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Saturday, November 01, 2008

A Full Week

Here's a brief overview of our very busy past week. We started out with a bit of a freak snow storm, followed with Thing 2's birthday, and then lastly - but not least - we hit the town for our annual celebration of Halloween.

Thing 2 had a quiet birthday this year. I really just couldn't delve into the craziness that is a child's birthday party this year, so we had our good friends over for dinner one night and had cake. There were times this week that I felt like a slacker mom for not hosting a huge, lavish birthday party for him. I mean, he already does nothing, and I feel guilty about that. But I simply couldn't get into the overpriced and overdone and the often completely unreasonable child's birthday party. I am in awe of what I see taking place out there in the big world of kiddie birthday parties, and I am reluctant to become a part of it all. For as long as I can manage, I plan to keep the 3 Things birthday parties simple, understated, and basic.

Our friends' little girl was born on the same day as David, so they both had a lot of fun and exchanged gifts. My incredibly-talented cake-making cousin granted Thing 2's only wish for a Scooby-Doo birthday cake. It. Was. Delicious. We had a family supper on Tuesday (his actual birthday) with Granny and some delicious Swiss Chalet chicken.

Much of Tuesday night was filled with snow, much to my dismay and much to the Weather Network's credit. They got it right for once. Although it pained me a little do so in OCTOBER, I had to take the 3 Things outside to play in the fresh, fluffy white stuff. I mean, they are kids, they're not bogged down with silly notions like it shouldn't be snowing in October.

It took 45 minutes and unmeasurable amounts of patience to get the 3 Things ready to embrace their first fall snowfall of the season.

I forget what we're supposed to do with this stuff.

Never. Eat. Yellow. Snow.

No smooch on my cheeks is gonna make me forgive you for shoving me into this big pink snowsuit . . .

Thankfully, autumn quickly returned to our lovely, capital city and the above seen snow was pretty much melted within a day or two. Just in time for . . . Halloween. Things were busy and I didn't get very many photos of the kids in their costumes. They were full of anticipation and excitement to go trick-or-treating and wanted to get out the door.

Here is Thing 3 totally squished into an adorable banana costume, lent to me by my friend Liz. Although she may be a completely mashed banana, she is still cute, nonetheless. She was a wonderfully good sport. By the end of the night she was most certainly ready to peel off that big yellow costume and cuddle into her warm PJs.

Thing 2 went as Spiderman, and looked so cute and super-hero-ish, he made his mama quite proud. After dutifully requesting "Trick or Treat" at four homes on our street, he finally reminded us that he is still a wee little toddler as he rang the doorbell at home number five and asked them, "could I have some candy, please?".

The obligatory family shot didn't work so well, Things 1 and 2 wouldn't sit still and you can barely see that Pete is Indiana Jones in this picture. I learned one valuable lesson in my role as parent chaperone and trick-or-treater-herder last night. No head-to-toe black on Halloween night!


Donna M said...

Wonderful pics of all 3 things on Halloween and in the snow storm.
David's cake looks amazing. Stace did a great job!

Leslee P said...

Your kids are adorable... I love snow, wish we had some... My Mason went as Bat Man, we had a great time. It looks like you did as well.... I was all decked in black too. Not too smart of me...

Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

The banana costume is killing me!! LOVE. IT. Love it, love it.

Snow in October is just not right. Leah looks LESS than thrilled. The boys look like they had tons of fun though :)

Glad Autumn is back. In Alaska we got dumped on the first week of October and it was still snowing when we left in May. I was one unhappy girl!


Unknown said...

I can't believe it snowed! That's crazy! I am glad fall decided to come back and visit you, though :)

I agree with the birthday parties. Whatever happened to the simpler times? I want to give Bella parties like I had....not too over the top! That's not what celebrating a birthday is all about.

And that cake looks so good....!! Yum!!

amanda said...

wow. a birthday. snow. and halloween! that is one crazy busy week honey!!

happy bday, happy snow and happy halloween to all :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a week. Looks like a good one though.

I can't believe the snow! I am so not looking forward to the snowsuit battles.

And that banana costume is just the sweetest thing.

Landerson said...

The kids looked great for Halloween:) Glad to hear that the snow is gone!

Heather @ Cancer Mommy said...

Snow? Are you freaking kidding me! Yuck!

Love her banana costume! She looks cute enough to eat:)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one that thinks kids' bday parties have gotten way out of control. That cake is so AWESOME though!

Cute snow pics, but snow in October is just wrong on so many levels.

I love the family picture at the end that didn't quite go as planned--they are the best ones!

Jen said...

That was my comment above. I don't know how I managed to hit anonymous. Sorry!

Larissa said...

EW, snow!!!!! I feel bad for you. It was SO WARM here on our Halloween, about 15 degrees. We had a great time!

Unknown said...

Wow, that cake looks amazing (and YUMMY!!!) Sounds like lots of birthday fun.

And the kids costumes are great. Thanks for the little laugh about "peeling" off the banana costume! HA!

Jenny said...

i just love leah in the banana costume...will was not thrilled about being in a costume but he looked so creative is the indiana jones costume...i just love that idea!
that cake does looks super good and what a great decorating job!

Megan said...

snow?? agh!

the banana?! too much! so cute!!


Anti-Supermom said...

No to snow, no to snow, chant it with me...

You had a super busy week. Love the costumes and the cake and the kissing photo.

Winter, yuck! Cake, yumm!

Laural Out Loud said...

We do simple parties, too. Just a few friends, though this last year it was only one friend. Gabi stil lhad a blast!

I haven't seen snow in ages. Love the big pink snowsuit!

Anonymous said...

Miss Craft Mom, can we just say "Amen" to the OOC birthday extravaganzas?! Talk about conspicuous consumption. Honestly.

The banana costume is TDF. Definitely in the Top 5 Halloween photos in our corner of the globe. And we cracked up reading the directions about yellow snow.

As far as the comment left on our goofy post, we must venture an opinion, albeit unsolicited: You are *so* NOT allowed to think of yourself as old. Please. Why, you are barely past a toddler's age in Princess Years!

Love your take on Jacob fashions.

Grins & Giggles for the week ahead whilst we do our wacky little election thing down here. (And isn't that a blessing.)


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