Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Halloween Miracle!

Aside from the fact that this particular holiday probably produces a grotesque amount of cavities, it seems that Halloween was just what the doctor ordered for me. It was definitely refreshing to get out and breath a enjoy a tradition or two with my family. It put me back on track!

But the real miracle here is the night we had with our baby. Someone out there must be praying for us, because my child who always woke up at 1:30am and partied for the REST of the night decided to wake up once at 3:30am and then again at sunrise. Hallelujah! A normal newborn night! A night out with the family definitely did us some good!

If you can't tell, Evie was an owl, Grace was a fishy, and Reagan was just mommy's little pumpkin. :)

I thought for sure yesterday that it was going to be way too cold to take Reagan out and about, but the wind died down quite a bit by the time trick-or-treaters were ringing doorbells. So we set out for a night of fun. Our first stop was Eric's grandparent's house. We always try to snap a couple of pictures here before heading out for the rest of the night. 

This year we decided to visit with my great uncle Charlie and some of his pals at the nursing home. 

Holy cow, are all of those kids mine? Haha.

The residents were all lined up, and the girls went to each of them and said "trick or treat!" to get their goodies. :)

I was so proud of Gracie, who patiently waited as spider rings were placed on her chubby little fingers. She loved those rings! And she really loved the whole trick-or-treating thing. This was the first year for her to really get the concept, and she cried every time we had to get in the car to go to the next place. She thought it was all over every time, haha.

I'm glad we were able to visit briefly with my uncle Charlie. He has Alzheimer's disease and this next picture will always mean a lot to me. Charlie was my first buddy and best friend when I was little. He took me everywhere and spent hours outside playing with me. He was definitely more like a grandpa than an uncle. Anyway, last night I could see him staring at me from across the room. I kept smiling his way, unsure if he knew who I was. But his expression told me that even if he was unsure, he was searching, trying to figure it out. 

While the girls collected their treats, Eric snapped this picture. Uncle Charlie was looking at me. :) 

I love that the man who was responsible for supplying me with a childhood of treats was handing my kids treats last night. (And yes, I'm pretty sure Charlie was also responsible for a lot of time spent in the dentist chair, haha.)

After our visit at the nursing home we tried our hand at door-to-door trick or treating. We only made it to two houses before Reagan said, "Okay people, I've humored you long enough. Take me home!" So that we did. And at home we enjoyed delicious pumpkin pie and homemade whipped cream made by my mama. It was a great end to a great evening. 

This morning we're trying to recover from a major sugar rush last night, haha. But everyone is in good spirits since we were able to get so much rest! Ah, feels like I got my life back. :) I hope you all had a happy Halloween, too!


Heather said...

Love this post! It's so Adrien...and I've missed Adrien!! Glad you were able to get out and are feeling a bit more human today!

Cassie said...

yay so good to hear!!
everyone looked great!!

Sarah said...

Love this entire post!!

& I know exactly what you mean about your Uncle Charlie, when my Grandma was slipping...every once in awhile you could tell in her eyes she KNEW :)

Anonymous said...

I have 5 littles and my youngest is 12 weeks. I totally remember the first night with each of them when I woke up in the morning and realized I had had a decent night's sleep. Wonderful feeling. I firmly believe that fresh air helps them sleep, so maybe taking him out last night helped. Enjoy your sleep! Caroline

Katie said...

Love love love! It's always nice to make such special memories :)


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