Halloween 2013

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Halloween seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye this year.

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It fell during the already crazy Red Ribbon Week, and given that it was on a school night, I was a little nervous about how my youngest littles, who normally go to bed at 7 pm, would handle getting up the next morning.

Never fear.  They had a great time trick-or-treating, and they also made it through half the day at school until Nonna arrived and took them for a little Friday fun.

To say that we have come a long way with trick-or-treating would be a huge understatement.  There were so many years that we wondered if Ethan would ever comfortably and confidently walk up to the doors himself.  Now he walks up and says and signs, “thank you”.  It is a beautiful sight to this momma’s eyes.

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This was the first year that we did not have any pre or post Halloween fevers, and we also never had to carry a tired or hurt child. It was a Halloween miracle…or something.

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While I still miss the days of holding little ones and dressing them up for their firsts, I must admit that I am enjoying this stage in our lives.  I never understood how moms did not have a complete and utter nervous breakdown watching their littles grow up.  I totally get it now.  There is absolute beauty in the moment of it all. That is why we embrace and appreciate each and every moment, each and every stage, and each and every step of the journey.  We know that the present is just as beautiful and lovely as the past.

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And The Show Went On

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Yesterday was hard on this momma.  I do not like for my little to miss special events/celebrations.

Gabriel had already been sick on his birthday this year, and my dad had been sick on Summer’s birthday.  Those days were very hard because, as moms, we try so hard to make every single moment so special for our children. I am learning, however, that life happens, and there is nothing that we can do to prevent that.  It is good for me to sometimes slow down and realize that I cannot control every memory, though.  Some of the best memories just happen all on their own.

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When I look back at yesterday, I am sure that it will be one of the most vivid Halloweens that I will ever have stored in the video in my mind.

There was cuddles and sibling love and family and food…and memories.  And, all of those things adds up to a pretty spectacular day.

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I had already prepared almost all of the food for our annual Halloween dinner.  There was chili, beans, rice, fresh salsa, and tons of chips.  My sister’s family came over and made themselves a plate to-go.  No, it was not the sit-down, visit around the table kind of meal. But, for this Halloween, it was what worked.  And, sometimes just going with the flow of what works is the best possible solution to any dilemma.

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Ethan was healthy all day, and he was so excited about the night’s festivities.  Watching his little face, so eager and full of life, made the day turn around very quickly.  He had patiently entertained himself for most of the day yesterday while I took care of his siblings.  When I asked him if he was ready to trick-or-treat, his eyes lit up, a huge smile appeared, he pumped his little fist in the air, and he said, “Yea!”

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Gabriel had been fever-free all afternoon, so we allowed him to decide if he wanted to go trick-or-treating. His smile gave us his immediate answer.  He was happy to get dressed up and go, but it was clear that he was still a little weak and tired.  He made it through the night, though, and I am sure that he will remember the Halloween of 2012 for many, many years.

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Summer was still so sick.  She wanted to stay at home with me.  She took herself to our room and went to sleep during dinner, and she was still sleeping soundly when Sean and the boys left.

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When she woke up, though, the tears started.  She suddenly wanted to go trick-or-treating “to just one house”. Of course, I wanted to make my baby happy, so we quickly dressed, called Sean, and had them all meet us right down the road.  She put on a brave face and made it to about 5 houses.  When I bent down and asked her if she wanted me to carry her home, she eagerly accepted the offer.

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No, it was not the day that I had planned.  But, at the end of the day, everything was just as it should be. There were tired, happy littles who will have the memories of this Halloween in their own little videos in their minds.  And, I have a feeling that, when they play it back, they will like what they see.

 

In the Blink of an Eye…Happy Halloween!

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We have had a busy, fun few days.

It is Red Ribbon Week at school, which is always fun because there is a different dress up day each day.

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I decided that we would celebrate Halloween Eve yesterday by having a little pumpkin carving party.  I ran to the store to get sparkling cider, doughnuts, and a pumpkin carving kit. I had it all set up so that we could have a little celebration right after school.

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That is when I realized how quickly things can change.  Gabriel came home feeling a little off.  He tried his best to put on his smiling face but soon asked if he could go take a bath.

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Summer was the next one who started to fade.

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Ethan was the last man standing, and he happily carved away.

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Within an hour or so, Gabriel and Summer both had a headache, fever, chills, and a sore throat.

We are all home this morning, waiting for the doctor’s appointment to see what the verdict is.

Here is a little preview of their costumes, just in case trick or treating is not in the cards for us this year.

Summer is Merida from Brave.

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Ethan is a General.

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Gabriel is Robin Hood.

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Of course they are sad that they are sick on Halloween.  Their nonna has promised to bring them treats if we cannot get out tonight.

This is certainly not the way we had envisioned our Halloween.  We were supposed to have a Character Parade at school, our report card celebration for lunch, our traditional Halloween dinner with family tonight, and trick-or-treating.  However, just as with all things, we will make the most of the day, celebrate as much as we can, and make memories, one way or another.

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Happy Halloween!