We went very low-key with costumes this year, meaning that I didn't make any of them and they pretty much came up with their own. Ashtyn and I did make the poodle skirt a couple of months ago, at which point I told her it would make a great Halloween costume. Cole put his own ninja costume together and the little girls picked dresses from the dress-up box.
(and yes, Ashtyn wore those wedge heels trick-or-treating but to her credit, she never complained.)
Raya was happy to be Minnie Mouse for Halloween, round 2, and Kaida wore the Ariel dress again. The girls were thrilled that Mommy put makeup on them and Raya loved that I painted her nose black. I even put on my own little 5 minute costume (that looked WAY better on Pinterest, of course)
Seeing the kids all excited & happy helped me forget what little stinkers they had been for the previous 2 hours so after Donny got home from work at 6, we ended up having a lovely time trick-or-treating. Not to mention how wonderful it feels to be outside in the gorgeous weather we've been having. We stayed out for about an hour and a half, which is way longer than we usually go, but we were with friends the whole time so it was really fun.
|Ashtyn & our 2 cute neighbor friends|
I tried to get pictures of Raya but she practically ran from house to house the whole time and I couldn't get any decent ones. I had forgotten to give her the "nigh-night medicine" before we left (at the regularly scheduled time) so she got more and more wired as we went on. I had to laugh when we got home because I had left a bowl of candy on the front porch for trick-or-treaters and half of it was still there. I guess that's what happens when you leave lame candy out.
I wasn't sure how Raya would do with the whole trick-or-treating for candy that she couldn't have the majority of but she didn't care about the candy itself, she was just thrilled to be doing what the big kids were doing. When we got home, everybody dumped their candy out on the table. We always let the kids each pick 5 things to eat over the next few days and then they get to eat something before they go to bed, and that's it. The rest of it gets packed up and we all share it. There is PLENTY to go around and it should last us a long time.
This sweet little thing was worn out by the time we got home. True to form though, you never would have guessed it by the way she was acting. After she got her medicine, she started to settle down a bit and had a nice snuggle on Daddy's lap.
Poor little Raya was 2 hours late getting to sleep and the combination of that plus all the extra energy she had used running from house to house for 90 minutes PLUS having her periactin dose at night just wore her out. I had to wake her up and physically get her out of bed Friday morning to get her ready for school, which I didn't really think she was going to make it to. She wouldn't even walk from one room to the next when I was getting her ready for school. We were so short on time that I didn't have time to get her backpack & pump ready, so we did a 2 ounce bolus (and I almost made her puke) and packed her a baggie of potato chips and headed off to school. She was so tired that she wouldn't even stand up when I got her out of the car and I had to carry her all the way to her classroom. I thought once she got there she'd perk up, and I really thought she'd enjoy having a day off of her pump at school.
When I got back to pick her up, she looked like a zombie. Usually each kid comes running to the door as their parent steps up to sign them out on the clipboard. Raya saw me, waved a little, and then just stood there and looked at me. She wouldn't even walk to the door so I had to pick her up and carry her to the car. She didn't fight me on buckling her seatbelt for her either, so I knew she was tired. She fell asleep before we even got out of the parking lot and when we got to therapy, she was still out cold.
Aside from all of the very long stretches in between, she really liked seeing the big kids get their awards. Ashtyn got one for her reading goal and one for honor roll, Cole got one for his reading goal, and Kaida got one of the character awards.
Raya really was not herself the rest of the afternoon & evening. Aside from when she's been really sick with a high fever, I've never seen her so exhausted. It had me a little concerned, actually. It took her most of the weekend to bounce back and she was still pretty tired until this afternoon & evening when she finally seemed to be back to her normal self. And then she had a wicked poop-splosion this evening that left my overly sensitive sense of smell reeling and resulted in some clothes that were beyond salvaging being thrown in the trash and a shower/tub that still needs to be bleached. It was bad. And I could tell what she ate for dinner last night which is probably also not good. And she's having another low-level allergic reaction to something (probably egg) which was part of the reason for the poop-splosion and is also not good. Good thing she's cute.
And that, my friends, was our Halloween weekend.