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Flagstaff, Halloween, Holidays

Viola’s Flower Garden

After our morning at Bearizona and afternoon naps, we decided to find a pumpkin patch, and my Google search and review stalking did not disappoint. I found Viola’s Flower Garden. A local nursery turned pumpkin patch. It was from something out of a movie. Ridiculously picture perfect in every way and decorated to a T. Beautiful pumpkins of every variety, games for the kids, a straw maze and even a pumpkin painting station. Every little nook and cranny was carefully crafted for the holiday, and there were fabulous photo ops everywhere we turned. We especially liked the sleeping skeletons in the casket. Walker made sure to shhh us as to not wake them. The colors were the perfect shade of Fall all around us and we found a few pumpkins to take home. Mine was $26 (omg!), but worth it for the little Hocus Pocus feels we got from strolling through the garden. Loved all the charm throughout. And loved the smiles and delight my boys got out of it.

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Activities for Kids, Halloween, Santa Cruz

At the pumpkin patch

Happy fall, friends. You could definitely say we’re falling in over here. My kiddos are still too young for scary movies and most other Halloween things, but picking out and carving pumpkins is finally fun! Last weekend we went up to Rodoni Farms .. [remember our first trip there with baby Jace? :**(( ..] and picked out our pumpkins. Jace took it very seriously and was on a mission to the find the biggest one possible. And Rodoni doesn’t disappoint. They’re located on a massive hill overlooking the ocean, with rows and rows of every kind of pumpkin imaginable, and size! They also have a fun corn maze, face painting and other kid-friendly obstacles.

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Halloween 2016

img_2108  Our Halloween this year was fairly low key, just like we like it. Our outfit theme this year was ninjas. Jace was a ninja turtle and I picked us up some ninja accessories from the Dollar store. We were going to attempt to hit a couple houses on our street with J but he only lasted like 10 minutes in his outfit before he was dripping sweat. We ended up only having 2 trick-or-treaters so we spent most of our time doing karate and cuddling on the couch watching Shrek. Hope you all had a fun night. Now on to Thanksgiving!

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Activities for Kids, Halloween

Our realtor is cooler than yours

img_2051-1I just have to say, our realtor is pretty much the bomb. His name is Ryan Nager — of now the Ryan Nager Group. Not only did he make our first home purchase incredibly seemless from day one, including connecting us with all the right lenders, inspectors and title companies who all went above and beyond for us, but he also doesn’t forget about his clients. He’s always checking in with us (as does everyone from his team and behind the mortgage process), he came to our housewarming, he’s great on social media, and he hosts all kinds of great outings for his clients so we can all keep in touch and mingle.  Like hosted movie nights at theaters, or seasonal get togethers. He recently just invited us to Kiwanis park for fun and games, burgers and dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, yard games and a PUMPKIN PATCH! He had the best ramada in the park, with the best view. He really treats his clients and goes all out. But, truly. Above all, he helped us find and get into our house that we seriously love. I will be recommending him to everyone I know ..  and being a marketer, I 100% approve of these little client events. They’re great for referrals, too, since he invites us and anyone we want to bring along;) Brilliant.

img_2058-1And look at these cookies in the shapes of houses and keys!! Just too cute. I took quite of few for the documenting – and eating! We also went for the superhero family for the face painting – Jace superman, Rob batman and me wonderwoman, just like the movie, ha.  We threw the pumpkin frisbee, played tic-tac-toe corn hole, fed the ducks and played some games for candy!  Such a fun afternoon. Thank you, Ryan, and team!

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Our little pumpkin

Halloween, as you can guess, was pretty special for us this year. Our first Halloween with Jace face. Our new little town, tucked behind the berry fields and green hills, really goes all out for Halloween. Driving down the main drag {which we actually live on}, reminds me of the movie Hocus Pocus. The houses are all decorated, leaves are falling, wood is burning in fireplaces, and the breeze is crisp. We were warned that we’d have quite the crowd. So, we went big and went to Costco for our candy stash. To our dismay, it rained ALL DAY on Friday, and all night. The trick-or-treaters were rained out, but that didn’t stop them. We had so many trick-or-treaters! And Jace was my biggest helper. Sitting there, watching me pass out candy, while also trying to put every single piece in his mouth ;) None of the costumes scared him. He just wanted to be right in the action.

{not my house, just an example of how festive our neighborhood is!}

{everyone kept saying that I had the best costume? A feathery witch’s hat? Ok, sure. Thank you!}

Hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween. We sure did.