Tuesday, November 03, 2009

halloween weekend
my main man and my bat man at the community center halloween party friday night

~ the berkshires ~

we were in the berkshires for halloween weekend for a friend's wedding. it was absolutely breath-taking. unfortunately, i was too busy with wedding festivities and chasing atticus around that i didn't get to take any fancy pics. these snap shots will have to do.

the wedding festivities started friday night and continued through sunday morning. we didn't head out there until saturday morning. the couple rented out all of race brook lodge for people to stay the weekend. it was beautiful, rustic, perfect for a fall wedding. most people stayed in these little bungalows although we stayed at a cute little bed and breakfast nearby. hm, i just realized i forgot to get pics of our b&b. oh well. i guess we'll have to go back.

the wedding ceremony was held in this beautiful barn. it was such an awesome ceremony led by the sister of our friend. it included a time of silence after the quaker tradition after which people in the audience could stand and give their wishes to the couple. i loved it. it was all so tender. there was a musical number by my friend's new step son which made everyone cry. and then all immediate family stood in a circle at the front of the room and passed the couple's wedding rings between them, each "blessing" the rings and giving their good wishes. isn't that cool? i'm so glad we got to go. i didn't ask permission of the couple to post pics of the ceremony so you'll just have to paint the lovely picture in your mind. although this shot is showing the corner of the barn decked out with coloring books and playdough for all the kids. isn't that the best idea you've ever heard of? it was occupied more and more as the ceremony proceeded, especially by atticus! i wish we'd make a corner like that for sacrament meeting!

there was a really yummy luncheon reception and then that evening they had trick-or-treating for all the kids. it was rainy by that point so atticus got to trick-or-treat just enough to confuse him. darek and i were supposed to be an angel and a demon but ran out of time to do make-up and such. oh well. and atticus wanted to be batman so that he could show off his sweet abs.

not happy to be sitting in a high chair at dinner.
how sweet is his hair, all fluffed up from the rain?

whilst trick-or-treating bungalow to bungalow we came across a very eager halloween party participant who insisted we come in for some face make-up. this was my very sad attempt at painting demon horns on darek's rained-on forehead.

and the bug got some lovely face paint too

more face painty pics.
there was a big halloween party after the trick-or-treating.
please note that darek's sweaty head (from all the dancing, of course) started to run
thus creating the illusion of bloody tears - how demony is that?

hm, sort of just looks like a blue goblin here, not so batmany.
atticus was dancing his little bat cape offthe whole time.
he loved every second of it.

sharing his cupcake with dad

the brides dressed up as the brides of frankenstein!
how great is that?

batman, angel, bride of frankenstein and a ninja

the party was so much fun. santa and mrs. clause even made an appearance to hand out christmas stickers and glow bracelets. cute, right?
the next morning we went to the norman rockwell museum. he spent the last 25 years of his life in stockbridge, ma and completed a lot of his major works there. some of the models he used in his illustrations still live in the area and even work at the museum.

we weren't allowed to take pictures inside but the grounds were just lovely. i'm not sure what this house was that was on the grounds but it was really pretty.
playing in the trees

climbing the trees

in the basement of the museum they had an art center for kids. we did some excellent artful drawings and posted them on the wall for all to enjoy. darek is holding atticus up in the air next to our pictures here, hence the hand.

it was such a fun weekend.
and this weekend i'm headed to NYC for some girl time! can't wait!
i hope that you all had a happy and safe halloween!

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