Halloween was interesting this year. It was our first Halloween without Rick here. Doing our festivities without him felt weird. I woke up that morning feeling like something was stuck in my throat. It didn't hurt, just felt weird. When I looked in the mirror, my tonsils had white spots on them. I thought it was weird because that usually means strep, but I didn't have any of the usual symptoms. I had been having headaches for a couple of days and felt really rundown, but I thought that was because I was parenting alone. Well, by mid-afternoon, the symptoms had started. I was wondering how in the world I was going to make it through the very long, very eventful night ahead. Thankfully, we were continuing our tradition of going trick-or-treating with friends. That made it so much easier.
I used to buy Halloween costumes for the kids each year when we had less children. As we have added children, that has become really expensive. I also have struggled with spending that kind of money for just one evening. This year, at the beginning of Oct., I told the kids that they were going to have to come up with costumes on their own this year. They could choose from the container of costumes that we already had, or they could put together their own. I felt a little guilty, but also decided that this would be a good exercise for them. I was really afraid that Halloween would come and I would have a kid crumpled in the floor in tears because they didn't have a costume. That didn't happen at all. They did it, and I am so proud of them.
Laila got to dress up twice on Halloween. First, at preschool, her class had a party. She chose her Cinderella dress for this event.
Trick-or-Treating at school
I love how her tongue is sticking out as she paints glue on the balloon.
Her pumpkin craft
Throwing bean bags into this pumpkin was her favorite part of the party.
Laila in the pumpkin patch in her classroom imagination station.
Lauren as a Pirate
Isaiah as Spiderman
Sam as Venom
Abby as a Ninja
Laila as a Pegasus, Unicorn, Pony Thing
Some of the girls
Some of the boys
The sunset as we were preparing to go out
I just had to include these:
The whole crew, ready to go!
This was my favorite house!
My handy dandy tip for the night was that I had Laila and Isaiah wear their jammies under their costumes. Then, when we were done, they were ready for bed.
Laila and her lootthese turkeys or these mice or this new one that I think is so cute! We use some of our candy for those.) The kids loved pouring it all out and trading with each other.
I survived the evening and had a really rough night ahead of me. I was up most of the night with an excruciatingly sore throat, fever, headache, nausea, and achy body. I was miserable. The really cool part about Rick being 8 hours ahead is that he and I were able to talk on the phone at 4 AM. It was good to hear his voice, but oh, how I wished he was home the next day!