Monday, November 10, 2008
Our Halloween Adventures
For Halloween this year Jocelyn was Minnie Mouse. She was so cute we had to bring her as many events as possible to show her off! =) There were so many free Halloween events here that we had to go and check them out.
The first event we went to was held at a store called Meijer. It is kind of like a supercenter Walmart. We decided to take Jocelyn dressed up in her costume since we were already going there to buy groceries. Meijer handed out candy around the store and they also had free samples of food. There was also a costume contest, but we were too late and were not able to enter. Jocelyn got her picture taken and we got two copies of it with a Halloween magnet frame.
After the trip to Meijer, we went to the Halloween party that was put on by our housing staff. The party was more geared to older kids, but Jocelyn liked going there and eating the snacks they offered.
Our family picture. I wore a shirt that said "Bun in the Oven" and Jacob wore a chef's hat and an apron that said "The Bun Maker."
Jocelyn dancing to the music.
Our friends from playgroup and cooking club.
We let the mom with the baby borrow Jocelyn's pumpkin costume from last year.
The Monday before Halloween, Jocelyn was able to decorate a pumpkin with stickers at playgroup. It was nice of the playgroup to give us a free pumpkin!
All of the fun toys Jocelyn played with at playgroup that day after she finished her pumpkin.
That same Monday night, we decided to have family night at the Champaign mall. The mall had a Halloween event planned. Everything was free. They had trick-or-treating and free games for the kids around the mall.
We took Jocelyn around in her stroller to get candy from the different stores. We forgot to bring her pumpkin pail to collect candy, but luckily I had a little brown paper bag in my diaper bag. =)
The mall also held a costume contest. We entered Jocelyn in the 0-2 years old category. We didn't make it to the top 10, but the bee next to us did... I think Jocelyn should have made it.
Me taking Jocelyn across the stage for the Judges to see. Jocelyn was too scared to walk on her own, but Jacob said that she waved to everyone when we went across the stage.
Jocelyn waiting for the Judges to announce the results.
On the actual day of Halloween we attended our church Halloween party. Jacob signed up to bring chili and it was a contest. Unfortunately we did not win, but it was only my second time ever making and eating chili. Jacob and I really liked how our chili turned out, even though we didn't win. We got the recipe off of the internet.
Here is a collage of all the pictures we took that night. We took a picture of Jocelyn's bum with her skirt up to see the panties she had on. It was so cute. There was also a guy dressed up as Willy Wonka. Jocelyn enjoyed trunk-or-treating, but wanted us to hold her the whole time. She even tried to say "trick-or-treat" and said "thank you" when she got candy. This little girl is growing up so fast.
I also liked the ballerina pumpkin that was carved by someone in our ward! I thought it was such a cute and creative idea.... I had to take a picture of it!