It's been a busy couple of weeks here -- always seems to get crazy in the second half of October since we have so much partying to do!
First Maddie turned 7! I really can't believe she's already 7 -- it seem like we just brought her home from the hospital yesterday sometimes. If I'm this emotional about her growing up now, I can't imagine what a wreck I'll be when she's 16 -- or when she goes off to college. Yikes!
We had a family party and the weather was *so* warm that we had a pinata outside. And this was one well constructed pinata -- I thought we would never get it open, but finally (with a little help from me) they did.
We extended the fun for a couple more days -- Pete took off the Monday before her birthday so he could spend more time with her and Tuesday was her actual birthday.
Here she is on her actual birthday -- sporting her new hairdo. I think the shorter hair suits her and I'm glad I cut it off -- although I was a bit nervous after I made the first cut. She has super thick hair and I wasn't sure I was up to the task, but it turned out pretty well. I think her next haircut will be done by a professional though.
And then this past weekend it was time for the annual pumpkin carving contest. Every year we meet at my mom's house, eat chili and carve pumpkins. It is so much fun! I tried to get a good photo with the pumpkins lit up, but this was the best I could do. Can you guess which pumpkin was mine?
I didn't take any individual pumpkin pictures, but here is a blown-up cropped image of mine:
I tied for second place with my sister Heidi -- whose pumpkin is on the far right. And my sister Amanda won -- hers is to the left of mine. Fun fun!
And the festivities haven't ended -- tomorrow night is Trick-or-treating with my family. We are so lucky to live so close to each other. We all meet at my mom's house and the cousins trick-or-treat together. Good times:
Happy Halloween to Everyone!