I work with 10 and 11 year old girls in our church – creating activities for them a couple times of month after school. Hallie is in the group so basically I get an excuse to spend time with her and her friends. This week we were playing Halloween games. A fan favorite in our house is always Halloween Bingo; a set I picked up a couple years back from Target for Hallie’s Halloween Carnival Birthday party.
The girls enjoyed it. It never gets old putting candy corn on the spaces or yelling out bingo and claiming your prize.
After bingo, we went out on bikes for a Halloween scavenger hunt. I drove the neighborhood earlier in the day and made a note of the many decorations neighbors had put up. The girls then had to write the house number of where they found the decoration and they could only use a house number once. Originally, the girls were going to be on teams, but they decided it would be more fun to work as a group.
We drove up and down the neighborhood streets. Each time they found one, they’d squeal in excitement. They got most of them after one pass through. But there were a few they had to circle back to and even then, there was one decoration they rode by four times before realizing it – a bale of hay. I even explained at the beginning that bales of hay come in all sizes – but of course, the girls were looking for the large bales they’re used to sitting on, instead of the smaller ones used on porches as decor.
Scavenger hunts are pretty easy to organize and I was pleasantly surprised by how engaged they all were in finding everything. Its an activity we could duplicate with Christmas decorations. We finished the afternoon with caramel apples because nothing screams fall more than caramel apples!
I like to plan parties based on my kid’s current interests. We could not have a party for Hunter and not have it revolve around sports. He is all about any sport that has a ball. We created a sports theme birthday party to include all the sports he loves.
For the decor I focused on black and green with some leather sports ball texture. I picked up some fake grass from Home Depot and cut it to be a table runner as well as cut some into triangles for a banner.
I hung three different garlands behind the table. A fake grass triangle banner, a black and white fabric rag banner and a paper banner made using textured paper.
I purchased Lofthouse sugar cookies and inserted a topper made using the same textured paper as the banner with a polygon punch. We also served chips, popcorn, green grapes, green mint M&MS and the powdered donut cake.
Markers for our punt, pass, kick game, so we could see where everyone’s ball landed.
The invite for the party. I planned on crafting them out of textured paper and making them grand and then I realized, boys don’t care. I sent a text to the mothers with this graphic instead. Just as effective and saved me a lot of time!
For party favors, we filled Gatorade bottles with candy and tied a football whistle to them. Target supposedly carries these – but all the Targets I contacted hadn’t ever seen these in their store. Local sporting goods store would have them as well as Amazon.
The boys played and played hard. They played soccer. They ran conditioning drills. They played football. They competed in a punt, pass, kick competition. They played 500. They left tired, sweaty and full of sugar. It’s great to be 8!
After we introduced Briggs to Zion national park over fall break – we drove north and spent the rest of the week with family. Utah is beautiful in the fall. Arizona has some great qualities but “Beautiful fall” is not on the list. Last year we enjoyed Colorado’s fall beauty and this year we enjoyed Utah’s beauty. Yellow, orange and red trees, with leaf piles abounding. Cooler weather with long sleeve shirts. It was just what we needed for the week.
Briggs saw his cousins and extended cousins (for the first time) at the reunion. He wore socks and shoes and sweatshirts and spent time in the grass.
He’s army crawling everywhere which means his clothes are dirty (which just goes to show how dirty our wood floors are) and his little toes have skin rubbed off from pushing off with his big toe.
He’s moved into stranger danger mode and tends to cry when anyone else is holding him, which is unfortunate because there always seems to be someone wanting to hold him.
He still doesn’t like car rides. Our car ride to and from Utah was made even longer with an unhappy baby in the car. Steve volunteered to drive the whole time with his noise canceling headphones, while I sat in the back trying to keep him happy. I’m hoping by next summer car rides are more manageable!
This guy turned three over the weekend. He went from this:
We celebrated this weekend with the birthday bucket, watching football, opening presents and movie night.
Here’s a couple things about Cannon.
He loves books. When I told him it was his birthday and he would get presents, he said he didn’t want presents he wanted books.
He is notorious for taking two hours to eat breakfast. He gets his first bowl of cereal (always without milk). Eats a little. Leaves the table. Comes back to the table to eat more. And if you remove the bowl from the table he freaks out. He likes to spend his breakfast grazing.
He’s recently learned how to put his own shoes on and I’m not sure if he’s more excited or if I am.
He loves the movie Zootopia and Home.
He’s afraid of dogs, no matter the size.
He loves shutting doors, weird, I know. He wants to be the one to shut the garage door. The car door. The refrigerator door. The front door. He wants to be the one that shuts it.
He is a happy kid and smiles with his eyes. With that being said, he’s angry when he wakes up from naps and when his siblings tease him relentlessly!
Happy Birthday Cannon!
And just a little reminder of where this kid started out – he was the most interesting baby in the world! As you can see his weekly photos were much more time consuming than Briggs’!
Its fall. (Hard to believe when it’s still 90+ degrees, but fall nonetheless). And fall means football. Our weekends seem to be engulfed with football lately and this weekend is no different.
In fact, the weekend was kicked off a little early with our first football game of the weekend played tonight. BYU vs BSU. Steve is a big BYU fan, along with most of his family. I’m not a BYU fan but I’m a big BSU fan. We all wore clothing for our preferred team tonight. Although Hunter also wore a Packers jersey over his BSU shirt because they were also playing tonight. It’s hard to love so many teams! Thank you BSU for not disappointing me tonight!
Hunter started his first organized sport this fall and he chose football. He has a game Saturday morning and they’ve yet to win a game. Luckily he’s playing with friends and he’s still having a good time, but he’d still like to know what it feels like to score more points than the other team!
And after Hunter’s game there’s bound to be a good game we need to watch on TV. Steve will volunteer for baby duty so he has a good reason to sit on the couch and watch. I’ll be in and out of the room trying to get stuff done – wondering to myself how many hours already we’ve logged in football for the weekend.
And to wrap up our Saturday, Steve will take a couple kids to the ASU game vs Washington. We have season tickets with Steve’s brother and some of our friends so the kids have gone to many games this season. I’ve made it to one game and it might be the only one I see this season. I’ll stay home and get the littles in bed and then have some computer time, Steve will be out late with the others. And we both wonder the next morning why we let the kids stay out so late!
That is how we enjoy fall in Arizona; a weekend of football. But there’s a part of me that longs for the beautiful fall colors and cooler temps – wishing we were visiting a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard. Enjoy fall wherever you are!
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