Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Halloween Festivites!

OMG.... Has it really been 2 months since I've blogged!?! My brother constantly reminds me how bad I am about keeping up, but I didn't believe him until now!

October was filled with fun fall/Halloween festivities...

First was the Oil Ranch, in a small town right outside of Houston... They had a large pumpkin patch, petting zoo, train ride and hay bale maze. You could also milk a cow, take a pony ride or hay ride. Plus tons of grass for the babies to run around... We met several of our friends there and the weather was amazing! I learned the valuable lesson that I should pack a picnic lunch instead of relying on concessions.

Stephen Strolling Babies

Luke, Mitchell, Ivy, Briellen, Sidney

Hay Bale Maze
Luke, Brielle, Sidney, Ivy, Mitchell (Hidden!)

Scarecrow Luke
Riding the Train
Stephen & Ivy, Nonna & Mitchell

Elle & Luke

Next we went to our local pumpkin patch to play. We had so much fun that we decided to go out to eat dinner at Lupe Tortilla -- best fajitas andmargs ever! Quite a spectacle with 8 kids 5 adults. I guess I can't go anywhere anymore without it being a spectacle. Funny thing -- Lupe Tortilla has notoriously slow service, but they had us in and out in a flash! They either needed their high chairs back or were afraid of the potential meltdowns. (BTW - No meltdowns actually happened!!)





The Howells

And then, the finale -- Halloween night! We went to a Toddler Party at our friends Susan & RJ's! Now, a Toddler party is a far cry from the crazy Halloween parties that we were used to attending, but I have to admit that I had so much fun. Pumpkin spice martini's and Gerber Yogurt Bites hors d'oeuvres. We dressed the babies up in Safari animal costumes and Stephen and I went as Safari guides. They didn't stay in their costumes very long, but we got some good pics and then I put them back on for trick-or-treating. They didn't seem to mind them in the wagons! We still got home in time to answer the door at our house for trick-or-treaters!!

Stephen & Ellen
Sidney, Briellen, Ivy, Mitchell, Luke


My Sister Amy & Brynne

Our Friends Drew & Jes, Mason & Ian

Hosts Sooze & RJ & Eli


  1. Aw! Love the pictures! The kids are so cute! Oh, and, no, you don't know me. I just found your blog today and read through it. Your kids are so adorable! :)

  2. Somehow I have yet to see these halloween pics....nor the pumpkin patch ones...they are adorable! Love your family costumes!!! Missed y'all this week!


  3. Oh ues, it has been 2 months :( I sure have missed those Howell babes!! :)
    We love the Oil Ranch! We also like Dewberry Far,..maybe you could try that one next year!!
    Everyone looked so cute on Halloween! Loved the costumes!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. Tooo cute!!! Happy Thanksgiving :)

  5. safari guides and wild animals. what a super cute idea. you guys look great. love it!!

    Thanks to Neil for getting on to you. Missed the updates!!

    Love you,

  6. Your family is so beauiful. I hope you have a happy Holiday Season

  7. Holy Goodness!! That shot of the whole zoo is priceless, what a wonderful costume idea... You guys look amazing as always and the kids look great!
    I hope the holiday season is treating you well!

  8. You must get looks everywhere you go. Do you get used to it. I just found your blog, Merry Christmas to me! :)