Friday, October 31, 2014


While it's been a fun Hammerick's also been an exhausting HalloWEEK!  Too much to do in absolutely NO time at all!

Allie and I put together sidewalk chalk favors for her friends and party at school (and we made Ayden some too for his buddies at daycare!)  Allie rolled up all the paper on the chalk and I tied.  They came out fabulous!  What a great substitution to candy!!!

We baked pumpkin cookies for the teachers at Allie's school...and she baked for Ayden to give to everyone at Lynnie's.  Nana and Allie mixed the dough when I was at work and then Allie and I rolled, cut, baked and decorated together.  She was a big help and she just loves baking cookies!

We carved pumpkins!  Allie decided she wanted a silly faced jack-o-lantern this Halloween.  Ayden was in awe of our pumpkin and kept sticking his fingers in the eyes...trying to get the candle. 

My school's Halloween parade, party and TRUNK-OR-TREATING was the day before Halloween.  That was exhausting in and of itself!  Allie was looking forward to Trunk-or-Treat for a while now.  The cars were so cool decorated with lights, pumpkins, goblins, ghosts and more.  My students were just as excited to see Allie and Ayden as Allie was to see all of them...especially her buddy, Samantha!

Having my school party on the 30th allowed me to take the morning off and go to Allie's class party on Halloween day.  Allie and I passed out her cookies to her teachers, made crafts, decorated cookies, trick-or-treated and went through Ms. Dee's super cool haunted house together!!!  Allie and her friends had so much fun!!  I was very strange being on the "parent" side of the party.

Halloween dinner was ghost pancakes and bananas and spiderwiches...per Allie's request.  Ayden was perfectly content with Allie's dinner choice.  He ate EVERYTHING...except the chocolate chips, which Allie happily took from Ayden's plate.

Here is the latest and greatest of the SPOOKY-CUTE Halloween projects this year.  Ayden's ghost feet print and pumpkin.  Allie's witch foot print and ghost.

Snow Queen Allie FROZE Halloween this year!  32 degrees with mixed rain and snow...and LOTS of wind.  Can these kids just get a warm Halloween for once where they don't have to cover up their costumes with coats and hats???  At least Olaf won't melt!!!  There won't be too many more Halloween's where these two pumpkins will be so willing to have coordinating costumes.  Ayden made the CUTEST little Olaf ever!!  Thanks, Barb for the awesome hat!

Unfortunately, Todd was ill half this week and wasn't able to make it out trick-or-treating...which left ME to do it all. Get two kids bundled up for the blizzard, photographed, and take around the neighborhood trick-or-treating.  Austin and Allie ventured out together...Batman FLEW his was from house to house and Queen Elsa tried her best to keep least they kept warm.  Ayden didn't complain for a while. He was toasty warm in his stroller blanket and Olaf hat.  But, when the wind picked up and Allie started to complain her face hurt, we headed home for some hot chocolate and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

I'm so glad this week is over and we made it through...just barely.  Tomorrow will be spent packing up the Halloween decorations (I hope our cute pumpkins on the porch don't blow away) and getting out the Thanksgiving goodies.  Happy Halloween from the Hammerick's!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How Tall This Fall?

Look at how much these two have grown in the past year!  Ayden was just over a foot-and-a-half tall this time last year.  Now he's almost 2.5 feet tall!  Long's Orchard is one of our Cider Mill stops every fall.  Who just doesn't love that gigantic rocking chair?!?

Trick-or-Treat Trail 2014

I'm so happy the weather cooperated today.  This afternoon turned out to be a little cool, but with the shining sun it felt just warm enough for Allie to go coat-free and show off her Queen Elsa dress.  She was so excited to prance around the trail in her snow gown.  Unfortunately, Olaf Ayden's white pants haven't showed up in the mail yet...but he managed to keep his hat on (most of the time).  Thanks, Barb, for Ayden's AWESOME hat!!!  He's the perfect sidekick to his big sissy.  Allie collected goodies for both her and Ayden.  Another successful Trick-or-Treat Trail to get us ready for Halloween night!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ayden is 13 Months

Ayden is learning so much now!  He says "Up!" when he wants something or wants to be picked up.  He will nod "yes" now in addition to "no."  Ayden will drop his binky back into his crib when I tell him to after waking up in the morning.  Ayden will blow kisses when saying bye-bye to friends and family.  A second tooth finally came in on the top right.  Ayden continues to nurse three times a day and take one nap during the day.  He sleeps all night long from about 8:30 pm until 7:00 am.  Ayden likes to read books, play with the light switches and push around his toys.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins

Our poor Allie girl has been feeling down in the dumps.  She's had a fever on and off again for over a week now.  However, this morning her fever broke and we ran out of our house as fast as we could this morning to enjoy one of the last NICE fall days at the pumpkin Three Cedars Farm!  This was our first trip to Three Cedars...I can't believe we didn't come here sooner!  This place was a blast!!!  ...and oh so CUTE too!

We hopped on a hay ride to the pumpkin pick out the perfect pumpkin!  Ayden was MUCH happier in the pumpkin patch.  He loved to try and pick up the pumpkins...then beat on them like a drum (just like he does on everything else).  We found a perfectly round pumpkin to bring home, per Allie's approval.  

Back at the farm Allie and Ayden had sooooo much fun playing!  There was the CUTEST nursery rhyme scenes with REAL live animals to see and pet.  Mary Had a Little Lamb, The Three Little Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff...and more!  Allie went around a pushed all the buttons to hear the stories and songs.  Allie LOVED the play structure...Ayden preferred to push the toy tractor around.

Sadly we cut our visit a little short...Allie's stink'n fever came back.  It was fun while it lasted.  Hopefully our trip out brightened Allie's day...even if it was for just a little bit.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Kick-Off

Today was our annual "Halloween Decorating Day!"  To kick-off our spook-tacular event, we started off the day with everything orange and black...and spooky and scary!  Todd and I got these two cutie-pie pumpkins a few fun Halloween goodies, just to make the day a little more fun.

Ayden's goodies...a Halloween-y onesie, a new puzzle, book and pouches.

Allie's goodies...A Hello Kitty Halloween shirt, Halloween hair accessories (I made those!), sparkly black boots, orange nail polish, stickers, and a few treats.


Our house (and these two little goblins) is all ready for HALLOWEEN!!!