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Folks, I have to apologize. I have been lax on my blog posts here because the camera is busted in my phone. I can’t take pictures!

Can you imagine?

Its come to that in this day and age…’I can’t take pictures cause my phone-camera is busted‘…

But I did not want to let friends and family down for Trick or Treat night. So I had to whip out my trusty ol’ Casio 35mm camera to capture the event. So, with my apologies, all these pictures are about 3 seconds late now, if you know what I mean.

No? If you don’t remember your ‘old’ 35mm cameras, you will see what I mean a little later.

But first, to  answer all your questions, may I present this year’s Halloween customs: my very own Cutesy Cops!

Cagney and Lacy

Cagney and Lacy

This year we traveled with a few other undercover CSI candy detectives for Halloween, officer Miranda, disguised at Princess Sophia and officer, Kate disguised as the mom of a new-born pumpkin.

CSI Unit: Undercover

CSI Unit: Undercover

This year’s assignment, stake out the neighborhood in search of counterfeit chocolate, fake Tootsie rolls and suckers, as well as and bootleg gummy bears. Rumor was….there were a heist of Reese Cups to be found somewhere!

And so as the sun started to set. …they were on it!

Policing the neighborhood

Policing the neighborhood

Now the evening was full of scary costumes and decorations and people. But no one was scarier than the man in the picture above drinking a can of beer  with an iced 6-pack slung over his shoulder in that portable cooler…by himself on Halloween night


Now I was impressed with several costumes but, being a new homeowner is this neighborhood, I was impressed with the costumes people gave their houses.

Like this with the mummy standing in the corner:


Some people really take this Trick or Treat day seriously!


Some diabolical homeowners have to actually scare you first before you get ‘their’ treat….

I want to see a Warrant

I want to see your Warrant

There was a life-size statue of Darth Vader that instantly got animated as soon as you reached for his candy; light-saber and all. The screams came then!

Here might have been the most elaborate Scare in our neighborhood. My girls police officers had to call for their superior, Detective Daddy, before they approached this joy bed of Candy mayhem…


Skylar wasn’t afraid though.

Open Up In The Name Of the Law!!

Open Up In The Name Of the Law!!

But with multiple adults running around with wicked laughs and sickles my Cutesy Cops didn’t know if they could handle all the scariness by themselves.

I'm calling in for some back-up

I’m calling 5-oh for some back-up

There seemed to be a lot of houses dressed up with huge huge spiders! Spiders were very trendy this year in house outfits. One house had a house projector with 3 foot spiders shined, crawling all over their house. There were lot and lots of webs to avoid too.

And then there was this house I wanted to show you that had an air-filled spider on the roof. But here is where the 3 second 35mm camera rule fell into play.

I snapped the picture…and BAMM!!


…this Twilight girl got BIG Flash right in the eyes as she walked in front of me.

She said, “Ouch!‘ I shot her right in the eyes!

Here was my intended target…


See the big ol spider up top..


It was a great fun night for the girls.

They got their treats!

And I got mine….

Yes, that is an eye ball sticking out of that green donut

Yes, that is an eye ball sticking out of that green donut

But by far MY biggest treat came at the end of the night as I was putting Dylan to bed.

You see before trick or treat the girls spent the afternoon at their nanny’s house as she celebrated the 1 year birthday of her only son, Luke. Our girls have watched Luke grow over the years as he is here in our house every day she works. So they have grown quite found of baby Luke.

Well they had a great time at his birthday party, cupcakes, jump castles and all, only to come home, scarf down some dinner, put their CSI outfits on and go trick or treating harvesting a bounty of snacks and sugar.

What a great day to be a kid!

So as I tucked Dylan in I kissed her good night and I said, “You had a pretty good day today didn’t you?” reflecting over the fun day’s festivities.

Dylan agreed but said, “Tomorrow is going to be an even greater day!

I said, “huh?

She exclaimed, “Each new day is a better day! Getting to the next day is just a better day!

This 7-year-old is wise beyond her years.

When you get to may age and above, we all know and think about this.

Very profound there officer Dylan!

How old are you again?

Happy Trick or Treat everyone!

We hope you had a sweet and scary weekend too!




Trick or Treats (conclusion)

Happy Movember everyone! 


Can you believe the Holidays are just a stone’s throw away?

I hope everyone had a good Halloween and great Tricks and Treats!

I have been sorting through all the Halloween candy Halloween photos looking for some that were blog worthy. I was more the ‘protecting Dad’ this year than the kid’s paparazzi, so I didn’t get as many pics. So to all my family and friends reading this, “Sorry!”

I did come across some that were too cute not to share. So if want to grab a Reese’s or a Milky Way (do you have any around the house?), I have another photo album to subject you too.

Well, the most pressing question was, ‘What did your kids go as?”


 They were Frozen’s Princess Ana and Princess Elsa ‘Kitty Kat’ (don’t ask me ~ she wanted to be different)

OK, that was the pic for my parent’s picture frame for Christmas. Here are a few more shots of my Princesses offering some personality:

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They are learning to ham it up a bit for the camera, aren’t they?

My girls ended up Trick or Treating with our swashbuckling neighbor…

I think they are ready to go!

I think they are ready to go!

So I had to keep up with them!

My girls are still relatively new to this whole Trick or Treating thing. I had to continually prompt them to go to the door and yell “Trick or Treat”. Likewise making sure they say a “thank you” loud enough for the hosts to hear. Sometimes they don’t know when to say “Thank you” and they just keep on enjoying their plunder!


 Skylar ended up going home early as one of the hosts told her the Pixie Stick she gave her was a Magic Pixie Stick! The parent really sold her on this of it being ‘magical’ and so Skylar believed and wanted to go home and see for herself.

So Dylan and Ms. Jack Sparrow and I kept scouring the neighborhood in search of more candied treasure.

Dylan actually had a ghost following her at one point:  WP_20141031_012
But everyone had a great time storming the castles. We made it home safely and everyone counted their loot. We They all sampled some of their prizes, in search of favorites and new tastes from some curious new treats.

And oh, how those Reese’s Cups were really calling me…  

eat me, eat me, eat me

eat me, eat me, eat me

 Eventually it was bedtime and our little Princesses had to put their candy stash away, clean up their empty sugar wrappers, and head up to bed. Skylar took it well… 
halloween meltdown

Gone are the days when our little girls so politely shared their Halloween treats and tried to save them for a special event . Do you remember this from when Dylan was 3? 

Did you see those baby curls on her?

Dylan has always been a good responsible soul. She received straight A’s again on her first report card this year in First Grade. She was actually in an Awards Assembly at school today….
dylan waiting

..where she earned awards for Reading and Responsibility. Atta girl Dylan! She will be smarter than me in a few years! She already beats me in memory board games…

from the school Principle no less...

from the school Principle no less…

Do you guys ever get tired of me doting on these girls?

Well we continue to remain proud of both of them! 

Here girls, have another piece of candy. 

Have a great weekend knuckleheads!

I will try to do a better job next week…


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