so i truly have mixed feelings about this holiday. i am very not into the scary part of it at all. you can draw your own conclusions as to why that is but i will simply say that it's not a spirit i want in my house or near my children. that said ... i love the fall aspect. i love watching little ones get all excited to dress up like something new and fun. i love the crispness in the air and the gentle falling leaves. i love visiting pumpkin patches and carving the pumpkins that come home. i love to watch all the families leave the house together for a night of fun and being silly together. i love getting together with friends and seeing everyone's creativity.
so this is how we spent our halloween. mia chose to be a princess. it was a decision that came down to the wire. she kept switching between a butterfly and a princess and finally made up her mind. asher was a construction worker (see the previous post if you're curious about that one!) and eli fit into the lamb costume so that's what he was. our only problem was that asher did not want to wear his hard hat or his tool belt. well, without these things he looked rather like a regular 2 year old in jeans and a plaid shirt. i felt like i was taking my 2 year old out in a "this IS my costume" t-shirt that you see high school kids wear. it was terrible! =) he boycotted his outfit on two occasion so for trick-or-treat we changed the plan.
we headed over to sarah and daniel's to meet up with a bunch of the kids friends. now when i say a bunch i literally mean 16 kids under the age of 5. i think people were a little overwhelmed when our crazy group arrived at their doors. they were quiet a sight all running around, saying trick-or-treat and thank you (not always in the right order or context) and laughing at anything. it was lots of fun. anyways, sarah very sweetly offered asher his choice of costumes from her selection and he chose the koala bear. it was very cute ... very much too small for him ... but very cute. he did actually wear the hat for a little while but that didn't last too long either. he's two, what are ya gonna do? so here's one of the attempts to get a photo of all the kids before we left and yes, quiet a few of them had run off.
so here's the tricky part of trick-or-treating that i can't believe i am actually posting. mia had not napped in two days and had finally fallen asleep at 10 the night before only to be up at 6:30. needless to say she was tired. friday nap time came and no sooner did i get her into bed then she got out ... and got out ... and got out. this went on for almost an hour and a half. so reaching my limit i simply said to her that she could either chose to stay in her bed or she wouldn't be able to trick-or-treat. of course no sooner does this leave my mouth then i am praying that she will stay in bed. you know what happened ... out she popped. so there was no trick-or-treating for her. she was allowed to go to the party since the choice just involved trick-or-treat and she had the choice to either walk with her friends (just not go to the houses) or stay back at sarah's. she chose to walk with her friends and did amazing!! she didn't try to trick-or-treat and every time she was asked about it by an adult this was honestly her response (no prompting) "i can't go trick-or-treating because i chose not to listen to mom and got out of my bed. maybe next year." though it broke my heart it was so awesome to listen to her and know that she was learning how much control she had of her own life. that her choices directly affect her life. it was probably one of the hardest things i have had to do as a mom but i am so proud of her (and of me for sticking to it!). pete and i have been told not to act powerful unless you mean it ... well, i guess i mean it. so i hope you don't think i'm a terrible mom but i figure it's better for her to learn the lesson at 3 at a halloween she probably won't remember then to have to learn it later when the stakes are even higher.
hope you all had a great halloween!!