Halloween 2015

When your mom has had a Harry Potter addiction for the past 14 years (which is more than half her life, let’s be honest here) it’s only natural that at one point in your life you’ll have to dress up as Harry Potter characters to please her.

2015 was that year.

Why did I wait so long? (Several of my friends have expressed confusion that I waited until now.)

Well, I currently have four beautiful children, and there are four Hogwarts houses. (Also, spell check didn’t try to tell me that Hogwarts isn’t a word. I can die happy now.)


Now, while I am completely obsessed, I am really careful with my children and what I let be put into their minds. We don’t do scary, and the Harry Potter books can get scary for some children, and the later books get darker and IMO too dark for my small kiddos. So, I make them wait until they are eight years old to read the first three books. The rest are undecided on what ages they are appropriate.

So, only Sydney has read any of the books. She’s the only one who understood it. The rest of them just went along with it to please me 😉 They’re awesome!

Sydney is my intelligent, reader who thinks long and hard on everything. So clearly she’s Ravenclaw. Audrey is loyal, true, and the sweetest little girl I know. She’s also a particularly good finder (in case you’ve seen A Very Potter Musical, haha) so she’s the perfect Hufflepuff. Zachary is a stinker, so he’s Slytherin 😉 And Ruby is brave to join our family (okay…so I already had a Gryffindor diaper, so she automatically got Gryffindor.)


This year we saw the grandparents, and got soaking wet getting back to the car, so we decided against going to our yearly Trunk or Treat, since it was pouring buckets. No thanks! Instead we went to my mom’s house and my sister did my make up. Which made up for my lack of a costume.


This year we only carved FOUR pumpkins, despite having six ready for us. Jordan’s rotted quickly so it got tossed. And after carving theirs I just didn’t feel like carving another, so just the four this year. Next year we might just paint them, because this is the reality.



Okay, so actually the kids were not too bad this year. Audrey did scoop out a lot of her pumpkin, and Sydney gave it a good effort (her pumpkin had extremely an extremely tough shell, it was difficult for Jordan and I), and Zachary was a stinker.


In the beginning Zachary ran off after blowing raspberries at us.

In the middle Audrey got bored and Sydney got frustrated.

So in the end, they watched Hocus Pocus. Jordan scooped, I carved, and Ruby ate a snack.

This year our theme was “simple” so the kids either choose a face from Pinterest (and EASY one) or drew their own, and I carved it out. Jordan did Ruby’s sunshine.


That’s a wrap! We had fun, got lots of yummy goodies, and stayed warm and dry tonight while we watched Hotel Transylvania with the kiddos, pausing it to pass out candy to those brave souls who were trick or treating.


Happy Halloween!


We have so much fun during the Halloween season! There are many parts of Halloween that I dislike and that I choose not to participate in. We don’t do creepy and we don’t do slutty. I refuse to walk into the Halloween Spirit store because the last time I did there were dead zombie babies. No thanks.

We choose to subscribe to the cute and fun part of the holiday. Which is how all holidays should be!

The kids dress up in cute clothes, we sing fun songs, read fun stories. Go to the pumpkin patch, make apple sauce, carve pumpkins and just spend a lot of time together as a family.

The best part comes ON Halloween though. Instead of going door to door (which lets face it, isn’t any fun in the PNW it’s usually pouring on Halloween) we make the rounds to the grandparents in the area. My kids get to be spoiled by the people who love them and appreciate the cute costumes. This also means that we get to start early on Halloween and not wait until it gets dark. Because really, who has that kind of patience when they are 4?

I love getting the opportunity to share the fun with our family. Everyone got to hear Zachary say, “I’m stink!” instead of “I’m Link.” Or hear Audrey go on about how she was a Queen Bee, not just a regular bee. Sydney led the way to the houses and showed Zachary how it was done. Listening to the chorus of “Trick or Treat!” and watching the excitement in their eyes when they see people they love, that’s what makes this holiday magical to me. :)

Oh, and let’s be honest. Our families are the only ones who will appreciate all the slaving I do over these costumes 😉


The Pumpkin Patch

One of my favorite family traditions is to go to the Pumpkin Patch every year!!! We have so much fun!

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We asked the girls what they wanted to do first, but there wasn’t much point, they ran straight for the pony rides. This year I decided that we would go earlier in the October. Normally we go the week before Halloween and it’s usually packed, cold and muddy. Last year it rained on us. I was not disappointed in my decision to go at the beginning of the month! The girls ran right up to the pony booth and were able to get right on! In the past we’ve waited through three pony rides before finally getting to get on the ride!

After the ponies they decided they wanted to get their faces painted. Sydney got her usual mask, and this was Audrey’s first year getting a “big girl face painting” (last year she got a stamp) and she chose a rainbow. Zachary got a stamp of a pumpkin on his face for the first time!

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Next we launched pumpkins, and because my kids have the best/silliest daddy in the whole world they each got a chance with Jordan to launch their pumpkins. Zachary was super excited!

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While we were washing hands after the petting zoo, Audrey ran over to the stand where they sold kettle corn and caramel corn, and swiped a bag. She walked over slowly, grabbed a a bag and RAN away quickly. No one even noticed until we yelled after her. She looked so proud of herself! A few hours later, after we’d gotten our pumpkins and were waiting for Jordan to come back after he loaded them, I bought Audrey a kettle corn. Excited is an understatement.

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Looking forward to carving theses pumpkins!


Zachary at 7 Months


This little boy was just NOT having pictures this month. It took me three tries to do his pictures! On the second try I enlisted Jordan to help me.


At 7 months Zachary Orlo is:

12lbs 5oz
26.5 inches long

He is army crawling, he gets to his knees but then just flops and goes back to army crawling.

He got his first tooth on October 15th. The second came in on the 23rd.

I think he’s getting those top ones too, he’s become super cuddly, and gets upset if he’s put down.


He started throwing up every time we fed him formula, got constipated, and broke out in a diaper rash, along with him still not gaining any weight. So with the help of some herbs and oatmeal I bumped my milk production back up, and he’s now 90% breastfed. He gets about 1 bottle a day. Obviously more if he is hungrier than I can keep up with. Diaper rash gone, pooping again, and doesn’t spit up much anymore. If he does it’s not very much, and it’s not an all day thing like before. He’s a much happier baby.

He is such a calm baby that we have to schedule his feedings because most of the time he won’t let us know he’s hungry.

He LOVES food! Haven’t found anything he doesn’t like yet!


He is obsessed with puffs!

He pulled himself up using the coffee table this month. With no problem, and easily put himself back down.


Sydney and Audrey make him giggle simply by being in the same room as him.

He went with me to Time Out For Women, and he was SO good! We left at 7am and didn’t get home until 5, and he hardly cried at all, he got a little upset during the last 10 minutes, but otherwise he was quiet and happy!

This was his first Halloween, and my Nana and I made a dinosaur costume!


He was interested in his pumpkin and tried to eat the insides of it. The girls both were not thrilled with their pumpkin guts until they were much older, and sometimes still aren’t thrilled.


Jordan carved a Blooper (or Bloober, depending on the game) into Zachary’s pumpkin. Blooper is the name of the squid in Mario. Jordan’s nickname for Z is squid.


Dr. E is not thrilled with his weight, so more tests were ordered, and we will see where we go from there.


The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin PatchAs usual we went to the pumpkin patch. I decided this year to make the girl’s outfits for the pumpkin patch. Usually we just buy shirts and call it good. This year I made Audrey a Candy Corn Pillowcase dress, and I made Sydney a matching skirt. This is about as close to matching as I get, people! 😉 I bought Zachary feety pajamas, I prefer it, as he looses socks quick.


We also took all the pictures with the dinky camera instead of my Nikon. I’ve decided this is the last year I’m going to do that! I’d rather carry around the big camera and get good pictures. Or I’ll just have to take them on my iPhone, because those take just as good of pictures anyway.

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First we painted faces. Audrey wasn’t too sure about it. Sydney was in love, of course, she loves to have her face painted!

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Then we loaded up on hot chocolate and decided to wander in the corn maze. While being rained on. Yeah, that was exciting. There were also random chickens running around through the maze. Sydney wanted to catch one, and told me I was too noisy. All in all, the girls were not thrilled with the corn maze. Sydney kept wailing about how we were going to die in there. Jordan and I kept telling her we’d be fine, we’d just live in the corn. I joked that Jordan got a badge in fire starting in Boy Scouts, we’d be good 😉 She didn’t find us as funny.

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This was Audrey’s first year on the pony ride. She held still the whole time, holding onto the saddle (except of course in this picture!) and looked serious. We asked her if she was having fun, she shook her head no.


Next year he’ll be on a pony! :)


After being rained on in the corn maze we decided we’d better get our pumpkins FAST. Of course, it stopped raining once we were on the hay ride to get our pumpkins.

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Audrey found her pumpkin right away and fell in love. Luckily it was a good pumpkin. I saw one from far away that looked perfect and I asked Sydney to bring it to me. She walked over to it and told me it was rotten. She kept saying all the of them were rotten (she was looking at the stem) and I told her it wasn’t. So she picked it up and turned it around and gave me her famous “duh” face. Yup, she was right, it was rotten.

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There was a lack of wheel barrows this time, so I didn’t get my traditional kids onto of the pumpkins in a wheel burrow picture. But after Jordan loaded the pumpkins in the van we went back to enjoy the other parts of the patch. Including the hay pyramid. Sydney, as usual, wasn’t wanting to go very high. Audrey, looked very grumpy and climbed to the top.


The corn pit is the part that the kids love the most. In fact they didn’t stay still long enough to get very good pictures of them! Even Zachary loved the corn pit. He wasn’t happy that we wouldn’t let him eat it through.

This is only the second year that we’ve ever gone to the pumpkin patch by ourselves. Usually we go with my parents or his. I think I like that better.


Halloween 2011

This year Jordan and I didn’t dress up. I had no desire to dress up this year, and Jordan was super busy with school so he didn’t have time to figure out costumes.
Jordan took the day off work (and skipped his night class) so we could go trick-or-treating as a family. We always start around noon and we visit all the grandma and grandpas, taking advantage of all the family we have around us, as they are the only people who care about the girl’s costumes, and all the hard work I put into them.After seeing everyone we went to our ward Trunk-or-Treat. Jordan passed out candy, while I took the girls around to get candy. I held Audrey’s candy bag, and she would insist upon being handed the candy and putting it in her bag. And then she’d go back for seconds or thirds if the person let her.


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(Jordan told them to make “scary faces” so of course, Audrey smiles.)

After Trunk-or-Treat we went home and the girls watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! while I made Halloween cupcakes, and Jordan passed out candy. Or rather, as soon as someone would knock on the door, Jordan would pause the movie and he, Sydney and Audrey would all go flying to the door. Audrey thought it was so much fun to give candy to the trick-or-treaters, and Sydney thought it was pretty awesome too, so if there was only one trick-or-treater they got seconds.

Jordan was a bit disappointed that people kept missing our house, so he actually would peek out the door and if he saw someone he would tell them to come to our house to get candy. I tried to explain to him that you aren’t suppose to lure children you don’t know with candy…


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the Sherman Girls!
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Pumpkin Carving

This year for our annual pumpkin carving we had the missionaries over for dinner. And since my father gave us a pumpkin shortly after we went to the pumpkin patch we decided we would have the missionaries carve it. It was a HUGE pumpkin, and so we thought they could share it.
Sydney has been super excited since she realized that My Little Pony was a TV show, and now she wants EVERYTHING My Little Pony. She asked Jordan to carve a My Little Pony into her pumpkin, so Jordan found a tutorial online.Jordan de-gutted Audrey, Sydney and my pumpkins first, and I set to work carving my pumpkin and Audrey’s, while Jordan spent a long time working on the My Little Pony.

Audrey was not thrilled by the guts of the pumpkins. Rather comically, she was very interested in what Jordan and Sydney were doing and watching with interest, but as soon as the top came off of the pumpkin she recoiled in Jordan’s lap and started doing the “hand washing” motion while making “yucky” noises. She didn’t want to touch it either. She spent the rest of the time blowing raspberries at us, and sitting as far back in her chair as she could, eying her pumpkin with distaste.

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(Yes, that’s Audrey blowing raspberries while we were carving pumpkins.)

That is until the missionaries de-guted their pumpkin and someone made the comment that Audrey could fit in the pumpkin. Which, of course, we had to do!!! Audrey was less than thrilled, and pulled her legs up as far as she could before someone straitened them so she could stand in a pumpkin.

Sydney wandered off shortly after touching the pumpkins, and I’m honestly not sure where she went, but she’s still alive and well, so it couldn’t have been too bad! lol.

The first two Halloweens that Jordan and I carved pumpkins we roasted pumpkin seeds. His family does this every year, and so did mine. Neither of us like pumpkin seeds. In fact, those first two years we roasted them out of habit and then we would pull them out of the oven, and they would sit on the counter for a few days (or a week) until one of us threw them away. It took a few years for us to catch on and stop roasting pumpkin seeds! I decided this year that I would make pumpkin bread instead. MUCH better idea!!

The girls went to bed, and Jordan was still working on Sydney’s pumpkin. We didn’t have the right tools, so he used a screw driver. At 9 p.m., he finally finished the My Little Pony, and then he quickly carved his own pumpkin, which he said was very easy after the My Little Pony.

But as soon as Sydney saw her pumpkin the next day we knew that he had made the right choice in attempting something he had never done before. She was SO excited!!

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Pumpkin Patch

This year we went to the pumpkin patch and met up with Tia, Cameron (her boyfriend) and Taylor, along with my mother, brother and sister.
No trip to the pumpkin patch is complete without super-awesome-totally-rad Halloween outfits though!
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Sydney threw a fit for the first 10 minutes we were there, lots of fun. And Audrey was not amused by the bale pyramid, but at least she didn’t scream! :)

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They both liked the tractors…although it might have been that Sydney loved them, and Audrey wants to do whatever Sydney is doing….It’s one of the two!

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The corn pit it always a bit hit, and so much fun!! Sydney made corn angels, and got buried, Taylor, Sydney and Audrey took turns filling up the dump truck, sitting in it and then launching each other out of it.

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And then there were pony rides, face painting, and pumpkin launching! Auntie Mariah helped Sydney launch her (tiny) pumpkins, but they didn’t pull back hard enough and the pumpkin didn’t launch, of course Sydney also didn’t let go, and we all thought she’d be flying forward with the pumpkin! So Jordan helped her, and the pumpkins flew and not the babies. :)

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And lastly, the main event! Pumpkin picking!! Which ended with sleeping babies! Yey!!

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We had a blast this year, and can’t wait to carve pumpkins either the 22nd or the 29th :)


Halloween Peak

Just a peak at what the girls are going to be for Halloween!

Audrey will be a pumpkin (same costume that Sydney wore in 2008) and Sydney will be a bumble bee! So far she only has her wings and antennas! :)