Thursday, November 01, 2007

Pretty much the craziest Halloween ever

Today was not just crazy, it was totally and completely insane!

We started out with our very first Fiddler on the Roof know, the one that's a pseudo dress rehearsal in front of all the elementary schools in the area. It actually went pretty well, considering how there was a school holiday Friday through Tuesday and our last dress rehearsal was Thursday night. Bria had lots of fun being in the play and I hope that it gives her the bug to do things like this more often.

When we were done, we were all famished, so we headed to Wendy's (since I haven't gone grocery shopping since we got back from the funeral yesterday and we are a bit Mother Hubbard-ish around here). I didn't even bother checking Bria back into school because it was early out day today and she would have had about a half hour of school left by the time we could get her there.

After lunch, we went home, where I madly cleaned the mess that was waiting for me in the kitchen, got ready for SUU lessons, and threw the girls into their Halloween costumes. Joel was feeling super sick, so he slept. I then left to SUU (where nobody even showed up for lessons!) and then met the girls and Joel for group violin. Most of the kids wore their costumes and they had a little costume parade around campus, while playing Twinkles. Very fun.

After violin was over we went and met my sister-in-law and the cousins at their house for trick or treating. I was the only one not dressed up. Much as I wanted to, I had no time and didn't think it would be very professional to show up to my lessons dressed as Cruella Deville. (Darn them for not coming!)

And off we went to beg for candy from strangers. Sophie wasn't quite sure what was going on at first, but she figured it out really fast. She'd go right up to the door, usually with Ada, and "ask" for some. She'd put it right into her little kitty and say "tatyou" and then wave bye bye to the person who gave it to her. She'd even get a little impatient to get to the next door, and thoroughly enjoyed examining her loot from each house.
The other girls (and cousins) also had a blast, until their feet started hurting. They were usually about five houses ahead of Ashley and me and the babies. But they had fun....especially since we didn't even bother trick-or-treating last year.

You'll notice that the fairy princesses are not wearing make-up. You guessed it, absolutely no time. But we had our ward Halloween party a week or so ago and they wore it then, and I did take some pictures. Of course, they're gorgeous either way!
After trick-or treating we tried to go to Matt and Ashley's ward chili cook off, but it was already over. So we came to my house instead and ate spaghetti, watched Harry Potter and sorted through bags and bags of candy (the kids did this, not Ashley and I!).
Sophie was pretty excited about all the candy, too, and I let her have a couple little pieces before she went to bed.

Joel and his brother were not in on any of this since they were both at rehearsal for the SUU musical. Their loss. Also mine, though, because without Joel, I didn't get a chance to do a real photo shoot of the girls in their costumes like I usually do. Oh well, I think I got good enough action shots...they're just mostly taken in auto and quickly composed. Again, thank goodness I took some before the ward party.
But, speaking of photos, this last one (and sorry for the tons of pictures this time) is my favorite of the night. I do realize the pictures are a bit Sophie heavy, but like I said, the other girls were usually several houses ahead of us, so I didn't get as many shots of them.

I like it because it's just so her...never still long enough to get all of her in the frame.

Happy Halloween everyone!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Lara,
    The girls look so gorgeous!! ALL of them!!! I love Brias hair like that. They are so pretty! Great pictures!!!! Tell them I said Happy Halloween!! Love em!

  2. So did you end up making the wings! LOVE LOVE LOVE the costumes.

    I have to take pictures another time. Totally meant to have my camera in auto, and I don't know what setting I had it on! ALL BLURRY! Nice huh?! Good thing no one will know that it wasn't ON halloween when I took the pictures :)

    I have three "Favorites" of the pictures posted. The one of Bria playing her violin, and the two of chloe one sitting on the step and the other where she is walking away. I have said it before and I will say it again. Your girls are beautiful!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I LOVE your Halloween pics, they're wonderful!!!!!!

  4. Love the shot of all the cousins, I think it's my fav. I didn't know B was in the play! That'd be so fun for her!

  5. I wish I could of seen the play! I love the movie, I've never seen it in a play. Anyway, the pics of the girls are gorgeous! Hope you get some rest soon.

  6. I was wondering where you guys were. Glad you had a good time.

  7. Don't apologize for the photos--I love all of them! I love how vibrant your colors are. Sooo, soo cute!

  8. Beautiful! Great photos, great costumes, and above all, superb girls! Have a great weekend!

  9. Love the one of Sophie walking away with just a glimpse into the trick or treat bag. Cute.

  10. Beautiful, darling, little angel's! And there goes Sophie!!

    P.S. Break a Leg!

  11. Lara-- I am so glad you found me! So I didn't have time to go back and read, but I am in love with your girl's costumes!!! Did you make those or buy them! You have to let me know! Ellie would LOVE something like that. Please tell me you bought them? Or at the very least they were easy to make!

    And i love that your girls play the violin! Of course they do with a mom and dad like you twoo!

    Hopefully you won't care if I link you because otherwise I'll forget to come and check for updates!


  12. Ooh, forgot to ask... are your girls doing Suzuki violin? And how on earth do you make them practice? I must be the worst at getting my kids to do anything.

  13. I made a post on your family site. Didn't realize you have so many blogs! Your girls are adorable! I am so glad you found our blog. It's so fun to keep in touch with everyone! Where in Utah do you live? We could be neighbors and not even know it!

  14. I know I've said it before, but your girls are just gorgeous!
    Glad they had such a nice Halloween.
    God bless.

  15. Oh my goodness.. I LOVE PICS.. Bring them on!!!!! The girls looked absolutely radiant!!! The pink is so POPPING and breath taking!!!! And the little Ninja Turtle is adorable too!!

  16. Hi, Lara - This is Mary (Meyers) Marble. I don't know if you remember me. I was a 1st Soprano in BYU Concert Choir from 1996-1999. Did you take voice from Lila Stuart-Bachelder, too. I can't remember. Anyhow, saw your profile on two peas, and wondered if you were someone I knew.

    It's been fun to read your blog - your girls are darling! We have 3 kids, too - two girls and a boy in the middle, with another girl on the way, due in Feb. It's so fun that you're into scrapping and photography, too. I've been doing design work for several different scrapbook companies over the past 4-5 years. Still teach voice, too. We lived in West Jordan for 3 years, and I sang in the Tabernacle Choir while we were there. We moved to Southern Colorado this summer, when my husband finished his residency in Podiatry. Anyway - I'll enjoy reading your blog!


  17. I am late commenting..but these are beautiful costumes. The girls look fabulous. I am glad they had a great time. Halloween it all for them.

  18. They look just adorable!
    We had a similar Halloween, violin, then trick or treating, lol.
    Gotta love those twinkles!

  19. This is why you need to come back to our end of the Beehive state. We were far too short on trick or treating cousins this year.

    They look so stinkin' cute.