Hello MacMammas and Papas:
Happy Halloween! I just came from my 9th Dugan Halloween Parade--it made me feel happy, nostalgic, and proud to be a mom! It is always a crazy scene: moms, dad, and grandparents fighting over sidewalk space with cameras and video recorders. And the parking, oh the parking and traffic. This morning, my friend Gina drove me because I was getting a panic attack thinking of the parallel parking nightmare. There were princesses, monsters, pirates, zombies, sports stars, cats, and witches. This year, there seemed to be a lot of girls dressed up in 80s garb. When did my high school/college choice of clothes suddenly become a costume? When I was young, we used to dress up as 50s girls in poodle skirts or 60s hippies. My favorite costume were a unicorn with a rainbow tutu and a handmade Rainbow loom.
As all the kids paraded by, I got to say hi to all of Josh, Arielle, and Jake's old teachers. I was so busy talking that I missed Jake walk by in his Giants jersey and hat, and black eye lines (they were kind of messy since I used black eyeline; my dad told me I was supposed to use black shoe polish). I started yelling, "Jake, Jake, wait, I'm here." Luckily, they marched around a second time and I got to see Jake and take his photo. He gave me this funny look like, "yeah, that's my mom, she's crazy." And being the world's worst photographer, my camera didn't correctly take Jake's photo. So, I think I will need to post some Throwback Thursday Halloween pictures of Josh as Harry Potter, Spiderman, and a Yankees player; Arielle as a pirate, baby, Dorothy, witch, and boxer; and Jake as a Star Wars guy, penguin, pumpkin, and Tiger. I still remembering taking 2-month old Jake in his Tigger onesie costume to see Arielle and Josh in the Dugan parade. Ahh, no more nostalgia. One other thing, my oldest son in high school comes down dressed to go trick or treating (isn't he too old for this?) in a backwards shirt, his sister's bra, a top worn as shorts, and a pair of underwear on his head. Yeah, there's definitely an age where dressing up for Halloween isn't cute anymore.
It has been a crazy busy couple of weeks for us. Jake is busy with soccer and basketball, Josh was elected to be a member of his high school's freshman Battle of the Classes team, and Arielle is busy rehearsing for her middle school's production of "The Wizard of Oz" (opening in January) and Marlboro Players' production of Aladdin Jr.
(opening this weekend!). Since it is a 21 and under cast, it is the first show I haven't performed in and I'm feeling a little lost. I saw some of the show the other night--it's really cute. With its short length and familiar Disney songs, it's a perfect show to take young kids to see.
Be sure to check out our After Halloween Checklist
and fun recipes with leftover candy
. And don't forget to Fall Back One Hour this Saturday night.
Peace, love, and Macaroni,
Merri and Sheri
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