October 29, 2015

Halloween Countdown Day 2 & 3

This is the only picture I got from Day 2 of our Halloween Countdown.  The first thing we did was head to the library in the morning for discovery time.  We try to go every Tuesday morning and this week they did an autumn themed one, which was really fun.  Claire loves going to the library and starts asking for the "kids?" as soon as we walk in the building.  After discovery time we always go pick out some new books so we found a few Halloween ones we haven't read yet.  We went home and while Claire took a nap I started reading "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman which was an appropriately spooky novel for Halloween week.  After Claire woke up we ate lunch, and then spent the rest of the day playing with her toys, we took Rory on a walk, and cleaned up the house until Bryce got home.  Bryce had the night off of work so we all went to see Inside Out at the dollar theater as an early birthday celebration for me.  We had a good supply of treats and popcorn to keep Claire occupied.  She loved the movie and sat through the whole thing snuggled up on my lap.  After the movie we were all exhausted and went to bed as soon as we got home.

For day 3 of our countdown we made Halloween sugar cookies.  We baked the cookies in the morning before Claire's nap.  She was an excellent helper and made sure our whole kitchen got a good dusting of flour.  While Claire was napping I made the frosting while the cookies were cooling.  Claire was really tired from staying up late at the movies the night before so she napped for 3 hours.  I was able to get the frosting made, clean the kitchen, and finish reading The Graveyard Book before she woke up.  After Claire woke up we ate lunch and then decorated cookies!  Claire was a little ambivalent about the whole cookie decorating process.  She loved eating the candy and sprinkles but did NOT like getting any of the frosting on her hands.  She decorated one cookie and then watched me decorate the rest while she munched on (too much) candy corn.  I always make sugar cookies again around Christmas time so maybe she'll enjoy it more the second time :).   

After decorating cookies we spent a few hours outside raking leaves and cleaning up the yard.  We stayed outside for a couple hours and then headed inside when it started getting too cold.  I turned on Room on the Broom for Claire to watch while I made a big pot of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner.  Bryce had to work that night so Claire and I kept each other company by reading our stack of Halloween books and playing hide and seek until it was time for bed.  I love doing a Halloween countdown and I am getting even more excited to celebrate Halloween the closer it gets!  

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