It’s Halloween!

by Leslie

We carved some of our surprise pumpkins today.

Our pumpkins

We’d done our trick or treating on Friday, right after Lucy had her first day of crossing guard duty at school.

Lucy's Day as a Crossing Guard

She was so proud and excited to do it!

Our town offers trick or treat twice – once for businesses and once for residents to give out candy. We went for business trick or treat since we’d be missing the residential trick or treat for state marching band finals (where our band earned a superior rating – the best you can get!).

The kids in their costumes, take two

Lucy dressed as a butterfly.

Lucy the Butterfly

Lucy's colorful wings

Phoebe was a dragon.

Phoebe the Dragon

Julia was a Hogwart’s student. (She made her own wand.)

Julia the Ravenclaw

And Jackson was Spiderman.

Spiderman

Spiderman

(He was really into the posing.)

Does whatever a spider can

I’ve had a cold for more than two weeks, but let’s not let it ruin anything.

This morning I dropped a dragon and a butterfly off at elementary school with a bunch of these cupcakes.

Candy corn colored swirl cupcakes

(You may notice the icing is swirled with candy corn colors!)

Then I took my Ravenclaw to Hogwarts. Spiderman and I will be going trick or treating with them after school and before the last football game of the regular season.

We’ve also reached the end of the competitive marching band season. Tomorrow are the state marching band finals. The kids haven’t gone to most of Julia’s competitions because a) it’s expensive, b) they last all day, and c) you are required to be relatively still and quiet while the bands are performing (and we cannot do either of those things). Last weekend’s competition was close to home, so all the kids came along to see their sister perform. We made signs and I wanted to get a picture since they were so excited.

Band Signs

My usual method for photographing the kids is to just take a buttload of pictures. There’s usually at least one that looks alright. The great thing about this method is I also get some fun outtakes. Like the look on Bee’s face in these.

Phoebe's funny face

Phoebe's funny face, again

I love it.

Oh, and there’s someone you should meet. This is Dipper.

Dipper

I know. Another one!?!?

Lucy and I spotted him on the way home from dance class last Saturday. He was very malnourished. You could see the bones in his spine, he was so skinny. He looked pretty rough around the neck – I’m not sure what happened to him there, but he was missing fur all around it. I was a bit worried the first day or two he was with us. His tummy was painfully bloated, he didn’t walk so well, and he didn’t do much more than sleep. But now, his belly is normal and he is happy and playful. He’s very tiny and adorable and loved so very much by all of us. Picasso has been mothering him and Mabel loves having a playmate.

Speaking of Mabel, here she is at the very moment of this writing.

Mabel on the printer

I don’t think she can get any sweeter.

Mabel?

Mabel in a basket

Yes?

Are you on the table?

Mabel, Mabel Basket on the table

No!

Mabel in a basket on the table

I am in the basket.

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