Saturday, November 7, 2009

Halloween 2009

Our first Halloween in Salt Lake. The day was remarkably beautiful. Warmer than anticipated. And no snow on the ground.

We even went Trick-or-Treating without jackets!

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I may have mourned Fall too early. It returned in shining glory this week.

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I opened the windows every day so I could listen to the knocking of our bamboo chime - a hollow staccato to the sound of skittering leaves around the house. I loved watching the trees shed their colors - gust after gust. Yellow leaf-light flashing by our windows. That unmistakable rustling sound of dry leaf on concrete.

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Lately I mark time by light and leaves.

Friday Eliza had her Halloween preschool program. Here she is in her Pocahontas costume. The leaf by her face was her idea. She looks so pretty. Maybe it's the earrings, but this was one of those moments I wanted to stop time. She's growing up so fast! I keep singing that song in my mind, Where are you going, my little one?

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And this is her friend Caroline, after their "spooky" performance. They sang a fun assortment of Halloween songs. Her favorite was The Monster Mash.

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Halloween morning I fed the babies while Doug started the day with pumpkin pancakes for the girls (food-coloring and his own artistic flare). A big hit! All his idea.

Then he crafted our jack-o-lantern.

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Nothing like carving to the King of Pop.

"It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark..."

We listened to "Thriller" "Ghostbusters" and "The Monster Mash." Watch MJ doing the zombie dance if it's been a while... those moves are dang awesome!

Michael Jackson's voice resurrected an old past of mine. In High School I choreographed a version of Thriller. Out of the depths it came and suddenly I was dancing, clawing, thudding along and snapping my neck. You remember the video? I tried to teach Eliza the zombie dance but suffered a slight cervical sprain from all that shoulder shrugging and head whipping. It did make for good amusement though (mostly mine).

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Enough leaves fell by Halloween to make some HUGE piles. Doug stayed outside with the girls for several hours, raking and playing in the leaves. They buried each other, played Leaf Monster. Built a big "cauldron" for the girls to sit in (picture below) and had an absolute blast!

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Let me just say - the fun factor is seriously heightened when Daddy is around. This video is Doug's cinematography. He calls it "Buried Alive" or "Leaf Monster." It's weirdly reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. Click play on the bottom.


Dishes sat untouched all day. The house morphed into complete entropy. But we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and each other.

I made beef barley soup with cornbread (added more dishes to the sink). We coaxed the girls into eating a few bites of dinner before donning their costumes.

Then finally! We were ready to hit the streets.

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Here's Pocahontas sporting her new Vogue face. It's showing up in quite a few photos lately. I "flat-ironed" her hair for a more Native American look and she was very excited about straight hair. Why do girls always want what they don't have?

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Here is Belle. She carefully-selected a homemade necklace as a finishing touch.

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And last but not least - "Sleepin' Booty" (as she proudly called herself.)

Auntie Pat - Thank you so much for sending the girls their costumes. This was the most wonderful gift. I didn't spend one minute worrying or scrambling for costumes. And as you can see - they were elated - especially over the accessories.

We loved haunting the streets of our neighborhood. Hot Dogs and Cider at the Gardiners. And at Miss Marion's house...

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Bubble-wrapped stairs! How cool is that? The popping was a bit unnerving. Not to mention the battery-powered bats, scary music and smoke machine. Can you sense the girls' trepidation?

But look who answered the door?

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A very happy hippie lady with black afro! Nothing to fear.

The boys went out with us too. For a few minutes. Then Doug took them home and I stayed with the girls. Here are Spence and Gordy in their "skull caps." Hairlines hidden.

So here's a test. If you can accurately tell me who's who, I'll send you some of our leftover candy!

Just what you wanted, right? MORE candy! For some reason I thought we were going to have a run of trick-or-treaters. I was deftly wrong and terribly over-prepared. We had 20. And I had candy for hundreds. Doug has not stopped teasing me all week.

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When we arrived home, Daddy had our cauldron smoking and the jack-o-lantern lit.

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We finished the evening with homemade applesauce at Grandma Ronda's. It was a delightful day.

A friend of mine asked me this week, "So. Are you having fun?" I hope this answers her question. Despite a few rumors out there (spawned by previous blogs)...Yes. We are having fun.

But don't forget to play "Guess that Twin." I've GOT to get rid of this SHELF of Milky Ways and Tootsie Rolls in our pantry. I can't seem to resist their sultry voices. And I have a sugar canker on my tongue. Not fun.

Tell Doug what you think of his Blair Witch/Leaf Monster clip. He's considering a movie...

14 comments:

  1. adorable, amazing, fun,...loved the photos! xox

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  2. After thoughtfully considering our options, we decided that with a fifty fifty chance of being correct we would guess the twins. The hats threw us off, but after carefully reviewing the picture we have come to the conclusion that Spencer is on the left and Gordon is on the right. :) We think your family is adorable!!! Please call us so we can come and play!

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  3. Okay - Thanks for your vote M & T. I'll tell you end of the week if you're correct. I know. 50/50 chance - that's decent odds, right? Worth a shot! You guys can come and hang any time!

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  4. Wonderful Halloween post!! Great pictures and I am with you about getting rid of the candy. I am such a rotten mother that I made,encouraged,required,nudged my children to donate their Halloween candy to a local charity. They did so and I am very glad to have it out of my house!!

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  5. Cris - Donate to a local charity?? That sounds perfect. Can you tell me where, who and how?

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  6. I would have to say that Spencer is on the left and Gordy on the right. I love the hats and the girls looked wonderful in their costumes. Love you guys.

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  7. I'm thinking Gordy on the left and Spencer on the right. But others have guessed the opposite. So, I sort of have my doubts. But that was my first instinct guess.

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  8. This from my dear friend Ellen in FL:

    Gordon is on the left and Spencer is on the right in their Halloween caps.

    No need to ship candy, because it's expensive. Just let me know if I'm right. This decision was made only after exhaustive research and note taking. I know they are identical, but at this stage I can see differences. Maybe when they get older, it won't be noticeable.

    The picture of Eliza with the earrings and flat-ironed hair was exquisite. Oh, Cath.....it's like seeing into the future.

    I loved watching Doug's Leaf Monster video because I got to hear the girls' voices and see them moving. Keep in mind that I've never actually met even Eliza.

    Was in Orlando for Halloween and spending those 2 weeks totally immersed in mother and baby has thrown my sense of time off a bit.

    Love to all,
    Ellen

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  9. Bec and Marci - thanks for your votes... truth to be unveiled Sunday.

    And Ellen - I just realized you HAVEN'T actually met Eliza! Has it really been that long!? We're due for a rendezvous somewhere! Are you coming west any time soon?

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  10. It's called PJ's Forgotten Children. They serve children of parents with mental illness. They need candy for their Christmas stockings. My neighbor is the president and has been for years. They truly do a good and compassionate work. I will email you her contact info if you would like to pass your candy along.

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  11. Cath- Loved the costumes. Loved the video. Doug cracks me up! I totally remember that Thriller dance. Whenever that video came on (and it seemed to be on a lot this Halloween), Sam and I just stared at the television. Transfixed.

    Looks like you guys are having a ton of fun.

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  12. Brodi - I scoured my old pics for the one of us in costume for Thriller - sitting in your kitchen area. It's on our wedding video but I couldn't find it to scan in. We were great zombies! As for MJ - he IS mesmerizing. Pretty much the King in his day. Maybe for our 20 year reunion - we can take the stage and pull out our Thriller moves. Hah!

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  13. Those princesses are so darling and the boys, priceless, but I couldn't tell you who's who yet! I need to meet them first.

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  14. Too late for the game. Life's got me in slow motion. Your post made me miss you even more today. Going out to trick or treat just wasn't as fun without your girls. You are the perfect autumn time friend. I want to call you to go to the community center and you just can't come over anymore! Ugh. Miss you.
    Ang
    PS - Aimee is doing AMAZING!!!

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