We are sufficiently exhausted today. Tired. Bone tired.
Getting the kids out of bed and moving around speaking in coherent sentences this morning was tough. Heck, getting myself out of bed this morning was tough.
Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year but it always leaves me exhausted afterwards.
Halloween morning I went to help out with Grace's class Halloween party. I was the only person in the whole school that was wearing a costume. I'm cool like that.
After successfully navigating the 4 and 5 year olds through the ping pong ball/pumpkin toss game, and passing out all the treats, I took Grace with me to the lunchroom to embarrass my boys good and proper. Not really, but seeing as how I was the only person in school in a costume I think the boys were just slightly embarrassed anyway, even though all of their classmates thought I was super cool.
After that Grace and I ran around with last minute errands, cleaned up the house, and prepped for trick or treating.
By the time the boys came home from school we were ready to go. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating. It was a lovely 60 degrees outside (perfect for trick or treating) but it had been pouring for much of the day. Including at 4:00 when trick or treating was supposed to begin. We decided to visit the grandmas while it was raining, collect candy at their houses, and then hopefully the rain would let up after that. It didn't. But we didn't let that stop us.
Once we were done at the grandma's houses I grabbed an umbrella (thanks mom!) and headed out with the kids. Todd stayed in the warm, dry truck following us down the street should we suddenly and desperately need shelter. Too bad Todd actually lost us for 45 minutes. Up and down the street he drove searching for his trick or treating family while I flapped my umbrella at him and waved my arms as he drove by. Grace tired and cried and wondered WHY her daddy wouldn't just come and pick her up so she could go home.
I borrowed a stranger's cell phone to call Todd and got his voicemail. Mother of Pearl!!!! I left him a message with the approximate area we were trick or treating in and 15 minutes later he finally found us. Good grief. Grace was soaked and tired and jumped in the truck with daddy and went home while the boys and I toughed it out until the end. The boys were absolute troopers (anything for candy!) and we really did have fun.
Over all it was a trick or treating success!
Todd felt so badly for losing his family that by the time the boys and I made it home in the pitch darkness he had a nice roaring fire going and a pizza in the oven. And he even ran out to get me my special dinner after the kids were in bed.
And now here we are this morning. Exhausted.
But there is no rest for the weary. There was more fun to be had. I had to get Joey's snack for his class party today (they were focusing more on All Saints' Day than on Halloween) and Ben had another costume to wear. The kids' school had mass this morning celebrating All Saints' Day and Ben dressed up as St. Joseph and marched up and stood in the front of church. It was very cute.
I sat with the kids in church and they had a difficult time keeping their eyes open. I suspect by the time they come home from school they will be thoroughly done. Early bedtimes for all!
How was your Halloween? Are you as exhausted as we are?