We started our day bright and early, leaving the house at 8:30 this morning to head to Lexington. (Of course this was the first day in about a week that Ellie slept past 8:30...I hauled her out of bed at 8:10...little rat.) So we went to Lexington to go get pictures done by Cynthia Pace who's an AMAZING photographer. Every Halloween she takes pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes and then puts them on facebook and they are yours to do whatever you want with...all for FREE! I had never met her until today and I was soooo impressed. Within about 2 minutes of us walking through the doors she had BOTH girls standing where she wanted them and smiling at the camera!!! You could definitely click on the link above and check out her work, it's absolutely FABULOUS! I told Paul that when we win the lottery I'm getting her to do lots of pictures...I'm pretty sure that's the only way we could afford her...lol (but I'm also positive that she's worth every penny!).
I'll post the picture when she puts it on facebook...probably tomorrow evening.
After pictures we headed to the hosptial for the Halloween carnival. We were going to help pass out candy but it was super crowded and fun and exciting so the girls pretty much played the whole time. Ellie was quite the hit...pretty much every time I looked at her someone was taking her picture...she's the random sheep on everyone's phones! The girls had a great time looking at all the costumes (most of the staff dressed up), visiting the booths, petting the pet therapy dogs, and running around! They even had some friends to play with. Mason came and then we have some family friends who's baby is in the hospital and their older two children came to trick or treat. I had told Emmie that we were going to pass out candy and not to get candy and that she would get to go trick or treat later but there was so much candy left that the girls ended up with a fair amount anyway! They were also giving little pumpkins to all the kids and even though I tried hard not to bring one home we ended up with two and I think I'm pretty lucky that's all we brought home...they tried to get us to take more! Funny Ellie story. If you know Ellie you know she's not to keen on anyone other than Mommy holding her and she really doesn't want to be seperated from me. Well, one of our physical therapists, Vivian, came over and was trying to get Ellie to come with her to the Rehab table to see everyone and Ellie was not having any of it and then Vivian told Ellie she had candy and little girl about jumped out of my arms to go to Vivian!!!
Michele and Ellie checking out the dalmation. The girls were quite taken with the dalmation, especially Emmie.
My girls! Meredith, Katie, Kaci, and Lindsay. (This was taken before the masses arrived!)
Checking out Phoenix the therapy dog. The girls, especially Ellie, enjoyed having dogs to pet that would actually hold still!
HOW COOL IS THIS DOG???! I think I'm going to teach Franklin to wear sunglasses.HAHAHA! Bruno (I think that's his name...he's new) also had on a SWAT vest. Scooby is the other dog.
Ellie was checking out Nicholas's bag of candy!
Cameron, Nicholas, and Ellie with Molly the therapy dog. Ellie kept loving on Molly, I think because they are about the same size...she hugging her and everything...it was super cute!
Baby Patrick. How cute is his pumpkin hat that his Mom made?
Ellie had a great time playing with the pumpkins.
Arts and Crafts...as you can see Emmie was enjoying this.
LOVE!!!!! (I didn't get Ellie over in time to get one done plus I'm not sure how well she would have done.)
Ellie was carting the pumpkins all over the place! I was pretty impressed she could keep her balance while carrying a pumpkin.
Adorable cake pops made by Beth, one of the peds oncology nurses.
After we left the hospital we went home and took naps and after naps we popped some popcorn and watched the Pooh Halloween movie. The girls had a ball!
Around 6 we headed over to Jackson's house to trick or treat. Mason came as well and those kids had a BLAST! Emmie and Jackson rang everyone's doorbell 5000 times and Emmie even told me when we left that she liked ringing the doorbells...funny girl! The kids learned real fast to say trick or treat and they were super cute. Even Ellie was trying to say it...little girl knew there was candy involved! We didn't get any pictures of them posed all together because you just don't even really try to do that when they're this little!!
Mason and Superman Jackson
Emmie wanted to hold Mason's hand on the way back to Jackson's house and then she gave him a kiss!
I've never been a big Halloween person but it was sooo much fun this year with two kids who were old enough to enjoy it but still young enough to be fascinated by the novelty of the whole thing...I'm already looking forward to next year!