Last night was trick-or-treating in our community. Being that our neighborhood is only 12 or 14 houses, the neighborhood coordinates to get all kids together at once, exchange candy, take a group picture (didn't happen), and go together to the rest of the houses without kids. This is all done before the "official" start time of beggar's night so the kids can go to other neighborhoods with their friends and family. We also learned a lesson in our first Halloween at the new house: a regular bag of candy just will not do. Because there are so few kids the neighbors go way out with prepared bags and giant candy. We had just bought a bag and split it among the kids. Next year we will be better prepared.
After the neighborhood festivities, we went and surprised our old neighbors and also spied checked out our old house (they ripped out all of our carpet!!!). Finally we ended the evening in my parents' neighborhood hitting up 6 or 8 houses. Anderson got a ton of candy (that Dave and I will be eating) and looked super adorable in his costume.
At the beginning of the month my parents' neighbor, Sue, passed away after a short battle with Leukemia. Sue has been our neighbor since we moved there 30+ years ago. Sue was like a second mother to my sister and me. She was our regular babysitter. I remember good times of eating spaghetti-os, playing with all her cats, and having the bajeebers scared out of me watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Walking past her house tonight while trick-or-treating with Anderson made me sad. Her funeral is this weekend. She will be missed greatly by my family.
Just two weeks ago we lost my paternal grandmother. My grandparents live in Kentucky, about 5-6 hours from home, so we don't get to see them very often. Therefore, I am not as close with my paternal grandparents as I was with my maternal grandparents who just lived a few miles from us and we saw all the time. Saying goodbye, however, was not easy. The funeral was filled with tears and great stories. Mostly, I'll miss my grandmother's laugh. She had a great laugh.
Yesterday, two years to the day that my beloved grandmother left us, my uncle passed away. It wasn't unexpected; he has been sick for quite a while. My mom and her sister are very close and I spent a lot of my childhood with my aunt and uncle. They are big sports fans. They used to take me to many Cincinnati Reds games when I was really young. Then in high school they would take me to the summer league basketball games where I got to see many college and professional basketball players play on small high school courts. The last several years my aunt and uncle had a seat license at the Schottenstein Center and would invite us to many Ohio State events including all of the women's basketball games. We will say our final goodbyes this weekend.
I texted my mom early yesterday hoping they were or had gotten home from vacation early so that I might get an hour to grocery shop on my own. Instead we had a fantastic day at the pumpkin patch. We went to Pigeon Roost Farm in Hebron, which is about a 30 minute drive from our house. This place was much more than just a pumpkin patch (in fact, we didn't even come home with a pumpkin), it was a giant farming playground! There were slides and farm animals and farm equipment and mazes and all kinds of things. Anderson's favorite thing was a covered wagon that was filled with corn kernels (instead of sand). He played in there for at least a half hour until I had to physically remove him from it. After our time on the farm we enjoyed a great lunch at Clay's Cafe also in Hebron complete with ice cream.
Here's a few of the pictures from the day.
This was like a giant hamster wheel. I was terrible at it and Anderson hated it.
Yes, my child has Hand, Foot, and Mouth. We've been to the doctor already.
As I mentioned yesterday, we attended the Creepside Festival last night. Our little guy dressed in his Halloween costume - a crab or a lobster. Whatever. He was cute. Expect more Halloween costume pictures next week.
Last night we went to the Creepside Festival at Creekside in Gahanna. (Pictures tomorrow for Foto Friday.) Basically, it was a community-wide trick-or-treat and Halloween festival. It was nuts. There were people everywhere! We waited in line for trick-or-treating for a good hour for just a few pieces of candy. And my boy doesn't even eat candy! I noticed that most vendors were giving out Tootsie Rolls. Not bad, but not a great candy either. My favorite Halloween candy is probably Reece's Cups.
So, what's your favorite Halloween candy to steal from your kids?
Dave was unable to get any pictures of me as he had the baby and didn't know where the new course went to be able to get in any position to get any action shots. So, I "borrowed" a few from the official photographer.
Does this face say, "I'm squeezing my buns so I don't poop on myself"? You can read about that here.
I'm going to be completely honest here. It's my blog and I can. I hate this picture. This picture makes me mad. This picture screams, "I'm 10 pounds overweight; I'm not even trying to lose the baby weight; I am never going to be the runner I once was or should be." It's just gross. It makes me sick. I want to try harder. I've got to try harder.
I wish I had more pictures from this race. I wish I had more flattering pictures. I wish I felt better during this race and then maybe I would have looked a little better. :)