All month long has been non-stop Halloween parties, Halloween chili cook-off, decorations, school parties, carving pumpkins, costumes, and lots, lots more.
And I've loved it all.
Today is November 2nd - Today I can’t stand Halloween.
I’m putting it all away as fast as I can.
It will take another 11 months to bring the love back. It will come back.
October is always big for us.
Lauren’s birthday started out our month.
We had a “girl birthday party”…but somehow a bunch of cute, shy boys showed up….hmmmmm
Brett turned fourteen. I have a fourteen year old...did you hear that? fourteen! My own youthful indiscretions are still too fresh on my mind to have a teenage son.
For Brett's birthday this year we took a bunch of rowdy boys to the Haunted Forest. Teenage boys act really tough, but I saw a few pale faces as we stood in line. I think a couple of the boys would have preferred to just stay home and play Twister.
The first annual Neves pumpkin carving contest was a success.
Jared and Amber threw the gantlet down. The competition was fierce.
Will cheated and got an early start…we should’ve won, but at the last minute Will pulled off an upset.
I think he bribed my Grandpa with the promise to listen to his life story. But what’s a family party without competition and controversy.
My birthday was a blur. Literally. Dean put Kal in charge of taking pictures...gee thanks.
I even got a traditional candyposter the day before the biggest candy day of the year.
Then the big day came.
Brett was an eighties rock-star. I kept wondering if he was doing obscene gestures with his hands. He is too naïve to know, and thankfully so am I.
Lauren was the Corpse Bride. A good look for her.
Wade was ‘ol Captain Hook. It takes a confident nine year old to wear velvet and tights.
River was a mermaid. As I was putting on her make-up she said “finally I look like a woman…” Thank goodness Dean wasn’t there to hear that.
Kal was Peter Pan. And again…who needs masculine and gore, when you have a little boy willing to wear tights.
Quincy was an un-cooperative Tinkerbelle fairy.
At the last minute I dressed up as a suicide bomber. Not my best year.
Cousin Luke won my best costume award for Jack Skeleton.
A close second was Brooke as the Octomom.
River and Kal with cousins Maddie, Lox and Sophie.
Lauren with cousins. Indy is "Lady Gaga" and Hallie is a punk-rock chick with an attitude.
More cousin pictures. Little Gracie looks a little ticked off.
Will & Kim. Will without his usual mask and chainsaw, and squirting blood.
The kids were safe.
Rex Kwando's pants and Jake doing a roundoff kick to the face.
Throw in a little crying, fighting, and complaints of stomach aches and there you have it.
It's all over and I couldn't be happier.
And if I hear someone claiming to have their Christmas shopping done already I will kill them.