Monthly Archives: October 2019


It was a memorable Halloween this year. The boys had their costumes planned for months. Over the summer we watched (and rewatched, and rewatched) The Three Amigos. It quickly became one of the kids favorite movies and they frequently quote it here around the house. It didn’t take long for them to agree Avery is Lucky Day (Steve Martin), Kieron is Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase) and Silas is Ned Nederlander (Martin Short). Layla was determined to fit into the group as well, so when she spotted the llama costume at Marshalls things started to come together. She calls her llama Senor Carrots, after the donkey from one of her favorite cartoons, Spirit. Jonathan and I dressed as Westley and Princess Buttercup, from another 80’s classic The Princess Bride.

I don’t mean to brag, but the neighbors loved the boys costumes! From the sidewalk we heard exclamations of “It’s The Three Amigos!” A few even asked where El Guapo was or threw out quotes from the movie. I’m so glad the boys are such good sports and I’m thankful they wanted to do a group costume and go trick-or-treating together. I know they won’t always want to do that. Layla’s costume got quite a bit of attention too. I’m glad she was warm and didn’t trip over the llama!

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Here’s the rest of what we were up to in October…

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Pumpkin Carving

We carved pumpkins with the kids the weekend before Halloween. It was a little stressful, but overall was successful. Each designed and carved their own pumpkin with varying degrees of help and no one was injured.

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Pumpkin Patch

This year the Snoqualmie River flooded and affected the local pumpkin patches in Fall City. We heard they were giving away free pumpkins that had been washed up in the flood. This sounded like a great deal to us, plus we wanted to help support the farm and buy some of their other treats. Afterward we visited Snoqualmie Falls, which was still going strong, though not as much as earlier in the week. Finally we went for a family walk on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

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Family Photos

We pulled off family photos by ourselves again this year. Between Jonathan, myself, the tripod, and our new selfie stick we managed to get some cute ones! The kids are becoming much more cooperative as they age, so that certainly helps too!

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