Exhaustion is setting in, but before it fully overtakes me I figured I’d give a quick rundown of our Halloween.
It was ok, well, as good as it can be when their Dad is deployed. Fun, but not the same as when he’s here to be a goofball with them. Not only that, but I tend to be a bit scatterbrained and I always forget something or mess something up; so when he’s here it’s not a big deal. With two of us we can usually fix the problem without the kids realizing. Not this year.
OK, well, it started a couple days ago with the pumpkin carving. That went ok, I allowed the boys to carve their own pumpkins. C decided that this year he was too old to partake in the festivities so he refused to get one. The carving went well, no fingers were severed so I think that counts as a win.
Mistake #1 I did not take pictures of the finished product.
Mistake #2 Not opening the boxes from Amazon until it was too late.
See, in our house the Great Pumpkin comes while the boys are trick or treating. He blows out the candles in the pumpkins and leaves small gifts. So, I decided that this year I would order the stuff from Amazon (along with Christmas gifts) because that way I can leave it in the big brown box and the kids will think it’s clothes or something uninteresting. So, when I received 8 boxes between Thursday and Saturday I stacked them all up and assumed the Great Pumpkin stuff was in one of them. WRONG! I did not find this out until I was scrambling around with seconds to spare before the kids came outside. Anyway, back to the beginning of the today.
The past two years Bro #2 has gone trick or treating with us. The boys love it. He’s fun! He told them all that he would go with us this year too. His girlfriend also agreed talking about how she was going to dress up as Scooby Doo again.
Mistake #3 Getting the kid’s hopes up and then letting them down when the Bro decided to back out without an explanation.
He met us for breakfast this morning (a Halloween tradition of ours is to go out for breakfast). Just last night we had talked about how he was coming back to our house afterward to get ready for the big night. As we walked to the truck, he got in his truck and said “have a good night, get lots of candy”. The boys were devastated. They asked him why he wasn’t coming and his girlfriend replied “we have to get home, we have dogs”. Seriously? And you hadn’t thought of that at all in the past two weeks every time you SAID you were coming with us????
So, we come home and B’s friend calls to ask if we’d like to go with him at his Aunt’s house. We agreed to go.
Mistake #4 insisting on bringing my Suburban because I figured it would be bigger and more comfortable.
The driveway of the Aunt’s house was over grown with the bushes that scratched the side of my truck like a thousand razor blades. You try fitting a land yacht into a driveway only wide enough for a Smart car; not gonna happen.
OK, we go out, the boys are getting a decent amount of candy, but because we wound up getting a late start because the friends mom wanted to chit chat with the Aunt for about 9 hours they didn’t get as much as they would have. That’s ok though, less sugar high nights to deal with.
Mistake #5 Not setting up the Great Pumpkin before leaving the house.
When we got back home they wanted to run to the back deck so I had to literally YELL at them to stop where they were, go in the front door and shower before going out to check. That was not easy. In fact it was impossible so despite the fact that I have never admitted to my kids that he’s not real I had to admit it tonight. See, C and Z still refer to them as Santa and the Easter Bunny even though they know the truth. They do this for me, which I appreciate sooooo much. I’m not ready for them to grow up yet. But B still believes, so to keep it real for him I had to explain to his bros that I hadn’t done it yet so they agreed to keep him busy in the living room while I dug through the boxes (refer to Mistake #2 for more on that).
Basically, the Great Pumpkin brought C two shirts, Z got a mini light and a Pictionary game and B got a Spongebob Connect 4 game (all were planned gifts from Santa). Nobody was thrilled, but C and Z were amazing. They played 6 games of Connect 4 with B which made B very happy.
Mistake #6 Letting the boys eat 4 pieces of candy a piece when we got home. SUGAR HIGH! On a school night.
I do not even need to elaborate on that blunder. 2230 bedtime anyone?
OK, well, after running around the neighborhood, plus getting up early to meet the Bro at the restaurant he chose I am exhausted. I have to go to bed.