Friday, November 2, 2012

The Obligatory End of the Week/Halloween Recap Post

We made it through the week, despite all of my anxieties about my busy schedule
and endless to do lists.  I managed to meet all of my deadlines while simultaneously
feeding and clothing my children, hurray!!  Big thank yous go out to my super hero 8 year
old who was kind enough to remind me that I forgot to put on a bra before work as well
as my dear husband who takes my glasses off when I fall asleep face first at the kitchen
table while writing reports in the late night hours.  Who knew opening up a new office
was such a big endeavor?  Not this eternally optimistic overachiever/glutton for
career punishment lady!  Achieving big dreams has always, in this family, been a joint effort
and this week was no exception.  I am so thankful for my job and the ability to support
my family.  But, more importantly, I am thankful for the people in my life who inspire me
to keep going and stay positive, even if it means that the laundry room just
might explode.
In the midst of all the craziness, we were able to kick up our heels and hit our small
town's Halloween festivities.  The weather was perfect, the streets filled with friends
and neighbors, and I kept my fingers crossed that Brees would overcome her Halloween 
fears long enough to at least enjoy a couple of lollipops.  We kept our expectations for the
night pretty realistic: she's barely 2 after all.  There's only so much stimulation and
sugar intake a toddler can tolerate.  
She clung to me like a real little kitten for the first couple of trick or treat encounters,
hiding her face in my neck whenever she caught a glimpse of the older kids and their
scary masks.  But she hung in there, her curiosity getting the best of her, watching after
her older sister as she bounced from place to place, her bag growing with treats.
Brees finally asked to "get down, Mama".  Shawn and I held her hands and coaxed her
over to the sweet little old ladies passing out candy.  Suddenly, the light bulb went off as
she realized, "Hey, I just have to smile and look cute and these people will give me
candy!!".  BOOM!  Brees was hooked!  Suddenly, Halloween wasn't so scary at all!  And
off we went, visiting the fire station, the church carnival, Brees walking like a big girl up
and down the street.  She and Belle waved and smiled and we had the best time
watching them on their kitty cat prowl.
We managed to get them packed up and in the car just as the epic annual Halloween end
of the night sugar rush temper tantrum struck.  They ran around the house for a
while, looking through all their loot as Shawn and I stole a few pieces of candy on the
down low.  No sooner had we cleaned their sticky, smudged up make-up faces before
they both passed out, sugar coma style.   It was the happiest Halloween.

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Deanna Fike said...

what beautiful girls! i love that last picture. :) i'm glad brees finally warmed up to trick or treating!

Vanessa said...

Brees' hair, oh my gawd, it looks so fluffy and sweet. I am jealous that you were able to corral her into kitty whiskers (even if she wanted you to wipe them off!). Your whole family is just adorable, like always. What a fun Halloween. :-)

Randalin said...

Kale was the same as Brees - a little nervous at first, but once he figured it out, he was totally into it. He kept saying "let's find another door, mama!" The girls look extra-adorable in their costumes.

As much as it sucks that you're so busy with work, I love knowing I'm not the only one that struggles to make it all happen. Like you, I would be so screwed if it weren't for the support I get from my family. We are lucky ladies :)

Ashley said...

Oh, great pictures. Brees is actually posing in one of those pictures! She is so sweet! Isabelle looked so pretty and is really looking like 'a big girl'. Time is passing too quickly!

Caitlin A. said...

Your girls are so cute! Love how Brees is clearly gaining some of her sister's swagger - you can tell in those photos where she's carrying her bag with her hip out to the side! Too adorable :)

Lucy the Valiant said...

Such adorable kitty cats! Nessie had the same shyness/candy revelation this year! And... was that zombie about to eat that ninja's brains? I'm pretty sure he was!

Mz E said...

you have a beautiful family mz liz! *smile* how adorable that lil brees overcame her fears of trick or treating...candy will do it every time! lol

Olivia said...

Thank you!! And candy usually works for me:)

Olivia said...

My nephews do NOT mess around! Our sweet zombie boy was eating brains left and right!

Olivia said...

Thank you! Brees has apparently been paying attention since day one because she has her modeling poses down pat. What a bunch of hams!

Olivia said...

Time is definitely passing way too fast! I found myself savoring every moment this year! How much longer will she want to dress up in matching outfits and hang out with us!!!

Olivia said...

We are lucky ladies, indeed. I always take so much comfort in your blog and your journey as a woman working to make it all happen.

Olivia said...

Thank you! Her hair is the exact same texture as a baby chick, it's so light and fluffy. It took 2 whole years to grow!

Olivia said...

That last photo is my favorite, my two wild girls:)