So. Cora had her first trick-or-treating experience, and let me tell you... SHE LOVED IT! She did sooo good! She was scared of NOTHING. She carried her little flashlight and big pumpkin pail the whole time and we did three or four cult-de-sacs. We were all amazed!
And she was fearless too... there was a little boy who was dressed as a werewolf, he had this horrible mask on that I didn't even like looking at, but Cora staaaared at him and waaaatched him, and then when he went to leave she followed him! smiling and waving goodbye to him!  She's such a gentle soul, she sees the good in everyone :) (even werewolves, ghosts, and goblins, apparently.)
Her costume was a big hit around the 'hood! Everyone was stopping and telling us how great her outfit was and how cute she looked! It was her daddy's undershirt (some scissors and a sharpie!)  Who says you have to spend money for a great costume! 
There were some tween-age girls walking behind us that were ooohing and awwing over Cora and I heard one of them say "I want her.  No really, I want her. She is so cute!" It made me laugh.

The neighborhood was crackin'!! I couldn't believe how many people were out! We saw werewolves and ghouls, we saw hula girls and Pippy Longstocking, Cinderella and Rainbow Bright (that one was cute!) We saw an iPod costume, a dog dressed up as a hotdog (complete with condiments on top) (...cute!) We saw Snow White and Spiderman, Indiana Jones, and beautiful butterflies.... we saw it all.

Endless costumes and boundless creativity, but I have to say (although I could be biased) Cora was the best in show!

Anyway, it's getting late, but I just had to post and tell everyone that it was an adventure and I wish you all could have been here to see our little ghost-girl out on the town!

We hope everyone had a great Halloween!


Happy Halloween!

We carved our pumpkins last night!  It was so much fun.  It brought me back to my own childhood memories of pumpkin carving.  I have such fond daddy memories from that time in my life.  My brother and I got to help Dad pull all the ucky pumpkin guts out of the pumpkin and watch while he carved.  It was always so much fun.... and I have come full circle.  It is an incredible feeling to know that Mel and I are making memories with Cora that she will hold dear and carry forever in her heart.  I know I know, she's still young and probably won't remember her first pumpkin carving, but she had a blast, and the foundation is laid for a new generation of traditions old.

The finished product!!



Pumpkin Picking

We went to the Pumpkin Patch to pick pumpkins!! It was really fun and a great day to go; not too hot, not yet raining... perfect. We ate delish, fresh watermelons and grilled corn-on-the-cob, we WILL be shopping Farmer's Market from now on! It was soooo good. Anyway, that's about it for now...

And anyone who would like the web address and password to Cora's photo shoot, just let me know! The pictures are back and they are FAB!

Ghoul hugs and goblin kisses,



Photo Shoot

What a fun day! :) Cora had her "12 month" photo shoot (yeah, yeah, she's 15 months old, but since when do I get anything done on time?) We hired Jacquie and Ryan Best to shoot Cora. They were wonderful... a young married military couple who moonlight as photographers... here is our sneak peek photo!

When all the photos are ready they will put them online and I'll get the password to you all. I think that you can purchase photos directly from them (which is a much better arrangement than we had with our last photographer)... so stay tuned for more pics. If their website is any indication these shots are going to be amazing and we are soooo excited to get them back!