We managed a last minute visit to the pumpkin patch.
We went trick-or-treating at the VERY crowded high school.
I volunteered at Dylan's 5th grade party. It was a big change from the usual class parties. The party was held in the gym and cafeteria, and the entire 5th grade partied together. It was unbelievably loud. Dylan didn't want me to take pictures, so all I have is the one picture he let me take and a picture of him in the costume contest.
I planned Lexie's class party and coordinated all the donations. It was time-consuming, but the party went perfectly! The two other moms I worked with were awesome. I'm so glad I got to spend the afternoon with Lexie and her classmates!
I volunteered at Lily's very first school party. She had a last minute costume change to Elsa, of course. She had a great time!
FINALLY, we made it to Halloween!
We kicked of the day with Liam's last mini-photoshoot for Down Syndrome Awareness Month. He looked too cute in his costume!
Thanks to our constant busyness, pumpkin carving had to wait until that afternoon.
We gave Liam a "pumpkin guts" sensory bag, but it didn't last long!
We only carved one of our pumpkins. We got it done JUST in time!
After a quick dinner of Cheesy Halloween Pasta, Mummy Dogs, and Peas, we literally ran through the house getting into our costumes. We jumped in the car, and made it to Grant's mom's house just as Trick-or-Treating began. Phew! (That's life as a family of 6. Always rushing around, always racing out the door, and always late!)
For the first time in 3 years, it wasn't raining on Halloween! It wasn't chilly, either. It almost didn't feel like Halloween without the rain! Trick-or-Treating is SO much better when the weather cooperates!
Daryl from The Walking Dead led our pack, and he was followed by Thing 1 (Thing 2 didn't have time to put her costume together...oops!), a Butterfly Fairy, and a penguin. We make our own theme!
Trick-or-Treating with Lily is very entertaining. Seriously, that kid is destined to be an actress or perform on Broadway! At every house, she sang, "Trick or Treat, THANK YOU! Happy Halloween!"
Upon arriving at the awesome haunted house in town, she spotted all the monsters strolling around the yard trying to scare the kids. She was genuinely scared, but screamed "I HATE HALLOWEEN!" in the face of each monster who tried to scare her.
As we walked away, she went back to singing a song about a spooky Halloween night. The song lasted for over a block, and she even sang it to the people handing out treats.
And, just for the record, don't tell her she's a beautiful butterfly. She will promptly correct you by saying, "I'm not a butterfly. I'm a FAIR-WEE!"
I love that kid!
Dylan and Lexie are pros at Trick-or-Treating, and moved very quickly, but Lily lagged behind. She had no problem doing it alone! Liam wasn't the least bit interested. He spent a little bit of time in the stroller, but I mostly carried him. If I put him down, he ran! He was pretty much the cutest penguin ever!
We lasted about an hour and a half before heading back to Grant's mom's house. The kids were tired, but they got a lot of candy, so they were happy!
We returned home, and a few friends stopped by. The big kids ran off to play while Liam hammed it up. I would blame his excessive happiness on all the candy, but he really didn't have more than a piece or two!
How was your Halloween?
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