Halloween Kid Parties!

It’s the weekend before Halloween which means our children have once again dominated our social calendar. It’s filled with school events and kid costume parties. We are so grateful for this though. It is truly what we live for these days. Tonight, our friends invited us over for wine in skeleton glasses (they so get us) and a pre-party before the kids school event. Every year I say this, and every year I mean this, there is nothing more adorable than kids in costume.

Here are a few photos from our first Halloween party of 2016!

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BTW, Colton has no clue (or doesn’t care) that this dog is about to lick his ear. Ha!

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They are the best of friends. They have been in the SAME class since they were one-years-old.

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mom blog halloween costumes

mom blog halloween costumes

mom blog halloween costumes

mom blog halloween costumes

mom blog halloween costumes

I bought Ryan this “Iron Man” shirt only to be told that it’s actually “Flash” – whoever that is. I’ve got to work on my Superhero knowledge. Disney Princesses are more my thing.

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What a great start to the weekend!

Book your Fall Mini Sessions and/or a Halloween Photo Shoot

Fall is already in the morning air around here, so I’m excited to start thinking about fall & holiday photo sessions.  Many of my friends were asking, so I decided to do family fall photo sessions again this year. These are mini photo sessions (30 minutes) and a great way to capture memories with your family. If you live in Arizona, I would love to photograph your family this season. See below for details.


I’m also really excited to announce that I’ll be doing mini sessions for Halloween! Instead of snapping an iPhone pic of your child the night of Halloween when it’s dark and the kids are running out the door in excitement, let’s dress them up a few days early and take some high-quality photos! For only $50 (per family), you’ll get 10 edited images and the kids only have to spend 15 minutes showing off their costumes. Offer details are below.


The Halloween sessions will be in an outdoor seating in Phoenix. Location to be announced.

Happy Halloween from the Cross Family!

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I just wanted to say Happy Halloween from our family to yours. I know y’all are having a blast because my Facebook and Instagram news feeds are blowing up with photos of kids in costumes – nothing better than that! We went to Kelsey’s school last night for a “Pumpkin Walk” and before we left, we snapped a few photos of our first Halloween as a party of five!

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I put Nolan in a bat hat and a ‘peek a boo’ shirt. The coolest part? I had no idea this was a glow-in-the-dark onesie until the sun set and he started the glow.

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“Everyone make a silly face!” Well, except you, Nolan, because you’re a baby. And you too, Colton, because you’re stuck inside of a mask. PS – Do you see me pushing the remote on my camera? I was too focused on holding Nolan and supporting Kelsey that I totally didn’t hide that well at all. Oopsy.

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When Kelsey came home and said she wanted to be Maleficent for Halloween, I was shocked. I thought for sure she would want to be Elsa or something super girlie. Nope. She even said, “Mom, can you make a bird and put it on my shoulder?” She had this in her head and I’m so happy we were able to find a Maleficent kids costume to make it work. Aaaaand she’s never allowed to put on makeup again because she looks like she’s 16. I’m not ready for that.

Happy Halloween, friends!


The Cross’ at the Pumpkin Patch

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We took the kids (and their fangs) to the Pumpkin Patch the other night after school, we let them pick out pumpkins to carve. Little did we know, they would later abandon us about 3 seconds after we started carving pumpkins, leaving Ryan and I do finish the rest. Oh well, we sure had fun running around picking out the perfect pumpkins.

Colton tried to pick up every pumpkin and then carried them to this wheelbarrow he spotted at the front of the tent. Meanwhile, I was watching Kelsey like a hawk as she picked up her pumpkins. You see, last week our kitchen stool fell on her big toe – which lead to lots of bleeding, stitches and painful shots. The mommy in me could just picture her picking up a pumpkin and then dropping it on her toe (she didn’t) but that’s all I was focused on.

The crisp air, the fall colors … I love all of this excitement around the holidays because after today we are that much closer to Christmas! Happy Halloween, everyone. Be safe, eat lots of sugar, and enjoy the last day of October.

Pumpkin patch last year (here), and before that (here) and before that (here).

The Family Hat: Little Pumpkins

Kelsey and her cousin Connor are best friends. They are 6 months apart and treat each other like brother and sister. Last night, they both had a sleepover at their Papa’s house. They carved pumpkins, made cookies, read books and fought over who got what Lego. My father-in-law snapped these photos this morning. Love them!

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Kelsey’s “Spooky House”

Yesterday, Kelsey and I decorated the entire house for Halloween. We put up pumpkins, ghosts and fall candles. Then, she started to dig into our box of decorations reserved for the front yard (that’s all Ryan’s doing). Instead of helping Ryan in the front, she took out the decorations and started decorating her backyard playhouse.

Who was I to stop her? She kept singing, “I’m making a spooky house. Making a spooky house …” She was so excited and I was kind of impressed by her creativity. Well … this morning, the holiday Grinch (Ryan) came downstairs and tore down her spooky house! It’s 7am, mind you.

He says he “needs more space to seed the grass.” Rude! What a holiday buzz kill. I have a feeling that Kelsey and I will be at Michael’s today buying more decorations specific to her backyard house. And Mr. have-to-seed-the-grass-at-7am won’t be allowed to touch them.

In the meantime, how cute was her house?
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