Halloween may still be a day away, but we've already done plenty of celebrating. We kicked things off on Thursday when Clara's dance studio had costume night at dance class- it was pretty precious! Also precious (although not pictured) was Colby, who insisted on also wearing his costume while he watched.
My mom came into town (along with a glorious cold front) on Friday, just in time for us to go to our first Fall festival at a local church. Brian actually didn't join us because he was cheering on the Astros at game 3 of the World Series.
[Crazy side note: he had really been wanting to go and was legitimately considering spending an inordinate amount of money on a standing room only ticket to one of the games. Well on Friday morning, he called into a sports radio show that he listens to and won a pair of tickets for Saturday's game! Not an hour later, his sister found out she won a pair of tickets from a separate contest for Friday night's game, and she graciously invited him to join... so yes, he got to see TWO of the World Series games for free!!]
Top: Brian and Shannon at Friday's game
Bottom: Brian and his dad at Saturday's game
Anyway, back to the Fall festival. It was chilly, but there were games to play, bounces houses to jump in, and most importantly, there was a massive supply of candy being handed out, so the twins were as happy as can be!
It was FRIGID on Saturday morning (by south Texas standards, anyway- temperatures were in the low 40s), but the twins had a soccer game so we all bundled up and headed to the fields. Colby was not having the cold weather and the team didn't have its best game, but I, for one, thought it was nice not to melt during the game for a change.
It's hard to tell, but I tied Clara's braids with candy corn ribbons because I am awesome like that.
Love these 3 buddies- between daycare, soccer, and church, they literally see each other 7 days a week!
My dad made it into town that morning in time to see the twins' game and Davis's baseball game- here are all the cousins bundled up with Franny and Pop Pop!
Clara and I headed to Avery's birthday party on Saturday afternoon (which happened to be at Clara's dance studio)- it was a mermaid theme so Clara was excited for yet another opportunity to sport a costume during the weekend!
Saturday evening was... special. It was night 2 of solo parenting at bedtime, aka: the most challenging part of the day. The twins were in unpleasant moods and therefore so was I. The evening ended with all 3 of us in tears at one point or another, so I was certainly happy when they were asleep and I was able to call it a day myself.
I had high hopes that Sunday would go better since Brian would be with me to help all day, and although there were plenty of enjoyable moments, it proved another challenging parenting day that once again had me in tears. If anyone has pointers on parenting defiant 4-year-olds (specifically of the male variety), please send them my way :/.
After my parents headed out of town and we all had a little bit of down time, we headed to another Fall festival at another church in the afternoon. The weather was perfect and we actually all had a good time!
As Clara would say, we found a real "uni-torn!"
We finished the evening with pumpkin carving, and by we, I mean that Brian spent 1.5 hours tracing, cutting, gutting, etc. while I once again wrangled the children. This was not a good idea in hindsight, BUT he did do a great job on the pumpkins: Snow White & Optimus Prime, in keeping with the twins' costume choices for the year!
I'm hopeful that tomorrow holds more of the high points and less of the low points, but also trying to keep realistic expectations given that excessive sugar and overtired children will be involved. Hope you all have a happy Halloween!