Sunday, November 9, 2014

Semi-Happy Halloween

I feel SO far behind in my blog that some days I think I should just give up and quit. I’m still trying to finish up my summer wrap up post and it is getting into winter already!!! Can somebody PLEASE make time FREEZE for SOOO many reasons!!!

I can’t quite let this blog go though…it has been there for me through the thick and thin and has TRULY been my refuge from the storm. It’s my journal, my friend, my history, my happy and sad, it’s connected me to complete strangers that have loved me, listened to me rant and rave, and have cheered and encouraged me and my little family through the most difficult of days. It STILL amazes me EVERY comment that is left that other people still care enough about me and my little family to even take the time to get on here and read about all of our craziness. I STILL have people that tell me they pray for me and my family…and that means SOOO much to me!! Because our battle and trials are ongoing. Every day brings with it it’s own new set of challenges, and although we are handling them MUCH better then we have in the past, I know it is because of ALL the prayers, faith, and support of SO many! We could never have gotten to where we are today without all of you…SO THANK YOU!!!! I am grateful to have had this blog for all these years and for that reason I will keep on going…even if I only get in one post a month! For those of you STELLER people out there who still take the time to read…THANK YOU!!

I am so grateful for Instagram and the new Chat books that help me document the little daily things bit by bit so when I’m so behind on my blog I can still remember it all! ;) (If you don’t have Instagram you need to do it…just for the chatbooks! They are AWESOME!!!)

ANYWAYS…this post is about Halloween…so I better get back to that! ;)

This year I’m not sure why…I wasn’t in the Halloween spirit like I normally am. Maybe it’s because we are in our rental and all of my fun Halloween decorations are in storage and I didn’t feel like taking the time to dig them out and decorate. Whatever it was I was feeling pretty lame and not having A CLUE what to dress the kids up as or  Zach and I! (Not that Zach and I ever take the time to really plan anyways)

We kicked off the season by going to Black Island Farms Pumpkin Patch with the Friedlis. Such a fun place!!! I didn’t get many good pictures unfortuantely! :/

They take you on a tractor ride out to the patch where everyone gets to pick their pumpkin!
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Bunch of cute boys right here!!

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Our little fam!

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Houston taking care of our pumpkins!

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Grammy and Poppy on baby patrol!

There was lots to do there…slides, pig races, petting animals, corn maze! So fun!!
So grateful Grammy and Poppy take the time to create SOOO many memories for us all!!

As far as costumes went this year:

My sister had given me a hand-me down Indian costume for Navy so that was easy.
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Just made her a little headband, bought some moccasins (luckily those are easy to find these days;)), and put a little Indian paint on her sweet face!

But now that I have 2 kids I felt like I had to have the whole matchy matchy costume thing going on! ;) So I was going to have Dakota be an Indian too but then I was running out of time, not talented enough to make one, and too cheap to spend a crap load of money on one so I thought maybe a cowboy (cowboys and Indians…right). BUT my MOST favorite Halloween EVER was the one right before his accident where he was a cowboy Sherriff.

I still remember that Halloween so well. He was the cutest thing I ever did see!!!

I didn’t want to try and replicate that (mostly for my emotional side) so when my sister-in-law told me I could borrow her son’s Peter Pan costume I thought PERFECT!! Peter Pan and Tiger Lilly! Easy as pie!!!

Hat’s a little sideways but he is still the CUTEST Peter Pan I ever did see!!

They turned out pretty cute I thought!
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Our attempt to get them both together! (Dakota doesn’t look awkward at all! ;))

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It ended like this! Bahahaha! Pumpkins fell and down they went! Not sure who was more mad! ;)

The day before our family Halloween party Zach and I hadn’t even talked about what were were going to be. Like I said earlier we are pretty cheap so we won’t spend money so we usually have to try and go the creative funny route! We have had some good ones in the past! ;)

Tampon and period (gross I know), the bra (one of my favs ;)), and of course the old couple!

I wasn’t sure how we could keep up with those of the past but as I was searching online I saw a plug and socket costume you could buy and I thought…we could make that!!!

So…we got a white apron from my awesome friend Jina who just happens to have stuff like this on hand. Grabbed a box that had recently come with medical supplies and went to work. Within an hour of party time we were ready to rock!! ;)
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BOOM! It’s electric!

Of course the Friedli Family Halloween party was rockin like usual!! Never a holiday that goes uncelebrated in this house and I LOVE that!!!
The whole family minus Bobby!

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The 4 babes!!

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Grammy and Poppy with ALL the grandkids! CRAZINESS!!!

 We played games and ate dinner! Each of the kids got to choose a room and trick or treat to each other in that room. They had a blast!

Halloween day Dakota got to where his costume to school!
He LOVED his speech therapist who was a witch…he laughed at her a lot!

The cute kids in his class with their spider hats! ;)

Earlier in the week I got to go on a field trip with his class to the Pumpkin Walk in Logan. It is a super cool thing that talented people create…they make these awesome scenes out of pumpkins and gords. I can’t even describe it in words to give it justice!
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One example…Little Rascals

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Anti-bullying one! So funny!

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Dakota and his cute friends…both girls are named Ashley!

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Dakota and Tate

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Dakota and most of his class in front of a Robin Williams tribute.

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I had to take this one for my mom…I Love Lucy fan! We grew up watching this show because it was one of the only shows my mom watched! CLASSIC!

Halloween night we made it to 3 whole houses…grammy and poppy, Greg and Tina (Zach’s longtime neighbors/second parents), and Grandma and Grandpa and Dakota was done!!

We have decided Dakota is like an old man lately with his routine. When it hits 6/630 he is DONE!! He wants to be home, taking his bath, and getting ready for his dinner. If we aren’t he just cries, whines, and cries!! It is not super fun for ANYONE involved!!!

So the real Halloween fun when all the kids are out trick or treating and having a ball…isn’t going to happen for us…at least not at this point! Luckily, Zach and I are used to dealing with not being the “norm.” That would have broken my heart the last few years but I have come to accept and embrace OUR life now! It took time and help from my Savior to be able to see others living “normal” lives and doing “normal” things with their kids to REALLY be okay with it…knowing that my life wasn’t ever going to look like that. My kid isn’t going to be able to be SO excited about a costume…telling me what he wants to be, running up to doors with friends, trying to get as much candy as he can, and having the time of his life. I try to create that for him the best that I can but at the end of the day…he doesn’t care. He didn’t want the candy…he wanted to be at home doing his nightly routine! ;)

And that is okay! ;)

I hope everyone had a HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEN…whatever it is yours looked like!!!!


  1. You are amazing. Keep posting. Your kids looked adorable!

    1. Thanks Terra! I never got to see pictures of your cute kids!! :(

  2. You really are an amazing mama and women. Thank you do your example!! Much love and prayers!!

  3. Thank you SO much Brigette!! You have no idea how much I appreciate your love and prayers!!