This has to be the most wonderful weathered Halloween on record.. or at least in my memory! FABULOUS!!!
Natalie and I went up to Idaho yesterday to get a few last minute things done for the cabin insurance documents. We grabbed lunch on the way, made a few stops in Soda and headed up to the cabin. When we arrived at the ranch, before even emptying the car and taking our things into the loft, we went through the cabin and took a bunch of photos, checked through the remaining items that were needed and documented a few more things. Once finished, we went upstairs, got comfy, made broiled tuna melts and watched a couple of chick flicks, ate treats, played one round of Hand and Foot, then went to bed.
On the way to Idaho, we'd talked movies. I wasn't sure what movie we'd be in the mood to watch, so I brought about twenty for us to choose from. Somehow, the topic of Nicholas Sparks movies came up. We both agreed that we HATE Nicholas Sparks movies because someone always dies in them! On the way, we'd stopped at this little store for a second because I forgot my socks. While there, we saw a pile of $6 DVDs and I noticed Somersby, one of the movies we used to own in VHS but had not yet replaced in DVD. It has been twenty some years since I saw it and I only remembered an intense courtroom scene and that I loved the story. Nat had never seen it. We bought it and as we settled down, we, again, discussed how we were so not Nicholas Sparks fans. The movie came to the point of the courtroom scene. At that point, Nat looked at me. I looked at her. I remembered it. She realized it. She said, quite loudly, "IS HE GOING TO DIE?!!??!??!?!!?" at the same time I said, equally loud, "I'M SORRRRRYYYYY!!!!!" Not Nicholas Sparks, but it might as well have been! I'm still laughing. Oops.
This morning, we got up, did some more measuring and photos, then headed home. We got home just as the kids were coming in from school, and just in time for them to start getting ready for Halloween. The kids are too big for trick or treating, in my opinion, so they are now into having little get togethers with friends. Quayd had to work anyway, so no play for him. Just before he left for work, he decided that he would dress in costume, so with eight minutes to get ready, he decided on being a nerd and here's what he came up with. He walked into work and his friends all started cracking up, so I guess that's a hit.
It was the wool socks with the shorts that completed the outfit. Here's Quayd with my second favorite Lee's bagger/neighbor, Chase, who was a perfect Clark Kent. I teased that Quayd was Spiderman under the nerd suit!
ZJ had decided to have friends over for dinner and a movie. Grace wasn't going to participate but then I told her that she could invite a friend over. Her friend ended up not being able to come at the last minute, so she joined them and, also, at the last minute, came up with a costume from the costume box. She's finally big enough to wear the princess dress. This was a five minute choice, as well, and fortunately for her, her hair was curled from school today. Score for Grace, our beautiful princess!
Her sweet disposition shows in this one.
ZJ, on the other hand had been planning Halloween for weeks! This girl... her personality just shines! She's a riot! Taking her photos always fun because there's never a dull moment with ZJ.
I always take a group photo but this year, with manchild Quayd at work, it was just the girls.
We skyped with Liza and Aylabelle before they went to the ward party. Buddy was at the university working tonight, sadly. Liza and Aylabelle were the characters in the book, "You are Special" with the dots and the stars. Too sweet. Aylabelle kept pointing to her stars and was so proud. I love watching her be so aware of everything around her!
Liza texted me this from their ward party.
We had a quick visit from Kelly and Zaylee. Zaylee was a cute little pirate. I'd have put some more clothes on her, but I didn't say a word to Kelly. She had gotten Zaylee a costume and done her hair, I'm not going to complain. She's doing her Kelly best. Zaylee ran right past me and went straight to the garage to find the kitty.
Our last little "special guest" was Miki, who came as her favorite princess, Elsa. She was so excited about Trick or Treating with her big sister and Mom and Dad!
My favorite trick or treater of the night, however, was not one of my own. Our neighbors stopped by with their two sweet little daughters, one of which has Downs Syndrome. These two little girls are both just beautiful. The older daughter was thirsty, so I brought her inside for a quick drink. When we walked back to the front door, her sister, who's about two or three now, was in her dad's arms, just waving and smiling at us. I waved good-bye to her and she blew me a kiss. I closed the door and just started to bawl. Doug wrapped his arms around me and said, "She's a little celestial angel, isn't she?" It was the best moment of my day.
The kids are all home and in bed. The girls laughed themselves to sleep. Quayd fell asleep on the floor by the dogs after working. A storm is heading in and winter is on it's way! Doug's spent the last two days working in the yard while I was at the cabin. Tonight, after the girls friends' left, I took down all of our Halloween decor and put the Thanksgiving/November decor. I can not believe it's THANKSGIVING season! WOW!!! Where did October go!?
Life is a book. We fill the pages.