Today started off bright and early getting kids dressed in their costumes for school. I sent Ethan and Tyra off, and then I got Jeremy and the little girls all dressed up so that we could go down to the school. Right after B track started the parade was scheduled to start, so we waited in the kindergarten yard for the bell to ring, and then I took the little girls inside to find a seat to wait for the parade to start.
Every year that I’ve gone to see the Halloween parade, I think I’ve got a good seat in the big entrance hall, but then all the people that come in late, just kind of come in and stand in front of everyone that was there early. So it ends up being hard for me to see and take pictures of the parade, and if it’s hard for me to see, it’s pretty near impossible for my little kiddos to see their siblings. This year, however, the school got smart. They decided to set up chairs in the gym in such a way that every person had a front row seat. Then when the parade came through they just wove up and down the rows of chair. It was great!
Before the parade started Dinah asked me if we would see Ethan, Tyra AND Jeremy. I said “Yes, I hope so.” Which ends up being a funny thing. Tyra’s class was the first of my kiddos classes to come through, but notice how Tyra’s teacher, Mrs. Gustafson, is looking behind her (I find out why in a minute).
Only half of Tyra’s class ended up passing us, and I was starting to get concerned that my daughter wasn’t with her class like she should be. So I started looking all over the place for her. She ended up leading the half of the class that was behind her, a different way and they caught up with the rest of the class in the row behind mine. So Dinah and Chloe didn’t see Tyra. Stinker, I just told Dinah that we would see them all, and THAT is why Mrs Gustafson was looking behind her looking like something wasn’t right! After school when we were all in the car heading to Kyle’s work Tyra cried that I wasn’t there. I had to tell her that I WAS there, but since she had gone the wrong way she ended up NOT passing me. She was kind of surprised to hear that. We did see Ethan and Jeremy when their classes came by, so that was good. 🙂 Ethan’s teacher was dressed as a baby, and Jeremy’s teacher was dressed up as ‘Fancy Nancy’.
After school got out, we got to go into town to trick-or-treat at Symantec, where Kyle works. The kids love trick-or-treating at daddy’s work, and they look forward to it every year. This year I’m grateful that Halloween is on Monday which is ‘early out day’ for the school, so we were able to leave earlier and be at Symantec right when trick-or-treating time started.
Isn’t Lydia such a cute Tenderheart Bear? My mom made this costume when Jenny and I were little. Of course this is the one Jenny wore and mom can’t find the Friend Bear costume that she made for me to wear. Oh well, at least almost every one of my kids has worn this one. 🙂
Here is a picture of all the kids when we were done at Symantec:
Tyra the kitty cat, Dinah the furry lion, Lydia the sweet care bear, Chloe the witch, Jeremy the pumpkin, and Ethan the kangaroo. Tyra, Dinah, Jeremy and Ethan’s costumes were additions to our collection this year. We got them at DI for a few dollars apiece. I LOVE that Ethan used his pouch to hold his pumpkin. That was totally awesome!
Then we came home to pass out candy to trick or treaters in the neighborhood. Kyle ordered and picked up pizza on his way home. But when he got home rather than having everyone sit down to eat, Kyle decided to just take the kids around the neighborhood to show off their costumes. Lydia was SO done, so she stayed home with me to pass out candy and clean house. When Kyle and the kiddos came back, we ate. And I noticed that Chloe was missing her cape. It must have fallen off somewhere, and Kyle didn’t notice. I’m so bummed that now we have an incomplete costume. Other than that we had a great day.