Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Month of Fright

We have had a lot of fun celebrating Halloween in our family this year, and it's only October 30! We get one more day. A few of the fun things we've done:

1. Carve Pumpkins with Aunt Shauri and Uncle James. The Betrothed were really, really nice and brought us dinner and pumpkins to carve last Sunday. (Which was nice, because we had been in Charlottesville for the baptism of our niece Katie -- Hurray for Katie!!!) And then they helped us carve some wicked scary pumpkins:

There really is never a good way to carve a pumpkin. It's gross, and dirty and messy. But there is a good company with which to carve a pumpkin. And never was there better pumpkin carving company than Uncle James and Aunt Shauri.

2. Max and Aviva had a Halloween parade at school. You can't tell from Aviva's pictures, but she chose to be Olivia the Pig, one of her favorite literary characters. Aviva refused to wear her piggy ears for the parade. Max was rocking the Mummy costume and was more than willing to do a mummy walk and groan upon demand.

3. We had a Halloween party at church. Max and Aviva stuck with their original costumes, and we stuffed Leo into the gorilla costume. It really is the best costume for that age group because Leo looks like a mini-King Kong with his shaking walking (see below for walking update).

We had a lot of fun at the party. Aviva and Max both won cupcakes in the cupcake walk. They also loaded up on treats in the trunk-or-treat. Sadly, Kristin's chili did not win the cook-off. I was pissed. I don't want to talk about it.

4. Leo is walking. He's only taking a few steps at a time, but it's cute. At first, he would only walk to Kristin. But then he started walking to Grandma Delsa. And finally, he now walks to me. He also runs from Aviva.

This video is a few days old. He's already much better and can walk across a room if being chased by Aviva or if he's walking to Grandma or Kristin.


Elisa said...

My Mia loves Olivia the pig! If she knew that were on option, she would've chose it!

Rebecca said...

So cute! And congratulations to Shari and I don't really know Shari, but since I know most of the other Quinns I wanted to send along some congrats!

amy said...

Whoever judged that chili has lost their minds. I have undying faith in kristin's anything, based on the fact that she knew how to make dinner when she was still in college, a tribute to domesticity if ever there was one.

Congrats to Shauri and James. I'm almost positive I knew James at byu. It's a small world after all, when you're a byu grad.

Aly said...

Love all the updates!! The kids are getting so big. When you described Aviva I felt like I was reading about my Emma... sheer will. No stopping it, I'm hoping to channel it in a positive direction! Miss you guys.

jocie said...

James is a good friend from the singles ward and an amazing guy. So excited for him and your sister!

sterlingandbrandi said...

I love their costumes! I wish I had expanded Lily's reading palate to the point where she knew who Olivia is, but alack and alas, she's mostly stuck with Golden Books at the moment.