Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

From me to you!
I was born to hand out candy. It's a true calling. Kids in costumes are delightful. Favorites of the evening were a southern belle and Jesse from "Toy Story." I cannot wait until next year. This is most definitely my favorite holiday!

Preparing for Boos & Ghouls

Our sweet little neighbors Vivien and Nathaniel are receiving extra special treats tonight:

Giada's Caramel Chocolate Apples-so easy!

Interior decorations, with a few more assorted pumpkins and gourds around the living room.

The house!

Scott and I will be sitting on that porch tonight, ready to greet trick-or-treaters. I have been looking forward to doing this since the house buying idea took off in January. With about 2.5 bags of candy left, I am armed and ready to receive kiddos! I will be a recycled gypsy now pirate wench and Scott will be the pirate's modern day husband. Cheers!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Annual Haselton Pumpkin Carving

Each year, the Haseltons gather 'round the table (inside this year, fancy!) to carve pumpkins.

I decided to up the anty from my usual happy, yet toothless jack-o-lantern, to this guy:

Others went with a more realistic approach:

Mason, Pumpkin Patch Kid.

My other pumpkin: Cat in Witch's Boot, Oct. 2010.

Scott's Cyclops. Reminds me of Sloth from "The Goonies."

Group shot (l-r): Polynesian Pumpkin (Grandma Haselton), Cyclops (Scott), Ghost (Sandy, MIL), Jack Skellington (Traci, SIL), Tim Curry (Erin), Puking Pumpkin (Robert, Traci's boyfriend), Swordfish Squash (Frank, FIL), Kitty in Witch's Boot (Erin).
Pumpkin Patch kid is noticeably absent.

No tripod means two group shots so everyone gets to be included.

Happy Halloweenie!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Tenants

He will be known as Charlie unless I see a sack. At that point, she's finding a new home. Kerri is likely never come into our back yard again.

The spider is about the size of a quarter. It's HUGE.

Late afternoon snack.

I have a stick sitting on the trash can that I use just to be sure there are no lingering anchors that I could even possibly walk through. It's a trip.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ghoulish Decor

We have a house now, and that means I can finally decorate for holidays! One might think you can decorate the interior of an apartment as much as you can a house, which is true, but we did not purchase much furniture while living in an apartment, thus not many places to set things, so I have unleashed this year with every Michael's, JoAnn's, and Target coupon I can find.

I'll have everyone know it totally got the approval of Nathaniel and Vivien next door. They are the harshest critics I know, being 5 and 3 respectively and experts on the holiday. Although I am totally jealous of their lighted bats on their epic porch.

I plan to carry the spider webs over the arch to incorporate the dangling Mr. Bones better.

Scabbers, pictured on top of our address, was a gift from my mother in law and my nod to Potter.

My civic trying to steel the shot.

And a gratuitous shot of my nephew in preparation of the holiday.

We are obviously going to do pumpkins to light the path and set on the porch closer to the holiday too. If I had an outdoor outlet I'd hang lights as well, but in due Christime, hello we cannot not have Christmas lights!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

44 days...

And the Nerd Supreme returns:

There are now TWO trailers for the film. Both give me goose bumps and bring tears to my eyes. And they are all of 2.5 minutes long. I'd try to attempt to embed the videos but they are better viewed full screen, from the official site here. Don't let people make fun of you if you want to watch more than once.

Since we are now in a house I have decorated for Halloween and want to dress up to hand out candy to the darling trick-or-treaters on the porch. I was considering Professor Trelawny, because at the end of the day, I'm not into the dark arts. But I just love how Helena Bonham Carter interprets Bellatrix so perhaps for one night only I'll dabble on the Borgin & Burke's side of things. I'm still trying to convince Senor Haselton to be a couple character. He's quite repelled by all of my ideas: Sirius Black and Bellatrix LeStrange, Wednesday and Puglsey Adams, Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton...wel'll see what happens.

In the meantime, I'm debating on hosting a A Very Harry Potter Party in celebration of the movie.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bon Anniversaire

Happy birthday Shortie...

I'll always be older and have better bangs (most of the time)...

And possibly have better style because really, red polyester is never good on anyone...

But I'll always love you, even if you have that heinous yellow lame jacket that qualifies you for an intervention.

Happy birthday SPECIAL girl!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Freaky Friday

1. We miss our cat dearly. Atticus brought the Cajun to our salt and pepper spice rack. His personality is already missed around our house.

2. This has been the weirdest week for weather in Orange County. Monday was the hottest day of the year at a record-breaking 112 degrees. There are people who choose to live in the desert and welcome that climate, I however, do not. It felt like the child of Death Valley and Las Vegas. Now, here we are on Friday, where the same city that hit 112 degrees was the center of a crazy thunder and lightening storm. My office lost power for about an hour and half. Lightning touched down in several places, including a palm tree a few blocks away.

3. I titled this post "Freaky Friday" because it's the first of October, been a weird week, and even this girl has been in the news. Girl, get it together.

Hopefully good things are in store this weekend. Like my washing machine and dryer saga can come to an end. That will be a post all on its own.