Tuesday, November 6, 2012

One I'm Scared Of the Most

I meant to blog about Halloween a while ago, but I forgot.  The kids don't have school today, so we are doing nothing.  It awesome and I finally have time to blog while they are actually not fighting for a change.  What's my secret, you ask?  Ha.  Well, I'm letting them play video games all day.  And that is why I will never earn mother of the year.
So this October was really interesting.  Zachary had a lot of missing assignments one week.  Like nine or something.  So I told him that if he had any more missing assignments the rest of the month, he would not get to go trick-or-treating.  The next week, he had two.  I was upset that he wasn't getting that he should have zero and he said, "I thought you would be happy that I only had two!"  Yeah, well.  Great.  Thanks for the guilt trip kiddo.  I told him he blew it and he couldn't go trick-or-treating.  But he could pass out the candy.  He even lost his Halloween costume to Riley who said that he would just wear Zach's costume (with no prompting from me).  Ah, but this did pose a problem.  The Fall Carnival in our ward came around and Zach wanted to wear his costume.  So Riley wore an old costume that Zach wore a couple years ago.   Then came Halloween and the Halloween parade at school.  The kids get to wear their costumes to school for the parade and then they have to take them off for the rest of the day - except the kindergartners and the sixth graders.  The sixth graders put on a Halloween party (complete with spook alley) for the kindergartners.  All the kids get to go through the spook alley, though.  I got to come and take pictures of the kids at the party.  It was a blast!  I'm only upset that I didn't get an pictures of Zach in the costume he put together for the parade/party.  We have a spooky cloak that is grey and he used it to make an Assassins Creed costume.  He said he got too hot and had taken it off by the time I found him.  The spook alley wasn't very scary, but some of the kindergartners were a little freaked out.  I had to help one little girl leave before she even got half way through.  And it was really, really, really small.  They have two temporary classrooms outside the school, and they put it on in one.  Tiny.
After dinner on Halloween, Riley and Kaleb put on their costumes and we headed out.  It was a beautiful night.  Perfect for trick-or-treating.  The kids didn't even need their coats.  We came home after an hour and a half and their buckets were full.  Kaleb said his was too heavy and I had to carry it for him the last little bit.
Here's the pictures:

 Caramel apples!

 My soldier.

 That's Riley, in front of Mario.

 Captain America!  Swoon! :D

 Oh, yeah, and Riley was awarded his Bear.  He has many people to thank for helping him get this award besides me. ;)

 Yep.  He rocks.

 We also painted pumpkins at this Pack Meeting.

 Carving pumpkins!  Riley getting out the guts.

 Kaleb - designing his pumpkin.

 Kurtis' pumpkin.

 My second pumpkin.

 My first pumpkin.  His right tooth came off, so I had to reattach it with a toothpick.

 Kaleb's creation.

 Zachary's pumpkin.  It's Equestria's flag.

 Of, course Riley had to make his pumpkin puke.

 And my third pumpkin.  We had a couple pumpkins left over from Pack Meeting, so I just carved them right up.

All of them on the porch.

 Don't feel sorry for him.  He had 34 missing assignments Thursday.

My soldier and his Captain.  He he.

This is Kaleb's Halloween program.  He and his friends sang on the evening of October 30th.

This is the video I took of the costume parade at the school.  Sorry about the quality.  I thought my video camera was still in my purse, but it wasn't.  I had to use my phone's video and it's not that great.  I want an HD camera.
All the costumes were really great this year!  See if you can spot my kids.  Zach is near the beginning and if you blink, you will miss him.  I did.  I had to watch this to check that he was even in the parade.  He was.  Just behind somebody.  Ugh.  But Kaleb will come next.  He waves at me and Riley does something weird like moves faster to avoid the camera, or something.  I almost missed him that day, too.
I hope everybody had a great Halloween!

1 comment:

Michele said...

hm ok so yeah your October sounds like mine only completely different, just same result. November is looking up! right? When Isaac was in 5th grade he never turned in any assignments. His reasoning was he didn't want to do his homework and since he still got a's and b's on the tests he highly doubted they would actually hold him back and was pretty sure I wouldn't let that happen. he is right. Why do my oldest two always figure out the flaws in the system? Looking back, all the stupid busy work assignments they give out here, I would rather he didn't do the homework than sit stressed, overwhelmed, crying and complaining about not getting enough fresh air(Ana's approach).
Not that that is an excuse! Zach do your homework anyway! It just makes your parents sleep better! And sleeping better = happy parents. And happy parents = parents who want to let you do fun things like play video games or bake cookies just for fun.