I know we are a little late in getting our Halloween pictures up, but here they are! We had a great time celebrating fall this year- the kids got to pick a pumpkin from the farmer that came to their school, we attended a Harvest Party with our Sunday School Class, and then the Big Event- Trick Or Treating!
Haley was a Pirate Princess, Trey was Mickey Mouse, and Avery was a Pumpkin. The kids had a ball dressing up and participating in their school parade. Trey won the costume contest at our Harvest Party. Avery completed our set of pictures by being the third Simons to wear the Pumpkin costume on their first Halloween.
Trick-or-Treating was fun. My parents (the Platten’s) came to walk around with us. Grandpa Bill helped Trey a lot- avoiding falls on steps. The Lucky family joined us also, which made the night even more fun. My kids can’t get enough of Connor and Carson. Plus, Mr. Chad carried all the kids through the neighborhood at one point or another. We were all exhausted by the end of the night! Hayden and I weren’t sure who would fall asleep the fastest- us or the kids!
Candy rules at our house these days. Dessert is the best part of the day when we dump all the candy out of our bags and choose a piece to eat. Trey just jumps onto the floor and starts chowing down. He usually gets two or three down before I can get to the pile. I have to keep a tight reign on him…at least attempt too. Haley sits and analyzes which piece to choose for about 15 minutes to ensure she gets the best piece possible. I crack up because she’ll ask, "Mom, have I ever tried a _________? Did I like it?" She doesn’t want to make a bad choice if she only gets one. She generously gives Trey all the suckers, tootsie rolls, and skittles…she knows what she likes and what she doesn’t! Trey will eat about anything. As for Avery, we just let her roll around in it- as you can see.
We have had a ball taking family pictures lately. In preparation for putting together Christmas cards- for us, Hayden’s parents and my parents. We thought we’d give them several options. Our favorite is the one above (click on it to see the larger image). The ones below are great too. Since we’ve been spending so much time in Millington this year, we decided we couldn’t pass up taking a family Camo picture. One of the kids’ favorite activities is riding a 4-wheeler, we thought that’d make a great center piece. Yes, we even have Camo for little Avery! Trey is currently obsessed with 4-wheelers. If we go into Bass Pro Shop, we have to let him sit on every one in the store! We’ve even asked Santa to bring a Power Wheels 4-wheeler for Christmas…and luckily Santa found one at a garage sale that will be perfect! Christmas morning is going to be AWESOME!
Now, we are just looking forward to a great Thanksgiving holiday with the family. We are staying in Memphis this year and I can’t wait to go shopping with Julie and Kathleen. It will be different this year with many stores opening at midnight…but we are up for it! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy counting your blessings with loved ones.
Below are some of the outtakes from our sessions. The top image is a triptych from one of our sessions, you can click that image to see the full size version.