to trick-or-treat or not to…

this is the question still undecided in our house.  I’m not really against trick-or-treating.  It was a great way to get to meet our neighbors last year.  But our kids have phased into the nightmare stage.  I don’t even know where these come from.  They’ll wake up crying in the night with vivid pictures of lions or tigers in their minds.  I’ll pray with them and comfort them as best I know, but it keeps happening.  Last year, just walking around our neighborhood, Jack kept saying to himself “Don’t be scared.”  At 2 yrs. old, I couldn’t find out what was scaring him.  Was it just the images of people in the darkness?  But, all considered, I don’t want to add to these images they’re having in their sleep.  So, we may just pass out candy this year. 

Besides, a few weeks ago, I woke up to lots of giggling, excited chatter, shrieks of joy from the living room.  I listened to it as I lay in bed and relished the joyous sounds from our 2 boys so early in the morning.  Until I got up…and realized they’d gotten into the cupboard with last year’s leftover Halloween candy and were surrounded by candy, sucker, and gum wrappers.  Both boys had suckers in their mouth…at 7 am!  The story I could gather was Miles got out of bed and saw Jack standing on the counter, getting out candy.  Miles said “Be careful Jackson.”  Jack laughed and handed Miles a piece of gum.  They were on a sugar HIGH!  Jack was running laps around our kitchen.  LAPS at 7 am!  Then the sugar rush wore off, and they both cried for a few hours.  It was pretty miserable.  So, all that to say, we’re still undecided. 

The boys did carve a pumpkin yesterday with Gramps and Gram.  Then we took our yearly tradition trip to an apple orchard and bought 1 bushel of apples, so I have a lot of applesauce to make.  I’m really getting into the canning thing this year.  So far, I’ve lost track of how many quarts of salsa I’ve made with tomatoes and peppers from my parents’ garden, but I’ve made atleast 4 batches.  And last night, I canned the rest of the rhubarb-cherry jam we got from their garden too.  It’s been a fun memory to spend some nights canning after the kids go to bed.  Plus, you know me and my dread of winter.  Somehow, getting tastes of summer throughout the cold, blistery season makes it a little better… Here’s some pics that have been piling up on our camera.
Grandparents’ Day at Miles’ preschool–He had both sets with him, and he was elated!
For months now, Jack eats, sleeps and dreams COMBINES!  Usually he’ll ask anyone he meets “Do you have a combine?  Have you ever ridden on a combine?”  Well, we met a nice farmer the other day as we stopped to watch him plow the fields.  He let Jack sit in his combine.

Happy Trick-or-Treating Day (as our kids call it)! 


5 thoughts on “to trick-or-treat or not to…

  1. tsdg

    I hate all the scary images, sometimes they frighten me.  That’s a great combine picture and what a great farmer to let Jack investigate. Grandparents are the best.

  2. spies_likeus

    Awww, that’s so sad that Jack kept telling himself not to be scared while trick-or-treating! 😦 There’s this lake by our house where all kinds of different activities are held… and they do a little-kid-trick-or-treating event thing. It’s nice because it seems safer and could possibly be less scary for kids. Do you guys have anything like that up there? You know, one of my favorite halloweens as a kid was when our church had a little party. All the kids had to dress up as people from the Bible (Kelly Berkland was Lot’s wife as the pilar of salt!!… I was the woman at the well…) and we got to play games to win candy. It was such a cute idea, I don’t know why churches don’t to that more often.

  3. katievarela

    Yeah–our church has a harvest party with a bounce house and “trunk or treat,” where people decorate the trunks of their cars and give candy away that way. Nate is dressing as a train conductor (since that’s what his cousin was last year…). It seems like a great Halloween alternative.


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