cruising straight to halloween

It’s almost time! Halloween is upon us! And we are READY!!!

The candies have been bought, the decorations have been up for a while, we have a regular requests for Halloween pajama comes bedtime, and now we have a daily Halloween parade happening every night in our house, cause I am FINALLY done with their Cars costumes! Although I’ve spent a lot of time making some pretty amazing Halloween costumes for my friends and I over the years, especially back in our early twenty’s when we would go out all night on Halloween night and win prizes, well this year’s costumes will definitely go down as the most time consuming, space taking and glue gunning costumes EVER. If the kids complain about the weight of their costumes, I’m blaming it on the glue! And then I’m telling them to shut up and forcing them to wear it a little more! (I’d like to specify that I won’t really be doing that; got to be careful with humor nowadays).

So, I’ve always been Cars obsessed, like, ever since the first movie came out… and this was one of the first Pixar movie I’ve showed the boys… and just like me, they’ve been in love with McQueen and his friends since. But last year, our love for Cars grew to a whole new level after we visited Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. So, since going to Disney, with the last Cars movie coming up last summer, it basically was a McQueen year at our house with Cars everywhere. I knew the second I saw a boxed costume of McQueen on Pinterest that I needed to step up my glue-gunning-skills and get to work. Cause after all, I needed 2 cars.

Back in August, I loaded my house with huge cardboard boxes I was able to find, and then invaded my kitchen with fabrics and all kinds of crafty thing I knew I’d need for this project. Now that they’re done, I can say I am in LOVE with how they turned out; just not sure it was worth the 15 hours it took to make each of them. Yep, I guess I really love Cars and craft and Halloween to spend that much time on DIY kids costumes. But I mostly did it before the admiring eyes of my boys, looking at it every steps of the way (probably wondering when it would actually look like Cars!), sometimes helping me, so it was all worth it!

Liam wanted to be Cruz Ramirez, and Logan, his beloved Lightning. So after many hours of works, last Sunday morning, both cars were finally declared done and ready for a test drive. One look at them riding their new cars and I knew it was well worth the mess. They kept on running and laughing and bumping each other, and then even agreed to go out to take pictures. Liam even asked me to put a Cars song on my cell phone and put it in his car to make like a car radio… so he was cruising while listening to the Cars soundtrack… I just love when they ask for small things like that that reminds me of things I would have also asked as a kid. He’s after my heart this one! He also requested a Cars Day. I guess I’m rubbing off on him! So now we’re planning to have one of those on November 7 when the new movie will be out on Blue Ray, so they can sit in their cars and watch the movie, Drive-In style!

But for now, we’ll continue to parade in our costumes, and you might even spot us on the streets, dancing and singing ‘Life could be a dream, life could be a dream, sha-boom, sha-boom’! All that, of course, while patiently waiting for October 31st for the real Lightning and Cruz parade. Hoping the next few days go by fast so I can eat some of my kids mini chocolate bars! Ka-Chow!!!

 

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you’ve been booed plus a long weekend

Well, it’s been one of those week, or I should say month… as last Sunday I was hit with a second strep throat virus in less than 3 weeks. And this time it really kicked my ass. Let’s just say that the back-to-school-thing is rough this year. I’m happy that the kids are doing great in their new classes with their new teachers, but since I’ve already been sick twice, it hasn’t been as easy as anticipated. And although they normally understand that when Maman is sick they kind of have to leave me alone to rest a while, this time I almost lost it when, in the middle of a nap, I woke up, and we were 4 in my bed with everybody talking at the same time and jumping all around… that’s when I said to myself… why aren’t the meds stronger?!!! Yeah, well, just kidding; I guess.

So finally, by Friday night, I was feeling better, and while alone with the boys for the evening, I had a great idea for us. I’ve read about ‘Being Booed’ last year and decided to find out a bit more about it. “You’ve been BOOED” is a fun, festive and friendly way of doing the old “Knock and Run”! So I explained to the boys that we we’re going to do some fun Halloween filled baskets for our friends and leave them on their doorway, ring the bell, and then run away. And they LOVED it!

So as soon as we came back from school, they unpacked their backpack and then we made our way to Wal-Mart to get some Halloween baskets and treats. They spent lots of time picking out what their friends would like and what movie they wanted to give them. We found 5$ Halloween movies… hummmm, yeah, definitely a great find for our baskets! Bags of mini-chocolate bars and candies made filling our baskets quite easy.

Back home we unpacked everything we had bought, then wrote a little note to our friends explaining the process of being booed. The best part in my opinion is that our friends now have 2 days to deliver another basket to 2 other families. So it’s like the best kind of Halloween chain, ever!

Each boy chose a family, filled their basket with a Halloween movie, popcorn, candy, mini-chocolate bars, fun straws, glow sticks and more treats. They made sure they had enough lollipops for each kids in that family, so they wouldn’t fight. I love their little big hearts!

Once the baskets were filled, we hopped in the car and drove to our friends house. We pretended we were ghost-spies delivering treats. The boys were so stressed about being seen, it was hilarious. Logan was the first to deliver his package; climbed up the steps and placed the baskets on the doorstep, rang the bell and ran away like he had just robbed a bank. I should have made a video, it was so funny. Honestly, I don’t even think our friends were home but I’m not letting him know about that! Next turn, Liam. My little shy boy, who kept on saying “they will see me, I know they will see me” and then was giggling the entire time he was delivering his basket. He was crawling, made his way along the parking lot, climbed on the porch from the side of the house and then rang the bell. Poor little thing, so scared of getting caught… never seen him run so fast. I had park the car strategically so our friends couldn’t see it; and while we were waiting by the side of their house we heard their little excited and happy voices while they were opening their surprise package. It was Priceless! We jumped in the car, screamed of happiness that we had made it and succeeded at being ghost-spies… It was so much fun, next time we will be booing our neighbours! The boys felt so special doing this for their friends. So I hope you’ll Boo your friends too! It’s so much fun, and not just for the kids!!

On Saturday, we dropped the boys with their grandma for a family Thanksgiving dinner and sleepover while we attended my cousin Lydia’s wedding. We had a great time, ate tons of food and danced until every inch of my body was aching. She looked like a mystic princess, and for the first time EVER, I assisted a bride in cutting her wedding gown so she could dance more freely! Yep, while standing up on a chair, her mom cut her gown knee-high with a pair of scissor!

On Sunday we had a wedding brunch and then the boys proceeded to play with the wedding photo booth props (Mario Bros style). They were over the moon, and lucky them, my cousin told them they could bring it all back home! Then it was nap time for myself, golf for Brian, and finally a birthday/Thanksgiving dinner at aunt Lulu.

Oh how I love long weekends… so on Monday morning we stayed in our pj’s until noon, the boys played Super Mario while I watched some more Harry Potter and worked on the kids Halloween costumes (these will be my favorite homemade costumes ever) with a Fall scented candle burning while eating candies and those mini chip bags that are so addictive! Finally got all dressed up in something else than a pj and drove to my Mom’s for a second Thanksgiving dinner, watched the Red Sox game, made fun of Brian for being a little grumpy after they had lost, ate too much pie and got home extra tired.

Hope you had a great time with your families, I’m so thankful for mine, and for the 4-day week ahead!

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camp woods part II

Since this week will probably be one of the nicest we’ve had all summer, I think it’s a perfect timing for sharing the last few weeks of Camp Woods Summer 2017! In all honesty, and we probably all feel the same way here, even if I go back in memories, as far as I can remember, summer 2017 was definitely one of the worst summer ever. It feels like it rained basically every day, with everything outside being wet all the time, making it so difficult to plan ahead for a full day of activities, and apparently making it even more difficult for Brian to cut the grass weekly! Oh well.  Still, I got to say that I did enjoy my time off, but it feels like there were no memorable pool days or parties, and only a few bouncy-castle-day-out in the backyard, with everything depending on my weather network app while always waiting for the next sunny day to come by; and like I said, there was not a lot of them (but that didn’t stop us from having fun!!!).

Like I’ve explain before in Camp Woods 2016 and Camp Woods part 1 of 2017, I try to find activities that will interest the boys, as well as myself, with a theme, an outings or with meals. Early during my last week before I went back to work, Liam decided to join me in watching Harry Potter. I always knew he would love it but I wasn’t sure it was aged appropriate. But as I was watching the first movie, one morning while cooking, he joined me in the kitchen and sat on the counter and he was immediately glued right there. I changed the language to French for him (outch! so funny in French!) and explained that it was just a story, that everybody were friends in real life by showing him some pictures of the actors from the net, while making sure he understood as the story unfolded. So our last theme week was Harry Potter and just like that, a new addict was born!  Probably one of my favorite week ever, well, right behind the countdown-to-Disneyland-week we had last year, as nothing won’t probably ever beat that!

Since that last week off at home watching the movies coincided with the Harry Potter 20th anniversary, well, of course we made a cake! Just like the one Hagrid brings to Harry. Also made notebooks themed after every houses, of course I’m Gryffindor!  Oh, AND wands!  We had a blast making them; with chopsticks, glue gun and paint! Done within minutes and hours of fun. Of course, there is the occasional eye poke, but mostly, I was turned into a frog by one and then into a flower by the other!

We also had to have a Moana week. That movie, let me tell you, AMAZING, both for adults and kids. If you haven’t seen it with your kids yet, do it now! The soundtrack is just awesome, and it’s still is even after you’ve listened to it a 1000 times. We made Kakamora from real coconuts. They’ve learned how to open coconuts to release the water; and they do NOT like coconut water!!! So once empty, we painted faces on them and glued arms and legs. So fun to make. We found the cutest free Pinterest Moana Bingo and played so many games. And then we got dress up… I had to be Moana! Liam Pua and Loggy was Hey-Hey! Made leis out of ferns and flowers from our backyard. It was awesome… all that was missing was the ocean!

We had another Nemo week this year; but what can I say, we just love the movies so much! I was lucky enough to find the cheapest and best craft at my local dollar store: Felt Sew Kits of Dory and Nemo. Perfect for their first sewing experience. Made my mama’s (and lifetime sewer’s) heart so proud. Painted fishies with our hands and played for hours in the pool, all pretending to be lost fishes, just like Dory.

Star Wars week was cut short because we decided to go on a road trip last minute; but we still managed to make pool noodles lightsabers. Had a Star Wars pic nic, and played with our Tsum Tsum making stop motion animation. The boys love to do that; they could spend hours making them and watching them. I love when they can’t stop laughing at their own little short films!  So cute.

So, now that it’s mid-September already, I’m just like everyone else, wondering where the summer went. But all that will be shortly forgotten if this week’s perfect weather lasts for a while… cause with the next 6 weekends being jam packed with some of our favorite activities, it would make it so much more enjoyable with some great fall weather. And after the shitty summer we just got, come on, we deserve it!!!

Well, sunny or not, I’ve spotted my first pumpkin this morning, and it made me happy, cause Halloween is coming and everything is good in the world (well for me!) when it’s Halloween!!!

 

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it’s just a little hocus pocus…our salem day trip

14567601_10154356482131293_2202737002413096952_oHocus Pocus, my favorite Halloween movie!  Which was mostly filmed in…SALEM!

The first time we went to Boston, in 2007, I saw a Salem sign on the way there and I just SCREAMED!  I had no clue where Salem was but I knew this was the witches town, and witches equal Halloween, and Halloween equals fun!  I wanted to go right away, Brian didn’t, so finally we settled that we would stop on our way back…  I think he was hoping I’d forget about this while we were in Boston, but oh no I didn’t, I thought about it all weekend long…

So, on our way back we took the Salem exit, found a little village, not a ‘cute’ little village, though, like I imagined, but anyway, we were there and we started to look for witches!  I had my Salem-witch-hunt-map ready, but strangely, it seems like I couldn’t find anything, it was just so confusing, the street didn’t match, there were no stores, nothing scary really.  So we stopped at a General Store and Brian went in and asked where the most popular Witches Dungeon was, and, yeah, well, the answer was ‘sorry Sir, but what you’re looking for is Salem, Massachusetts.  Here, you’re in Salem, New Hampshire’.  So Salem, Massachusetts was left of the bucket list, until 3 weeks ago!

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So during our last minute October road trip to Boston, we finally planned a full day in Salem!  Woohoo!  We had no particular agenda, I just wanted to walk and visit this really ‘cute’ and unique village.  October is very special for Salem, they call it Haunted Happenings, has they host a month long  Halloween party!  Yep, my kind of place.  We got lucky, as it was also the Food Truck Festival while we were there in the  Salem Common, a park right in the middle of this historic village.  It was full of amazingly delicious food trucks, with so many people, a little bit of rain, some New England Clam Chowder and a few lobster rolls; we all enjoyed our food truck lunch under a huge pergola!

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We walked on the red line all day, which guides you through town.  Going through shops, little cafés, delicious bake shops, while stopping every 15 feet to take pictures.  We saw the CLUE house (ya, like the game, where a real murder happened!!!), the Bewitched statue of Samantha, and a wand shop called Wynotts.  Everything was stunning…simply scary stunning!  I was in heaven.  The houses, the trees, the crooked sidewalks; I am just in love with this place.  I can’t wait to go back… yeah, well, I’m going back next year, just decided!!!  Next year I want to bring my mom and the boys.  They would love it.  So bucket list for next summer: Salem!  And this time I wanna do the Red Trolley Tour and the Hocus Pocus tour (it was sold out).

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As I’ve said before, I’m not into the scary stuff, but even I loved walking in the Salem 300 years old cemetery…it was kinda creepy but yet so fascinating, or something like that!  The old stones, the huge tombs, the graved names, the old trees and the very old iron gate; it felt like in a movie.  Well, it was like in a movie… as this cemetery is the exact same one you see in the movie Hocus Pocus!

So next year, I want to spend more time just sitting in a pub or café, take a tour, visit Dani and Max’s house, visit the witch dungeon, and do the Salem Escape Room!

You have to visit, and if you do, please bring me!  It’s just a little Hocus Pocus!

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In comma coriyama

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Hey, hey, high, high

Say bye-bye!

Bye bye!

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may the force be with us

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Our costumes for this year are a bit different from the last few years… my boys are growing up and so are their tastes!  So I went with it!

They don’t know anything about Star Wars…for a long time they called it CarWar.  They’ve never watched a movie or show, know what Star Wars’ about or what they stand for.  But last summer, Liam went on the Star Wars 3D ride in Disneyland at 10:30 pm for his last ride of the day and came out a fan.  The following day everything Liam wanted was some CarWar stuff; so did his baby brother!

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So, in 2016, we are officially Star Wars fans (I grew up watching the movies, but Brian had never heard about them until I came in the picture and dressed up as Queen Amidala in grade 13).  I still wanted to make our costumes; Liam as BB8, Logan as R2D2 or has he calls him Hardy-too, Brian as Chewbacca (not included in our pictures because of his major lack of fun-ness!) and myself as Princess Leia (I have the hair so why not used it!).

My mom knitted some hats for the boys and I sowed and glued their robot costumes (probably the easiest of costumes ever made).  So they were not too complicated to do, but they are just so nice!  We went to a very shady part of Brian’s hometown for the pictures, a place call Peace Mountain, which was perfect for taking pictures, but a place I don’t recommend visiting alone, especially if you’re easily scared like my chicken-shit Chewbacca!

Now, we can’t wait to decorate our pumpkins and make special treat bags for our friends.  Only 1 more week to go!

I love family themed costumes, I hope they’ll let me do it for a bit longer!

So what’s your costume this year?

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we scare because we care

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I LOVE Halloween.  But not the gory, gooey kind.  The pumpkin kind!

When Liam was 2, I bought the most gorgeous Monsters Inc. Sulley costume, in size 2.  When it came in, I was sooo sad, the costume could fit a 7 years old!  So, we put the costume in the Halloween closet.  Last year I was ready to bring it out again!  I had to fix it up a little, cut the legs and sleeves but we were ready.  The year before, I had also bought a Mike Wazowski for Logan!  Finally, both costumes fit and we were ready to Trick or Treat!  These will probably be my favorite costume EVER.

So since I had waited for a long time before the boys could wear these costumes, a party was in order.  A kids Halloween party!  And of course Monsters Inc. was the theme!  We had donuts games, a dance off and we exchanged candy! 32

We had so much fun that we’re having our Second Kids Annual Halloween Party this year; no idea about the theme, but one thing is sure, we will have a blast!  I’m leaving you with a few pictures from last year, as well as some pictures from our previous Grown-ups Annual Halloween Party (Awww I miss those years!!!).

 

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i heart fall…and a bucket list

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It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me: Fall is my favorite season of all!!!  I love every season for different little things…but Fall, oh how I just love you.

I don’t particularly like orange or black or brown, but to mix these colors together, to put a sweater on, and to turn the calendar page to October; makes my heart swoon!

Pumpkin waffle candles, pumpkin spice lattes, leaves changing color, and my new hat knitted by my mom: I’m ready for you Fall!

The boys have definitely inherited my love for anything Fall.  Their list of costumes is already a mile long and they’re longing for the day the first leave will fall.  Picking out pumpkin is always a blast.  I could spend hours carving them, actually, I DO spend hours carving pumpkins!!!  Our Halloween movies are all lined up, and I have to admit, we already watched all of our favorite one at least once (I may or may not have watched Hocus Pocus 8 times since the beginning of September).

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This year, I made a bucket list.  We have so many things we want to do this fall, so this chalkboard is keeping us on track!

What is your favorite Fall activity?  Or do you have something great for Fall in your region that we should check out.  Our costumes are almost ready…are you?  Just kidding, I know you’re not crazy like me; it’s not even October yet!

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DISCLAIMER:  Matching pajamas are a MUST for all HOLIDAYS.

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