Looking back on Week 41: Hallowthanksgivistmas

Our trip back to the States was a lovely adventure in celebrations. With Number Two on the way, we will be unable to fly to the United States for Christmas.

Instead, we went home in the fall and celebrated the holidays with a little twist:

Halloween+Thanksgiving+Christmas=Hallowthanksgivistmas and it was a riot.

Sophie was a bit of a baby blob during last year’s holidays, so it was more than fun watching her with all of the sights and sounds of the holiday season.


We picked out our pumpkin and Sophie could have cared less. However, the petting zoo was a little more her speed. The big hit was a bubble maker whose bubbles were filled with smoke. All the kids were enthralled. In fact, so were the parents.

The pumpkin farm, more fun for mom

The pumpkin farm, more fun for mom

Sophie wasn’t as interested in digging inside the pumpkin, but she loved separating the seeds.

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving

Trick or Treating with her cousin, Sophie couldn’t wait for everyone to get out the door. She’d have walked the streets all day if I’d have let her.

Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating

When I stopped her from venturing up a neighbor’s driveway with a very enthusiastic, large dog behind the fence, it was a traumatic breakdown.

She was more than happy to end the day like this: propped up in the wagon, munching on her treats — animal crackers.

Much better

Much better

Thanksgiving dinner followed by Christmas for Sophie

A few days after Halloween, my mom hosted a family feast. Thanksgiving a few weeks early, with a mini-Christmas celebration, complete with decorations.

Christmas decorations are not safe.

Christmas decorations are not safe.

Sophie could hardly focus on opening presents. After a few gifts, she just wanted to play. Who could blame her. So we had to spread the love. Still, everyone got to spend time with her in the spirit of the holidays, and most saw her open their gift and watch her squeal with excitement. She had a blast and I think everyone liked getting together.

The wrapping is as much fun as (most) of the presents.

The wrapping is as much fun as (most) of the presents.

I know I was thankful that almost everyone was able to work us into their schedules for an early celebration. Will be thinking of everyone and wishing them the best as they gather, again, for Christmas.

About Tara McLaughlin

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two girls in my boyfriend's hometown of Bern, Switzerland. Life as a new mom in a foreign country has been, in so many ways, rewarding and challenging. I will document that journey here, on Another 52 Weeks.
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1 Response to Looking back on Week 41: Hallowthanksgivistmas

  1. ms peggy says:

    I am so greatful to be considered part of the family! I loved every minute of
    our time together. Love and miss you bunches!

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