Why I love Halloween

Friday, October 31, 2014
I can't believe this will be my last blog post for the month of October! This time of year always flies right on by, but I am loving every single second of it. I'm super excited for today, but not for the reasons many may think. Of course most enjoy the creative costumes, overload of candy, and Halloween party festivities occurring, but for my family that isn't the case. Halloween is special because some pretty monumental things have occurred on this day. Halloween 2010 was the first time Justin told me he was in love with me. He came home from a Halloween party on post covered in green cupcake (him and his battles had a cupcake war in the car), and he had the biggest smile on his face. I had no clue he was going to say it, but it was one of the sweetest, most tender moments in our relationship. That was the first time Justin really allowed himself to be vulnerable with me.

Today also marks the third birthday of our dog, Cooper. Oh, Cooper. He was the first baby I ever got to really mother. He taught me (some) patience, responsibility, and lots and lots of love. I remember Justin begging for a dog, and I was all too reluctant. I'm so glad he's apart of our family now and I can't believe our little boy is three! Cooper does so well with Ava bug and I couldn't be more thankful for the patience and love this pup gives to our little girl. I never thought I'd ever be that person that treated her animals like people, but they kind of are. They have their own emotions and thoughts, and Cooper is all too handy with letting us know what kind of mood he is in.

This Halloween is also the first time Ava bug is dressing up AND handing out candy. Last year, we had her in a "my first halloween" onesie and tutu. She was like a my first halloween ballerina! I think she had a tutu for every month and every single holiday (thanks Victoria)! This afternoon we are FINALLY carving our pumpkins, (if you are a Facebook friend, look out for those pictures later) and taking Halloween pictures of our sweet girl. Justin even purchases goodies to make pumpkin bars, and I'm sure we'll be roasting the pumpkin seeds shortly after. I'm super excited for all the fall festivities that will be occurring in our home today.

Take a look at my flashback Friday photo! It's crazy that the first picture was taken over four years ago.

Happy Halloween all!

♥- Leilani

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