After an entire week of Halloween celebrations and a full day of eating nothing but candy...
I couldn't believe she had the energy to make through one more night of fun. We had everyone over for chili & breadsticks with witches brew. Sam loved blowing on the dry ice. "It's smooky!" (spooky) Jahnovie came over for trick-or-treating.
Samantha had the most fun of the night passing out candy bars!We finished the night with frosting cookies and dancing!
Our neighborhood hosted a Fall Festival on Sunday evening for all the kids in the neighborhood. We invited Grandma and Papa to join us. There was a petting zoo, bounce house, train ride, carriage ride, live music, balloon artist, face painting and food! We like to let Sam loose at functions like these...we follow her to what ever she feels like doing. We went on 3 train rides, 3 trips to the bounce house and in & out of the music and food areas. We talked her into riding on the horse-drawn carriage and a visit to the balloon artist. Grandma and I saw all kinds of creative, intricate balloons...Sam asked for a sword. A sword. It took the lady 2 seconds to make and another 2 seconds for Sam to pop. Fun.
This was our first experience with a trunk-or-treat. Our church held it in the parking lot. Everyone parked their cars facing the sidewalk, surrounding the building. Lots of people decorated their trunks! Our only decorations were a festive tablecloth laid out with pumpkins. We are so boring! There was a potluck of chili and cornbread. Music was playing...so, of course there was dancing!Samantha and her buddies, Lauren and Avery.Blake taught Sammie to say "thank you" to each and every person that handed her candy. She insisted on making eye contact while saying thank you. If she happened to forget, we had to turn around and go back. Such a polite, respectful bee!
For Monday night Family Home Evening, we visited a pumpkin patch. Unfortunately, we got there late and it was dark and closed!So, we went back for a second visit on Saturday. It felt like we were there for hours. Sam walked up & down and in & out of the pumpkins (not the aisles meant for customers). She spent meticulous attention and time gathering and stacking the little pumpkins on the bench.It had to be just right for her photo-op. We had so much fun with Deesh...and other special friends.We will be back for a third visit before Halloween arrives.
Today was Samantha's actual birthday. We celebrated with a bunch of her friends. Beckam, Heather, Lauren, Sammie, Avery, Lydia, Jeffrey and Davey. Lunch, decorating cup cakes, opening presents and playing! Present-opening helpers, Heather and Avery.2 bouncing baby boys, Charlie and Truman!3 generations of Proffit girls. Thanks for helping with the party Grandma and Aunt Melissa!
The one stipulation with Nate and Brittany coming into town, was that we needed to celebrate Samantha's birthday early. No problem! We had fajitas for dinner and a red velvet cake (Sam's only request).
Although we could have easily gotten away with only doing a red cake with candles to blow out...we still went overboard with presents. Sam got her very own kitchen and table & chairs. She also got play food that cuts, pots & pans and a tea set. Everyone was invited to her very first tea party!
New "running shoes" from Nate & Brittany. Hooray!
Snow globes from Alaska and a HUGE light-up ball from Ray & Deesh!
Grandma & Pappa gave her a ton of new clothes, a ballerina tutu, flower headband and dress up shoes.
Nate and Brittany are in town this weekend. It was a beautiful day outside in Houston. We started the day introducing Brittany to the Kolache Factory. We headed down to the museum district and visited the Cockrell Butterfly Museum. Blake then walked us around town trying to find where his favorite burrito place is, Bodega's Taco Bar.We chased butterflies around trying to catch them. Finally, right before we left, we coaxed one onto a leaf for the family photo op.