Meet the Sullivans: Halloween Weekend Recap

November 3, 2014

Halloween Weekend Recap

I'm coming to you from my bed this morning -- why is it that a simple cold knocks me out cold, but our two year-old who gave me said cold is still able to run around like a wild man when he's sick? I'd love to have half the energy he has. So if you need me I'll just be pounding water, taking shots of DayQuil and watching awful daytime television from my bed all day long.

Enough about that though, on to the weekend.

Thursday night we got together with Keith's brother and one of his sisters and their families to carve pumpkins. It's a tradition carve our pumpkins together and this year it really worked perfectly that we could get together the night before Halloween to carve them. In year's past Keith and I have come home from work and rushed like crazy to get the pumpkins carved before the trick-or-treaters come.

O was pretty excited to carve his pumpkin with everyone, and was very specific about wanting a "pumpkin carver spoon" to do it with. Luckily, Aunt Christina always comes through with a giant box full of carving tools, because I waited until that night to try to buy some and the store was all sold out. He kind of just stirred the seeds and guts around, and refused any help, before deciding he was done. He's still feeling a little under the weather, so I think maybe all the excitement and action was too much for him. Keith and I ended up carving the pumpkins in the end.

On Halloween it was pretty rainy here, so we hung out at home and played all day (and watched the Giant's celebratory parade, of course), my sister came over to keep us company, we made pumpkin pancakes and O took a 3 1/3 hour nap! There are always fun things to go out and do during the day on Halloween, but I thought that with is cough and runny nose it would be smart to stay home -- and from the length of his nap I know that was a good choice. I don't remember the last time we stayed home all day long, and at first I was so happy to not be rushing out anywhere in the morning, but I was feeling pretty stir crazy by 6 o'clock.

I'm embarrassed to admit I've barely cooked dinner all week last week. I feel like I'm in the kitchen cleaning, prepping and serving non-stop, but somehow I managed to only cook dinner on Monday and Friday this week. On Halloween I was feeling like we needed something better than enchiladas, burritos or pizza (what we ate all the other nights of the week), so I threw together a one-pan spaghetti squash dish. 

I roasted the spaghetti squash and shredded it. Then, browned the Italian Sausage in a pan on the stove. Once that was browned I sauteed three cloves on chopped garlic, followed by a diced red bell pepper, then I added a little chicken stock to loosed up the bits at the bottom of the pan. Then I added the spaghetti and sausage again and let them simmer with a few handfuls of spinach and dinner was DONE!

When Keith came home we lit our pumpkins and got O dressed in his costume. He was so excited to trick-or-treat this year! It hasn't been easy to get him dressed lately, but when it comes to his costume he has been pretty willing to put it on.

We went to about maybe 15 houses with a few other kids from our neighborhood. It was the cutest thing watching our little gang of dinosaurs and Frozen princesses run from house to house ringing door bells, saying "trick-or-treat", collecting candy and saying "thank you"! This was definitely the first year O was able to really get into Halloween and he LOVED it!

The next day we did a little shopping with my mom and sister at the mall. Sadly, our mall doesn't have a toy store, but there is a Lego Store that O likes to visit. I bought him a little set of Star Wars Legos that are really meant for kids 6+, which kept him busy through lunch. His cousin Nick was able to put the whole thing together for him later, which is good because I am not a very skilled Lego builder.

For the rest of the weekend we pretty much just hung out at home and played. We ventured out early Sunday morning for our family pictures, which I hope to share with you in the next few weeks. I was able to pull together coordinated outfits (navy, gray and mustard yellow) I liked for all of us and I'm sure the photographer got at least a handful of good photos that can be used for our Christmas cards, so I'm calling it a success!

Afterward we grabbed some breakfast at Starbucks and waited for the Apple Store to open so we could buy an iPad Mini. We're so excited to have joined the rest of the world as iPad owners.

How was your weekend? Do you have any favorite apps?


hello erin said...

I have the stupid cold too!! I Hope you start feeling better ASAP! And Owen makes the best Dino EVER!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Colds are no fun; hope you are feeling better soon! And O totally rocks that dinosaur costume! Sounds like such a fun weekend!

Jessica said...

Feel better soon, friend! Mamas can't afford to be sick for long!!! Owens costume was so fun - I bet he loved it:) And your pumpkins turned out adorable. We never even carved ours. Oops!

Unknown said...

Little O looked adorable in his costume and I love that he had such a blast trick or treating!! I need to steal that recipe for spaghetti squash too. I love that you used ground sausage in it!

Sara McCarty said...

Love his costume! Mac really got into Halloween for the first time this year too. It makes me so excited for Christmas! He's going to freak out when he sees that Santa brings him presents! Also, can't wait to see your photos! We did a similar color scheme for our fall pictures and I'm still waiting for a sneak peek. Oh, and I did a post a while back on some of Mac's favorite apps. Even though it was for 12-16 months, most of them are still ones that he plays with now.

April Lynn | Our Little Loves said...

I hope you feel better soon.

I've also been taking a bit of a cooking "break". I cooked tonight but last we went to dinner at MIL's, we did leftovers the night before and ate out the night before. I'm loving the break.
Also, we love out ipads. We got DD a Kindle Fire and she preferred our ipads way more so we got her her own recently. Then of course she decides to use her Fire here and there. lol

Sarah said...

your weekend was oddly familiar to my weekend. Except that the one who got everyone else in the family sick, was not sick. But he got to watch as many movies as he wanted on Saturday because everyone was just too tired to do anythings else. Your dinners last week sounded like mine, and your thrown together dinner looks yummy!

Carolyn said...

What a cute costume!! :) And I love hte white pumpkin - I have never carved a not orange pumpkin, and now I"m obsessed! HAHAHA