Last year we tagged along with our friends while they trick-or-treated with their children. Grace was about 4 months old and slept in her stroller while we froze our butts off walking around the cul de sac.
I remember thinking it would be so much fun this year because she’d be walking and talking and could appreciate all of the hoopla.
I was wrong.
Sure she walks and sort of talks (if you count dada, ball and tickle tickle as high forms of communication) but she was not interested in the festivities.
|Hmm…what’s in here?|
|Dad, can we go already?!?|
|This is the best you’re going to get out of me.|
|A quick happy moment with mom at the office :)|
We started out having a chili potluck at our friends home and Grace couldn’t be bothered with eating when there were so many kids and toys and a giant Golden Retriever around! I think she ate a half a roll and drank a cup of juice. Dinner of champions!
Not long after dinner, we hit the streets with an adorable (albeit fiesty) ladybug in tow.
Try as I might, I couldn’t keep her moving forward with the crowd on the sidewalk (future revolutionary??) or even get her to sit still for 3 seconds to snap a good photo of her in costume.
|Talk to the booty because I’m too busy to look at you.|
|Not gonna look!|
She was mostly interested in running toward the street and tackling the Halloween displays. A couple of times another one of the kids coached Grace into walking forward on the sidewalk a bit. Thank God for positive peer pressure because Mom and Dad obviously don’t understand the longings of a one year old.
After a few melt downs, Grace decided to check out her loot.
She grabbed a Kit Kat bar which seemed harmless enough.
Until she bit through the packaging and started eating it…complete with the wrapper!
I generally monitor all of her food and restrict sweets, but I caved. The look of pure delight on her face when the chocolate hit her tongue was priceless. I may have helped her finish it off to prevent too much of a sugar rush ;)
|Post Kit Kat delirium slowed her down long enough for me to get a front shot. Notice the chocolate on her lip!|
Grace’s favorite part of the night, by far, was jumping on her friend’s bed. You would have thought she was at a carnival!
All in all, it was fun to be outside, spend time with good friends and capture some real-life memories. Who needs those perfectly scripted Hallmark holidays anyway!