We had a great day today. We started the day off with a Caribou date with my mom and sister (and technically my other sister, too, since she works there :)). I had my first pumpkin pie latte (decaf, of course), which I thoroughly enjoyed, while the little man did some damage to his blueberry muffin. We then went home and both enjoyed a lovely naptime. Well, technically I laid on the couch like a slug and watched the end of “Pride & Prejudice” (the Keira Knightley version) which I’d been working on while folding laundry for the past few days (this is my new trick for actually getting that horrid household task done — do it while watching a beloved movie). Today I didn’t fold any laundry because I wasn’t feeling very well at the time, and nothing can really cure what ails me like some Jane Austen. Hence the reason I laid there like a slug.
…after we were well-rested and well-fed, I transformed the boy into a very cute, blonde little Superman and we headed up to my grandma and aunt’s house to show off his costume and enjoy some good company, oatmeal raisin/chocolate chip cookies and juice. It was a lovely time! We completed our mini Halloween tour by stopping by the hubby’s classroom, where a Halloween party was in full swing. It was a bit of a chaotic scene, but fun nonetheless. M’s students sure love doting on our little guy! Very sweet.
We then came home (after a quick stop at my parents to borrow their camera — there’s nothing like missing your camera charger on Halloween!) and as soon as 6:00 hit, I proudly created and donned a tin-foil hat and earrings. Each Halloween, our local Chipotle (only a few blocks away!) gives away free burritos to any customers wearing any type of tin-foil attire. Upon learning of this deal, I quickly decided that this would be dinner tonight (a low-cost, prep-free dinner that the husband would LOVE? Um, OKAY!!!). I took upon myself the task of heading to Chipotle to get the food — a free burrito for me and chicken tacos for the hubby (he’s not a burrito guy). Here is a picture of me all dressed up & ready to get my free mexican food:
Sadly, however, my tin-foil accessorizing was in vain. As soon as I pulled into the parking lot of the Chipotle, I noticed that the line extended well past the doors of the restaurant and down the sidewalk in front of the strip mall. So, knowing how hungry my husband was, and not wanting to spend my Halloween waiting in line for a burrito, I sadly threw in the towel and drove to the grocery story across the street where I picked up a delicious rotisserie chicken. And some skim milk, too, since we were out. Exciting, no?
After dinner, father and son went trick-or-treating. This was not an original part of the plan, but I’m so glad they went! I’m told that little boy really got into it (as expressed by letting out a delighted “growl” whenever anyone came to the door). They then returned home and we spent the next 20 minutes or so watching him run around our driveway excitedly — picking up leaves, waving “hi” to the jack-o-lantern, playing with the bags of candy in his pumpkin bucket — while we laughed and M caught some of the best video footage to date. I’ve never seen my son so hyper…so full of laughter. I found it difficult to believe that he had NOT consumed any sugar this evening!!!
After a quick and fun visit by Grandpa & Grandma D, we then went back into the house and put our little Superman to bed — he fell right to sleep. The flow of trick-or-treaters at our door slowly eased up, and after a group of 16 year old boys came to the door, and instead of “trick or treat” (or even “hi”) greeted me with “Can I have a Reese Stick?”, I decided it was time to blow out the jack-o-lantern, turn off the lights and call it a night (but don’t worry — I did make him say “trick or treat” before he got his Reese Stick. It is my favorite candy, after all, and I wasn’t going to give my last one away to anyone unworthy!).
All in all, a fun and memorable day — hope yours was, too! Here is a slideshow that captured our evening.