Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Recap 2010

As I mentioned a few posts back, Kailey has been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Halloween (even though I doubt she really understood what it was she was so excited about). She knew there would be costumes. And candy. I suppose that's all one really needs to know about the day.

About a week before Halloween, Kai decided to be a bee instead of a monkey. We had inherited a monkey costume from Penny and then, at a playdate at Ava's house the Sunday before Halloween, Ava gave us her bee costume from the prior year. As soon as she saw the bumblebee, she was sold. Kai is both monkey (with her mad climbing skills) and bee (with her busy little personality), so she really couldn't go wrong. I just found it amusing that she has such a preference about things like costumes -- at 2!

Anyway, I think Halloween fully lived up to her expectations. We had a full weekend of festivities. To kick it off, Kai and I headed down to the Montclair Halloween Parade, which consisted of a fire truck, followed by a marching band, and then all the spectators just joined in behind the band and walked the few blocks that make up the Montclair village.

After the parade, we headed to her school/daycare for a rare Friday afternoon appearance in order to join in on the annual Halloween party (how incredible is Kai's daycare? Lauren organizes her neighbors to be home at about 4:30 so the kids can go trick-or-treating and even provides them with the candy to hand out so that she knows exactly what each kid gets. I am in constant amazement with how incredibly fortunate we have been with Kailey's caregivers. First we lucked out with Doug. And now Home Away from Home. I hope we continue to be so lucky with Kai's caregivers in the future!)

Kailey LOVED trick-or-treating with her friends from school. Ava was a little hesitant at first, but she and Kai buddied up, holding hands most of the time and running from house to house. Kailey was being a total goof-ball, dancing around, singing songs, jumping up and down. When we got to the first house, she was the first kid up the steps (does this surprise me? No, it does not) and when the door was opened, she marched right inside, declaring "trick or treating!" (perhaps more trick than treat!). We explained to her that she didn't need to go inside the house, although, I think she was skeptical.

When the kids got back to Lauren's after their trick-or-treating, they posed for a group shot (also, genius to pose for the group shot AFTER trick-or-treating, since the kids actually sat for a moment for the pictures because they were distracted by their newfound loot!)

Kai was the first to abandon the picture taking, because she wanted me to help her open her M&Ms.

Kailey doesn't really know what M&Ms are, of course. After I opened them for her, she popped one in her mouth and then promptly spit it out, looking at me in disgust and declaring, "it's CHOCOLATE mommy!" Too bad Kai had to inherit my dislike of chocolate, and with it a lifetime of not getting to enjoy the supposed upside of holidays (of course, with it comes the ability to bribe just about anyone with the chocolate you are willing to hoard after said holiday). Kai abandoned the M&Ms in favor of a fruit roll-up. A model child!

Once everyone had consumed some candy, the kids entertained us with some songs.

It was the cutest party I think I've ever been too.

On Saturday, we made Halloween cookies with Penny, Sarah and Max. Penny and Kailey loved decorating the cookies. And I discovered that I don't really know how to make cookies, even if they are the sort of cookies that are already made for you and all you have to do is open the packet and put them on a cookie sheet. Maybe this is because we don't actually have a cookie sheet? And I don't seem to understand measurements, so when the instructions said to space the cookies out by 1", I took it to mean that they could be right next to each other. It was like a thin cookie cake with a LOT of sprinkles. But, hey! It was fun!

Sunday Kailey spent the day in her costume. We went to a Halloween party at our friend Amy's house, and then went trick-or-treating. By this time, Kai was an old pro at trick or treating. Well, maybe a semi-pro. She would march right up to each house, all by herself, and start pounding on the door while yelling, "TRICK OR TREATING". When the door opened, Kai would hold out her bag and say, "Thank you!" before any candy was deposited in the bag. But, whatever, she had the basic concept down. After each house, Kai would turn around to head back down the stairs shouting, "NEXT HOUSE!"

As we were driving back home after trick-or-treating, Kai pulled out a pack of M&Ms and asked me to open it for her. I told her it was chocolate and that she didn't like chocolate (and she had heard me tell the story about the M&Ms at school to about 4 people since she had spit out her chocolate a few days before). Kai declared indignantly, "I LIKE chocolate NOW, Mama!" Ahhh rebellion. So we gave her an M&M. To her credit, she managed to swallow it, although it was clear from her expression that she wasn't really enjoying. She did say, "mmmmmm," as she chewed it up(although, not very convincingly), But, what really gave her away was that as soon as she managed to eat that single M&M, she declared - "now a LOLLY POP" rather than finishing the pack. A good effort, but I think that Kai is wrong that she likes chocolate now!

Today, when I picked Kailey up from school, she wasn't really ready for the fun to be over. I asked her, as we were headed to the car, if she wanted spaghetti for dinner (Kai's favorite food... seriously, she can eat more spaghetti at a sitting than I can). Kailey replied, "No. I want more trick or treating again!" I told her we could do that next year.

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