Where Did I Leave Off?

Sorry to have left you hanging out there in Blogland! I didn’t intend to take a blogging hiatus, but I have been away from my computer enjoying the cu-ray-zee fall schedule my cowgirls and I have.
It seems that this year our Halloween festivities lasted all week, and it was a really fun week. The littles were cowgirls this year, which actually turned out to be an easy costume. Yea for Mom! I am usually the one running all over town the week of Halloween paying an ungodly fortune for costume pieces that we really don’t like and will never ever wear again. Or, even worse, staying up all night sewing together some kind of foolishness that is going to start falling apart the moment we head out the door trick-or-treating, only to have my children cry the whole time that their costume is coming apart. So this year, they had the denim skirts and cowboy boots (although MA’s were too small to wear for very long). I found the vests at Target for $20, which I was happy to pay because they will wear them all winter. Add a cowboy hat from the Dollar Tree and kerchiefs from our dress-up stash, and we were on our way to trick-or-treat!
Our Halloween week started on Wednesday with a trip to an assisted living facility in town to do our music class with the residents and trick-or-treat with them. It’s really fun to take about 35 preschoolers dressed up as cheerleaders and bunnies and Buzz Light Year and lambs to visit with a bunch of sweet senior citizens who don’t get to see children very often. They were good to our kiddos. They clapped along and oohed and aahed over them,  and I hope we were able to entertain them for a little while.
The last few years we have spent Halloween night with Jonathan’s sister and her family, and it has become one o our favorite traditions. They have a fabulous neighborhood block-party sort of event in which they block off a street and most houses on that street go ALL OUT for Halloween. They decorate their houses, don fabulous costumes and have hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people trick-or-treating. People are EVERYWHERE and it is just a good, fun kind of chaos. You can see all kinds of costumes. Some are funny, some are scary, some are just really, really creepy. For some, I have to distract my kiddos from seeing them so that they don’t have nightmares for weeks. But it’s all good fun and the girls get to hang out with their cousins for a little while. That cute little pirate you se is my nephew Tucker.
For the first time, I’m participating in the Trendy Treehouse’s Shutter Love Tuesday. Look around at some other great photos on the participating sites. If you are visiting from the Trendy Treehouse, welcome! Please feel free to look around and leave a comment to let me know you’ve been here. I’ll do my best to return the favor. Thanks for stopping by!

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