It’s November! I had this theory when I was a kid that the odd years passed more quickly than the even years, so ’97, ’99, ’01 etc. were a blur. But now that I’m a bit older, it feels like EVERY year passes in a blur. And from listening to friends of mine with newborns, I know that feeling will only be exacerbated with even more time. Isn’t that crazy how it works out? As a child, you spend your days wishing for time to pass faster, but it trudges on slow as molasses. But then when you’re finally old enough to appreciate time for what it is, it slips away, a flighty thing never to be held still. Infuriating.

Friday was our first Halloween in the new house and we had so much fun! My last-minute costume idea was to be black-turtle-neck-clad Taylor Swift from the Shake It Off video, and Matt bought a “Rufferee” costume for Lily and then donned his high school football jersey to match. A ragtag bunch of costumes, but we had fun sitting out of the stoop watching the neighborhood kids trudge door-to-door.

As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week:

  • Maybe this makes me a crotchety old person, but kids these days need to learn what a proper costume is. Throwing on a Scream mask without even changing out of what you wore to school that day is NOT a costume. Neither is simply spraying your hair with pink temporary dye. Go home, get a real costume, and then come back and ask me for free candy.
  • Also, Trick-Or-Treating etiquette mandates that you SAY “Trick-Or-Treat!” in order to receive your sweet reward. Simply sticking your bag in my face isn’t going to cut it, buddy.
  • If I say “you can pick four pieces of candy,” don’t whine. Take the dang candy and get off my porch, you ungrateful child. And next year? You’ll be limited to THREE Krabby Patties.
  • Clearly, I’m pretty self-righteous about Halloween. I should probably get over that.
  • There’s this group of kids in our neighborhood who enjoys cussing loudly while they play outside in the afternoons. And I mean serious cussing. So when the ringleader came to our door in costume with his cronies in tow, I jokingly said “Hey, are you the kid who keeps dropping the F-bomb around the neighborhood?” Never, ever ask that. The response I got was “What’s an F-bomb?” and then, of course, I had to backpedal, and explain that it’s not an incendiary device, and that I was just kidding and to please forget it. Oh, and then I realized their parents were standing off to the side. Whoops!

Our costumes!

Taylor Swift Halloween costume- Abby Grace

And in case you were wondering, nope, I didn’t cut my hair! Just some well-placed bobby pins and lotsa hair spray. Happy Monday, friends!

Monday Mash-Up

November 3, 2014

  1. Jean says:

    i had to laugh out loud at this one and read it to your pawpaw. You have definitely crossed over the adult threshold with this one.

  2. Jae says:

    I wouldn’t have backpedaled, ESPECIALLY since their parents were there. Better their parents know how disturbing their language is to the neighbours. When I was a kid, that kind of thing was never tolerated, and even if we weren’t the hug-your-every-neighbour type of neighbourhood, parents found out pretty quickly what kind of crap their kids got up to! Also I think I’m with you on the proper costumes and no complaining about candy amount thing. But as TSwift would say…Shake it off, right?

  3. Morgan Danner says:

    This is HILARIOUS! I feel the same way about Halloween! Say Trick-or-Treat, please and thank you! Kids these days!!

  4. Terri Baskin says:

    Love the recap!! Thanks for confirming that you didn’t cut your hair! I agree with these “lazy” costumes kids had on this year!

  5. Haha! I just posted my blog post about Halloween and ungrateful children, so I’m totally with you. I had one kid try to TAKE THE CANDY BOWL from me because he didn’t like the candy I’d given him. And then others who were throwing leaves at our flaming pumpkin to try to start a bigger fire… KIDS THESE DAYS.

    PS, your costumes are adorable.

  6. Totally agree with points 1,2 & 3!

  7. Dad says:

    Taylor Swift ain’t got nothin’ on you….except maybe 5 inches in height

  8. Abbey says:

    Abby!!!! When I saw the diet coke, I knew you were my kinda gal. Great minds think alike!!! 🙂

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