Monday, October 31, 2005

Trick or Treat

Gretel and I had a day chock full of trick or treating. I'd never heard of going to a mall for trick or treating before, but my friend Gina and her son Joseph (he was born a day after Gretel) invited us to go. I couldn't believe how many costumed children were there, so apparently this wasn't such a new idea to many of the parents in our area. Stores had signs indicating whether they offered candy, stickers or nothing at all so that you didn't waste your time poking around Fredericks of Hollywood to no avail. I was surprised some maternity clothing stores didn't offer anything -- it seems to me that appealing to women who are about to have more children would work for them. But most of the stores were offering something and it was so sweet to take Gretel around. She loved looking around at all of the lights and interacting with all of the people and they just ate her up. She's is an adorable baby and was dressed as a flower, her chubby cheeks pushing out from the sides of the petaled bonnet she wore. It was a wonderful time.

We came home and after a nap for both of us we headed out into the neighborhood. We haven't met any of our neighbors beside the amazing people next door and I thought this would be a good way to do it. Who could resist Gretel in any state, let alone in her costume? Some of the people in the houses around us weren't home when we headed out at 4:30, but we had some great conversations with the folks that were. We even found a set of twins who are potential babysitters and their brother who offered his services mowing our lawn. She was exhausted by the time we came home but now she's fast asleep and I'm so glad we had the opportunities we had today.

We've been giving out candy by the handful to the children who come to our house in the hopes that it will be gone by the end of the night. We know that we'll just eat it up in some candy bonanza if we don't, but it's 9:30 now and who knows how many more trick or treaters will come by? If we've got some left, though, we'll probably just consider it needed sustenance after this demanding day.


At 11/01/2005 7:48 PM, Blogger celeste said...

candy is sustenance, i agree ;)


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