The Flu that Stole Halloween

Up until Friday, we were having a great Halloween season.  My son invited friends over last weekend for Halloween fun and games.  And, he spent all week practicing his dance moves for The Thriller dance in school on Friday.  He was suited up as Master Chief from Halo and ready to dance…when the stomach bug struck.  Running for the bathroom, he ripped his Master Chief costume trying to get it off.

As I entered the school to pick him up, all of the teachers were wishing him well and sorry that he wasn’t feeling better.  I got him home and to bed.  He has been crying this afternoon, because he is too sick to go trick or treating.  Instead of out with his friends, he is lying on the couch in his Master Chief costume watching Halo cartoons.  I have to admit I feel a little sad too.  I love going out in the neighborhood with him and seeing the excitement of all of the children–pure childhood joy!  But, tonight we are giving candy to the other children and wishing them a Happy Halloween!  I hope that you and your children are having a very Happy Halloween!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Ever since I was a child, I have waited with anticipation for Halloween.  I would spend months designing and creating my costumes.  And, my brothers and I would spend all evening trick or treating–only to catch our father sneaking candy out of our bags.  Another tradition continued in my house by my husband (one of the perks of being the parent).

Last night when I met a new Mom excited for her first Halloween, I knew I had met a kindred spirit.  Before going to the hospital to deliver her baby, she made sure to buy a pumpkin costume for baby’s first Halloween.  She has been waiting months to see her daughter in the costume, and her excitement was barely contained.  Listening to her, I enjoyed a flash back to my son’s first Halloween.  He was the most adorable Pooh Bear stuck in a honey pot.

Flash forward to today, my son is no longer a cuddly Pooh Bear.  This year he will be Master Chief from Halo.  Instead of bobby for apples at our party, we are fighting a Zombie Apocalypse in my yard.  Our Halloween party this year will be shooting at the Zombies that I have planted in my yard. Hoo-rah!  What are you doing for fun this Halloween?

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Cousin

As an only child, my son can be lonely at times. But, this summer he was treated to a week with his cousin visiting from North Carolina. They played non-stop. At breakfast, the smack talk began with “Oh yay, I’m going to kill you today!” Because of their epic Nerf battles, my husband and I were wearing protective gear to walk through the house. And, we set up a bunker in our bedroom. When they were out of bullets and tired from Nerf, they killed aliens in Halo. The house was filled with screams and laughter. My son had the time of his life. To make sure that we get the “Best Uncle and Aunt” titles, we made sure to treat our nephew to his first Maine lobster. Do you have an only child? How do you entertain him/her?