First of all, thank you to FX for playing "Twilight" several times over the last few nights. It's been real.
Last year I mentioned an enormous, house-sized black cat our neighbor put up. The girls called him "Scary Skip" and were scared to walk by him. This year we were thrilled to see his return, and instead of fear, we greet him heartily each day. (And let me just say - it is SO amazing to be able to send videos straight from my phone to YouTube!)
Last week Ginger's preschool had their annual Halloween sing-along and outdoor parade, always a crowd-pleaser. I have got to get a playlist from their music teacher, some of those songs are super cute. Her class had a small cupcake-decorating party first.
Ginger was Olivia this year.
Poppy was the same ladybug that both Hazel and Ginger were at her age. Easy peasy.
This month my friend Sheri traveled to England to see, among other things, the Bears play an NFL UK game - see her awesome write-up here. While galavanting and basking in kidlessness she also managed to remember I LOVE Cadbury creme eggs, and picked me up a bunch of these Halloween versions - "Screme eggs" with green in the center. Oh, yes, they are all the Halloween candy I need. YUM!
In preparation for our church Halloween party, a bunch of chicks-in-aprons got together one night to assemble this cake and this one, which would be prizes for the pumpkin carving and chili cook-off contests. It was a great night of gabbing and frosting.
Last Friday night Hazel's school had a Halloween party, so we all donned our costumes and schlepped over to the school. There was a movie, stories, crafts, a "spookhouse" (= the music room draped and darkened with a few scary things), and DANCING. Yes, a DJ was there, and from the moment we got there to the moment we left, Hazel was cutting the rug. She's got moves and she loves to dance. It's kinda dark to tell, but she was a knight.
Saturday was the church party. But before that, we got the season's first SNOW! The girls were beside themselves and talk of Christmas immediately ensued.
But we did still go to the party. From the decorations to the activities, to the astounding "Thriller" dance performance at the end, the whole event left me speechless. Games, cupcake walk, Pirate's Cove, live music (yes, a BAND). It rocked.
It was also fun that I got to be a chili judge, tasting 19 different concoctions, and realizing there is a very wide berth when to comes to interpreting "chili." Another thing I always love about the church party is that the adults dress up. Ed and I were salt and pepper shakers. Unfortunately my costume snagged on a door and fell apart before we could get a picture together, but here is Ed with Poppy. I looked like him but with black pom-poms and balled up newspaper in my shaker.
Alex Trebek and Jeaopardy contestant - nice winnings, Ashley!
Facebook page and National Geographic cover - this NG fellow had the most rocking homemade robot costume last year, he is one to keep an eye on!
Treats 4 Our Troops, do you know about this? Genius everyone-wins program. Or there's this feature on candy-filled treats (but like I said here, does anyone really have Reese's left over?!) Let's take Halloween candy and ADD MORE SUGAR! Who's with me? You couldn't pay me enough to make or eat the Taffy Ice Cream Bomb (who gives out taffy for Halloween?) but I could be persuaded to try the Kit Kat Crescents...
Finally, I got this "tasteful" black wreath for door, what do you think? I went out to get the paper one morning, and when I turned around this was what I saw. What on earth could be more welcoming?