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Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat!

As promised, here is Halloween, Part II...

In our annual tradition, Lily & I spent the afternoon trick-or-treating at Daddy's office. It's a lot of fun, with candy stations all over the building and ice cream in the courtyard, plus lots and lots of kids.

Lily likes to start every visit to Daddy's office with a little work:
She was very shy throughout our adventure, refuing to say "hi", "trick-or treat" or "thank you". But if anyone complimented her on her costume, she would come out of her shell long enough to tell them "I'm a bumblebee. It's black an' lellow. I got it at T*rget. It's so soft!"

She was NOT shy about running up to each candy bowl and adding to her stash! We let her enjoy another lollypop and this time she chose blue...
Lily & Daddy shared some ice cream:
Oh, and her costume did have a hat, but Lily was not a big fan. So we only got a couple of pictures of it...

When my little bumblebee informed me "I gonna eat the flowers!" I decided that it was time to go home...

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, Part I

About a month ago, we got a Halloween costume catalog in the mail. Lily loves catalogs, and I needed to explain the whole idea of Halloween to her, so she & I sat down together and looked at every. single. costume. We talked about Halloween, and how you can dress up as anything you want. She saw probably a hundred costumes. And when we got to the end, and I asked her what she wanted to be, her answer was "Pwob-bly a bumblebee!" I love that she wanted to stick with the theme!

Here is our ladybug, two years ago:
And last year's butterfly:
And finally, here is Lily the Bumblebee:
Lily & I met some of our playgroup friends this morning at an outdoor shopping center for a picnic lunch and to go trick-or-treating at some of the stores. I told Lily about it yesterday, and so this morning, when Shawn went in to get her, she greeted him by asking "Are we goin' to Halloween?" and then commenced with running laps around the house until it was time to leave. (Is anyone surprised to hear that we arrived about 45 minutes early??)

Here is our little bumblebee, expressing her excitement at the day:

The kids were all so cute in their costumes! This is Lillian, who came as a monkey princess, from a story her daddy tells her:Here is Wyatt, the spider, with his little brother Owen, the cow:
And Emily, who came as a Christmas present:
Here's an attempt at a group picture...

The kids were really into giving each other hugs today - but sometimes hugs can get a little out of control in this group!

Lily & Wyatt were best friends today, holding hands as we walked from store to store:
About a thousand times this morning I heard Lily announce, "I want a lollypop!", which is funny because she's only had one once before, but I guess that's the only candy she could really relate to. Anyway, you can imagine how excited she was to finally get this one:
I kept telling Lily that she had to say trick-or-treat, but her response was always the same "No, you just hafta say it!" Lucky for her, everyone was willing to hand out candy just the same.
Us silly mommies kept trying to get a picture of all four big kids in their costumes before we started walking around, but it wasn't until they were all distracted with sugar that we were able to get them all in one place:
(Emily, Lillian, Wyatt & Lily)

We had so much fun! Later today... Halloween Part II: The Trip to Daddy's Office!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Um, I don't think so!

The scene: Yesterday morning, Lily at the breakfast table asking me, as she does most days, "Where are we goin' today?" I told her that we were going to T*rget. No response.

But several minutes later, as I was washing dishes I heard "You get in your car!" I turned around and said "Excuse me, Bossy Girl?" And she told me "I gonna stay here wif Soutie while you go to T*rget, so you gotta get in your car!"

Ready to stay home alone??? Really, Lily?

Snuggling with Daddy:

She loves the idea of napping with someone, she's just not so good at the actual sleeping part!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Frosting is DELICIOUS!

Lily & I made cookies for Halloween today. She was asking, and asking, and ASKING to taste some and I promised that when we were all done she could. So, it should have been no surprise that when I finished mixing and took the bowl over to the sink, I turned back around to find this:

This is the face of a girl who's been told "that's probably enough frosting":

But she did enjoy decorating with the "sparkles":

Some of the results...
For the record, it takes less than 5 minutes for the sugar from one frosted cookie to hit Lily's bloodstream and cause pure madness!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Let's make JACK-O-LANTERNS!!!"

Tonight, we finally carved the pumpkins we got a few weeks ago. When I first told Lily that we were going to do this, she said "No!" and nearly cried. But after dinner, she started coming around to the idea... she was running in circles around the house and shouting at the top of her lungs,
"Jack-o-lanterns!!! We gonna make jack-o-lanterns!!!
Let's make jack-o-lanterns!!!"

Excited as she was, the process was a little confusing...

And she did NOT want to touch the pumpkin guts...

Until she really did want to touch the pumpkin guts...
(She pulled out all the seeds for me to cook - and then tried to eat them raw!)

She was pretty excited to pull out the final piece:
Lily wasn't so sure that she wanted to pose with her jack-o-lantern, after we warned her that it was hot from the candle:

But we did finally get a smile...

The finished products:

Happy Halloween!