Another Halloween has come and gone. The more children we have the more it seems like we're just surviving the whole week!
Kalleigh's class party was Wednesday, then Trunk-or-Treat was that night. Johnathan was a pirate because he had gotten toothpaste all over his Batman costume. Yeah. Then when we got to the church building, he realized that he had left his pirate hat at home. Kalleigh was a cheerleader, complements of Uncle Kreg and Aunt Keleigh, and Jonas was a dalmatian puppy.
Here's the slide show from the party and Trunk-or-Treat:
Thursday night, Clearly Vocal did a free concert for our church friends. It was supposed to just be us basically singing through our repertoire for the 12 people who might want to help us out and be and audience for us. But it turned into a bigger production than that. We thought, "Hey, why don't we serve dessert and coffee, too?" And more people wanted to come. Then, "Well, if more people are coming we should set up the light trees along with all of our sound equipment!" And more people wanted to come. So, of course, we needed to dress up in our fancy singing attire with the guys in jackets and everything. I made two pies (Mamaw's Fall Pumpkin Pie and Mom's Green Apple Pie), my good friend Chelsea made a turtle pie and a yummy strawberry dessert, Stef, our soprano, made brownies, and Danny's wife Jeanne brought pumpkin cheesecake! We cut little pieces, and served over 50 people! We sang well, and I think the our friends enjoyed it. Thanks to all of you who were there to support us. That means so much! And especially thanks to Jeanne and Chelsea who cleaned up. I am SO grateful for your help.
On Friday, Johnathan had his class party. He went as Indiana Jones. Of course, at school they can only wear crazy hats instead of a full costume, but Johnathan and I figured that the rest of Indiana Jonas's costume counted as regular school clothes. He wore his Indiana Jones hat, complements of Nana, with pride. As I aimed to take my first picture, the camera batteries died. Of course they did.
That evening we went trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with our kids ... and dogs. John helped Johnathan get his Batman costume, complements of Aunt Laurie, back into shape which he wore over his Mr. Incredible costume from last year so that the muscles would look big! Kalleigh and Jonas kept their same costumes. John actually dressed up as Indiana Jones and borrowed Johnathan's whip to carry around. When I saw John dressed up, I decided to dress up as Willie (from The Temple of Doom), complete with blond wig, and be his sidekick. Oh rats; we didn't any pictures of that. ;) The dogs wore their sweaters since they have outgrown the Men In Black tuxes they wore about five years ago!
After that we drove over to Danny's house because he had decorated his house all up and wanted us, uh, I mean our kids to see it. :) We walked up to the house and there was Frankenstein waiting to greet us at the door. When Johnathan rang the doorbell, Danny pushed the button that made the Frankie statue dance to "Thriller!" Pretty cute. We went inside and Jeanne had a spread of finger foods on the table and tomato juice to drink. I was pretty thirsty after an evening of trick-or-treating, and the kids were, too. I spooned some tomato juice into a little cup and gave some to Johnathan, knowing he wouldn't like it. "Eww!" he said as he pulled back after taking a sip. I chuckled to myself. Kalleigh said, "May-yI peas haf dink?" "Yes you may," I said, and knew her reaction would be the same as Johnathan's. She took a sip and I said, "Do you like it?" She shook her head and in a rather high-pitched voice said, "No!" Again, I chuckled. Glad that the children wouldn't be asking me to share my drink anymore, I took a sip. Whew, it sure was strong tomato juice. Another sip. Man, I didn't remember tomato juice being that strong I mean, it had been a while since I had had any. But not to be rude, another sip. Wait a minute ... Sniff. Of course. It's Halloween. Bloody Mary. Oh my goodness, I'm SO naive. And I had give my CHILDREN some. Good grief! Jonas started fussing about then, so we packed up and headed home!
And here we are. Happy November. We all wore shorts and short sleeves today! Johnathan played his last soccer game, but just barely. He slipped on the curb and scraped his knee and the world nearly came to and end. But he survived and went on to play just fine. After the game, Johnathan's coach gave him the blue star that Johnathan believes means "Best Ever!" I can't bring myself to tell him that it's "Best Effort!"
Tonight I cooked a fabulous meal, if I do say so myself. We had Italian Breaded Pork Chops, Baked Acorn Squash (you need to read this and all of the Pioneer Woman's recipes--they're hilarious!), steamed peas, and Mamaw's Amish Friendship Bread. Oh yum.
I'm headed to bed. My clock says 11:09 pm, but of course I know it's "really" 10:09 pm, so it doesn't feel as late. Don't forget to set your clocks back!