Monday, November 15, 2010

Knights save Princesses from Dragons...

I know, I know...sorry! I've been cornered by three of you so far about Halloween pictures, and you'll be happy to know that I chose today to post them. :)

I actually have a great reason why these photos are a bit belated. One of my best friends, Melissa, is an excellent photographer (in addition to being kind, generous and thoughtful) when she heard that a dear family in our ward was trying to raise money for a heart transplant for the father, she jumped in and volunteered to spend an evening doing mini photo shoots for anyone interested and donated 100% of the proceeds to the family in need. I signed up for one of the sessions 2.6 seconds after I read about it and took my kids to a gorgeous field the evening after Halloween to get some 'real' pictures of them in their Halloween glory. Yesterday, Melissa handed me a CD full of the most amazing pictures.

(I did crop this one because I thought the boys faces were just so precious...I hope you don't mind, Melissa!)

(Oh! I LOVE this one! Totally Carson. Totally.)

(I can't say I have a favorite - - - but this one might be it...)

(As we were watching the slideshow of these pictures as a family, McKenzie saw this one and said, "Oh! That's it!" She thinks she looks absolutely beautiful in this picture. I agree, and hope with everything I have that she can keep a little of that image confidence as she gets older.)

So you see, I had no motivation to post my own Halloween pictures of the kids when I knew these were coming. :) Anyway - if any of you are looking for a photographer in the area, I would highly recommend her! She's spunky, fun, and (obviously) very talented. She took a wandering 16 month old, a distractable 4 year old, and a I-can't-give-you-a-real-smile-because-I'm-concentrating-so-hard-on-this-fake-one 6 year old and turned out these beautiful pictures. :) Check her out!

These silly kids came up with this theme all on their own. I thought it was brilliant in light of their personalities and after a couple of borrowed costumes and a sheer curtain turned into a flowing cape, this Halloween was the easiest one yet! And DEFINITELY the most fun, as my parents were in town for it. Here we are, carving pumpkins:

(Carson, putting the 'puzzle' back together...)

We all went trick-or-treating on Saturday night, and then had a candy party on Sunday while we waited for the other trick-or-treaters to come to the door.

We laughed all night long...especially when I opened my tootsie-roll to find this....

Until next year! Happy Halloween. :)


  1. Oh, those pictures are so, so lovely! I wouldn't post a picture, either, if I knew such lovely pictures were coming. Your friend did a great job! And what's cuter than little babies named Miles dressed as dragons? Nothing!

  2. I don't think there have ever been so many nice adjective used in connection with my name before. Thanks Linds! :) It's pretty hard to take a bad picture of those sweet kids. And you have inspired me to get my act together and plan something cute for my boys for Halloween.

    That tootsie roll picture is totally cracking me up. AND making me crave a tootsie roll.

  3. Amazing pictures! Such a cute idea. Your children are so cute! I love the candy party idea and your parents look great! How fun to see your grandchildren in their Halloween splendor. I miss you!

  4. Oh my goodness, I LOVE them! I think the first is my favorite. I wish we'd been there at the same time as Melissa so I could benefit from her talent!

  5. I am fighting tears right now because McKenzie looks so OLD in those pictures! And she definitely has that look of "I'm beautiful and I know it"- I love that look:). And what a perfect setting for those costumes.

  6. Great post. :) And I'm thinking that the second to last picture may help to explain the very last picture...

  7. Please tell me those teeth marks belong to one of your kiddos! ;) LOVE the look on Carson's face with the pumpkin! So cute, all of them, of course :)

  8. Kenzie's hair is so long!! I miss you guys.