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Holy Halloween Batman! October was quite possibly the busiest month we had all year. zyklon b gas effects We had events every week, the entire month and most weeks there were multiple things on the family schedule. I’m thinking this is why I really didn’t have the time to write about any of it, lol! Thankfully, I adore Halloween and so does my tribe, so it was welcomed and super fun chaos for us. This year our little cuties coordinated their costumes and dressed up as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger! The costume theme was Gracie’s idea, which was the result of a mama + daughter trip we took to Target (our fav place on earth) where she spotted a Hermione costume and just had to have it. I explained that with it being so close to Halloween, I would only get it if she wanted to be Hermione for Halloween, to which she replied – YES please! I honestly feel like our gal’s obsession with all things Harry Potter is born of the fact that her Mommy loves it but for whatever the reason is, it has her reading Harry Potter books, watching the movies constantly and what’s not to love about that! HP is such a nice dude and he’s smart, so it’s a win/win!

When the bean declared that she wanted to be her favorite wizard for Halloween, the idea immediately came to me that Will would have to be Harry and just the thought of that had me swooning! When we came home and shared the news with my Harry Potter obsessed wife, she just about died and I got planning. I really wanted to sew William’s costumes until he’s at least 5 years old, like I did with Gracie and so I jumped online and started looking for a HP cloak pattern. You would think that it would be easy to find a baby pattern for this, but let me tell you… it was not. It took about an hour of searching to find a custom baby pattern, but then I ran into delivery time issues as both patterns I found had a 6 week delivery and looked to be coming from Germany (which was sold on weird looking website that seemed a bit sketchy). Nani suggested we just buy a big kid size, cut it up + sew it back together and create a whole new costume using the bigger one – so that’s exactly what we did! The entire project was finished in one afternoon and I’m so happy to report that for the first time in my 6 year sewing career, my mom didn’t have to step in and help me! I turned a kids size 6 into a 2T and the result was just the cutest thing imaginable. Look!

The totally adorbs t rick-or-treating bags that I had custom made for the kiddos arrived that week of Halloween too (which gave me a mild heart attack) but were totally worth the wait! You can’t really tell in the picture, but they’re made of bright and shinny, durable material that is washable and super cute. Each has their names with Gracie’s having a cute little pumpkin and Will’s complete with his name on a black bat. We carved pumpkins a few nights before and by we, I mean Georgia and Grace carved pumpkins while Will drove cars across said pumpkins, while I baked Halloween goodies. gas in babies It’s a tradition for G and little G to carve together and I just love seeing what they create every year. My work had our annual Halloween party complete with costume contest, pumpkin carving contest and bake off, none of which I won… but it was still a good time! I dressed as Minnie Mouse this year and totally threw my costume together at the last minute and loved it. I had considered ordering a Harry Potter themed hat at first to go along with the kiddos’ costumes. It was a replica of that hat they use to pick which house the wizards go to, but then I forced myself not to purchase it when I realized it was $87 dollars! Turns out, if you spend some time cleaning your 6-year-olds room, you will find all sorts of costume stuff in the mess and if you’re lucky, you’ll also come across a set of bedazzled Minnie Mouse ears with the perfect amount of bling and a pretty red bow. I painted my nose black and was ready to go!

That week before the best holiday of the year we also had Gracie’s Boo Bash! This is her second Halloween at her school and Georgia and I just can’t get over all of the amazing things the PTA does to celebrate holidays, especially Halloween! Two of the Bean’s besties from Pre-k go to elementary school with her, so we love that all us mama friends still get to get together and do fun school type stuff throughout the year. G’s little bestie T and her mom and baby sis met us at this year’s Boo Bash and we all basically chased the girls around the school as they played games, won prizes and ate way too much candy. This year Will was old enough to really enjoy the sights and sounds of the bash, but because there were so many people and stairs everywhere, we mostly wore him. gas pain in shoulder I figured that it would be difficult to put him in the carrier with his cloak on, so I ordered a little Harry Potter outfit made of cotton that was super comfy like jammies. I swear, this guy was the hit of the night and had people coming up to us constantly to tell us how amazing he looked. People were really surprised that a one and a half year old would happily keep his Harry Potter glasses on and honestly, we were surprised too – but he did and he looked adorable!

Our kid-free vacation kinda fell into our laps and we totally ran with it! A few months ago, Georgia found out that she would be going to Nashville for a conference for an entire week, during my birthday month (which is October, aka the best month of the year)! In her previous position, she traveled quite a bit, so when she told me she’d be leaving me with 2 kids for a week, I was like meh, alright. She then proceeded to tell me that she wanted me to join her at the end of the week and really wanted to make a getaway of it – just the two of us. At the mere mention of this, my ears perked up and I was like F-YES! This is when the planning began. Fast-forward 4 months + a week of me totally killing it as a single mom and I was headed to the airport, Nashville bound! This was the first time I ever flew alone in my entire life, so I had some butterflies as I headed to the airport, but thanks to G everything went as planned. electricity laws uk Georgia is the type that loves to plan the travel details for all of our adventures, so she made sure my flight was booked and she checked me in. She programmed the directions to the airport in my phone (even though I obviously know how to get to the airport) and made arrangements for my parking. I basically just needed to get my ass there on time and everything else was good to go. My sweet wife even called while I changed planes to make sure I was doing okay and to keep me company during my layover. Georgia has made me so codependant over these past 12 years and that’s just fine with me! She leads in certain aspects of our relationship, while I lead in others and it just works for us.

Our first night in Nashville began at 11pm because that’s when my flight arrived. We only had 3 days (4 nights) to spend in our new city and didn’t want to waste a moment, so I flew out knowing we were going to hit the town as soon as I arrived and I was ready! G rented a 2018 Jeep Wrangler and I had forgotten until I saw her rolling up at the airport to pick me up. I was just so excited! Because she had already been in TN for a week and had frequented all the "best places", she knew exactly where she wanted to take me and we were off to the hotel to change and have a cocktail (as my amazing wife had already stocked our mini bar)! The night life was electric in Downtown Nashville and we totally felt like of couple of giddy 20-somethings, checking everything out! Every bar/club we visited had a rooftop dance floor or lounge with amazing views of the city. I was surprised by the mix of people and music we encountered, as I was expecting mostly country, only to find that there was a great mix of everything. We ended night #1 at 4:00am, proving to ourselves that we’re still young and we still got it! #rockstars

For our first full day in Nashville, we headed to the legendary Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is gigantic and gorgeous! Everyone who we told we were going to Nashville insisted that we visit this amazing place and the rumors were so very true, because it was beautiful. We ended up spending the entire day there because it’s just that big. electricity song We enjoyed cocktails at the Falls Bar & Lounge overlooking twin waterfalls, located in the Cascades Atrium, while live music filled the area. gas in stomach It was just so relaxing that we sat there taking it all in for nearly 2 hours. We went shopping at all the boutiques located throughout the resort and mostly purchased cute little things for Gracie and Will, like always. We ended the day with a fancy dinner at Paisano’s, which is a floating restaurant located on the resort’s Delta Island. It’s surrounded by water, twinkling lights and more live music. I can’t remember the last time that G and I had a nice dinner together where we weren’t cutting kid’s food, or running Gracie to the bathroom, or rushing because we needed to get back to our babies. We took our time and enjoyed 3 courses, some drinks and each other. It actually makes me sad just writing this because I want to go back, like right now! We had intended to visit Nashville’s Gay hot spot called Tribe that night, but after more shopping and sightseeing, we headed back to the hotel to lay down for a bit (and I’ll let you fill in the rest) Ha! I’m telling ya’ll, there was Georgia before Nashville and now there’s Georgia after Nashville who I lovingly refer to as "Nashville Georgia"… and she’s still on fire. 😉 Needless to say, I was happy to stay in for the night!

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