Sunday brought Olivia’s first and probably last opportunity to go trick or treating for a long time. We just don’t normally travel home in the fall, so we thought we might as well take advantage of the opportunity. Uncle Darren and Auntie Andrea came over for supper and then we all headed out together. Uncle Darren designated himself as the candy carrier with a pillow case so Liv could empty her pumpkin bucket when it got full. However, Auntie Andrea is the super relative and was in fact the only one that was allowed to hold the candy stash.
Things were good and fun until we went to a house where a lady opened the door in a ghoul mask. That was not fun for a two and a half year old. After that Olivia only wanted to go to the houses that were very well lit, and only a few more after that. After a stop at Great Granny and Grandads she decided she was ready to go home, which was fine with us.
Me: Olivia, do you want to dress up as a lady bug or a princess?
O: A princess! (with that “Come on Mom, what are you thinking?” voice that 2 year olds are not supposed to know exists)
Darren: Olivia, do you want to go to that house right there?
D: Come on, you can get more candy.
O: (Very matter of factly) I have enough candy. (And then her parents almost fall over with pride)
After we got her home Nanna did the bed time routine. There was some crying because Liv wanted candy, which we were not going to be giving her. It was going to be placed in the possession of Pappa and Uncle Darren and any other adult in the house that wanted it, not in the mouth of anyone under 3. While Nanna had her distracted I did the “bait and switch” and found a bag of fruit snacks and made it sound like a big deal. It worked and I commended myself for my savvy parenting skills.
Us “kids” went downtown to the bonfire put on by the Armstrong/Spallmucheen fire department. They do this every year. A HUGE fire down at the fair grounds with free hot chocolate and hot dogs for the community. The best part is the fireworks. Mom tried to take us once when we were kids but there were kids chucking eggs and shaving cream. It’s turned into a nice family event since then though and we really enjoyed ourselves. If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan it was kind of one of those Stars Hollow moments. When we were walking back to the car Chris said, “What a great town.” Yes honey, I whole heartedly agree.