Halloween this year was a whirlwind. I had plans. Big plans, but life happens and plans change. Gabby had early release on Wednesday and Thursday this week. We had every moment scheduled, but our schedule changed. We were blessed to have Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Sharon come for a surprise visit. I wasn't getting much sleep and so I wasn't 100%. Wednesday Gabby spent the day with Mommy visiting with Aunt Sharon and Grandma and Grandpa once out of school. On Thursday, we still managed to spend one day with Aunt Sharon and even take her to the airport after Mommy got off of work. Then we went to Uncle Mark's new apartment and picked up some clothes for him (Gabby is in LOVE and wants to move in immediately). Then the fun began. She got to paint a black cat for Halloween and then got a Gigi's cupcake (eating nothing but the frosting). Somehow she later convinced me to take her to the farmer's market for perusing, then some cartwheels in a field, and finally playing princesses in town center.
|Gabby walking in the parade next to her teacher (who was also a cat)|
|After the parade getting ready to go back in the school|
|Abby in the parade (Gabby's BFF)|
The fourth night of no sleep. Friday night Mommy did not get much sleep due to tornado warnings on the alarm every thirty minutes. The weather was terrible and we woke up to flooded streets. We all feared that the water would not recede in time to pick up Cate, Reagan, and Molly for trick-or-treating. Michael and I went to all of the grocery stores and they were out of pumpkins, can you believe it?! Everything fell into place. We went to the pumpkin patch at a nearby church and even though it was muddy they were open (this was on the agenda for the week so I was excited that we continued the tradition). On top of getting to pick out a pumpkin from a plethora of over grown gourds, we also got it for half price!
Grandma and Uncle Mark got the girls all a pumpkin at a different patch. The girls had already carved a pumpkin, so they opted to paint their pumpkin. Gabby hadn't so we designed her pumpkin (She drew it on her own) and then she and Daddy carved it. Can you believe it? Over protective Daddy allowed Gabby to carve with a real knife! Naturally since all of her cousins were painting their pumpkin Gabby also painted hers. The final result was a traditional looking colorful jack-o-lantern. Daddy said it was the best one we had ever carved!
Finally we ate pizza and got ready to head into the cool misting night. Grandma and Papa came to see Gabby and the girls in their costumes. Then Grandma, Grandpa, Mommy, Daddy, Uncle Mark, and Aunt Danielle headed out to start an adventurous night of trick-or-treating.
|Let's get this show on the road! Unwilling to pose for a photo. (Notice crazy cat baby even has a cat bag)|
The girls ran from door to door getting candy. Molly held a lantern to feel safe and Gabby occasionally requested my hand or a "big girl's" hand to feel safe. Gabby attempted going through a haunted house with Abby and Katelyn, but ran back out. She decided to wait in line and try it again, and made it through with Daddy's help. We also bombarded Aunt Kasey and borrowed her restroom and took a few bottles of water to survive the walk home. All and all the was a success. The girls enjoyed sorting their candy and putting the types they didn't care for in a 'for sale' pile (sharing with each other). They stayed up extremely late and ate too much candy and then slept in. I love that the grandparents got to be part of the festivities!
|Gabby met her friends at the haunted house|
|Making the ultimate fort for the girls to tell spooky stories and eat snacks after a night of trick-or-treating|