Halloween Party!

I was so happy we were still able to have our annual (3rd) Halloween Party this year!  And somehow I am getting this blogged about even before actual Halloween!

Since I am still on maternity leave, I spaced out the time to prepare and enjoyed most of the preparation (cleaning is never really very fun…). Decorating is always pretty fun though.

Owl candle makes its return with some festive decor

I think I found my new favorite fall cupcake combo!

chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with fluffy nutella buttercream frosting!

and two repeat favs:

mummies in wraps

shrunken head cider

We also had the costume walk-off with some “great” prizes that went to winners Jess and Jeremy!

Runners Mark and Melissa with their little ladybuy Adalyn

Meg Willig breaks it down as a line-dancing ghost!

We are farmers harvesting our sweet pea Brynn

the harvest is good!

the winning costumes- lawn ornaments! pink flamingo and garden gnome (minus the hat in this pic)

The party was great fun and can’t wait till actual Halloween and trick-or-treaters!

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A Few Holidays…

First off, about Halloween.  Sorry I’m behind on that- time goes so quick!  We had our second annual Halloween party here and we did have quite a precedent that we set for ourselves last year.  Didn’t do quite as much this year, but still had several spooky treats!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Lil’ Mummies

Shrunken Head Cider (my favorite!)

Mark as the world-famous Jungle Boat Skipper

Prince William and Princess Kate (with Steph as the little girl)

and of course- the owl candle returns!

And on a more recent note, we also hosted family thanksgiving again this year.  Meghan’s parents traveled to Chicago to celebrate with her brother and sister-in-law so we hosted just the Miller parents this year.  No less food however.  All was good and left us full until the next day.  Luckily, we ran off some of the calories preemptively with a 4.5-mile race in the morning called the Drumstick Dash.  It was a very crowded race, but made us feel better about our turkey indulgence.

jeff and meg after drumstick dashing

ran like a champ!

on to turkey time!

the Miller gang

Now on to Christmas!  Got the decorations up today, so we are ready!

Merry Christmas!

I finally snatched the computer away from Jeff.  He has been playing with his iPhone pretty much constantly since getting it yesterday morning.  Besides sleeping and churching and a little eating.  O yeah, and watching Julie & Julia with me (yeah, he’s a pretty great husband :)).  Good movie too!

No white Christmas, but we have had a lot of white today!  We finally got out to take pics of our outdoor lighting and some other snowy shots.

the house

the tree

some more Christmas decorations...

A little bit about our Christmas too…  Kind of crazy this year because Jeff played piano at church on Christmas Eve.  The Miller parents came down around noon Christmas Eve and we went out to lunch at Boulder Creek in Brownsburg.  Then Jeff went off to practice and I hung out with the Millers at our home until we followed.

a sweet candlelighting during service

Jeff on stage at the piano

After church, we drove up to Kokomo for the Miller Christmas celebration.  We had a “program” including piano, flute, Christmas carols, scriptures, and poems.  This is a tradition from Jeff’s childhood.  Then we opened presents :).  I got lots of great things, including two jewelry boxes (one from Jeff, one from his mom).  Not telling which one I took back ;)!  We stayed the night and then drove back to Indy Christmas morning to head to my parents for the Kelly side get together.  It’s always great to see family, including my brother in town from Atlanta with his fiancee.  Hope you all had a great holiday and have a great year as well!!!

Merry Christmas!