We survived the month of October. Barely. Usually, October is my absolute favorite time of year. While this year it was full of lovely weather, it was also full of all sorts of awfulness. I feel like this past month was a freight train that knocked me down and rolled me over. And then, it laughed. There was a trip, a stomach flu, deck demolition, the stomach flu, family coming to visit, deck rebuilding, more vomiting, lots of work for both of us, pregnancy miserableness and then halloween. Just thinking about this month makes me want to take a nap. Needless to say, as I sat around out by the fire pit on Halloween night with good friends, I kept thinking, it is finished. I don't think I have ever felt this way. Usually, I am a bit glum inside on Halloween because I am so sad to see my favorite month of the year whiz by. Not this year, I woke up this morning and realized we survived and it is now November. I am optimistic that this month, even with the holidays looming, will be a bit more peaceful. Yes, hello November.
It would be terrible if I didn't talk a little bit about the good things of October. I have two highlights (note highlights, I am not talking at all about the bad stuff) I would like to share. The first is our deck and the second is Halloween.
The Deck, behold the beauty:
This is the deck that my family awesomely come up from Florida and over from GA to help build. It was finished in two and half days! Isn't it fabulous? It is huge! Yes, there have been a lot of "that's what she said jokes." Look at the stairs, they are firmly attached to the deck. And, no one can fall off them!
And the best part, this gate:
It makes the porch a giant play pen! It has already been a life saver.
Here is a short little slide show of some construction photos and Jason and Henry playing with leaves on the deck after we got it finished. You will see the bean box was a life saver. He played with it all weekend. It was great because I didn't have to worry if he knocked any on to the ground. Well, I thought I didn't. Apparently dried beans will spout, and now we have bean spouts all over the yard. Oops. Oh and the music? It is Meatloaf, just for Jason. He has been on this Meatloaf kick, yes it is as annoying as you might think.
And, now on to Halloween. When I was a kid, I never got to go trick or treating. Since I was the only little kid in my house, I always spent Halloween running around with my nephew who was two years younger than me (we have funky age gaps in my family). My brother and his wife were not into Halloween. So, we hit up harvest parties and our elementary school fall festival. We also lived way out in the county where you couldn't trick or treat, so I never went. Finally, when I was 14 I got my first trick or treating experience. I got to go into town with my little sister and niece to go trick or treating. I was so excited! I got dressed up but had no intention in actually trick or treating myself. However, when got ready to go the gown-ups that were with us talked me into going to the first house since I had never done it before. So, we all file up to the door and ring the door bell. The man opens the door and we all gleefully proclaim "trick or treat!" He looks right at me and says "I am not giving you any candy you are too old. You should feel bad about taking candy from kids." I almost cried. I spent the rest of the night in the car. This was my first and last attempt at trick or treating. Needless to say, I was really excited to get take Henry. And, our evening was magical.
Downtown Cleveland goes all out for Halloween. It looked like something out of a movie. All the houses were over the top. Henry didn't really get into it, he burned out pretty quick. He did really enjoy the lolipops. After hitting up the hood for candy (we got to walk from our house, I fantasied about this as a kid) we headed home for a Halloween bonfire with our friends. I tried to snap a few photos from the evening but I had some settings off on my camera and my photos all turned out a bit blurry. I also didn't get pictures of our costumes. I should have snapped a few before we left the house. But, we were running a little late to meet up with our trick or treating freinds. Henry was a Robot, it was a costume I bought from the Children's Place. Jason was Sherlock Holmes and Prissy was his little hound dog. I made their costumes using a Martha Stewart Tutorial. And, I was a gypsy fortune teller. I got the idea from Miss Martha as well but I ending up making the shirt a little differently. Overall our evening was a success. Here is a slideshow of my crappie pictures.
Even though I loved Halloween, all I kept thinking as I sat by the fire was. Thank God this month is over!