I also wanted to share some photos of our Halloween, since that's been my tradition here on my blog (and because my kids are my most avid blog readers!)
This year the kids decided to go as the Little Red Riding Hood gang. There was no arguing over who would be who between the three girls. Indigo wanted to be the Grandma, Tia wanted to be Little Red Riding Hood, and Iris couldn't wait to be the big, bad wolf!
Jude was happy to be the woodcutter, particularly the more gruesome version as told in Grimm's fairy tales, which also made him the hero of the story.
Don't worry, though. In our story, the wolf and the woodcutter, while initially off to a rough start, later became friends.
We made Hazel our little rain cloud, because the weather was surely ominous that day. And maybe also because I had the costume already made. ;)
I got off easy this year with three of the kids' costumes having been previously made. I made the Little Red Riding Hood costume two years ago for Indigo here.
I made the Little Rain Cloud costume for Iris three years ago here. Indigo is wearing her Christmas nightgown paired with Tia's sleeping bonnet. And this year, I decided to buy Iris' and Jude's costumes.
I strongly considered making this wolf costume for Iris, because it's awesome and I know she would have loved it (those claws!). But Dan has been working a ton of hours lately and time is one resource I don't have much of right now. So I let that one go.
Last week, we went to the pumpkin patch midweek as a homeschool 'field trip'. It was so great because we had the whole place to ourselves.
We had planned to carve our pumpkins on Halloween, thinking that we would have time in spades, given it fell on a Saturday and all. Things came up and we were supposed to be at a neighborhood block party by 5 pm and suddenly the day was slipping away. Maybe you know how that goes? I had to do some mending on one costume and some ironing on another. I was worried we might not get to the pumpkin carving and the kids did not want to do it the day after Halloween. That would be waaaay too anti-climactic! ;)
Well, we had a pretty huge Halloween milestone this year where Jude and Indigo carved the pumpkins! That pretty much blew my mind. Every other year it's been Dan or me carving pumpkins, more or less alone. It's one of those activities that's supposed to be for the kids, but the adults end up doing most, if not all, of the work. Not this year, though! Dan cut off the bottoms of the pumpkins and after that, Jude and Indigo took over with their little pumpkin carving tool kit! I think they've already passed me up in pumpkin carving ability!
Iris begged, "Give mine Seeks! Give mine Seeks!" That would be "cheeks" - the two circles you see on either side of the smile of the second pumpkin. Best detail ever, at least in my book!
I am loving this stage of parenting so much. I hear a lot of people say they don't want their babies to grow up. And I am one who loves the baby stage, too. It's so precious. But, for me, this stage with my 'older' ones is equally as incredible. They are amazing kids and I enjoy them so much. It's also so rewarding to see the way we can all pull together, work as a team, and have so much fun in the process.
We made it to the block party on time (more or less). The kids went trick-or-treating and we consumed far too much candy. Afterward, we all agree that this was our best Halloween yet!