Spooktacular Celebrations

IMG_1358Last year on this day, I was sitting in our tiny apartment on the other side of the world, full of Chinese candy, exhausted from spending the holiday with all of our extremely sugar high students, and feeling grateful for where I was, but also wishing I was home celebrating with our friends and family.

IMG_1179IMG_1182This year,  I took advantage of everything I didn’t get the chance to do last year. First off was decorating our house. Filling our home with holiday decorations is one of my favorite things to do. And I was pretty happy with how it turned out this year. (Now onto Thanksgiving and Christmas! (The best 😉 )













IMG_1470Next up was costumes. I decided that since we didn’t get the chance to go all out on our costumes last year, I would plan something extravagant and make up for it next (this) year. The second I watched the Grinch for the first time last Christmas season, I knew. To be honest, I had the idea for over 10 months, but didn’t put these outfits together until this time last week. (Procrastination at its finest) But man, was I proud. I mean, look at our Max!


Out of all the costumes Derek and I have had, these ones were my favorite. It could be because we’re both Christmas lovers and prefer Christmas trees over haunted houses, but nonetheless, I loved them! They were so fun to put together. I think we might wear them for the rest of the year. 😉


IMG_1464Since Derek and I both worked Halloween day and Derek worked Halloween night, we celebrated early.  Last Tuesday, we spent the night decorating Halloween cookies with our Dursteler clan. I love decorating things, but holy moly cookies are not EASY. I do not have the patience for those. Here is a pretty picture of Shara’s cookies since she didn’t make the family photo and her’s were good enough for both of us. 😉IMG_1472On Saturday, we attended the Boos and Brews Halloween event at my work with our friends Jess, Erik, and Ian. After decorating the space all week, and helping out with the finishing touches, it was fun to see it all come together.


IMG_1475We had way too much fun and danced the night away.  Derek and I even won the couples’ costume contest! I promise It wasn’t rigged, since the attendees voted, but we were still surprised! We both never win ANYTHING.IMG_1468IMG_1469The best part about the whole night was that Derek’s parents were there the whole time, and their costumes were so great that we didn’t even recognize them until they were standing next to us in the contest! It was such a funny moment when we realized it was them. It will go down as one of my favorite Halloween memories and stories to tell. ( I am still sad we didn’t get a picture!) IMG_1467On Monday, we had a few friends over to carve pumpkins. Since we didn’t get to carve pumpkins last year, it was one of the top things on my October to do list. Even though I didn’t accomplish everything on my list, It was the perfect ending to our Halloween celebrations.IMG_1466IMG_1461IMG_1463













Like I mentioned before Derek worked 12 hours today and I worked 6, so nothing too exciting happened here, even though today was the actual holiday. I spent the afternoon cuddling Harvey (another thing I took advantage of this year). Jess and I ended up going to dinner and having game night at Ian and Erik’s. It didn’t feel like a holiday, but we still had a great night with good friends.IMG_1460The older I get, the more I realize that it’s not the actual celebrations or the things you do to celebrate a holiday, but the people you do them with that make the memories great ones.

I hope all of your spooky seasons were fun-filled, full of love, and spooktacular!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

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