I hope you all had a safe and wonderful time. Our days have been busy but overall fun.
Costumes for 2012: Rapunzel and an Indian
Both kids decided what they wanted to be. And since they have a mommy who did costuming in college as a theatre major of course their garments would be totally rockin'. I don't care that I spend probably four times as much to make it myself than I would if I bought something off the rack -- it's special.
So during the rage of getting Alanna's costume finished in time this is what my room looked like:
The kids got to wear their costumes to Will's therapy where they received rave reviews from the staff and other parents. Lana loved her "princess dress" and William eventually liked to show off the fringe on his shirt.
We did eventually make it out to Windmill Farm Market for the hayride. Originally I wanted to go weeks ago but then I got sick and couldn't stray far from a toilet so we rescheduled. A storm came in (one of the storm fronts that met up with Hurricane Sandy to make it worse) and I was afraid we'd be rained out, but we weren't. It was pretty cold so we dressed warmly.
|I know, I'm wearing a child's hat... I cannot find the grown-up hats and it was the only one that fit on my head. Oh, and the kids were refusing to take a picture so that's what's up with the grumpy faces.|
|this pic doesn't do the experience justice|
|Will LOVED the hayride|
|The available pumpkins for purchase|
|pumpkins from the hayride|
Oh, so when we actually did get our pumpkins I got ready to carve them. Will wanted to look inside and tell me about the orange color and all the seeds but didn't really want to help scoop them out. When it was Lana's turn she kinda freaked when her hands got all gooey and then refused to do any more. So all the pumpkin work was left for me to do. At that point I was glad they were just small pie pumpkins.
In the Dayton area (and I think most of Ohio) they have what is called "Beggar's Night" which is basically Trick-or-Treat but held on a chosen night earlier than Halloween. Different cities/townships/neighborhoods go out on different nights. The idea is to avoid the "trick" part and keep mischievous activity at a minimum. Even with the crazy storm they held our candy night on the 30th. It was very, very cold.
Lana was totally into the trick-or-treating this year. It was so fun! She would actually say "Trick-or-treat" in her adorable little girl talk and happily say "tank-coo" after receiving her candy. The friends I was walking with brought their dog dressed as a sheriff so when Lana got her candy I told her to go the Sheriff Dog and wait, and she did. It was helpful if she couldn't find mommy in the mass of little kids roaming around.
|her Rapunzel hair kept her ears warm so she didn't want to wear her hood|
We didn't stay out too long since it was bitterly cold. The rest of the night William and I handed out candy. And all four of us gorged ourselves on sugar.
On the actual day of Halloween, William had a costume parade at school and parents were invited to come and hand out candy. Lana joined me. She loved any reason to wear her costume. Oh, and I was also in costume. It's my pirate costume I made when I was pregnant with Alanna. It fits much differently now and I think looks better without a belly protruding out over the top of the belt!
|He's walking with the aid dressed as Mrs. Potato Head|
|Lana snacking on Candy while we wait for the parade|
|He's actually posing nicely for me!|
But before either of those show up I'm off to PWOC International Conference in Nashville, TN! Whoot!