Wizard, after biking back to school in costume (minus the cloak of course!):
Rio’s drawing of his costume (and creative spelling). I like the bunny detail!
The hat is genius, a late Amazon Prime purchase (thanks to sister for reminding me! I ordered Monday, it arrived Wednesday), with a bunny that is attached via Velcro and also can be hidden in a compartment inside the hat! Pretty great for under $20 and arriving in two days. Yay Prime!
Hogwarts in 2F! A Harry and two Hermiones:
After the Travell parade, we biked to the Ivy one:
There were the most parents I’d ever seen at the Ivy parade, perhaps owing to it being a Friday afternoon plus a beautiful fall day. Husband took a snap at Roger’s gazebo:
Saturday was two separate tantrums taking up the morning (Tashi, she was overhot) and afternoon (Rio, I repurposed his pumpkin without asking first). Long day when Halloween’s on a weekend and beforehand we still had swimming and soccer (her team won!). Still, it’s a perfect setup for family trick or treating. We met up with the gang to do our street and a block over.
The kids seriously last less than an hour, even though they are older—the candy bin gets too heavy!
You’ll recall this stoop we take photos on every year! For the first time, there’s the homeowner too! Click for snaps from 2014, 2013, not 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy, and 2011.
We also managed a group snap here at the house across from Amber’s:
Then it was all-you-can-eat candy, pizza, and adult bevs and snacks chez Amber. Tashi is a pro at this point at spotting safe candy, though this means she goes through a lot of lollies, Skittles, and the like. She also has the challenge of braces this year!
We stayed later than usual, because Tashi and Rio were pretty silent between the TV and candy gorging in the basement. We were the last family to leave, which never happens as usually one or both is freaking out. They kind of slept in, with the time change, but Tashi in particular was very cranky all day Sunday although she would not admit it. She had a Brownies food drive for a half hour midday, and then the weather cleared up and became so warm we played soccer outside, as well as badminton, and even biked to the Duck Pond playground. The flip side of being able to sleep in is having an extra hour in the day before bedtime.
This is the pumpkin repurposing that caused great tears… I neglected to check with Rio before using it. But, I really wanted a sign and candy holder I didn’t care about losing after our bowl got taken last year! We also turned off the lights when we left the house for when it got dark later. I know, not very festive, but I was nervous about marauding older kids later at night.
And finally Rio’s autumn art (not repurposed!):