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It seems like we have one of these every year! So why do I seem to get more tired every year when it’s over? 🙂

We had fun last night. The boys were all pirates (all, yes, even the husband). Gabby was such a stealthy ninja people didn’t even recognize she was a ninja and got only 3 pieces of candy. Next year she plans to be more conspicuous. Mili was a little pink skeleton. I was a mom 🙂

It’s funny how different the boys are. Last night, Dean was all into the costume and acting the part. He liked the make-up beard and said, “Aaargh, thank you!” in his best pirate voice when people gave him candy. He jumped off all the stairs and had tons of energy. Pierce, on the other hand, was more quiet and carefully walked, being very cautious of the sidewalks and bumps around the houses. They are so yin/yang.

Maybe the best part was seeing Paul get into it. He had a long wig, grew his beard out for a month, did the patch and hook  hand, etc. He had a lot of fun and definitely plans to do it again next year.

So now on to the next holiday. I already have the menu planned out and plan to be utterly exhausted making it the best Thanksgiving ever for my kids 🙂

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Friday started out good…Dh took me out to lunch at my fave restaurant. Then we had plans to get new blinds for our dd’s room (the one we redid). But we must have miscalculated the time because when we were done with lunch, I realized I had to rush to get to dd’s school. They were having their Halloween parade and party (costumes and all) and I promised her and ds1 we would make it. So dh dropped me off at home with my car and he went to go get the blinds. I got into the classroom, and immediately dd came to me and said, “Can we go home right now?” I said sure and signed her out an hour and half early.

On the way to the car, I asked why she wanted to go home…she said she’d been feeling hot and freezing all day and was dizzy and  her throat hurt. Great, I thought…sounds kinda flu-ish. She had a party to go to so I told her to take a nap and we’d see how she felt for the party. She woke up at 5pm (napped for 2 1/2 hrs) and still felt awful…no party for her. She started walking around and still felt dizzy, so I told her she should stay home (we were about to go to dh’s parents’s for dinner). Dh also felt she shouldn’t go trick-or-treating and told her. I expected a melt-down, but she agreed it was a bad idea to try to go. I gave her a tylenol, juice, a barf-bucket, the phone, and told her to lay down on the couch with the direction to call immediately if she felt even a little worse.

After dinner, at dh’s parent’s house, we were getting the boys’ costumes ready and the phone rang. Dh grabbed it and said, “Ok, Gab, I’ll come get you.” He hung up and said she felt better and wanted to come with us. So he went home (only 5-10 min. drive) and got her. Meanwhile, dh’s dad and I took the boys out around the block, where we eventually ran into dh and dd. We had a good night, she felt great, and the 2 kids got a good stash of treats. We thought ds1 seemed a little pale, but hoped it was nothing.

No such luck. Saturday morning he woke up sick, too. With 2 sick kids, we didn’t do much…dh mowed the lawn for the last time this year and put up dd’s blinds and we tidied up the house a bit.

So now it’s Sunday and I stayed home from church with the 3 kids…luckily the baby’s not sick. Gab doesn’t have school Mon. or Tues, so she’ll have more time to rest. She picked a good weekend to get this mess over with!

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On this occasion, I thought I’d tell a couple true stories!

When I was a teenager, we had 2 neighbors (yes, only 2…we lived out in the boonies…we all had roughly 15+ acres). Neighbor Jones was a great family; I used to babysit their 2 kids. They had lots of animals like we did and we all got along well. Neighbor Smith wasn’t quite so pleasant. She had the only house around for miles that had a big chain-link fence at her driveway. She didn’t socialize with anyone and even when we’d wave, she’d glare. One day Mrs. Jones called us, asking if we’d seen her black-bellied pig, Elvis. Yes, Elvis. We hadn’t, unfortunantly, and figured the coyotes got him.

A couple weeks later, she called crying and upset. She said she had had to go over to the Smith house to talk to her about something and decided to peek into the garage, still looking for her pig. That’s when she saw him. Elvis’ skin was hanging on Mrs. Smith’s garage wall! “Mrs. Smith killed Elvis!”

My second story happened to relatives of ours, many years back. This family lived during the early 1900’s and just bought a house near an orchard. The husband, Harry, worked on the other side of the orchard and the wife would go through it to take food to her husband while he was working.

One day, after many days of very rainy weather, she was walking through and felt something tug at her skirt. She looked down, and there was a forearm and a reaching hand, sticking out of the ground. She ran screaming to her husband, “Harry, there’s a body in the orchard!” He then followed her and sure enough, there was a body just below the surface of the ground.

It turned out that a poor local family had lost a member. They were too poor to have a service/burial, so they buried the body in the orchard. Unfortunately, they didn’t bury him deep enough and the rain had settled the ground, making it possible for the hand to stick up through the mud. So be careful when walking through a field after a rainstorm!

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So here’s the pics of us at the church Halloween party.

Our Little Pirate.

Lovely Cleopatra.

Dracula and Baby Pumpkin. And lastly, the Queen of the Underworld.

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Last night our church held its annual Halloween party. The traditional dinner is pot-luck chili and cornbread followed by trunk-or-treat, except it was raining so we just did the candy inside. The kids always dress up, and sometimes adults do, too. It’s always fun.

Our dd was Cleopatra, ds1 was a pirate, and the baby was a pumpkin. They were all really cute, if I do say so myself 😀

While we were out shopping for costumes Saturday, dh saw one he thought would look good on me, the Goddess of the Underworld. He thought it was fitting for some reason….??  I told him ok, but he had to dress up, too. He agreed, so he found a Dracula cape and teeth.

So, yep, he was Dracula and I was the Underworld Queen at church. One of my friends said she liked our costumes…I told her they weren’t costumes, it was our normal wear. That’s how I always look taking care of my little hellions and dh was just heading off to his evening job. (In my kids’ defense, they really are good 95% of the time.)

For trick-or-treating, 3 of us moms (all friends) just dumped our candy together and handed it out like that. It was a massive bowl!!

So all in all, it was a fun night. My chili turned out good (of course–I make a wicked chili, growing up in Texas) and the kids had fun. I’ll try to put up some costume pics tomorrow.

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My sister sent me a great link to Family Fun magazine with tons of Halloween fun stuff. It’s pretty awesome, so I’ll share it! Right here.

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I love the holidays! Not that Halloween is technically a holiday, but I love it anyway. I love the smells, the excitement, the decorations, the anticipation. I love taking pics of the kids in their costumes.

Hopefully Pierce will have a little more fun this year. Last year costumes were very last-minute and neither of the kids were happy with them. Gab was a sorceress and Pierce was a black cat.

This year, with 3 kids, it’ll be a little more tricky and a take a little more planning, which is why I’m planning now! We’re thinking of “Cinderella” for a theme…Gab be the fairy godmother, Pierce a prince, and Dean can be the pumpkin (since we have the costume from when Pierce was a baby) that changed into the coach.

I was looking online for ideas and found a cute place with tons of ideas. I either need to find something local or get it there. I’m so excited! Here’s what I’m thinking for Gab.  Here’s something for Pierce. And this is like what I have for Dean (without the legs part).

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