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Grace’s first Halloween

November 1, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn, Holidays by Jill

What a weekend it has been! Grace’s first Halloween was a frenzy of fun as both Mom and Dad eagerly began some festive new traditions. The Halloween fun began on Wednesday and carried us through until the big night on Saturday. I’m sure you can imagine just how many pictures this first holiday entailed…483!  Luckily, we have numbered them down to just a few favorites to share here.

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Excited to make Grace’s first Halloween special, we started our festivities on Wednesday. In an attempt to share the holiday with others, the whole family became involved in creating some Halloween gifts from Grace. The giant pumpkin that Dad had picked out for Grace (the biggest one on the block, according to one of our trick-or-treaters!) served as an accessory for her Halloween photo shoot. Posing by her pumpkin, Grace created postcards to send to family. Then, she was cooperative in allowing Mom and Dad to paint her orange thumbprints, resembling pumpkins, on little mailing labels to complete her postcards. Extra labels adorned the pumpkin shaped rice-krispie treats that Mom made for Grace to share with her friends at Heather’s house. It was a busy night!

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The fun was just beginning, though! Thursday night meant pumpkin carving. Grace watched Dad carve her giant pumpkin with a face like hers–just two teeth on the bottom and a happy grin. After the carving, Mom and Dad let her play with the pumpkin guts before bathtime.  When all of Grace’s excitement wore her out, the sleepy girl went to bed while Mom and Dad carved more pumpkins and enjoyed a spooky meal with Nick and Emily.

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Friday meant costume time. Grace donned her adorable ladybug costume and entertained her friends at Heather’s in it. She lasted most of the day in costume, without making any major messes! That evening, the little bug took a trip to Urbandale for trick-or-treat night at Abby and Corey’s house. She had fun watching Jackson the bumblebee in costume, too.

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Finally, the actual Halloween day arrived! The afternoon was spent cheering for the Cyclones with Dad. Then, the ladybug costume made it’s second debut. After visiting a few friends and neighbors, Grace settled in to watch the trick-or-treaters. It seemed our little bug was a pretty happy girl, as she babbled away with her new sounds and greeted the neighborhood kids at the door.

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And, to top it all off, Grace decided to excite Mom & Dad with her new babbling talk. This new trick of Grace’s is much preferred to the screech!

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A fun and eventful weekend was capped with a beautiful day on Sunday to spend outside. With all of this behind us, Mom, Dad & Grace were whipped. What a memorable weekend! And don’t forget to check out the additional pictures in the gallery.

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