Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

This was our first Halloween with kids, or at least the first year we dressed any up. We didn't bother last year since Bailey was only 8 months old and it would have been very obvious we were taking her just so we could eat her candy. {Which is basically what happened this year too!} Jared and I aren't the biggest Halloween fans.  We do carve pumpkins every year, but we have only dressed up together one year  - way back in 2006 (notice how we look just a wee bit thinner...).
Jared was an old-time sheriff and I affectionately called my costume the "saloon slut."

This year we went back to my hometown to take both kids trick-or-treating at their Aunt Justy's new house. Bailey was the world's cutest little bumblebee, complete with stinger on her butt. Avery was our little pumpkin and actually tolerated the costume pretty well.

We put Bailey in her costume and then had the big reveal to Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Beaner.
Bailey sortof liked all the attention she was getting:

She laughed and laughed and laughed.  She thought she was pretty special (and I think Grandma and Grandpa agreed.)

We took both girls out to some houses up and down the street from Justina's. We weren't sure how Bailey would do trick-or-treating; usually she is pretty shy around people she doesn't know. She was pretty timid at first, but then she got in the swing of things. She would march right up to the door holding her orange pumpkin bucket and put her whole hand into the candy bowl. At one of the first houses, she looked at the bowl full of candy and took some from her own bucket to add to the bowl. [We really have a good grasp on this whole idea of sharing!] She signed "thank you" at every house we went to, so it was good practice on using her manners. However, we do need to work on her candy selection. I think it is an understood rule that chocolate trumps suckers or pencils every time {We gotta work on that for next year, Bailey.}  Avery meanwhile just hung out in the stroller and took it all in. She didn't even cry, and for those of you who know her well, that is quite an achievement in itself!

Later in the evening we all sat around Justy's house and talked and ate some Casey's pizza. Bailey provided the after-dinner entertainment. That girl loves to dance! Her favorite song right now is Nicki Minaj's song Super Bass. If she even hears me humming this song, she will begin to shake her hips to the beat. She dances in circles with her arms up and puts her hands on the ground to "get low." We're not quite sure how she knows to do these things. {We don't even get MTV with our cable package!} We didn't have the song that night, so we all just sang the chorus. Apparently that was all she needed. And her sweet moves got a lot of laughs. All in all it was an excellent first Halloween.

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