To keep up with the spirit of Halloween, I’ve been playing family Halloween music on Pandora for the past week and doing activities with the kids, Some nights I’ve printed out Halloween coloring pages I’ve found online. One night I printed a dozen different Halloween scenes out and brought them over to my family’s house and had the kids sit around the table with a bucket or crayons. Later when we got home their coloring pages went up on the kitchen cabinets. Pinterest has given me several new suggestions to spice up my Halloween game, and with 118 plus things pinned in my board, I have no shortage of ideas.
A few days ago we made a family trip to Michaels. This happens to be my favorite store. Just walking in and smelling that familiar cinnamon scent that welcomes me as soon as the doors open, always puts me in a creative state. We got some stiff black felt and googly eyes for “hand” spiders, we were going to make with the kids.
This is what you will need :
1. A hot glue gun, glue sticks & paper plate or something to catch the hot glue dripping down
2. A blue or white color pencil so you can see your tracing
3. Scissors for cutting out the hand you have traced
4. White yarn for the spider’s web string
5. A hole puncher to tie the yarn through
6. & googly eyes
7. Not pictured here but you can use puff paint to write the name of the child the hand spider belongs to and the year.
It’s pretty basic, get some black stiff felt (it’s a few cents more than the standard flimsy felt), put your child’s hand on in and trace around with a pencil. Cut out the tracing and put a hole punch at the top of the palm so that the fingers are dangling down like legs. If you don’t have a hole puncher done worry! You can bend the top of the palm cut out slightly and make a hole with the scissors. Warm up the glue gun, this will take a minute or two then add the googly eyes. We only used two but feel free to be creative and have a spider with three or more eyes. Add the string, cut to your own desired length and if you like use puff paint (I used white) to add the child’s name and the year.
This was such a cute idea we decided every year to have a hand or foot cut out to see how much the child has grown and as a little family memento.
Our hand spiders!
Every year our local Hanford, Fire Station has an open house. Usually we aren’t able to make it, because it’s the same weekend we make our trip to Roseville to visit my Dad and head out to Apple Hill . Because we were not able to go up North this year, I excited to take the kids to this event.
Growing up my Dad would take my brother and I to things like this. I love to pass the experiences down to my kids. Emery has really been asking questions about Fire trucks and Ambulances. Any time we see one on the road we talk about where they might be headed or what the kind of things the vehicle has inside of it. The Hanford Fire Station’s open house is really a hands on experience. With guidance the kids are able to work the fire hose and put out a “fire” (a red vinyl sheet) in the window. How often does a person get to say they’ve done that! There’s an Ambulance the kids can go in and a Paramedic will talk to the kids about what the different things inside are and used for. Even I learn about a machine that can take a picture of your heart. Pretty cool stuff.
Emery sat in the front seat of a Highway Patrol car, and sat in the Fire Truck’s front and back row. The Fire Fighter’s handed out goodie bags with pencils, magnets stickers and fire safety coloring books.
This year the Fire Station also had, Kid Print. It’s a card with your child’s home address, measurements, photo, thumb print and any birth marks or allergies that he or she may have. The information is then added to the Police Stations data base on record. It was free and totally worth waiting in line for. I’m going to put my daughter’s card in her backpack she carries around.
After we got our card we took a little tour into the Fire Station to experience how a Fire Fighter lives. We saw their living room, kitchen, rooms and gym. Last but not least we had to ride, “Freddie” a little red tour truck, you can see around town from now and now. Freddie took us all through down town and dropped us off at the Carousel. We had no idea we would be getting dropped off. It was a nice little surprise. Despite all the amazing pictures and the fun I know the kids had, for me this was the best part Because, every time I drive down town Emery will always ask and talk about the one time last year she got to ride the carousel. I feel bad that I we don’t stop, but I never see anyone on them or a man standing at the machine waiting for riders. So this was THE PERFECT way to end our day. She was so happy! She was laughing and yelling. A lady in front of us kept turning around because Emery was so happy. Pure happiness from a child is the best thing on Earth for me. This was also the Carlos’ first time on a ride. He seemed to enjoy it as he sat down with his Dad.
I think I will start going to Apple Hill the following week so we can make the Fire Station’s open house every year.
Open House 2013
Just hanging out on a Fire Truck
Driving the Fire Truck
Using the fire hose
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Inside the Ambulance
Taking a ride through town on “Freddie”.
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October happens to be my favorite month of the whole year. It’s a change in season from the hot long summers we have in the Valley. It’s also when all the pumpkins are ready for picking. Usually we take a trip up North, visit my family for the weekend and make a trip to Placerville where Apple Hill is. Its a little family tradition we try to maintain. This year we couldn’t make the trip so I took the kids to our second favorite spot, Vossler Farms in Visalia, California. Vossler Farms has a petting zoo, face painting, free station to stuff a scare crow, a corn pit for kids to play in, mini hay, hay ride, mini corn maze and a huge corn maze with a different design every year. It’s one of those things that makes me happy to live in the country. We went the first full week of it being open, Friday noon we had the whole place to ourselves. It was a nice way to spend the day together.
Emery’s first time to the patch was at Vosslers 3 years ago, when she was 4 months. This was Carlos’ first time at a pumpkin patch at only 8 months. His Nina Valerie came with us, it made it an extra special trip. We put his face in Halloween cut outs, took his pictures while he wore a pumpkin outfit his sister wore for her first trip. He didn’t like sitting on the ground but let us take a few good snap shots. The day turned out to be pretty hot so we rested under the corn pit while Emery made some “corn angels”. We re-cooped and I got some great photos of him and his Nina Valerie.
We ended our afternoon with some great burgers at Valerie and I’s favorite spot, In N Out. We have a long history with the burger joint. It was great to spend the day relaxing with such a great friend. It just like the “olden” days but with two little kids to make the day more
I found the perfect pumpkin!
My corn angel
Mini corn maze with the kids
This Saturday was a special day for my son, Carlos. It was the day he was accepted into the Church and Baptized as a Roman Catholic. Though the people I know and love are all special to me in my tight-knit circle, I chose two wonderful people to become his Godparents.
Valerie, has been a close friend of mine since Junior year of High School when I moved to Elk Grove, California. It’s been ten years with her in my life. I love her family as much as I love my own, they are loving and connected to the Church. Valerie will be able to guide Carlos in his journey in finding himself and connecting with the Church.
The Godfather, Bryan, is someone my husband and I have known for about 8 years. He was introduced to us at separate times by my late cousin Martin. He’s a trust worthy friend, another person with great morals and understands in hard work and how to give direction in a child’s life. He’s an amazing father, and can be another strong male role model to my son.
These two people have been part of my life for the past 10 years and I want them to officially never be out of me and my children’s life.
The ceremony took place Saturday, October 5th. There were about 30 families, with each to their own pew. The children all did well, but it was evident nap time was upon us. Around the end the children began to fuss. A little boy in front of us fell asleep on his Dads shoulder. At the end Carlos fell asleep on me. I guess 11 o clock is the golden hour for naps.
Afterwards we had a mini celebration at our house with a Nacho Bar and drinks. It was a great way to spend time with our friends. We don’t get to see Bryan and Valerie very often. Bryan now lives in Kentucky with his family and Valerie is 3 hours away in Sacramento California. I didn’t want the weekend to end and have to say goodbye to my friends. The house felt alive with laughter and stories. These are the best things in life.
Soon we will have to make some trips to visit Carlos’ Nino and Nina. Thank you two for everything this weekend and all you have always done for us. Here’s to more years to come!
Officially Nina Valerie & Nino Bryan [on the right side]
A photo before everyone goes back home. We will miss you both!
Nino & Nina
Mini photo shoot to capture his Baptismal outfit