Chasing Cheerios

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

We had a wonderful Halloween, but I am SO glad that October is over!  Phew!  We have a family history of having traumatic Octobers, and this one was no exception.  Thank goodness there was lots of good mixed in with the bad :)

We spent our morning at the Montessori school baking pumpkin bread (in cool and so much fun!), decorating pumpkins with stickers, eating yummy snacks, and parading in their costumes.

I love the paper towel ghost juice box!

E(3) is working on making a fall tree with her carrots, craisins, and pretzels.  What a fun idea!

Here is E's pumpkin bread from a can...deeeelicious!!!!!!!!!!

After leaving the school, we spent the day with our family getting ready for a big night of partying/trick or treating.  My sister lives on the best street for trick or treating, so she hosted the whole crew.  Thanks, Mem!!!

I love the ghost that she has hanging from her chandelier.

I also love this wood block jack o'lantern painted by my niece.  I think I'll have my girls paint some like this next year.

Love the tissue paper and decoupage lanterns all around the house.

We all ate too much.  Here are some of the goodies.

Hatshepsut and Nefertiti had fun trick or treating, but spent most of their time handing out candy to others.  E(3) (aka Hatshepsut) took her job very seriously and would chase down children, open their bags, and drop candy in them.

I kept feeling like someone was watching me...

After the candy ran out, the girls had a great time playing glow stick bowling!

What a fun night!  Thanks, Mem!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Glow in the Dark Putty

Our Halloween activity of the day was to make glow in the dark putty.  This was super simple and fun activity.  I think the girls would have played with the putty all afternoon if we hadn't had to stop for their dance classes!

To make glow in the dark putty, you need a half cup of liquid starch, a half cup of white school glue, neon green food coloring, and 1 tablespoon of glow in the dark paint.

Pour all of the ingredients together and stir!

We had SO much fun, and I'm so glad to finally make putty again!  (O and I followed this recipe to make putty a few years ago, but we haven't made it since then because I was afraid that E would eat it.  Don't let kids who still put things in their mouths play with this putty as I'm pretty sure the liquid starch is dangerous if ingested.)

Painting Pumpkins

The girls and I had fun painting our pumpkins last week!

After O(6) finished painting her pumpkin, she decided that she didn't like it and wanted to start over.  I sprayed it with water in the kitchen sink, and the paint came right off. She dried it off and painted it again!

I had fun painting my pumpkin!

This activity was definitely all about the joy of the process and not the end product since the paint started flaking off almost immediately.  Luckily, we didn't mind at all :)

This was a super fun activity that we plan to do every year!