What I Want to Remember of This Halloween

Halloween Night Favorites

He ran everywhere. He kept up with the older kids without whining or hesitation. He found his principal, another Kindergarten teacher and a specials teacher — and hugged them all. He ran into friends and gave them high-fives while yelling loudly and being of general good cheer. He owned his costume and regularly spouted, “Luigi time!,” while tipping his hat and punching the sky with his other fist. As he ran back to the adults waiting on the road, his feet rarely touched the ground.

He was BigBrother, through and through.


Halloween Night Favorites

He walked the whole way — for the first Halloween ever. Sometimes he was upset when the bigger kids left him alone, but he kept on keeping on. His manners were impeccable; not only did candy givers receive a “thank you” but quite often they got a “Happy Halloween” to boot. As he got tired near the end, he was happy to let the older kids go to the houses while he stood and held my hand. Held my hand. He smiled the whole time, even when he ran out of energy.

He was LittleBrother, through and through.

It was a lovely Halloween evening. We have too much candy, two boys who were too tired for baths before collapsing in bed and a tired set of parents. But it was one of those evenings that make memories to last a lifetime.


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Stream of Consciousness Sunday: The End of October

This is a blurry Sunday morning. I thought I would try something new to try and wake me up, get me going. I met Fadra at BlogHer Writers last week, and she started a Stream of Consciousness Sunday meme. With NaBloPoMo coming up, a few well-placed memes could be useful to help me post every day for thirty days.

Without further explanation, here’s what I’m thinking about today…

Apparently the end of October is upon us.

BigBrother’s last soccer game is today. It would figure, seeing as how FireDad is working. I’m kind of glad the season is over, even though BigBrother seemingly loves soccer and has made some great strides in his game this year. The reason? The communication from league/team to parents has been worse than ever. Games and practices were cancelled — and I never received a call. It wasn’t just me; other parents on our team complained of the same. As such, I don’t feel like we’re going to the End of Season party after the game.



Especially considering my back is out. Again. I don’t really know what to do. I stood up at the Halloween party yesterday evening and almost passed out because the pain was so intense. I cannot continue living this way. I cannot continue gaining this much weight because I can’t work out. I cannot continue ignoring that this is not a horrific, life-altering pain that needs dealt with — but I also don’t know how to deal with it. So, I sit and wonder.

The Halloween Party at Dillon State Park was really quite awesome. The younger crew only did one loop (out of a total of three). It was the perfect sized route, resulting in one full pumpkin of candy. We cooked hot dogs, ate taco salad and chili and the kids ran around chasing each other. BigBrother’s costume is muddy and hot chocolate-y, and I’m over it because he had so much fun. I took some amazing pictures throughout the day and I’m just so glad that LittleBrother got over a tummy-woe so that we were able to go.

Halloween -- Dillon State Park

Our friends were joking that we’re all old. We’ve got multiple back issues, heart issues and other mental and physical health ailments. We miss coffee for doctor’s appointments. We laughed, but I’m hoping we all come into a healthy year in 2012. Mainly because I want to have coffee with my friends on a regular basis!

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
  • Link up your post at All Things Fadra’s weekly post.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

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