Yesterday was Halloween. Last year, I was a little annoyed at the number of times I had to get the kids dressed in costumes for this party or that event. This year was different. Thanks to Smunch's soccer schedule and a nasty cold we all got, we missed the two non-school Halloween parties we were invited to.
Aside from a trip to the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago with my old mommy group friends (not that any of them are old...just that they're friends from the mom's group I joined when Smunch was born) there were no opportunities to don the costumes before Halloween. I'm glad we had that little shindig. Turns out it was the only time I really got to see them in their costumes.
This year, Smunch wanted to be a baseball player (go figure)...and Mam wanted to be a princess.Both were easy costumes. Mam has a rather large collection of princess dress-up clothes, so all we had to do was get Smunch a jersey. Of course a Major League Baseball jersey costs at least as much as two store-bought costumes, so I don't think we came out ahead there. And his pants didn't match his jersey at all, but that was going to be good enough.
Mam was spending time at school each day rehearsing cute little Halloween songs for the big show on the 31st. Every now and then, they'd pop out of her mouth at home. Smunch's class was gearing up for the school costume parade around the playground. And I was a busy little mommy, organizing food and a little craft for Smunch's first grade Halloween party and decorating the house with some help from Daddy.On the 30th, Daddy went to school and helped the first graders carve pumpkins with their 5th grade "buddies".That meant that after school, I had to carve another one with Mam and Smunch had to carve another one, just so everyone was happy. We had a nice time. I roasted some pumpkin seeds.
After dinner, a grand affair with tortellini and Soycuttash for the kids and tortellini and salad for the grown-ups, and after the kids were in bed, I started on my own preparations for the Halloween party...a trial run with the craft project and a nice collection of cheese bugs. I finished up my pumpkin seeds with sugar and pumpkin pie spice. They were yummy. I ate a whole bunch.
I went to bed feeling kind of rotten. I woke up at 3am feeling more rotten. By morning, I'd been up several times and I was sick as a dog. Feverish and dehydrated, I was eternally thankful that Daddy had already planned to take the day off and was game to take over my duties. But I was so sad to miss Mam's concert yesterday morning. It's always such a cute event. I usually end up teary-eyed, but somehow also bored. I've seen the same show twice before. I sent Daddy, video-enabled camera in hand. But it's not the same as being teary-eyed and bored in person. The best part of the whole thing is seeing how thrilled Mam is with her performance and the fact that her parents are there. I hoped I might start feeling better by afternoon, but by then my fever was 102 and getting out of bed was next to impossible. I ended up in bed all day...and all night. I managed to eat a banana. Missed the costume parade. Missed the party.Missed dinner with our neighbors and all the dressed-up kids. Missed trick or treating and didn't even answer the door (although we left a bowl of candy on the porch).
Bleh. We were supposed to go out tonight, but it's just as well that our babysitter bailed when I told her I hadn't been well. I managed to eat a couple of bagels, some cinnamon toast and a bowl of soup today. Yipee. Maybe I'll lose a little of that extra weight I'd been fretting about. Sadly, I suspect it'll be right back if I manage to get rid of it.
It was almost nice to be able to spend the day relaxing in bed, even feeling rotten, but did it really have to be Halloween??