a super halloween

Okay. I decided to hit the last few main events of 2017.  Baby’s first Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas, Austin’s big 30…Just can’t bring myself to sweep them under the rug without mention haha.  Prepare for a nice big picture dump – then on to 2018 happenings.

So Halloween.  Scarlett is OBSESSED with Halloween.  She had our entire family’s costumes picked out over six months before, like I’m talking March.  I didn’t think her idea would stick when she told me (in March), “I be wonder woman, brudder be batman, dad be spiderman, and you be umm…captain america.”  But it did!  She never waivered from her plan haha.  [She may however break her record this year…a couple weeks ago while Austin was taking the Christmas lights off the house she said, “Mom when it’s Halloween I gonna be Twilight Sparkle! And you can be Applejack, Ewwis be Spike, and Dad will be….(covers her mouth giggling) Pinkie Pie!” When Austin came in she couldn’t contain herself as she told him haha.  She thought it was pretty hilarious.  Austin jokingly told her that he wanted to be Rainbow Dash instead, and that night as I was laying next to her putting her to bed, she randomly and in the most serious and thoughtful way says, “Mom, I think dad would really like to be Rainbow Dash instead of Pinkie Pie for Halloween.”  Cracked me up.  So who knows!  We may just be a herd of ponies come Halloween this year.  Unless she becomes obsessed with something else before then, whiiich is pretty likely haha.]

To kick off the day Scarlett had preschool.  Kaitlin and I signed up to bring the snacks for their little party that day – thank you pinterest for helping us make it festive.  Miss Cindy requested that we keep it on the healthy side, hence the lack of sugary treats I was itchin’ to give those cute three year olds.  Probably for the best haha.

After Scarlett got home, we had yet to get around to carving our pumpkins so we thought we better tackle that.  Better late than never!  Austin had the day off work thankfully and whipped out a Batman pumpkin per Scarlett’s request.  She’s still a little grossed out by the pumpkin guts but was slightly more involved this year haha.

^Painting is the way to go.

That evening we went over to Kaitlin and Abe’s for dinner and trick or treating.  Scarlett had been asking alllll day if it was time to go yet.  So much build up to this day and girl wanted to get to it! I loved how excited she was.

Living her dream.

(Side note: Scarlett just asked me today (it’s now February) if it was Halloween yet.  And we pretend trick or treat with her toy character people almost every day.  Safe to say she’ll be well seasoned come October haha.)


By | 2018-02-02T06:21:03+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Ellis, Firsts, Halloween, Holiday, Scarlett|0 Comments

all fall

I’ve spent the last few months trying to decide the best way for me to document things…Keep blogging since I’m really great at staying on top of it? Blog and try and do some sort of online scrapbook that I could get printed every year? Go the chatbook route just to at least have something printed to look back on? Then the question is do I make one family book or an individual book for each kid? I just don’t know. I also feel like if I make any sort of book I would have to start back from when Scarlett was born which is overwhelming to me. Well guess what…she’s not getting any younger! The task is growing greater with each passing day haha. Just. Can’t. Decide. What I do know is I’ve spent a whole lot of time thinking and zero time doing. That’s not getting me anywhere so I’m catching up slightly on here. That is a start.

So Fall.

I feel like we actually experienced somewhat of a Fall season last year because we escaped October without snow! Always a nice bonus. We spent a good portion of our October month enjoying some of the staple, Utah Fall festivities. We hit up Cornbelly’s a couple different times, once with friends and once with dad. Scarlett was helping me look through these pictures and you would think she was reliving her glory days with the smile they brought to her face. Now she won’t stop talking about the horsey and popcorn pit and cow train.

Now that these pictures are eight months old, it’s so crazy to see how little Scarlett looks! Time is just disappearing before my eyes.

We also got family pictures taken by our friend Sam way back when.

Love my sweet fam.

And then for the Halloween fun!

My friend Whitney threw a cute little Halloween party for the kids. Scarlett thought it would be nice to throw a royal princess tantrum right as we were leaving for the party…and this is what that looked like.

She wasn’t up for the group photo after that ^^ one but I promise she was there.

Then for some first time pumpkin carving with dad.

The pumpkin guts were not her thing.

And then came Halloween! Love our beautiful Belle.

We went trick or treating with Sam and Autumn in their neighborhood which was lots of fun. Scarlett seriously lived for trick or treating. There’s just something about being handed candy when you knock on someone’s door haha. To say she’s already excited for Halloween this year would be an understatement; as of right now if you ask her what she wants to dress up as she’ll tell you Wonder Woman. And baby brother will be Batman, dad will be Spiderman, and mom will be Captain America. (She also reminds me that her friend Oliver will be Hulk, she’s got it all mapped out haha.) I’m actually really hoping she sticks to the idea because it wouldn’t be too bad to whip those costumes together, and I could keep it low key for mom and dad since we’re suuuuch big dress up fans. Time will tell!

Her stash. Girl did good!

And to wrap it up, just a couple more random pictures from around this time frame that make me smile.

^^Scarlett really likes to print things out on the computer. I always ask her what she wants her paper to say and this was her response on this particular day. She knows what she’s talking about!

Love this girl! Can’t believe how much she’s grown since then.

By | 2018-01-28T22:07:19+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Fall Festivities, Halloween, Scarlett|1 Comment

halloween with a hula girl

I struggled to come up with costume ideas for Halloween this year (last year technically). I had intentions of trying to put something together before we left for Hawaii, but with all the other craziness going on it didn’t quite make the priority cut. I knew my time would be short after we got back from our trip but thankfully while we were there, we saw these adorable little coconut bra, hula girl outfits and Aust had the ingenious idea to get one for Scarlett for Halloween. Add a couple leis and Hawaiian shirts in the mix for ma and pa and there we had it! And it wasn’t even cheesy because we were legitimately in Hawaii right before :) we were authentic.


PS, totally got our shirts at DI. The ones in Hawaii are expeeeensive! Not worth it for a one time wear, and these DI ones probably came from Hawaii at some point anyway haha. Plus they semi-matched! DI for the win.










Cutest little hula girl I ever did see.

Halloween night I took Scarlett on her first trick or treat run! Austin had been working on a video with Jesse most of the day which ended up going really long so they missed the good stuff. Such a bummer for the daddios! I had spent the day with Brittney and Oliver so we headed over together to Jesse’s parents house to begin the festivities.




Ignore the terrible filming haha. I was short a couple extra hands. Love that hula girl and that plump little tiger!


[three month late] Halloween!

By | 2018-01-28T22:07:20+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Halloween, Holiday, Scarlett|1 Comment


I’ve never been one to get super into Halloween, but I must say it’s a lot more fun with a little baby to dress up.  She pulls off the costume look much better than muah.

The week before Halloween, our friends Sam and Autumn hosted a party at their house.  More on that here.


It was fun to get together with everyone and see all their cute costume ideas.  Scarlett was oh so proud of her Mickey family :)

Halloween day I took Scarlett over to Austin’s work for a little trick or treating…really more for a chance for her proud papa to show off his baby girl.  Luckily she pulled out her charm just in time!  I had to wake her up from a nap to get her ready to go and she was not a happy camper.  It didn’t help that she hadn’t been feeling great for a couple of days and I was shoving her in frills the second I woke her up.  Such a hard life she lives ;)


After we finished up at his work we went back home to snap a few pictures of her before heading over to Kaitlin and Abe’s for the evening.




Minnie by day…skeleton by night.



We had some yummy appetizers and treats and filled our evening with aggravation.  For once in our lives, Austin and I came out on top!  It was even the six player version which makes it more of a feat.  Then while the adults chatted, the babies stayed busy watching Daniel tiger.



Love how close in age they all are!  It’s been so fun watching them grow together, cutest friends ever.  It was a great holiday!


By | 2018-01-28T22:07:22+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Firsts, Halloween|0 Comments