Happy Halloween!

This year's Halloween was full of surprises:

1. My tender-hearted boy chose a Star Wars fighter pilot as his costume, and my wouldn't-be-caught-dead-in-a-dress tomboy elected to go as a Disney princess. Wearing a gown. And a tiara. I'm still a little bit in shock.

2. I'm definitely a minimalist when it comes to all things celebratory (as in 'Do we really have to put up a Christmas tree this year?'). I'm not into the commercialism and the hype and spending money on more and more stuff. But this year I joined in the festivity and actually coughed up money to buy the fun little pumpkin buckets for trick or treating that only get used once a year :) The patriarch of my family,  Great-Grandfather Lawrence, who came of age during the Depression and bought us one number 2 pencil and one single-serving box of store brand raisins for our birthday each year, is rolling over in his grave as we speak!

3. My husband who absolutely hates all things Halloween and has completely boycotted everything trick-or-treating for the entirety of our 12 year marriage decided at the last minute to take the kids trick-or-treating and actually enjoyed himself. Again, I'm in shock!

I guess we are all trying on new identities as we try on our Halloween costumes this year! :)

Today we joined homeschoolers everywhere in the quintessential day-after-Halloween activity: sorting and graphing the candy. Natural learning for the win!

This is the first year I can honestly say that I genuinely enjoyed Halloween. It's so wonderful being able to experience the thrill and adventure of the holiday through my children's eyes. I hope you and your family are enjoying the excitement and bonding that holiday traditions generate so beautifully! And if your Halloween was less than optimal, I hope you can hold on to the good with gratitude and let go of whatever was frustrating or painful. Hugs to you and your family!