Wednesday - Kid #1 started throwing up during the night.
Thursday (Halloween) - Kid #1 threw up again during the day.
Friday - Kid #2 threw up every 45-60 minutes for twelve hours straight.
Saturday - Parent #1 felt lousy all day and stayed in bed the entire day. Kid #2 continued to throw up.
Sunday - Kid #2 has been asleep for 19 hours. She shows no signs of waking up any time soon. Kid #3 just woke up saying her stomach hurts. Parent #1 seems to be feeling better. Parent #2 still seems unaffected, but I'm worried he may run away.
Ever have one of those days where nothing goes quite as planned? Halloween was that day for us this week.
Elise decided to dress as a heroine from young adult literature for the second year in a row. Last year, she was Katniss from the Hunger Games. This year, she was a Shadow Hunter from City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments series). Our Shadow Hunter had made plans to trick-or-treat in a friend's neighborhood and was all excited about that prospect; however, on Tuesday, she twisted her ankle at school. Her ankle was still bothering her a lot, so she decided she was better off staying close to home where she could easily head home at any point to rest her ankle.
Our teenage vampire had also made plans with friends that fell through. She and a friend had solidified trick or treating plans at school without talking to the other girl's mother. It turns out their family had plans with family friends, so Nina was stuck trick-or-treating with her sister instead. She was less than thrilled about that.
Our poor littlest cowgirl spent the day throwing up and lying on the floor of the bathroom. As she so aptly put it, "This is not my best day ever."
J.C. spent the day cleaning vomit off of our family room carpet and leather couch... definitely not his best day ever either.
I had plans to leave work early, pick up a jack-o-lantern pizza to bake from Papa Murphy's, and help the girls get ready. Instead, a customer issue cropped up late in the afternoon that required an "all hands on deck" approach at work. There was no way I was going to leave early, or even on time, for that matter.
J.C. left poor little Addie in the hands of her big sisters to go pick up the pizza. Usually Papa Murphy's fashions a stem out of pizza dough, so it looks more pumpkin like. This guy is just more of a smiley pizza than a real jack-o-lantern. At least it tasted good.
After dinner, the big girls took off with reminders to say thank you at each house and to cross the streets very carefully as they were pretty much invisible in all black.
At some point, the little cowgirl rallied and decided she could venture out. She couldn't stand the thought of missing out completely. I took her to about 5 houses, and then we came home. I was glad she felt up to at least a little trick-or-treating. She had been so excited about being a cowgirl.
Her sisters showed up hours later with plenty of loot to share. We certainly have no shortage of candy despite Addie's very abbreviated trip out.
This year definitely didn't rank up there with the best Halloweens ever, but we muddled through it. I hope your Halloween was full of shadow hunters, ghosts, vampires, princesses, healthy cowgirls, haunted houses, jack-o-lantern pizzas, and plenty of candy!
The past week has been the House of Estrogen Great Pumpkin Patch Tour of 2013:
Saturday - pumpkin patch #1 as a family
Sunday - corn maze for Elise with her Girl Scout troop
Thursday - pumpkin patch #2 for Addison's kindergarten field trip
Friday - corn maze for Elise with her jump rope team
Saturday - pumpkin patch #3 with Addison's Daisy Scout troop
I have no pictures from the corn maze because after going through this particular corn maze with Elise's Brownie troop six years ago, I vowed to never set foot in it again. Elise spent about an hour and half in it with her Girl Scout troop this year and over two hours at night with a flashlight with her jump rope team. That doesn't sound even remotely fun to me, but she claims to have had a good time.
The pumpkin patches were a lot of fun though. They all had the obligatory photo ops:
pumpkin patch #1
pumpkin patch #2
pumpkin patch #3
They all had hay rides (some with more hay than others!)
pumpkin patch #1 (still haven't figured out how they get by calling this a "hay ride")
pumpkin patch #2
They each had a corn crib,
pumpkin patch #2
pumpkin patch #2
and of course, they all had pumpkins (although I'm not sure how the third one can claim to be a "pumpkin patch". It is really just a "big field with pumpkins".)
1. In the past week, my five year old has cut her own hair and put blue streaks in her hair. We have a future hairstylist, perhaps?
2. Remember the girl in the movie Sleepless in Seattle who spoke in acronyms? That's my nine year old right now. "SYL, Mom! BTW, I'm going to JH. I'll BRB." It makes for challenging communication at times.
3. Candy corn Oreos are in da' house! Every Target near me had sold out, but a friend at work snagged three bags for me at a Target near her. Score!