Monday, November 3, 2008

The Summary

It was a very busy Halloween. It seems that every year I pile as much into that one day as I possibly can but somehow we still always manage to have a fabulous time.

The day started out with dancing and singing, "It's Halloween! It's Halloween" by the boys, and turning on all our pumpkin decorations and even a Halloween movie. Then the boys eagerly ate breakfast and we put our costumes on. Well, not me. I just dressed festively. I wasn't about to wear tons of makeup and my high heeled boots all day.

After we got our costumes on the boys and I headed out to show the grandparents. This has become an annual tradition that started when Joey was just eight months old. First we go to my MIL's work and parade the boys around in their costumes while all the employees ohh and ahh and give the boys candy. We take pictures with grandma, visit for a while, and then head on over to my FIL's house. Again, the boys are given much candy, we visit and take a few pictures, and then head out again. Normally we don't stop at my folks house because they are on our trick or treating route, but this year we stopped to see my dad at the nursing home.

It was a great visit. Dad got to see the boys in their costumes, though I'm not sure he really knew who they were this time. Still, he seemed happy to see us, and we even got a couple of pictures. We also found out that the nursing home staff had sponsered trick or treating (which meant more candy for the boys!) for area kids so that all the residents could hand out candy and see children in costumes. There were decorations every where and tons of kids showed up. It makes me so happy that the nursing home staff always take such measures to try and make the residents feel like they are at home. It was wonderful to see.

After that visit we went back home and ate lunch. I had kind of forgotten about carving pumpkins so immediately after eating lunch we went outside for some carving fun. It was unseasonally warm. The warmest Halloween I can remember, actually, and we had a great time. The boys showed us what they wanted their pumpkins to look like and we got to work.

(First we drew the faces on the pumpkins)

(Then we began digging all the guts out. That's the fun part!)

(And here is the final product. They boys were very pleased.)

When the pumpkins were all done it was time for a nap. The boys climbed the stairs to their rooms with instructions to go right to sleep so that they had enough energy for trick or treating. I'm not sure they followed the instructions, but it was quiet, and that was all I could ask for.

I woke the boys up in full costume, which was enough to get them excited and bounding down the stairs. They got into thier costumes, waited for our friends to show, and then went out trick or treating.
(Yes. Both Joey and Tommy wanted to be Spiderman. Whatcha gonna do?)

The boys did great. They are such troopers and I'm always amazed at how far they can walk. Even Ben! He wouldn't even let me hold his hand or help him carry his bucket when it got full. Not even when it was so full he couldn't lift it up to put the candy in anymore. Such a little man. And I loved his adorable "Teet teet" version of "trick or treat". So much fun.

We walked for almost two hours and then headed home for some dinner. The boys ate really well and then were each allowed three picks of candy from their pumpkins. We watched more Halloween shows and as it neared bedtime my mom came over to watch the boys so Todd and I could enjoy a night out with friends.
(We are such a devilish couple.)

It was a great time hanging with our friends again. But I will say that there is nothing to make you feel old like hanging in a bar with girls in their early twenties who are all dressed in costume. I couldn't find ONE non-slutty Halloween costume. It was so funny. Slutty witch, slutty nurse, slutty referee, slutty Raggedy Ann, slutty Batgirl, slutty WonderWoman, slutty Queen of Hearts card. Who knew a card could be slutty? It seriously kept us in stitches all night.

Once again, Halloween did not disappoint. We had a blast!

(Sarah is the angel and I'm the devil. How cute are we? Best friends since first grade and still cracking each other up.)

(I suppose we'll let the boys get in on some pics too.)


Tonya said...

Those are great costumes and looks like you guys had a great day!!!

Laura said...

How awesome is that?!?!?!? Love the pumpkins and the costumes ROCK! You are one sexy devil!

Mom24 said...

It looks like a wonderful time. The pumpkins are awesome. Jacob and Julianna won't carve pumpkins because we make them clean out their own. I guess we're mean! They prefer to paint or draw them than scooping pumpkin guts.

You looked very devilish. What fun to celebrate as an adult, we never have.

Lisa said...

Looks like a great time was had by all!!! Love your costume, you little devil!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

How fun! You look fabulous!
Isn't Halloween great?!

lime said...

the idea of trick or treating at the nursing home is such a terrific one. i'm so glad they arranged that. happy residents, happy kids. it's a win/win.

Gene Bach said...

Looks like a great time was had by all!

wright said...

Sounds like you had a day full of fun!

Tammy said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. Your costumes are cute even if they weren't slutty.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh I hear you about those slutty costumes. What's UP with that?

So lovely to have mild weather--looks like a perfect day. And may I complement you on your cool orange shoes!!!

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

You two are very devilish! Thank God I didn't see any 20somethings in trampy. I would've puked or something. I don't get why dressing in a costume is license to expose yourself.

The boys look like they had a great day & I'm so so glad you dad had a good visit with them.

Elaine A. said...

Looks and sounds like the perfect Halloween - fun for the boys and fun for Mommy & Daddy too! : ) Love your costumes (especially your hair!)

scrap chair potato said...

You all look so awesome! It looks like it was a great day!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you all had a fantastic (and full) Halloween! I love all your costumes and that you had two Spidermen? Spidermans? and didn't try to talk one out of it. You're a good mom. :)

Cyndi said...

That is a very full day, but sounds like a really fun one!

CC said...

What? No school???

The pumpkins are adorable and your costumes?! Da bomb!

Kellan said...

It looks like you guys had a great Halloween! You and your hubby looked so cute!

Have a good week - Kellan

Carol said...

Kat....the kids are adorable...and so are you and your devilishy handsome hubby! YOU look amazing! I'm glad it was a fun time for all of you.

How nice that you took the kids to see your Dad. I know how hard it is...but it is SO needed...for him and for you!

April said...

Everyone looked ADORABLE! (including you and hubby! LOL)

imbeingheldhostage said...

you are so fun. The whole time I'm looking at your picture thinking, "when did I get so old?" You have three small children, your house is on the market, you have stresses and illnesses to cope with and you doll up as the cutest little devil-- how do you do it?!

Robyn said...

Looking good girl, without looking slutty:)

Dawn said...

You all are such a cute family!

maggies mind said...

Glad comments are working again! You all are just so very cute.

Nap Warden said...

You are rocking that red wig!

Hilary said...

Very cute. Looks like you had a great day.

Fire Hunt said...

Looks like you had a great day!

painted maypole said...

you're all adorable!

Bren said...

Love all the costumes! You all look great!

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Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

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