Crosby’s birthday landed on a Saturday this year and it was our last birthday celebration of the month, so we decided to do our first character dining experience. I knew we wanted to go to Hollywood Studios for his birthday, so I looked at the options there first. Hollywood and Vine is usually an experience with the Disney Junior characters, which would not be my first preference but for the month of October it turns into Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood and Vine. I immediate jumped on this because of the character line up and the Halloween costumes!
We opted for lunch so we could start our day around noon and end the evening with the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.
Since Minnie was the star of the show, we were able to get our photo taken with the Disney Photo Pass. All other photos were from my phone on our own.
Mickey was Crosby’s favorite!
Goofy asked Crosby how old he was and was being a jokester.
Donald’s costume was my favorite.
Kenley’s shirt was the hit of the day! Daisy played with it and she got several comments about it! Daisy and Minnie were Kenley’s favorite.
We had a great time! It was the perfect way to celebrate Crosby’s day and cap our month-long birthday festivities!
We had a great Halloween this year! Kenley started the day as Pinkalicious from Pinkalicious and the Pinkerrific Playdate for the character parade at school. She was also Pinkalicious last year for the Kindergarten character parade which shows that the girl knows what she likes. Crosby also had a storybook parade at school and he was Dash from the Incredibles.
By night, the kids transformed into Addison, the cheerleader, and Zed, the zombie from the Disney Channel movie Z-O-M-B-I-E-S. The movie is super cute and the kids love the soundtrack so it was a quick and easy decision on who they would be this year. Unfortunately, Crosby made a last minute decision to go without the green hair and zombie make up, but they still looked super cute.
We headed around our neighborhood to trick-or-treat and check out all of the decorations. Our neighbors really go all out! It seemed more crowded this year too! The policeman on duty was driving around all night playing the Halloween theme song which was super creepy, yet awesome.
We had such a fun night!
A look back… 2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014 // 2015 // 2016 // 2017
Kenley started her day with a Character Parade at school with the kindergarten and 1st grade classes. She chose to be Pinkalicious from the book Pinkalicious and Aqua, the Mini-Mermaid. We also have the book Aqualicious which has the same characters in it. She was excited to be able to take her pink mermaid to school with her and dress in pink from head to toe. Crosby had his Storybook parade yesterday and was Spiderman.
Tonight, we headed out for trick or treat fun with the Jenkinsons. They kids were all superheros! Kenley was Batgirl and Crosby was Justice League Batman.
Greg and I keep talking about how much fun we had tonight. The kids had such a great time too and crashed as soon as we got home.
Halloween through the years.
2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014 // 2015 // 2016
Happy Friday! What a week…so much to love!
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On Halloween, the kids had a vocabulary parade at school. Crosby’s class dressed up as community helpers and he was so excited to be a garbage man. Kenley’s class dressed up as Chica Chica Boom Boom and she got to be the G.
Speaking of Halloween, we had a great one! We also ended up with WAY too much candy in our house considering we went to five different Halloween events this month. We now have no more candy thanks to the kids’ dentist! The dentist’s office did a buy back event again this year and paid us $10 for our TEN pounds of candy. All candy is being sent overseas to our troops! How great is that?
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We play Legos a lot around these parts and the kids never cease to amaze me with their creations. Crosby built this car this week and he was SO excited to show me when I got home. He could build for hours, brick by brick.
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That is all. I said last week that all we were rooting for was a good series and after game 4, we weren’t sure we were going to get that, but dang. The Cubs pulled out three games in a row and WON THE WORLD SERIES for the first time in 108 YEARS. Unbelievable.
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We tried a new recipe this week and loved it — Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes. It was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and it will definitely be going into the weekly rotation.
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The holidays are right around the corner and I’ve already started thinking about Christmas gifts. I saw this great article, thought-provoking article this week surrounding gift-giving.
A Friendly Holiday Suggestion From a Mom with Too Much Stuff
What are you loving this week?
In the midst of our crazy month of October, I put Legoland on our calendar since they were hosting Brick or Treat. We had never been to this event before so I figured it was a good excuse to get down there. Along with trick or treating in the park, the fireworks show was scheduled to start at 8pm, so we took our time getting out of the house. The kids ended up taking a nap in the car on the way there which was great!
We arrived at the park around 1:30pm and we could already tell that it was more busy that it normally is. Of the few times we had been to the park, we haven’t seen any of the shows, so we started with the Lego Movie 4D show. The kids really liked it! We rode some rides and checked out the new Ninjago figures for the new ride opening soon.
To be completely honest, the first couple hours were a struggle. There was a lot of whining, complaining, and threatening, but once we decided to change into their Halloween costumes, the mood totally changed. After being a little scared of the giant Lego mummy, they got their picture with him and we were off to Brick or Treat!
We also had to get our picture with the pirate Lego man since Greg and I were sporting our shirts. We originally had gotten the shirts for pirate night on the cruise, but they worked out well for this trip too!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous since we went on the coolest weekend of the month.
The little path was lined with the most adorable Halloween Legos. I really want one of these guys for our yard next year!
We grabbed some dinner and rode a few more rides before the fireworks started. Crosby loved playing in the waiting areas building Legos while Kenley rode the rides that he couldn’t.
We were all handed our 3D glasses for the fireworks show which turned out to be amazing! The glasses made it seem like there were Lego bricks bursting in the sky with each firework. It was really cool.
We had such a great time at Brick or Treat! The kids each came home with a new Lego set as part of their birthday presents so the fun continued the next day when we got to build them. Hopefully we’ll be back next year!
Happy Halloween from the Incredibles!
We had a great time trick or treating around our neighborhood tonight!
I had so much fun looking back through the photos from our last five Halloweens!
2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014 // 2015
Hope you had a spooktacular Halloween!
I know I am way behind on blog posts from this past month, so this is slightly out of order, but I wanted to share more pictures of our Halloween festivities this weekend! Since this month was been insane, we didn’t get to do as much as I would have liked, like go to the pumpkin patch or carve pumpkins, so those will be at the top of our list next year. Nonetheless, it was a great Halloween. The kids at their literary costume parade on Friday at school. Kenley dressed in red because she was the apple in The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Crosby dressed as a farmer from Old MacDonald’s Farm. On Friday night, we hit up the fall festival and headed to Sea World on Saturday for their Spooktacular event. Thankfully, we got to check it out since it was literally the only day we could have gone.
I promise, Crosby also went to Sea World, but he was not having anything to do with pictures. Later that night, we hit the streets of our neighborhood for trick or treating. Some of the houses in our neighborhood go all out, which is spooky and awesome at the same time. The kids were Jake and Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. For weeks, Kenley was adamant that she was going to be a witch, but I secretly wanted them to have coordinating costumes again this year since I figured this may be the last year for it. After we had decided on Jake for Crosby (because he loves pirates and that show), Kenley said she wanted to be Izzy, so all was right in the world and they looked adorable.
We had such a fun Halloween!
A look back: 2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014
friday night, the kids and i hit up the fall festival at their school. it was a lot of fun, but it was also hot and it would have been more fun if daddy was there instead of being stuck at work. kenley had a great time running around with her friends.
crosby (dressed as a farmer for the school parade) loved practicing his jumping. unfortunately, i cut off the top of his head so you can’t see his pink hair too.
our family runs are few and far between, but we were lucky to sneak one in on saturday morning.
we headed to sea world for their halloween spooktacular event. again, it was too hot considering it was the last day of october. it was super fun though, so i am glad we went. i’ll share a lot more pictures tomorrow.
later that night, these two hit the streets as jake and izzy from jake and the neverland pirates!
sunday morning sticker time.
we played “trick or treat” many times today with puzzle pieces, legos, and magnets. they are so funny!
trying to work off some of the halloween candy i ate today…which was a lot.
and just like that, october is over. what a great weekend to end out a great month.
now, let’s go mets!
Hope you had a great Halloween!
A look back: 2011 // 2012 // 2013
friday night was filled with halloween fun! i have several more pictures to share tomorrow.
we were so happy to have meemaw, grandpa, and grammy in town this weekend for crosby’s birthday party.
the calm before the party.
crosby’s first birthday was under construction.
mad props to greg for making this killer cake. many more party pics to come.
we woke up on sunday to some much cooler temps.
according to starbucks, the holiday season is here. i was “kandra” today.
apparently, target also go the memo about the holiday season arriving. however, i’m not complaining.
the rest of the day was spent recovering, fielding time-outs, and prepping for the week.
we had a great weekend celebrating our boy, seeing family and friends, and sending october out with a bang.
many thanks to everyone who sent us wishes, gifts, and celebrated with us all month long.
how was your weekend?