|Bellatrix, Captain America and the Princess - this is really our only shot of Bitty in her costume this year! I might have to make her reenact it tomorrow so I can take more pictures....too pathetic? Nah.|
|It Just Isn't Halloween Until Someone's Crying, Right?|
re we done yet? Is it over? Yes? WHEW. We made it.
I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes propped open but seeing as how this has pretty much been my worst blogging month EVER I thought I'd throw in one last post on before midnight.
Halloween. I love it. I hate it. It is one of those holidays when I truly relish the evening-after feeling, as opposed to Christmas where I feel pretty much instant depression the moment the last gift is opened. I'm sitting in my living room, the scent of burnt pumpkin and freshly-extinguished candles still wafting through the air, the kids tucked into bed for their well-earned, sugar-powered dreams.. And it is just lovely.
I have to say that this was a Wonderful Halloween, which phrase I will stand by even if it is slightly oximoronic. The kids' costumes were done days ago instead of hours ago like most years, and they weren't that expensive to pull off. The weather has never been so perfect for us before, which I'm feeling guilty about knowing how the east coast has faired this week. (Hurricane Sandy, for future reference.) It was so warm that it made it possible for us to host a pre-trick-or-treating supper which snowballed into maybe 8 families joining in. I wasn't sure we'd be able to fit even three families into our little cottage, not to mention a crowd big enough to create our very own Halloween parade. But we just stuck them on the back porch and had so much fun eating chili and rolls, artichoke dip and dry-iced apple juice that we almost forgot to get everyone out the door for trick-or-treating. When we finally did get going we really did create a crowd big enough to strike fear in the eyes of home-owners and candy-passer-outers everywhere. Okay, just in the lower avenues, but we were effective in our scare-tactics.
Highlights for me this year - the costumes really were fun for me. Stomper made a great Captain America and I felt like he felt a little more grown up than if we had purchased a jumpsuit costume from someplace. Bitty has such a love affair with the evil characters she wants to play each year - I love that dark streak in her. And Bundle - I never did have Bitty wanting to just be something pretty so it was a delight for me to just doll up Bundle as much as she wanted. Make-up, sparkly bun with diamond pins, ruby slippers and puffy dress, a little tiara - so fun. And taking her to each door - she walked so slowly that we really weren't a part of the big gang of big kids - and getting the chance to watch the smiles from all the candy-givers was a treat for me. Oh yeah, and the way she put herself to bed at 8:15. That was great.
Let's see....there's probably something else I should be writing about, a few details I want to record but....I have no idea what they are. I have to go sleep now.
Happy Halloween to all, and to all a good...start to the Christmas Season starting tomorrow, which we can't help even if we want to. Darn capitalism.
|Actually at first glance this photo looks a bit like a nativity scene with our friend being dressed as a king, doesn't it?|