A Spooktacular and Souptastic Weekend..Part 1

What an eventful, and fun-packed weekend our little family had.  I am currently coming down from a sugar rush after eating lots of Brody's trick-or-treat candy.  On the one hand I am ashamed, but on the other hand I feel like a good mom...saving my son from a sugar addiction. :)  A mom has to do what a mom has to do!

Once again, Jessica and Shane spent the whole weekend at our house.  We always have so much fun when they visit.  This particular weekend was Shane's birthday and all he wanted was to play video games with Jonathan.  Embarrased? Yes, a little, but it gave Jess and I a great excuse to have a "Soup Day" (which turned into a "Soup Weekend").  I got the idea last year as I spent many, many hours sitting on the couch breastfeeding my son and watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 (...Back when the show was packed full of wonderful ideas from the super-organized Kate.)  Being a new mom, I was intrigued by how she handled all 8 kids in a highly organized fashion.  She taught me so much back then.  Every year Kate spends one entire day in the kitchen making soups to last her family all winter.  I loved the idea and shared it with Jess a few weeks ago.  Being a Martha Stewart fanatic, she was all in. 

So, as the boys began playing video games on Saturday, Brody went down for a nap, and Jess and I began our grocery-shopping excursion at Wal-Mart.  We got most of what we needed except for meat and produce which we much prefer to buy from Publix.  After Wal-Mart we dropped off a car-full of groceries to the house and picked up Brody to take with us to Publix since they were having their Halloween event, Tricky Treatsville.  Brody had a ton of fun playing games, winning prizes, and decorating cookies...and we finished our shopping on a high note. 

Brody was the absolute cutest zebra ever.

He wasn't too sure about The Cat in the Hat.  He just discovered a stuffed one in his room the other day, so a living, larger version talking to him was more than he could handle. 
This was the look on his face for 5 minutes as The Cat in the Hat talked to him. 
Publix Plinko 















He just stared at the clown too.  It was obvious he hasn't been to many birthday parties.















He enjoyed the ring toss...he enjoys any opportunity to throw things and not get in trouble.

They had a cookie decorating station where Brody iced his sugar cookie with festive colors.















It tasted delicious if I do say so myself!  I know, I know...but don't bash me before I tell you that I got him another sugar cookie that wouldn't ruin his cute costume.



A miniature pumpkin for a miniature zebra

Thanks, Publix! You were right. Shopping here is a pleasure!
Check back tomorrow for part 2 of our weekend...our 1st annual soup day!

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