Well, our Halloween was a huge hit!
Here’s the thing…this time last year, everything was “next year, when Ashby is with us…”. Even though we knew about Ashby long before last fall, last fall was the homestretch and our hearts broke every time we did something fun (which in the fall is pretty much every weekend) without her. We knew our girl was alone in an orphanage and we desperately wanted her home. Every single thing we did was fun but had a void. This year however, the void has been filled, our family has been united and Ashby has exceeded all expectations.
Ashby’s Halloween was just as you might have suspected…spooktacular! We took her to our church’s trunk or treat the night before and it took her all of 4 seconds to figure out that if she said “trick or treat” someone would give her candy. #shesnofool
Having Ashby plus having a 7 and almost 6 year old who totally dig Halloween made our day quite special! Here you go, Shull party of five Halloween…
Andrew made the kids pancakes with Nutella on them for breakfast. We have Halloween pancake molds so everyone (including Andrew and me) had pancakes shaped like a jack-o-lantern, ghost or cat. Smith was up first, so he ate his pancakes with Andrew and me.
The girls slept in, so they ate their pancakes a little later. Happy girls!
Later in the day, I had three recipes to make, so my littlest assistant helped me out. She knows that I have my recipes in these notebooks (different notebooks for different types of recipes), so she checks it periodically like I do as we’re cooking :).
She’s such a good helper!
At 4:30, we had our annual Halloween supper with some of our very favorite guests! My parents, Sean, Catherine and Erika and her kids always come over for an early dinner before trick or treating.
The Shull five on Halloween!
Catherine and Sean always dress up :). This year, Catherine was Sean and Sean was Catherine. Those two are so funny!
They were so excited to trick or treat!! I mean…look at Smith’s face!
My neighborhood has a big block party, so we always trick or treat early before everyone leaves their houses and heads to the party. These six kids were running fast from house to house!
A lot of my neighbors dress in costume which makes trick or treating fun!
King size bar for the win!
My mom took this picture! Those kids got spooked by the mechanical guys next to the door :).
Just Smith standing next to a werewolf eating a leg.
Our tradition continues as we always meet up with other friends at Andrea’s house and trick or treat in her neighborhood as a group. Andrew and I lived in this neighborhood for eight years, so it’s always extra fun to go back and see our neighbors. This year my family, Andrea’s, Erika’s, Meagan’s, Narci’s and Sarah’s families all trick or treated together (including several sets of grandparents).
There’s a really old cemetery inside the neighborhood and every year Andrew tells a spooky story to the kids in front of the entrance…and this year, my dad jumped out and scared everyone. It’s so fun having kids :).
And you know it’s been a good night when by the end, your wings are crooked :).
So, that was our Halloween! Food, family, friends, fun to celebrate!
Right before I went to sleep, my friend Ashley put this on Instagram…
One last thing before Meal Planning Monday…
…on Wednesday, I’m going to blog about having Ashby for 10 months now and I thought this might be a good time to answer some questions. If you have any questions about our adoption process or our experience over these last 10 months, I’d be happy to answer them on Wednesday’s post. All you need to do is leave a comment here with your question. I get a lot of questions each month, so I thought one post would be a good place to answer them all.
As for Meal Planning Monday…
…five simple suppers, one bar, one pie and one breakfast.
Happy November friends!