|The Pumpkin Project
|I helped Sebby with the knife work.
|Misha shaves away to make a face.
|My "old woman" face begins to take shape...
|Even better with a candle!
|Ready to add atmosphere to Halloween night.
I had just tucked them into bed when Josh called on Skype, hoping to say hello to the kids. I agreed but asked him to make it quick. When Josh told them that he had, with Bud's help, made a little scavenger hunt for them, I said with irritation, "No; it's past their bedtime!" At Bud and Josh's insistence, I reluctantly gave in. Misha and Sebby dashed quickly from clue to clue, ending up in my bedroom. When we were all searching for the grand prize, someone popped out of my closet and grabbed me around the waist , scaring me to death - and it was Josh himself! After the initial shock, I was soon smiling, and the kids weren't scared at all. They were ecstatic to have daddy back. Sebby was fully convinced that Josh had just done the best magic trick conceivable: "Daddy just came out of the computer!! How did you do that, Daddy?"
|Following the clues...
|To the prize!
|Totally caught off guard!
|Misha's "welcome home" project
|Hunter/Ranger and Elf
|Gladiator and Athena
|Misha the tiger
|Sebby clowning around
Bud, Ashley, Josh, and I followed the kids - Misha the tiger and Sebby the clown - from house to house. (We were not the only adults dressed up.) This was Sebby's first 'rememberable' Halloween, and he loved every second. Misha showed him exactly what to do. Sebby ran alongside, knocking on doors and yelling, "Trick or treat!" After receiving his candy, he would hold his bag wide open just a little longer ... usually with the result of a generous neighbor cooing, "Oh, do you want another one? Here you go." Then he would shout, "Thank you for trick or treating!" and dash on to the next house. The fuller his bag got, the more it dragged on the ground, until we finally convinced him to empty his bag into another pouch that we would keep for him. The next house he went to, he held open his empty bag and announced, "I have more candy in the car!" At one house, a lady opened the door with a real snake draped around her neck. She let the boys pet his smooth skin and even let Misha "wear" him on his shoulders. Of course, now he wants a python. (Can you blame him? I'm tempted as well.)
|Off to trick-or-treat!
|Sebby in the trick-or-treat spirit.
|Cobwebs and bats...
|and skeletons, oh my!
|Cuddling with a python.
|Ashley displays Misha's stash - this doesn't even include Sebby's candy!
|Bedtime with Daddy. :)