Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Holy cow, today was a doozy.  Right on the heels of one of our best days ever together as a family yesterday, today was filled with challenges and difficult behavior.  And that was BEFORE any kind of sugar rush!  We almost cancelled trick-or-treating altogether, because without a nap we didn't think the girls could make it.  But Steve thought we should give it a shot, and luckily it all turned out great.

Slightly sneering Care Bears started out the pre-party at Caryn and Steve's house.

But once we got outside to get ready for trick-or-treating they perked right up.

Grammy Ellen bought us this HUGE balloon!  We took him trick or treating with us, he was so fun. 

Watch out, Clara!
Princess/fairy Annie bestows her blessings upon the two little Care Bears.

Some of our big trick-or-treating group:
And the photographing entourage!
Last year, the girls had a hard time keeping up going from house to house - this year they just ran from door to door, so thrilled and exciting.  Clara really started hitting her stride a few houses in, and just didn't slow down until we told her it was time to go home. 
Elena started out great, but quickly tired and started to tell us she was so sleepy and needed to go to bed (it was appropriate that she was Bedtime Bear!).  Steve and Grammy Ellen took her back to the truck while Clara and Christina did a few more houses.
The girls did great at saying thank you and staying very polite.  And at the end of the night Elena turned to her friend Sylvie and told her "Bye!  See you next time!  I have to go home and go to bed, I'm so sleepy.  But you can have some of my candy!"  And she handed her some Swedish fish.  This turned out to be a good idea, since it turns out Sylvie's bag had a hole in it and it turned out she had NO candy!  (Unlike Clara, below, who completely filled hers).

Now the day is done and the girls are fast asleep - phew!  Happy Halloween, everyone!

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