Happy Halloween! There are so many reasons I love this holiday. I love that it means we are less than a week away from the election. I love that it reminds me how great all my neighbors are. I love that although there is some last minute scramble, there isn't as much stress for the mom as some other holidays. I love that our best friends come into "the city" to trick or treat with us because the houses in their neighborhood are too far apart. I love the weather, the leaves, the decorations. As you know, this year I had the dog/knight Sir Bernard and a Medieval lady. One thing I don't love is that I don't get to decide what the girls dress up as anymore. Oh it is painful to yield that to them...but I do it because I don't want them fussing about it to their therapist some day. And they did look pretty cute anyway. Here they are with our friends. Little Neighbor Girl was Bindy (the crocodile hunter's daughter) PK2's friend was a dog in knight training and PK1's friend was also a medieval lady. Can you believe the beautiful costume her grandma sewed for her?
Here they are getting their hair and make up done. I let PK1 help draw the dog nose.
I was in charge of making 8 boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese for the hot dog roast that our neighbors do before trick or treat. So in addition to dressing the kids and taking the pictures, I had to have 8 boxes of mac and cheese steaming hot and ready to go at 5 PM. I took a picture of the boxes because it looked so funny all lined up.
I was going a little nuts, getting it all together when my BF showed up at just the right moment to help me stir the big pots! She is great. Oh...and I did change out of the sweats and t-shirt.
Here is a sneak peak of my kitchen, which has been torn up for 6 months. But I AM loving it so far! It is not done, but it is getting there. I think maybe by the holidays.
Cook-out potluck at my friend's house:
And all the neighbor kids:
And the day after Halloween, when you are a home-school kid, after breakfast and devotions, but before school lessons, you do get to sort and admire your candy for awhile!