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This blog is a place for me to talk about all things Fall related. I'm hoping it'll be a place to help keep me organized and on the path to stress-free holidays (if there is such a thing)!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween...BOO!

It's officially Halloween!  How it got here so quickly is beyond me, it truly is!  I honestly feel like time is flying by and all I can do is hold on for dear life.  Unfortunately, because of our move I did not have the opportunity to decorate this year which is a little disappointing.  I got some really cute things in the after holiday sales last year that I was hoping to use this year.  Hopefully the chance will present itself next year.

Hope you all have a great time trick or treating, handing out candy or hosting parties...whatever your pleasure may be!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall-ing Back In

It's been quite a while since I found my way clear to post on here.  I'm going to be working really hard to post here more often.  I meant to start back up when Fall started but I found myself in the middle of a move so things had to be placed on the back burner for a while.  Now that I'm trying to get settled into a new house and eagerly awaiting the finding of my fall notebook and decorations, I thought I'd stop in and update. 

I think I'd like to try and add some pages to this blog to sort of cover the same  pages I have in my notebook.  Not sure if it'll create the effect I want but I will give it a shot.  I'm not blog savy enough to know if what I want is possible yet so I will have to play around a while until I get it "just so".

So I hope you'll stop in from time to time to see what I have to share.  :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

It's In The Air!

Can you smell it? Can you feel it? I can't, not yet anyway but I know it's just around the corner. I should've been working on stuff during GPD but you know how it is...life has a way of changing plans! So, I'm starting now! Things coming up this fall are Halloween, Fright or Flight, and Thanksgiving.

I saw that Hobby Lobby already had their Halloween/Fall stuff out so I took some notes and am now patiently awaiting for stuff to go on sale or for them to NOT be on sale so I can use their 40% off coupons. Please note that Michael's is also on my list of must visits!

This year, we're planning on being elsewhere for Thanksgiving so I won't actually have to plan any of that! Yippee!!!

Which leaves me with Fall decorating, Halloween and Fright or Flight.

I have absolutely no idea where my fall stuff is. I am 100% positive that it's in the garage (if it was in the house, I would've found it by now) but where in the garage? Who knows! In the move, boxes got tossed here and there on shelves. One of these days when it isn't sunny and 90+ degrees outside, I will have to go hunt the bins down. Luckily, Target had some Fall colored bins on sale last year so I'm fairly certain that I will find that which I seek in the burgundy and orange bins. Thank you color coding! lol

I need to start looking for things to put in my Boo bags and I need to get the poems printed out so that I can start decorating them. I did learn my lesson last year and I will just purchase my bags instead of trying to make them. I think I actually have some already thanks to the after holiday sales. Again, buried somewhere! Maybe I will make that my GPD project for August. I need to get going on that one because I want to have my bags ready to be delivered on the 1st of October.

The Fright of Flight will be put on by the Spouses' Group again this year. Planning now should ensure that things run fairly smoothly and that we have things ready for the event. Next week will be our meeting to hash out ideas and get things going.

Keep checking back for what's going on with the Fall season. I will be posting about my Notebook too. I really need to get that up to date and ready to go.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wow!

Time sure has flown! Here it is almost Thanksgiving and I haven't posted much of anything! I'm so ashamed! :o) Not really! I've been ├╝ber busy lately with the Elves and some other projects that I've got going and I just plumb haven't had time to post. Besides that, I haven't really done anything in preparation for Thanksgiving. Everything is already decorated and now I'm just patiently awaiting it's arrival.

I've purchased both turkeys...for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know...I probably could've waited and gotten a great deal somewhere but the knowledge that I won't have to fight other people for the right sized turkey makes me feel wonderful! lol I've got almost everything that I need for the big day. All but the fruits and vegetables. Those will be purchased the weekend prior. So, apples for the pie (we don't do pumpkin) and onions, celery for the stuffing.

In all honesty (I might as well admit it), I wish Thanksgiving would hurry up and get here already...I'm dying to dig into my Christmas stuff! LOL But...I'm showing restraint! I will patiently wait! Besides, on the down side...if it were Thanskgiving already, the Elves would be arriving and I am sooo not ready for that yet! :o) So I guess I'm glad I've got a little bit more time!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween Countdown...Weeks 5 & 6

So...it looks like my Bunco party will turn into a girls' poker night instead (if that) so there's not much left to do for party prepwork. This is actually a good thing! I've got family coming to visit mid-November and the Christmas Countdown begins this Sunday so I'll be able to concentrate on that better. Sweet! Christmas notebook, here I come! lol

It Is Done!

After several weeks of preparations and stress over getting it done...the Halloween party is finally over! The scavenger hunt went well with only a few hiccups along the way. I learned a few valuable lessons along the way that I will put to good use should we do this again next year.

The scavenger hunt, as it was setup, is more suited for kids 10 and up. The 8 year olds had trouble with reading the clues and following directions so that will probably be changed for next year. Separate!!! Someone helped themselves to the candy for the scavenger hunt and took my metal pumpkin that was holding the clues. So...keep the little ones in another area. If you're going to do crafts, separate them into age groups. The older kids really enjoyed making their own treat bags but the little ones had to have the parents make them so paper lunch bags with crayons and stickers might have been a better option for them. There needs to be structure also...the kids broken up into groups and led by an adult. I think that would've cut down on the confusion.

Over all though, it was a great experience! The kids had a great time and we had fun setting it up.

Here's the breakdown of what we had...we didn't have a bunch of prizes. We had a raffle instead with everyone getting a ticket to enter it in (there were 3 prizes total.) Each room was decorated and the kids got to vote on which room they liked the best (ours won!) The kids got to make their own treat bags and we had some Halloween foam crafts to decorate. We had 3 games...pin the tail on the black cat, pin the body parts on the mummy and hot pumpkin (which I don't think got played). All the kids could get their pictures taken at the pumpkin patch we had setup and we had a parade of costumes. They also walked through the hallway and got candy from various bowls along the way. We had food...hot dogs, punch, jell-o jigglers, chocolate covered pretzels and cupcakes.

The scavenger hunt went as follows...I won't put all the details and clues...just the jist of it!

They first got a picture of a witch that they then had to match to a picture on the wall. From there they had to go find a chocolate eyeball with EN on it for Eye of Newt. Then they had to find Dracula's dentures (glow-in-the-dark teeth and a vampire eraser). They had to help Frankenstein tighten his bolts so they had a box with 5 nuts and 5 bolts to put together. Then onto finding the Pirate's X with a treasure on it (black cardboard X with a treasure chest sticker on it. Once they found that, they got to play BOOGO...a bingo card with a 5 letter halloween word which they had to match with a certain color. Then they had to find the headless horseman's head (small pumpkin Jack O' Lanterns). After that, they had to help wrap the mummy back up (wrestler dolls and strips of fabric). They had to find 13 spiders in a word find puzzle and 13 number 13s in a hidden picture puzzle. From there they had to find 31 of a certain flavor of candy. Then they had to find little baseball bats with a paper bat attached that were hanging from the ceiling and then they had to come find me and tell me a knock knock joke. And the last thing they had to find was the graveyard where they had to dig to find the coffin with the coin that they had to return to the Pirate Master.

For each area, they got a small treat that they got to keep...such as erasers, halloween pencils, tattoos and stickers. It turned out really great and the kids that did it had fun...it was just crowded because the little kids and the big kids were in the same area. It would've been better had they been separated and in their own space. That'd be something I'd change for next year, if we were to do this again.

So...today, I get to go through all the stuff I brought home last night and clean, chuck or put away what's left! Fun times ahead! lol

Halloween Countdown...Week 4

No, I didn't forget...I just didn't have anything to do for this week so I didn't type it up. :o)