Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ready For Trick Or Treating

Lydia the Little Lamb

Grace the softball player

Emily the monkey trainer...notice the matching outfits!

Sophia the ladybug, butterfly (with upside down angel wings), bunny. She wanted to be funny and make people laugh this year.

Allison the M&M

Trick or treating here is much different than what I experienced growing up. In town our goal was to go as long as we could and to as many houses as possible. We would come home with bags full of candy, but it sure took effort, especially if it was cold outside! Here in the country we go to twelve houses. It still takes quite a while but the kids get into the warm van for the drive from house to house. The funny thing is they come home with an unbelievable amount of candy! I was shocked my first year out here at how much people give. But because there are so few kids, people give very generously! Handfuls of mini candy bars at each stop. Sometimes juice boxes or a pop. Homemade popcorn balls, rice krispie bars, and cookies. Then there are stops at relatives houses, which gives bonuses of Cracker Jacks boxes and HUGE Hershey bars. Not king size, I'm talking the huge ones used for cooking. One for each kid. Which is great because we usually have a baby that can't eat one so Josh and I get to fight over it! The kids love to go around and get all the candy but it is so much fun for the parents, too. We know every house we go to so it is the one time a year when we get to see our neighbors and have a quick visit. Oh, and this year was extra special because Jeff and Macy showed up at our door as we were leaving and the kids got to trick or treat around our area together!

Finished Product

Grace and Jack

Emily and Jack

Sophia and Jack

Allison and Jack

Carving Pumpkins

Halloween Dance

Brooke had her first dance the Friday before Halloween. It was a Halloween dance in Alexander. They were supposed to dress up, which I don't understand because high school girls are much too concerned about looking cute to really dress up for Halloween. So I'm not sure what we decided she dressed up as. Something like mix matched or something. Various colors and patterns. But I thought she ended up looking pretty cute in the hat. It was so strange to be driving her over for a school dance. When we arrived in the parking lot and I saw a couple older high school boys get out of their pick up I told her I could just take her home if she didn't really want to go! Of course that was not an option! So I let her go. She had a blast and yes she even danced with boys. I think all the kids had a good time hanging out and dancing and visiting. Now she is just looking forward to the next one!