Pumpkin Heads

October has been such a crazy busy month for us!  We have:
  • gone out of town to visit our loved ones
  • celebrated at several birthday parties and a wedding
  • worked on projects for school and home
  • baked ginormous amounts of sweet treats
  • participated in many Girl Scout events
  • sold nuts and candy as a fundraiser
So we almost went through the entire month without one of our annual October outings, to the Pumpkin Patch!  But last Saturday we squeezed it in, literally, between Carys' Daisy Girl Scout field trip to the Red Balloon book store in the morning and a birthday party for Carys' school friend and gymnastics Halloween party for Thalia in the afternoon and evening.  We also bought 4 mini pumpkins and 1 medium-sized pumpkin for Carys' classroom pumpkin carving event this week.  Whew!

We also finally tried on our Halloween costumes and found out that Thalia's is slightly too large and Carys' is slightly uncomfortable.  After some modifications involving safety pins and encouraging words, we did a trial run so I could take some photos of them in the daylight.  Did they ever love posing in their Halloween finery!

The girls are so excited about Halloween this weekend.  They spent some of their free time this past weekend stuffing treat bags full of candy, stickers and little Halloween toys for the ghosts and goblins (or should I say Hannahs and Stormtroopers) who come to our door.  They love doing this!  We've filled 120 treat bags so far.  We are so ready for Saturday night!

Layout Credits:
Paper, Owl Tag, Tree Branch (recolored), Word Art: 'Thrilling' October Free Kit by Cherie Mask for Two Peas in a Bucket; Swirl Overlay (recolored): Creative Memories 'Calendar' Free Predesigned Pages


The Royal Treatment

On October 11th, Thalia and Carys were guests at the 'My Princess and Me' fundraising event on behalf of the St. Peter-St. Joseph's Children's Home. My company, Sweetest Whimsy, was one of the sponsors of the event, providing 500 cupcakes, 300+ cookies and a 4-tier display cake. After setting up the cake table, my main role during the event was being in charge of the Cookie Decorating Activity, which 'My Princess and Me' had never offered before (my own idea!). Princesses Thalia and Carys toured the 'castle' with their grandmother while I volunteered at the cookie booth. Their first stop, of course, was to say 'Hi' to Mom and decorate their own cookies!

Decorating some of the 300+ cookies Mom baked for the event with frosting, chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles!

Smiley face cookie by Thalia

Abstract cookie design by Carys

Then it was on to hair styling, makeup application and photo shoot with Grandma inside the Red Berry Mansion.  The girls really got the star treatment from the many professional hair stylists and makeup artists who volunteered to transform the little girls!

Thalia's hair glamour: a bun on top, ringlets on the bottom and lots of hair glitter!

Carys gets the Cinderella treatment from TWO Aveda hair stylists!

Hannah!  Hannah!

Meet & Greet with the most awesome Hannah Montana impersonator ever!  (Plus a few of her "entourage"!)

 Face painting artist hard at work on Carys' design

 Viola!  A rainbow for Princess Carys

After all the glamour, the girls were treated to a special performance by San Antonio's premier Hannah Montana impersonator!  Seriously, she was very, very good. (Look out, Miley Cyrus!)  Then there was the photo opp with her.  Thalia and Carys also sampled my pink cupcakes, which they'd seen me working on for the past several days.  Carys and Grandma stood in a long line so Carys could get her face painted, while Thalia hung around my booth.  

At the end of the event, we were all tired but had a great time raising money for some special kids in San Antonio! 


Little Longhorn, Part 2

Not to be outdone, of course, Carys created her dream college collage the day after her sister did.  She really put quite a bit of time and work into it.  Notice her "fancy" new signature at the bottom!  (She is just learning how to write words right now in kindergarten, so I wrote her statement for her.)

Carys has been a Longhorn at heart since she was born!  She mastered the "Hook 'Em" sign at a very early age, earlier than her sister did, and loves to spot the UT Longhorn logo everywhere!  She also loves to wear her Longhorn gear, unlike her sister who, although likes UT, does not like burnt orange as a color. (Whatever.)

We hope one or both of the girls will win the contest at school for best design!  Winning classes get a popcorn party!