Halloween Fun

It's rare to hit the pumpkin patch in shorts in Wisconsin, but this year was super warm.  It made it much easier for us to take our time to pick out the perfect pumpkin.  Liv found a white one this year!  Matt helped the kids and everyone decided to carve their pumpkins this year.

The kids' Halloween costumes were pretty awesome this year.  Jack was the Ghostbusters symbol.  I used a hula hoop, a cardboard gift wrap tube and red duct tape to make the symbol.  My brother created the mask and sewed the gloves.  EJ's costume was labor intensive.  Her pallette was made of foamcore, so it was easy to created but also caught the wind often while we were trick or treating.  Her brush "top" was made from a Styrofoam circle inside of silver tagboard.  Then I cut the bristles off about 10 brooms and jammed them into the Styrofoam with glue to make them stick.  By the end of the cutting and pressing them into the foam, my right hand felt like a claw.  It was worth it though because EJ was so happy!  Livie was the easy one this year as she wore Jack's old astronaut costume and NASA hat.  The prefect costume for our space & science loving girl!

We got a special package from a friend when we were Boo'ed!  You are supposed to then Boo someone else...

I decided that Boozing a couple people would be much more fun!

The kids also went on a Halloween haunted hike with their Grandma and Great Aunt at a local nature center.  They had a blast and their aunt always like to spoil them with fun toys and she did not dissapoint with these glasses (the eyebrows and mustache moves around when you press the button).

Reading List Summary, October 2015

Mom's List
Sneaker Wars (Barbara Smit)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)

Jack's List
Urban Outlaws (Peter Jay Black)
Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
Counting by 7s (Holly Goldberg Sloan)
Found (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
Neil deGrasse Tyson (Pete DiPrimo)

EJ's List
The Homework Machine (Dan Gutman)
The Sixty-Eight Rooms (Marianne Malone)
Best Friends Forever! (Amy Shields)
October Ogre (Ron Roy)
The Pumpkin Patch Puzzle (Carolyn Keene)
Great Reef Games (Kristin Earhart)
The Halloween Hoax (Carolyn Keene)
Kristy's Great Idea (Ann M. Martin)
Wonder Woman: An Origin Story (John Sazaklis)
Bunnicula (Deborah and James Howe)
Just Grace (Charise Mericle Harper)

Olivia's List
Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan (Cynthia Rylant)
Tooth Trouble (Abby Klein)
Mr. Sunny Is Funny! (Dan Gutman)
Honey (Ellen Miles)
Soccer Surprise (Jake Maddox)
Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race (Cynthia Rylant)
Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch (Cynthia Rylant)

Read-aloud List
There's a Lion in My Cornflakes (Michelle Robinson)
Izzy & Oscar (Allison Estes)
You're a Crab! (Jenny Whitehead)
Ninja Bunny (Jennifer Gray Olson)
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens (Beth Stern)
The Night World (Mordicai Gerstein)
Sand to Glass (Inez Snyder)

Laughs and Burgers Birthday Party

Jack's birthday party was pretty simple and easy (the best type of birthday party), except for the cars full of giggly and loud boys.  We started at a matinee ComedySportz show where Jack even got to go one stage and join in a game.

After the show, we headed to AJ Bombers for some yummy burgers (the grown-ups sat separately on purpose).  Jack is a burger fanatic and his friends all seemed to enjoy the food as well.  The pic below is actually from Jack's family birthday dinner, but I thought it was appropriate to the theme.

After dinner, we came home to go a little crazy on the hamburger pinata.  The boys took out all their aggression on it and then attacked each other for the candy before heading out to throw the football around.