I don't think I was adequately prepared for the fact that when you have children, each holiday or special event is basically a marathon. I feel like we have been celebrating Halloween for at least the past 8 million days. At least. BUT I do love all things festive, so even though it leaves me feeling over-sugared, overstimulated, and overwhelmed, I press onward.
Last week was actually off to an interesting start as Colby came down with a stomach bug on Tuesday. He threw up when we picked them up from school and as sad as I was for him, I was so relieved that (a) he didn't miss school pictures that morning and (b) he did it before we got in the car. I'm a loving and caring mom, I know.
He was feeling 100% better the next morning, but had to stay home from school nonetheless, so Brian and I took shifts staying with him. I decided to take advantage of the unexpected free afternoon and took him with me to vote... or as he understood it, to see "the boat."
I asked him if I should vote for Hillary or Donald and he responded, "Donald... Duck"- not a terrible suggestion given the options.
Clara had dance class that night and they got to wear their costumes, which pleased her to no end; however, as soon as we got there, she insisted she was "so tired" and didn't want to go to dance class anymore. After
bribes of candy gentle coercing, I convinced her to participate, and thankfully she eventually gave in.
Thursday brought another full day, as we had parent/teacher conferences for the twins, an ENT appointment for Colby (during which we found out he has to have another round of tubes and a tonsillectomy, boo!), and the family Halloween party at my grandparents' assisted living home.
There was dinner, candy, treats from Jean Mom & Roy, and a cake walk during which both of the twins won dessert, so it's safe to say they enjoyed themselves!
How cute are these little lanterns my grandparents gave them for trick-or-treating??
On Friday (yes, I'm sorry, this is still going), we hit up Brian's office for trick-or-treating. We've gone to this every year and it's always fun for Brian to show off the twins (who actually spoke to people this year) and as a bonus, they always hand out the best candy, upon which I later apply a very significant mom tax :)
Belle, a Financial Analyst dressed for casual Friday, and Batman
My parents arrived in town late that afternoon, so we headed out for Mexican food on the patio, which is basically my love language.
The only picture I got, sadly
Saturday started off with soccer (which, if we're being honest, we're all pretty much over at this point). All 4 of the girls on the team were protesting playing this time, so at least Clara was in cute company.
That evening, we celebrated cousin Avery's 3rd birthday with a princess-themed family birthday dinner... yet another excuse for the kids to dress up, stuff their faces, and sweat a lot.
Colby totally looks like Allison here!!
Clara, Avery, Colby, and Pop Pop, all very much engrossed in "Frozen" :)
And finally, on Sunday, we took it easy after Franny & Pop Pop left that morning before attending our church's "Scare-Free Fest" that afternoon.
Because they needed more sugar, obviously!
Why the sad face, Batman? Maybe because it was 150 degrees outside.
Phew, are you tired yet? Batman and Belle were exhausted when they went to bed last night, but I'm pretty confident they'll have no trouble rallying for today's excitement. Happy Halloween, everyone! And to all you other parents of little ones out there, hang in there- the marathon is almost over (... until next time)!