Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A goulish good time

I know it is the day to rotate to a new banner and rework the colors of the blog but I thought I would give the fall theme one last day to shine along with the halloween photos.
So here we go. I have not forgotten the stories and pictures I have promised from previous posts, I will get to them, soon. Lets just get today behind us first. First thing we did today was head to the costume store (more about that later) and on the way there I explained to the kids that we could trick or treat in the mall and got them all excited. So we took in the pails, Ethan dragging his along the pavement while hanging over the side of his stroller and Kaitlyn skipping happily along with the prospects of candy, candy, candy filling her bucket on her mind. After doing our shopping we went to trick or treat and were so disappointed to find that this mall didn't participate, what is up with that?!
So on the way to the door I tried to explain to a sullen Kaitlyn that they had no candy, when all of a sudden she brightened. "Mommy, candy" she said excitedly---pointing to those candy vending machines by the door. "money peas mommy" she then exclaimed. So I dug out a quarter and bought her first treat of the day.

We then stopped by my parents place on the way home for lunch and of course to really break the kids in on the whole door to door thing. Above is my littlest sister Emily Victoria, isn't she regal?
Tonight they(my parents and youngest siblings) went water sliding with other homeschoolers, somewhat of a tradition among their group. Fun, fun, fun!

"Mommy, more tape?" Kaitlyn LOVES to tape things.
Early this afternoon we finally got the halloween decor put up, ya I was sooooo not on the ball this year, nothing like last minute!

Candles on the front step.

This was my sister "tt's" first time going trick or treating and she went as a prego chick. Actually she was just bloated. Just kidding! Her jacket is actually massively full of mini bags of chips since there was no room in the kids treat buckets. Next time we will take a bag for the chips.
She did have a great time and also wishes we could have gone as kids. My first time out trick or treating was when I was 19 and had moved out on my own. I had a friend who said I just hadn't lived till I went so we dressed up and she dragged me out. It was a blast! So much fun, and you get to meet all your neighbors. Speaking of neighbors, the ones kinda kitty corner and down a house to us have great decorations, above is a pic of one of their props.

Our frond porch.

Costumes.....well, you wonder what happened here? Wasn't Ethan supposed to be a bee? Yes he was, but I wasn't thinking when I bought his outfit and got a sleeper with wings, how the heck do you fit that under a winter coat and look cute or be comfortable?! Think, think, I need to think!!
So Kaitlyn was a lady bug as planned and Ethan ended up being a.....hmmm....bear? Gopher? Chip monk? We are not sure exactly what the costume is supposed to be but all I cared is that it fit over his coat. He got comments from candy-hander-outer-people on what it might be so I just went with it, "yup, that is what he is, you got it!"
Now for my costume, sad I know, but this is what you get when you don't think about a costume till halloween day and you go to the store and it is picked over. I ended up with a way too small striped shirt and then found some random wings that didn't attach to anything.
So I ripped seams like crazy, resewed new ones and sewed on the random wings thinking I would just be a blue bee or a butterfly. Well once out and about everyone thought I was a fairy, so I guess I have a costume for when my kids loose their teeth. Only I will wear a crown rather than some crazy spiky toque I found in a box in the basement.
I did learn a few valuable lessons about wearing a costume with flowy wings:
  1. Do not cook sausage or go anywhere near a stove while wearing one. I came within two inches of burning myself down.
  2. Do not go to the washroom with the costume on.
  3. Do not walk too close to trees
  4. Do not try to pass someone in a doorway
  5. Do not drive a vehicle

You get the idea, I could go on, but seriously, just wear it to trick or treat then get out of it!


Family Adventure said...

Great pictures.

Wow - you have such young siblings! She looked very royal, your littlest sister :)

Glad the kids had a good time.


Anonymous said...


I love the costumes.
I dressed this year to hand out candy. I had on a Pirates of the Caribbean Minnie Mouse Ears and a pink tutu with white shirt and black pants. The kids trick or treating looked at me as if I was a nut, but the parents thought I looked cute. Even a few said so. Okay I thought I looked cute. Sara said I looked like a Halloween geek.

I hope the kids had as much fun as we did.

talk to you soon.
Love and miss you lots
Aunty Kathy

ps I see Kaitlin still fits the Halloween shirt

familymclean said...

yes she still fits it, thank you Aunty Kathy for it, it was perfect. Though I think to make it fit again next year we may have to make it a short sleved shirt.

Oh, and I think your costume sounded very cute, way better than mine!