Halloween 2017

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. It’s fun to dress in costumes and go out to celebrate, and it’s even more fun with a little kid. Gavin loved Halloween this year. He was really into all the spooky decorations. It seemed all the stores we shopped had ghosts and monsters on display, which Gavin thought was fun and it was all he wanted to talk about while we shopped.

We celebrated a few different Halloween events this year. First up was the library storytime. The kids could dress up and they received a free book. A fun event, and all the kids dressed up were really cute. Gavin dressed as an astronaut. He loves space stuff and we had bought the astronaut suit earlier in the year when we went to NASA.

Gavin as an astronaut | rainerlife.com

Next was a Halloween event at a local brewery. We dressed as pirates, another of Gavin’s favorite pretend play characters. The event was fun, they were selling food and had live music.

Darinda, Gavin, and Michael as pirates | rainerlife.com

Gavin as a pirate | rainerlife.com

Darinda and Gavin as pirates | rainerlife.com

The last Halloween event was trick or treating. We had planned to go as pirates, but the weather turned cold and rainy. Since Gavin’s astronaut costume was warmer than his pirate costume, he went as an astronaut. Michael and I usually wear something to coordinate with Gavin’s costume, so since he changed costumes, we did too. The family costume was an astronaut and two aliens. Gavin had a blast trick or treating, and he keeps talking about it.

Gavin as an astronaut, Michael and Darinda as aliens | rainerlife.com

Halloween 2016

We had a very happy Halloween!

This was Gavin’s first year trick or treating, and he loved it. It was cute how he would get really excited when would get to a house. He would start saying “trick or treat” and run up to the front door, but when they opened the door he got really shy and wouldn’t say anything. When they held the bowl out for him to take a candy, he would take as much as he could get… so, this kid knows how to do it right! Since he’s a cute little kid, they’d give him extra candy and talk to him for a little bit. He usually said “bye” when we left, so that’s something.

We had a family themed costume this year – Gavin was a police officer and Michael and I were the burglars he had nabbed.

Halloween - Cops and Robbers | rainerlife.com

Halloween - Police Officer | rainerlife.com

Halloween - Checking his loot | rainerlife.com

Happy New Year!

Cheers! Happy New Year! | rainerlife.com

We had an amazing 2014! We were blessed with our happy, healthy little boy. We also moved into our new home.

Today, we relaxed and spent time with family. For lunch, we had our traditional meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage. We watched the Rose Parade and some of the college football bowl games. It was a great way to start off the new year.

For 2015, we are looking forward to spending time with Gavin and watching him grow. We also have a few projects to do around the new house. I have the typical New Year resolutions – exercise more, eat healthier, get more organized, declutter, etc. Hopefully, I can stick with the resolutions long enough to reach my goals.

Excited to see what 2015 holds for our family!