I recently signed up for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) through BlogHer, a media company specialized in blogging and social media. Basically all this means is that I have to publish a blog post everyday throughout the month of October, except Saturday’s and Sunday’s. The theme this month is simply: FALL. I have no idea what blogging every day will be like, but I do know that every single time I write, I learn something new. I’m excited to see what it will be this month. Now come on everybody, FALLow along with me!
Happy Halloween for just a few hours longer, folks. One sleepy baby and one sugared up little guy later, Halloween 2013 comes to a close. They sleep. We had a fantastic Halloween Eve of pumpkin carving and a splendid Halloween Day of trick-or-treat.
HOWEVER… I will be glad to put this guy to rest for another year after tonight. I mean, I love him and all, but well, you know how it goes with small children and any toy that requires batteries…
Grammy gave Lance this talking jack-o-lantern (or as I like to call him – the gift that keeps on giving) that sings and sort of jives to a foreboding song. When the jack-o-lantern comes to life he has evil red LED eyes and an even more evil chuckle. Lance loves the thing. Even Vivi started getting excited (after the umpteenth time) when the table got bumped or Lance touched it to start the song, which goes like this…
I’m out of my skull on Halloween.
I’ll find a way to make you scream.
I’ll be everywhere on Halloween.
I’ll find you and I’ll scare you.
Ahahaha (evil laugh).
On Halloween night.
On Halloween night.
Ahahahahahahaha (evil laugh).
Yeah. It’ll be nice to box him up tonight.
But before I do I am going to go ahead and blame the evil Jack-o-lantern for Lance’s face choice for our pumpkin this year. He wanted a mean face, and only a mean face would do.
I surrendered, and yesterday we carved…
All the while Vivian sat on a sheet and did “So big!” on cue and clapped like it was her job.
Halloween Eve was an absolutely beautiful evening. I put dinner in the oven and we carved while our food baked, fully mindful of the waning daylight and earlier sunsets.
After dinner we put Vivian to bed, but let Lance stay up to light the pumpkin. This picture reminds me of ones my Mom took of my brothers and me – arms around the pumpkin like he/she is our best friend. Lance especially reminds me of my brother Keefe in this picture.
In the morning I snapped a quick picture before shuffling them off to the The Day School for Halloween festivities.
This afternoon I roasted some seeds after letting them soak all night.
On Halloween night (as in tonight, but also as in the evil jack-o-lantern song), we enjoyed a low-key tour around the neighborhood.
I did take my camera, but I didn’t take too many pictures because I wanted to just stroll, take our time, and let Lance do his thing. Vivi sat in the stroller or Jan carried her in his arms for most of the night. She was happily involved and looked around, but it was definitely Lance who stole the show. This year was the most fun we’ve had at Halloween because he really “got it.” The night was relaxing, full of laughs and firsts – a great night for our family.
I did have to take a picture at the intersection of the road leading to our neighborhood before it got dark. It’s been four and a half wonderful years of living here.
Family photo at our dear neighbors. Thank you Crystal for taking the picture!
Then it was off to The Wise Old Owl’s. We ended our night here. Lance ran laps and screamed his way around her house while we sat and visited.
Lance’s sugar high was in FULL effect, but we let him go for the gusto and make poor decisions about how much candy was appropriate to eat. Eventually we got Vivian into her pajamas and Charlotte gave her a bedtime bottle before it was time to go home and let our crazy man watch some cartoons before sleeping off his Halloween high.
On our way out the door, we quickly noticed that Kennedy had taken Vivian’s spot.
Lance thought this was hilarious and got even crazier.
It’s dark and quiet now. Jan and I just ate a very late dinner.
At this point we are about to start Halloween (think Jamie Lee Curtis 1978) and call it a night. But first, I need to go box up our evil singing, dancing jack-o-lantern. Or at the very least, take the batteries out.
See you in November!
The Banter Lady
To read yesterday’s post click here: Rapid fire list of reflections