By Heather O.
I don’t know about your town, but our town is in full swing Halloween mode already. A parade at each of my kids’ schools and a neighborhood party tonight, which means treats treats and more treats. My kids were so excited about Halloween activities today, they barely ate breakfast this morning. Well, I think J got something down–maybe a cheese stick—but I’m fairly certain Little Sister ate nothing. Where was their mother, you ask? I was frantically trying to cobble together a Cinderella headband for my daughter’s Cinderella costume. Of course. Duh. Isn’t that what YOU were doing?
In my defense, Little Sister’s Halloween costume has been finished for weeks. Yes, finished, as in I made it with my own two little hands and my cheap little sewing machine. It turned out pretty good, too. Not Tracy M good, but definitely decent enough for a novice sewer like myself. The headband was my favorite part, mostly because I added a little shimmer to it that wasn’t on the pattern. Did you hear, y’all? I did something that WASN’T ON THE PATTERN. Okay, so I didn’t underSTAND the pattern well enough to make the headband perfect but that is BESIDE THE POINT. And who needs perfect on Halloween? We all had a good time making it, really, and we were both excited for her to wear it tonight.
Yesterday, the headband was nowhere in sight.
And I had a sinking feeling it was well and truly lost about mid-day yesterday, when I tore my house apart looking for a lost library book (are you picking up a theme? I lose things. A lot.) and I couldn’t find the headband. (I did find the library book, by the way. It only took me two hours, thanks for asking. No, I didn’t get much done that day, thanks again for asking.)
Dh suggested she buried it in the sandbox. My girlfriend suggested my dog ate it. Either is a distinct possibility.
So despite all my hard work, I was resigned to having my daughter wear a different costume, Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog. She got that costume for her birthday, and it’s in fairly decent shape, unlike the other dress-ups that she’s worn to bits.
However, while *I* was resigned to Princess Tiana, Little Sister was not.
Which is why, at 8:15 this morning, if you would have stopped by with, oh, I don’t know, a plate of fresh home made cinnamon rolls (and why didn’t you?), you would have found me still in my pajamas, sitting at my sewing machine, swearing under my breath as I tried to fashion some of the fabric left over from the dress (not the original fabric for the headband, though, because having some of THAT left over would have been too easy) over a white headband Little Sister hates to wear to church.
It looked sloppy and a little ridiculous. But it would have to do. And on my way to preschool, I thought of all the ways I could have figured out how to do it better. Novice sewer, remember. It takes a little while for me to wrap my brain around this stuff. Okay, like really a LONG while. Spatial skills–not my strong point.
But we got it done, and she got to go with her class trick or treating to the strip mall near the school, a tradition that has been going on as long as the school itself, I guess. Little Sister wore a coat over her dress and whined the whole time that she was cold, so really, everything went as you would expect.
And while I’ve been writing this post, she has been ripping through her treat bag, unwrapping everything, and sticking half of it into my mouth.
Like I said, the binging has begun.
Which brings me to the original point of the post, which I seem to have meandered away from quite a bit but am going to try to salvage anyway. How do YOU handle the influx of candy this time of year? We are a binging family—I let my kids go crazy for as long as they want, no restrictions, eat until you’re sick. Every year, J rips through his candy for 2 days, and then gets tired of it. I end up throwing his candy away, with his permission, every year.
Little Sister, however, has shown she is extremely excited about chocolate, so maybe my strategy won’t work as well with her. But given how much candy I have inhaled just in the last 15 minutes, it will probably not be her stomach I have to worry about.
Have a great Halloween weekend, everybody!
(except for you, Wiz. You get no Halloween love.)
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