Holy Crunch Bars and Butterfingers. I feel like I just ran a mommy marathon. I also feel like this happens every year…
I build the holiday (any holiday, not just Halloween) up for weeks, doing crafts and making costumes. Participating in whatever activity we can and watching whatever “spooky” movies we have.
The day comes and we start out strong.
We awoke to a foggy day…PERFECT for Halloween!
We attended our Thursday morning Library Reading Program and got to do some Trick-or-Treating warm-up exercises…
Once warm-ups were over, Autumn set out to do what is typically done in a library…
By mid day, I start to putter. The kids start feeling it too, but they go down for naps. And if Aidan’s home (i.e. – it’s the weekend), he’s still going strong. That kids is like the Energizer Bunny.
Lincoln, Autumn, and I picked up some eggs from our local country store, The Country Trail, and came home for a quick bite to eat….Lincoln requested scramble egg sandwiches.
We made our way over to Aidan’s school for his class Halloween Party. We were all looking forward to it.
The kids all sat on the rug. Each child got a turn to stand up and pick on someone to guess what they were dressed as….
Both Kindergarten classes then paraded to each classroom in the school. It was adorable! And I, of course, left my camera in the diaper bag. In the classroom.
And whenever there is a parade, there is usually a party to follow (I learned that from the Irish).
The party ended. It was time for Aidan to get back to his scholarly work and for Lincoln and Autumn to nap.
After school/evening time rolls around and I’m eh. And it’s raining.
Yes, eh. It’s an emotion. A legitimate emotion. Especially when rain is involved.
But the kids? It’s like they just woke up. Which Lincoln and Autumn just did. And they want to go Trick-or-Treating.
Um….waiter? Can I please have whatever it is they’re having?
I’m sorry, m’am (yes, people are starting to call me that) you’ll have to shoot myself up with illegal substances to match their energy level.
Right. I’ll stick with eh, thank you.
Anyhoo…I started to freak out a little. On the inside. Maybe slightly on the outside too?
It was 4 o’clock. Dinner wasn’t done yet. Trick-or-Treating was starting in an hour. It was raining. Like raining raining. Autumn was congested and I knew she shouldn’t be out in the rain. And I was cold and didn’t want to be out int the rain either.
Freaking out a little turned into a mommy meltdown. Complete with tears and all.
There was a serious conversation about not going Trick-or-Treating this year.
Since the kids can’t eat 3/4’s of what they get anyway, Nana offered to take them to the toy store. AWESOME!
We sat down. We ate.
I calmed down.
The rain stopped.
My brain reset and I realized Trick-or-Treating was a must.
The boys didn’t care about not being able to eat the candy they collected. They just wanted to wear their costumes and say “Trick-or-Treat”.
And… Nolan went through boxes in two different locations in search of the kids’ Trick-or-Treat bags.
He found them and had them sent to us the day before Halloween.
So, I took the boys to the center of town. Nana stayed home with Autumn, who got a delicious cupcake and a nice warm bath (much better than not-so-warm rain).
The boys were delighted! And I loved watching them love every moment of it.
It ended up raining most of time we were out, but I didn’t mind. The boys were having fun. They were listening and staying with the group (if you’re a parent, you know how much easier that makes things).
And Trick-or-Treating up here felt like something out of the movies. It’s something I’ve never experienced. Something I’m really happy I was able to experience with them.
Once we completed the Trick-or-Treating route, the boys and I headed home for some yummy cupcakes and Halloween books.
It was a perfect ending to a busy day.