5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . {BLASTOFF}

You know what’s so great about my family at this stage in our lives!?! Everyone goes along with my ideas. They’re boys, so they really do not have much opinion on what the want to wear . . . and if they do, I convince them otherwise. For example, our Halloween costumes this past year. I mean, obviously the space theme was my idea and it was fantastic one!

I knew that I wanted Mars to be, well, Mars. So, the search was one for a planet costume . . . it was a tough search. Apparently planet costumes are not a thing. I found one pin on Pinterest that provided me with a little insight on how I could make the costume, which I have never ever done before.

I ordered the largest red lantern that I could find, this one on Amazon and red duct tape for reinforcement and bought some red acrylic craft paint in deep red and bright red to add some depth and make it look like a planet instead of just dressing him up as a paper lantern. From there, it was all just piecing stuff together and cutting holes where they needed to be, which was harder than I expected since the paper lantern has wires running through it. I had to use wire cutters for those parts. Another thing that I had to consider was how to make it stay in a circle shape, without the wire support that goes into the lantern. My solution was to cut a large embroidery hoop in half and tape half to each side. Then, I taped these lights to the inside of the lantern and used the battery packs as weights in the bottom.


Chan’s costume was much easier to find. I bought this Melissa & Doug astronaut costume second hand and then I was shopping in a thrift store one day and scored this silver, handmade, with hand sewn patches, and a handwritten “Armstrong” badge astronaut costume, likely from the 50’s for $4.99 and I couldn’t pass it up. You know I love vintage!


The dog got in on the fun with a rocket costume from PetsMart, which I picke up the day before Halloween for 75% off the original price.

DSC_3614DSC_3583I was a galaxy. I bought my leggings and sweatshirt from Amazon. Made a star headband out of ribbon, glitter, and felt, then painted my face to match.Crystal GalaxyIt was raining all day and I neglected to get a good family photo in the daylight. But, wanted to share a photo of all of our costumes together. Like I said, my husband is down for my ideas as long as all he has to do is wear a themed t-shirt . . . haha! It’s all about compromise.


To the moon & back . . .




Happy {HAPPY} Halloween

We {LOVE} Halloween around here! I love it because of the weather, the fun decorations, the costumes, the pumpkins & the overall fun of the holiday. Chan loves it because of the {CANDY}. I really really try to limit my son’s intake of processed sweets and unnecessary sugars like candy, popsicles, cupcakes, fruit snacks, etc. Which can be hard with so many grandparents around . . . But, on Halloween night I just have to let it all go . . . it is what it is & I do not want to be that mom that takes away from the spirit of the holiday. I tend to cringe with every piece of candy Chandler eats, but it’s only {ONE} night . . . one {MAGICAL} night in this boy’s life!


For his first Halloween, he was only 2 months old, he was a skeleton at the pumpkin patch and a dinosaur on Halloween night. His second Halloween we dressed him as Harry Potter, I’m the {NERD} of the family that choose this costume and then for his third Halloween he was a very convincing and adorable pirate . . . one of my favs! This year is the {FIRST} year that Chandler has chosen his own costume  and he choose to be a “Race Car” also known as a race car driver.

Chan to Mars - Halloween by C. Linz Photography

Pumpkin {PATCHING} It Up!

_CLZ3821If you know me, then you know that I {LOVE} fall, I love pumpkin patches, I love halloween, I love cooler weather, I love the changing wardrobes & I love that fall is just the beginning of the best time of the year! Plus, I already told you once . . . right here! I’m especially {EXCITED} about fall this year because it is an indication that we are closer to meeting baby Marshall. We made plans to go to the pumpkin patch as a family on Sunday, because my husband had plans to do yard work on Saturday. But, when Chan & I found ourselves with nothing to do a gorgeous fall day & my cousin suggested going to the pumpkin patch I couldn’t pass it up! 2 days, 2 different pumpkin patches . . . don’t mind if I do.

On Saturday, we went to a pumpkin patch that I’ve been going to for over 10 years, but I’ve never taken the hayride to pick our own pumpkins. The boys were really looking forward to the hayride so we finally did it. The field of pumpkins was {OVERWHELMING} for an indecisive toddler . . . it took some convincing to get out of the field with a good sized pumpkin, the smaller ones are apparently more appealing and the grey one that mommy picked out was just “not good”. Luckily, I left there with the grey pumpkin that I wanted & Chan choose one as we were boarding the hayride out of there.



Note: Chandler is in that awkward “cheese” face phase . . . You’ve got to {LOVE} 3 years old and their literal interpretations of things! This is why, as a photographer, I never taught my child to say “cheese”. Unfortunately, he’s picked it up throughout the years from other parents, teachers & children and I find myself saying it now because he does. Bad habit for all!

On Sunday we all went & had breakfast with family and then headed to the pumpkin patch with my sister-in-law & niece, Lillie. Chandler was so {EXCITED} to get to spend time with Lillie, whom he refers to as his sister instead of his cousin & today he even called her his best friend . . . awwwwww! They are 9 months apart & it is so fun to watch them play together. Plus, they’re adorable!

I could probably go to a pumpkin patch every weekend in October! But, baby Mars is keeping me from doing so. Plus, I’d end up with 20 pumpkins! I was pretty physically {EXHAUSTED} after our excursion on Saturday, so much so that I could barely walk when we got to the pumpkin patch on Sunday morning, my hip was so stiff . . . yes, stiff . . . I’m carrying around a lot of weight and I’m having a hard time keeping up with an active toddler!