More Important Than Halloween.

Halloween this year wasn’t quite the same as years past.  This year, we weren’t sitting at home waiting for the adorable little trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood to come by our new house for candy.  This year, we had the privilege of sitting in Hershey Park Stadium, watching my baby sister and the Halifax Girls’ Soccer team battle their way to a Runner-Up District title.

stretchingThey’ve been undefeated leading up to this game, the most important one of the season, and are so much fun to watch on the field.  A friend of mine, who I saw at the game, and I both agreed, we wish we would’ve been soccer players as opposed to volleyball players.

girls

At that time, when we had to decide which fall sport to play, there was no “Girls’ Soccer Team”.  So, had we gone out for the team, we would’ve ended up competing with the boys… which would’ve have been awful, but it seemed more exciting to take on a new venture at the time with all the girls… Volleyball.  Boy, do I wish I would’ve decided differently.

girls2These girls seemed to be so “in-tune” with one another.  So selfless and team-oriented.  This game was for all the marbles.  The other team was equally as skilled and hungry for a win.  In fact, neither team faltered the entire game.

With each passing minute, the game was either team’s for the taking, yet no one scored, even after TWO overtime periods.  You can imagine the crowd’s excitement as the game was taken into penalty kicks.  It was rainy and windy, which only heightened the anxiety that came along with each PK.  Each of the girls put their heart and soul into their efforts on the field, and although we ended up losing by just one penalty kick, I couldn’t be more proud.

They were a team that took the loss with SUCH grace.  Not to mention, they’re still headed on to States tomorrow!  I’m praying they come home with a “W”, because I won’t be able to make it the whole way to Scranton with my work schedule for the first game, but if they move on, they’ll play Saturday and I should be able to go!  😀  Also, I’d like to thank Colleen of Colleen & Co. who allowed me to use her amazing photos from the game!

We definitely did things a little backwards this year.  Including our pumpkin carving.  That’s right, we just carved last night.  You know, AFTER Halloween?  I said we should be celebrating Fall instead of Halloween anyway, so it worked out well in my mind.

Last night, in fact, Momma & Poppa Cox had four pumpkins (five if you count the one they “accidentally” grew!) ready for all of us kids to carve.  They bought dinner for everyone, had my grandma & in-laws over, and we enjoyed a relaxing Sunday night together.

Each year, I feel pressure to come up with something creative.  Last year, my owl turned out pretty well, so I wanted to do something cute this year, again.  After searching pinterest for the perfect pumpkin idea, I’d narrowed it down to two options… The melting crayon around the top, or… THIS.

bow…It’s a little bit extra special, because my Daddy’s nickname for me is “Bo”… short for when he used to call me his little “Sambo”.  It stuck.  Thus, my bow pumpkin.  I knew as soon as I saw the Pinterest idea that I had to do it.  Same went for Jarid’s pumpkin.  While carving, we all sat around the table reminiscing funny memories of our childhood as sisters ❤

carversI showed him a few different superhero ideas (Spiderman, Ironman, etc), but as soon as I showed him the Batman symbol, he was all about it.  He said it’d be just like the bat-light that they’d shine in the city when they needed Batman’s help. Ha.  Married to a nerd and loving every second.

When we were all finished, we lined them up on the table, put our candles inside, and took a few photos.  My sister, who just bought herself a newer Jeep, decided to go with that theme for her pumpkin and I think it turned out pretty great!  My littlest sister and her boyfriend carved out “two love birds” into theirs and used my Pop’s screwdrivers to add a few light holes around them.

oursWe ended the night with the newest episode of “Once Upon a Time”, all together, fire ablaze in the basement of Mom & Dads.  It was such a blessed day.

OH! And I can’t forget!  On Saturday, we had the privilege of celebrating the marriage of one of our nearest and dearest family friends… Mr & Mrs Todd Green were wed at 1:30pm at the same church Jarid and I were married in.

groom&brideThe bride is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out, and I couldn’t be more happy for my “surrogate” that he found her.  Love them bunches!

toddjoyYou can tell just by looking at them together that they’re completely and utterly in love with one another.  The ceremony and reception were both beautiful.  Probably my favorite part of the reception, was when Todd & Joyce performed “I’ve Had The Time of My Life” the dance from Dirty Dancing for everyone!  I had no idea they were even taking lessons!  It was adorable.

USWe stayed for awhile, but headed out around 9pm, because I had two papers to write and a quiz to take that were due online!  It was a bit of a buzz kill, but you do what you gotta do!  Plus, I got my grades back today and the effort was totally worth it… 100% on both papers and 90% on my quiz! Thank Heavens. 🙂

I’ll end my post with a few foodie pictures for your drooling pleasure.

From top to bottom, left to right: 22 Days Nutrition Daily Mocha Mantra bar, GF turkey sub from The Wild Tomato, a HUGE salad from the Pita Pit, complete with avocado, warm turkey, peppers, mushrooms, sprouts, spinach, tomato, cucumber, onion, oregano, S&P with mustard, a side salad from Longhorn Steakhouse (I wish I had taken a picture of my delicious filet and steamed veggies!!), Cherry Chocolate Bliss 22 Days Nutrition bar, roasted butternut squash with thyme & parsley in canola oil, and a table set feast at Momma’s house last weekend, complete with chicken, green beans, and roasted potatoes!

Have a great week,  you guys!  Don’t forget… THANKSGIVING is next… NOT Christmas 😉

xo.

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