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Thursday, 25 November 2021

18+ Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Colorado

It's that time of year again... time to start celebrating the holiday season with light displays, festive events and family friendly fun!

There are so many fun ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday season here in Colorado, so today I'm sharing some of my favorites for this year. Colorado sure does know how to make the festive season feel extra special, so no matter what your interests are you're sure to find an event that's right for you!

Let's take a look...

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Lola's 11th Birthday

A few weekends back we celebrated Lola's 11th birthday with a small Animal Crossing themed party. If you've been following along on Instagram you've likely already seen it, but as always, I love to share our parties on the blog too.

As with last year, we kept Lola's birthday party pretty small due to the pandemic, so we celebrated with neighbors and friends who we actually had not seen since Lola's 9th birthday party. Keeping the party small seems like it would mean less work for me, but there was still a piñata to make, a cake to decorate and themed party bags to put together. I love preparing everything for parties though, so I'm totally in my element when it comes to this sort of stuff. It's the only time I really get to do something creative (apart from Halloween) so I really enjoy it.

Let's take a look Lola's party...

Monday, 8 November 2021

Spooky Places to Visit in the USA

Hands up if you wish that the spooky season would never end? I've got both my hands up! 

October may be officially over and the Christmas decorations may be starting to appear all over, but it's still spooky season in my book. It's always spooky season in my book!

Admittedly, I did start writing this post well before Halloween and had every intention to get it out into the world while everyone was still thinking of ghosts and ghouls, but if you've been here a while you'll know that being on time isn't my strong suit. Or maybe I'm just really ahead and this post is inspiration for next Halloween. I'll let you choose!

Anyway, seeing as all things spooky are on everyone's mind at this time of year (or, you know, last week) I thought I'd share some places that we've visited over the years that have a bit of a scary vibe to them. Some are known for being haunted, some are known as places where terrible things happened, and others are just old and kind of creepy. 

Let's take a look...

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California
The Burying Point, Salem, Massachusetts
Alcatraz, San Francisco, CaliforniaQueen Mary, Long Beach, California
The Witch House, Salem, Massachusetts
Bodie State Park, California
The Witch House, Salem, Massachusetts
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Halloween 2021

Did you have a fun Halloween?

I've already shared my Halloween pics over on Instagram, so if you're following there you've likely already seen our costumes and decorations, but I love looking back over our adventures and various holidays in more detail so I'm posting them here on the blog too. With a few extra photos, of course.

This year we ended up with a family costume for the first time ever. There have been years when the girls had costumes that go together (remember that time they were the Powerpuff Girls? You can see them here) but we've never done a whole family costume until now. It wasn't actually my plan to make a whole family costume, but it worked out that way and it makes me so happy. 

Ava decided that she wanted to be Mabel Pines from the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls. This inspired Lola to dress as the character Bill Cipher (a maniacal pyramid from another dimension) from the same show. Mathilde then decided she'd like to be Mabel's pet pig Waddles. With these three characters in mind, the girls decided that I should dress as Grunkle Stan. Kim doesn't usually dress up (unless he's wearing the nerd costume he wore for years) so I figured he wouldn't join in. Then when I was buying myself a fez for my Grunkle Stan costume I came across the hat worn by Mabel's twin brother Dipper Pines, and that was that. The whole family joined in!

Friday, 29 October 2021

Monster to Midnight at Distortions Monster World

Halloween is just a few sleeps away but there's still time to get your spook on at some fun venues around Denver. This past weekend the girls and I went and checked out a fun and rather spooky exhibition in the city: Monster to Midnight at Distortions Monster World!

If you're a fan of horror movies and all things creepy, then Distortions Monster World is for you! This interactive selfie museum is filled with all sorts of aliens, monsters, horror movie characters, and props all hand made by Distortions Unlimited. 

The museum is fun at any time of year, but in the lead up to Halloween things get extra spooky with the evening event Monster to Midnight.
 

Saturday, 23 October 2021

7th Generation Farm Pumpkin Patch

Halloween is just over a week away so we've been busy ticking all the Fall must dos off our list. This week's activity was visiting a pumpkin patch. We decided to stay local with a visit to 7th Generation Farm right here in Louisville after school one day.

7th Generation Farm was our pumpkin patch choice last year too, however last year we visited on a weekend and it was pretty busy. We wanted to avoid the crowds so going on a weekday after school was perfect. There were still other people there, but it was pretty quiet over all. We had the tractor ride, the pumpkin patch and the corn maze all to ourselves. Actually, we had pretty much everything to ourselves which was perfect!

Let's take a look...

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