|Age 4 (2001)|
|Age 6 Months (2006)|
On Wednesday, Bill and the kids carved pumpkins.
Ethan carved his own again this year, which always reminds me of the story about Bill's sister Lisa almost cutting her finger off when she carved a pumpkin as a kid. To make matters worse this year, Ethan and Allyson actually joked about someone cutting off a finger. "Stop it! That's not funny," I scolded. But Allyson kept bringing it up again every few minutes.
|Doesn't This Look Like the Shower Scene from Psycho?|
|No One Lost Any Digits|
|Ethan's Pumpkin is on Far Right|
After the kids went to bed, Bill carved one more pumpkin for a contest at work. Can you believe he didn't win first place?
Last night we took Allyson trick-or-treating in her Snow White costume. Ethan missed it this year because he was at his dad's, but he was back in time to help eat Allyson's candy.
She wore white tights, sport socks, and her tennis shoes under the costume, but in her mind she was a BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS. It was probably the gold fabric crown that sealed the illusion for her.
We walked around the neighborhood with Jacob, a second-grader from across the street. He wore the same "Scream" costume that Ethan wore two years ago:
|Ethan in 2008 (age 11)|
At one house, I overheard this conversation:
Woman: Oh, are you Snow White?
Allyson: Yes, and also a beautiful princess.
Woman: Yes, you are beautiful!
Allyson (gesturing to Jacob): And he's a Scary Guy. (Cups hand around mouth and continues in a stage whisper.) I just call him Scary Guy because I don't know what his costume is really called.
Woman: Works for me!
Oh, and Trick or Treat!
We coached Allyson over and over on what to say: first "Trick or Treat!" and then "thank you."
The good thing is that she almost always remembered to say thank you. But she couldn't seem to remember the Trick or Treat part. It usually went something like this:
- Collect candy. Mumble a thank you.
- Run back down walk, candy bag dragging.
- Holler "Have a happy Halloween!"
- Back at the sidewalk, yell, "Trick or Treat!"
Oh well. She must have done something right given the size of her haul--in her words, it was the size of "a small elephant."
Good thing Ethan will eat most of it.