I get random emails from marketing people on a weekly basis advertising their services to help me get this blog on the first page of search engines. Not interested. This week I got an email actually offering to purchase this blog because she claimed she could keep it up better (not sure if she was going to post about my family or come up with some other topic. Maybe I should let her try documenting our lives as her fictitious account may be more interesting than real life?). Mainly her email served as a sign that I need to write more often.
One of my goals for 2015 is to thoroughly document our lives (especially the children). I've started by ordering these journals and I'm going to come up with some sort of schedule for blogging. I realize not many people read the blog (something that would have bothered me several years ago), but my motivation is mainly driven by the Blurb books I publish from it every couple of years in lieu of a journal. The kids love to flip through them to read the stories and look at the pictures.
For now, I'm going to start by filling in a few of the gaps from this year (um, also I'm still missing a post from the day we spent in Animal Kingdom in 2013. It's on my to-do list). Like Halloween....
Storey changed her mind about her Halloween costume almost daily for a year. It was a little frustrating because she came up with several ideas that I quite liked and had tentatively planned out costume plans....but then she would come to be with a new suggestion and I'd have to start all over. About a month before Halloween, I informed her that she needed to make a final decision with no take backs. In the end, she decided on a mermaid. But not The Little Mermaid. Just A mermaid.
I absolutely LOVE the way her costume turned out but it was the most time consuming costume I've ever made (and that's saying a lot since Max costumes are a beast to cut and sew). The top was a breeze (a long sleeved t shirt and felt), but the scaled skirt took FOREVER. As I made it, I was reassuring myself that at least it will be worn more than once because I plan on this being a costume for our next little one as well. I hope she likes mermaids.
Jak wanted to be a Ninja and I didn't really want to make that costume, so I bought it during a sale at Target. He loved it and that's all that matters. He's never been the type to let me make decisions regarding his costume. If it would have been up to me, he would have gone as Bill Nye the Science Guy. Oh well. He really loved the whole Halloween experience this year, including the trick or treating. It's amazing how far he has come.
Before trick or treating, Crystal and I attempted to wrestle the kids for a cousin photo shoot. Most of the pictures are crazy and I didn't get one of them all looking at the camera, but we ended up with several cute ones.
After the photo shoot and dinner (at a restaurant that offers free kids meals to costumed kids), we went trick or treating with our friends the Christensen's again. Unfortunately, this will be the last time because they are moving to Midland. It's been a fun tradition.
At one of the houses along the route, a man gave Storey's friend Gabbie a brand new full size Barbie (still in the packaging) because she "had the best costume of the night." Very very creepy. Of course Gabbie was waving it around and talking about how awesome it was, which made Storey upset. A few houses down from Creepy Guy, I noticed that Storey was no longer with our group. We all started to yell her name, but it was very dark and hard to see. I was getting a little/lot panicked. Finally we saw Storey running towards us from the direction of Creepy Guy's house. Apparently she had decided to right the injustice of not getting a Barbie and had gone back to berate Creepy Guy. BAD IDEA. I was not very happy (as you can imagine). She had to stay right next to me for the rest of the night and got a very long lecture (two if you count Zak's in the car on the way home) about safety. Any number of things could have happened and she was very lucky to not become a Halloween statistic.
At Trunk or Treat the weekend before Halloween...
Jakson bobbing for apples (a sure way to spread disease).
Storey (with a very soaked shirt from bobbing for apples. I think she may have dunked her entire head and torso) and her favorite little friends from church: Emme, Millie, Chloe.
Zak went to Trunk or Treat as Tyler Juergens, Homecoming King, which was pretty funny. He wore his tux from the wedding (how does it still fit????) and his homecoming sash (we changed the year from 1998 to 2004) and then a nametag that said "Hello my name is Tyler J." Tyler claims he is coming next year as Zak the cheerleader. Can't wait.
Zak and Bishop were the "judges" for the chili cookoff. Bishop mainly recruited Zak because he thought one of the chilis was a little "off" and wanted a second opinion. Well, judging by how sick it made Zak, I'd say it definitely had gone south (he only ate a couple of spoonfuls!). I got revenge on the Bishop several weeks later when I made him stuff 13 large marshmallows in his mouth and sing "Popcorn Popping" in front of the whole Primary.
Don't mess with the Vermillions.