Get ready for a photo dump of grainy cellphone photos. Work with whatchya got!
Lets get real, to me Halloween is a pass holiday. The only reason in waiting for it anxiously is because once its here that means the official start to the holiday season! Although as a kid an entire holiday dedicated to dress up was a win in my book. Plus free candy, duh! Ugh, but all the spooky, creepy, eerie stuff? Nu uh, made my skin crawl, still does. Yet celebrating the holiday at least a little bit has to be done otherwise its just sad. Now with our kids I get them costumes and we go trick or treating but spending time and cash on decorations just isn't my thing. I'd rather be spending that time and money preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
So I ignored buying carving pumpkins all month long because you know the kids never do the carving. Typically Ben gets saddled with everyone's pumpkins and they ditch the table for the TV. Naturally I ignored and resisted the impulse to buy them all month long for this reason without even so much as a hesitation or regret. Then something happened. I couldn't even tell you what made me do it but the sappy sucker that I am I gave in at the last minute and decided it would be a great idea to carve pumpkins because what else would we be doing? Clearly dressing up in costumes and getting free candy isn't exciting enough. Suddenly I had to have the pumpkins?!
Only the thing about waiting until the last minute is you usually end up the looser. Like a moron I got the kids all excited to carve pumpkins 3 hours until trick or treat only I didn't have any pumpkins and I already knew Target had sold out of them days before. Surely the grocery store would have them, they always have tons of leftovers after the holiday any way.
I packed up Birdie and Brooks in the van, drove to the store certain I'd be returning with pumpkins. Upon entering the store we see no pumpkins, uh oh. Walk to the other side of the store, no pumpkins, uh oh. Ask the clerk where all the pumpkins are "all sold out" she says, cue a weeping Birdie, CRAP! So with my weeping 9 year old daughter and a clueless koala bear, determined to not let my kids down, I strolled the produce aisle for the closest thing to a pumpkin. WATERMELONS.
And so let this go down in history as the first Halloween we carved watermelons. I'm wondering if this won't become a tradition of some kind though. You know like every Halloween to come we carve pumpkins, because I purpose to actually buy them in advance, but also have that one watermelon as a quirky homage to that one year? The things I fantasize about.
Also a caramel apple bar for dinner because mom guilt is a real thing and I needed to rid myself from it!
Ninja, Cinderella, Kitty Cat Ballerina and that Astronaut just melts my heart!
Brax made it perfectly clear that he was the Ninja to defend his Cinderella sister to which I swooned! These boys I'm telling ya are really starting to come into themselves which makes me proud.
No flawless creative Instagram family photo or a festive holiday party fit for Pinterest for us and thats okay. Even though the perfectionist in me would love both of those things because, why not? While those things can be fun sometimes the pressure to attain them is too much and we all could stand to have a little less pressure and a lot more enjoyment. However in the end we had a happy bunch of kiddos wearing the costumes they wanted high on sugar enjoying being a kid on Halloween . Exactly how it should be.