotta check it out!!!
Thanks Debbie for your, often comical, always inspiring pieces! I can never get enough of your talent!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

My husband had a conference at Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando. We decided to take a few extra days after his conference to enjoy the Disney parks!
We planned a little bit in advance so we could attend the ever so popular, "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" at Magic Kingdom. It was AWESOME!
The entire park is decorated for Halloween!

Mickey 'grew' some really HUGE special pumpkins for Fall!
They put on a special fire works display and there's a special Halloween parade as well. There are trick-or-treat stations all over the park and they gave us FISTS full of candy at each station. The girls were in AWE the entire evening! We loved that the characters also donned their favourite Halloween costumes and took part in the festivities!
Here's Mickey dressed up as a scarecrow!

And Minnie as a Sorceress!

This creepy guy was on the steamboat..... Needless to say, my girls were NOT amused!

The Halloween Parade was soooo fun! They had the villians, the haunted mansion and other creepy characters all represented! The best part was the start of the parade with the headless horseman riding down the street! It gave me goosebumps!!I wish I got a picture of him.. but he rode through soooo fast that by the time I got my camera out he was long gone.
It was an awesome night of spooktacular fun!

Thursday, October 04, 2007


My dear friend, Laura and I decided back in July to start our own challenge blog! We've been up and running since August 1st, running contests every 2 weeks with some FABULOUS sponsors awarding some wicked-awesome prizes!! Go check out our latest contest! You'll want to enter... the prize is yummy, yummy, yummy!!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Turtle Back Zoo!

What a fun zoo! We'd never been there before though it's only 40 minutes from us! When I was a kid my parents would never want to go there because it was a run down, icky place. That was BEFORE the state bought it from the owner I guess. Now it's a County Zoological Park and it's undergone LOTS of renovations and upgrades! The zoo is mostly made up of local NJ wildlife. Bears, deer, cougars, porcupines, ground hogs and some farm animals, lots of birds of prey and local reptiles and such. They also have a few llamas and penguins and a assorted foreign animals but not many.
It's a nice place to spend a few hours of the day.

The highlight of the visit for the girls was the pony rides!!

A great day!!

Monday, October 01, 2007


*Sigh* alas... it's here. OCTOBER! My favourite month of the year. I love the bright blue October skies, the warm days and crisp nights and the onset of LOW HUMIDITY again!! YES!! It's true.... NJ does have a few months of LOW humidity! (Believe it, it's true! I promise!!)

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What I love most about October is the temperatures, the position of the sun and, of course PUMPKINS! I LOVE PUMPKINS! I decorate like mad around here. It's SO MUCH FUN and my whole family gets into it as well. We have the absolute BEST 'dressed' house for Halloween!! I will upload photos when we're done. It's a month long process ;)

I can't believe how fast September went by... I still can't believe it's October 1st!!