I’ve mentioned this in the past, but let’s start this update with a reminder that Halloween does not need to be incompatible with Christian faith. That isn’t something I want to write a lot about; so let’s keep it simple. Anything you do – including dressing up in costumes and having fun – can be filtered through your beliefs and faith; so Halloween isn’t any more dangerous than any other day. Here’s another news flash for some people – evil is done on other days too – and sometimes, supposedly, in the name of God. Sometimes, people need to focus on the big picture; and not freak out because a bunch of kids dress up and go door-to-door to collect treats.
Okay, that’s enough of that – let’s get to the Halloween fun news!
Tai Chi by the river was a great way to start the day; Mom and Dad had Halloween-themed breakfast for us that included orange pancakes with scary cut-outs to make them look like jack-o-lanterns. I helped with the work on both sides of the meal; we had fun eating the special food; and then I helped out with getting Ethan and Ehlana ready for school – and into their PAW Patrol pup costumes. I haven’t mentioned that, but Dad picked up those costumes while in the city – and the costumes for Naomi and Aiden; so we’re talking about full, plush costumes that are adorable.
The weather today has been awesome for Halloween, and while it has been cloudy all day too; the temperatures climbed to right around eighty; and we had a perfect evening for going trick-or-treating. Before I get to that part of the story, though; we need to cover the rest of the news for today.
First up, we had fun with the walk to school – especially doing that with four of the PAW Patrol pups. Rowen and I were dressed up too, and I’ve worn my Ehlana of Avalor costume for most of the day, but didn’t really need to do that; since Michael, Rowen, and I missed the afternoon parties and most of the Haunted House at school anyway. That was because the concert band was playing at the Seniors’ Halloween lunch and party; so we had that to do on top of the rest of the work we did at school in the morning. Michael, Tim, Rowen, and I did get the entire day off from classes because of the work and party; so that was good for us – even if we worked harder than we would have in our classes. We spent most of the morning setting up the haunted house in the gym and one trip to the church to set up for the band in the fellowship hall.
We were at school for lunch; Michael and I volunteered to go with the kindergarten kids when they were first to do the haunted house; and then we needed to head over to the church again in time for the mini-dance we were providing the music for between one and two-thirty. The haunted house was fun to do with Ethan, Ehlana, and Aiden, but while it wasn’t really scary for us; it was scary-enough for the little kids – in a hilarious sort of way. The seniors’ party was especially fun for me because Grandma and Grandpa were there for it this year.
Yes, you’re now noticing that I haven’t mentioned them leaving for their annual trip to Arizona, and that’s because they stayed later this year so that they could see their grandkids at Halloween. They’re heading out tomorrow for a shortened holiday in Arizona; and will still be home for the Thanksgiving weekend mid-way through their first warm-weather vacation of the winter.
Having them at the party made the duet that Michael and I performed that much better too; though that’s always magical for us. We didn’t have the full band with us, but Rowen was there; and she had a flute solo for one of the songs as about half of the music today was a mix of solos, duets, and small ensembles while the band took care of the rest of the tunes – with most of them Halloween-themed. At two-thirty, we packed up and hauled the gear back to the school; Rowen and I helped out with the gym clean-up after that while the boys needed to get to their football practice; and then I needed to get home to help Mom with getting everything ready for an early dinner and the trick-or-treating.
By the way, our first-round football match for the play-offs is going to be against Ridgeway. I’m only mentioning that because I should have before now; but will save the football news for the Friday night report.
I was busy from the time I got home until Michael came over when it was time to take Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden out trick-or-treating. We got to do that instead of Mom and Dad because they were looking forward to seeing all of the kids as they stopped by our house – as all kids and teens in town always do each year on our street. That’s still true even with the new section in town adding to the available areas to go trick-or-treating; and will likely stay that way for a while – at least until most of that new section is completed. When Mom and Dad were finished taking pictures, we headed out – going west at first; and then back along our street on the other side of the road. We ended up adding Sophia to our group because she was just getting ready to head out too when we stopped at her house; and she was glad to go with us instead of with Jessica and Patrick – or Ryan and his buddies.
I won’t offer a play-by-play of the next two hours or so; but will note some of the highlights. Our visits with grandparents, aunts, and uncles were all really awesome moments; we had fun when we met up with friends of all ages; and Rowen and Tim had a fun little display going on at her house that included Tim the Zombie wandering around in search of brains and Rowen handing out candy while also using a microphone to make a pumpkin-headed dummy in a chair near the end of the sidewalk ‘talk’ to the kids as they passed by. After covering our street, we went into the new section to visit the Seagers and Drapers – along with quite a few of the other houses and one of the apartment buildings before we came back into the ‘old’ part of town. It really isn’t possible to visit every house in town on Halloween – at least with small kids; so we didn’t try to do that. We did visit our grandparents – including Sophia’s Bassett Grandparents; and we also did some trick-or-treating with Aunt Leanne, Zack, and Brianna when we met up with them at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. The four kids had two bags full of candy each by the time they’d had enough and were ready to head home. Michael and I took Naomi and Aiden home first; I went home with Ethan and Ehlana after that; and Michael took Sophia home on his way back to his house so that he could get changed and then come over to hang out with me for a while – at least until Mom and Dad were done with the trick-or-treaters.
We ended up sitting out on the front porch with them – and with Ethan and Ehlana – for a while; went inside with enough time to watch one last Halloween show; and then Michael and I took care of getting Ethan and Ehlana tucked in for the night before doing a Magi lesson with Mom while Dad got to work in the office. There wasn’t much time left after that for any quality make-out time – unless one of the teens is a Magi Master with the ability to time-phase! ;^)
That might be scary for parents to think about, but Michael and I had fun; and he was a happy camper when he went home at a bit after eleven o’clock. So was I, but it was time to get to work after that; and I did that as soon as I was in bed with Mandy and my computer. I needed to use a time phase for the work and studying too, but used a bit of self-healing first so that I could do that without being totally-exhausted before even starting in on the stack of family business work that needed to get done tonight. I won’t go into the details there either, but some of that work was a priority right away because of the earthquakes in Italy and some needs there that our charities and some European companies could help with – once they had the approval to spend the money. I’m really wiped out now, but this was one of those nights when the work has been more than worth the personal cost.
Getting some sleep now is an option, though, and that’s enough of the news from today recorded for posterity to satisfy me when I’m this tired; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!