Halloween Eve

I left work early yesterday with one of those headaches that have you fighting tears, which makes the headache that much worse. It was awesome. I went home and popped about 2400 mg of ibuprofen (what?) and buried my head under my covers waiting for it to kick in. About 45 minutes later I felt well enough to move and by the time the kids needed retrieving, I felt normal again.

ALL HAIL IBUPROFEN!

I had a million things I needed to do last night, so I sat NikkiZ down at the table with her present from Scout that she hadn’t opened yet. She was very neat and orderly with how she unpackaged the Potato. (That’s what we call Play Doh in our house.) Which impressed me as she was so freakin’ excited to open the box. Seeing her be orderly about her exploration of the toy and play-doh? Shocked me. She didn’t get that patience from me, that’s for sure.

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While she was so brilliantly distracted I decorated the outside of our house for Halloween. I mention every year that we get HUNDREDS of kids on our street for Halloween. There’s a few haunted houses in our neighborhood as well as several Awesomely Decorated houses that attract families from all over town. This is the only place I’ve lived my entire life that does Halloween right and we love it. So, it was very important that I at least get our simple lights up and our pumpkins out so I could join the cook kids.

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After I got that done, NikkiZ was still distracted so I took the chance to sew up the edges of the leghole I cut in AndyZ’s costume. The cotton filling was falling out so I knew I would need to patch up the area I cut before Halloween. I spent about 15 minutes mending that and checked on NikkiZ again. STILL DISTRACTED. I was able to cook dinner and do some laundry before she finally decided she had played with enough Potato for the night. Long story short? Diego Potato Set? BEST GIFT EVER.

After dinner we went to buy our candy supply for tonight. We wait until the last minute because we know we’d eat it all before Halloween if we didn’t. We bought 500+ pieces of candy and I assure you – we’ll use it all. We have yet to actually make it through an entire Halloween night without having to turn off the lights and shut the door because we’ve run out of candy. We try every year, but never succeed. Since it’s a Friday this year and the kids probably aren’t as concerned with staying out late? We have accepted that there’s not a chance we’ll make it all night. But we will stay out until the last piece is handed out.

And then we’ll lock ourselves inside the house and eat all of the candy the kids got trick-or-treating. It’s one of the many joys of parenting. Raiding your kid’s trick-or-treat bags while they sleep.