Life snuck up on me again. Time to think has been at a premium, let alone time to write or post here!
I meant to post about Hallowe'en, so I'd better get on with that before it's more than a month ago :(
When we lived down in Nodnol my Mother in law used to "do" Halowe'en stuff with the kids. It was a big thing for them, a tradition was born. We'd go to our in laws, there would be sweets, pumpkin carving, dressing up, cake . . .
Then we moved.
Now we're an hour and a half away from our in laws, and we've moved on to a different - far more muddled - tradition.
Mostly we play a few games - flour towers, jelly worms, donut dangling, apple bobbing, balloon stomp - carve the pumpkins, and the kids dress up.
L (at 14 3/4) is really growing out of it all, but the other three still expect something fabulous.
This year was a mess, quite frankly. M and J were out doing their Bikeability course the day before Hallowe'en, and the day itself. That meant I had to be out too. The day after we had more manicness planned.
As things turned out that week - it was half term locally - was crazy. The kids understood that we didn't have time to do anything much, and so when the opportunity to go to a "glow party" came up, that filled (most of) the gap.
The party was interesting - loud music, junk food and glow sticks, what's not to love?!?
J didn't like the level of noise, but he coped OK. M took about an hour to "warm up" but was then dancing and having fun. We met up with some of A's friends, so she was sorted.
We'd bought pumpkins a few days previously, and finally managed to find the time to carve them on the Monday after Hallowe'en, and they looked fab - please take my word for it as I've accidentally deleted the pictures! L didn't carve a pumpkin, but he did make pumpkin bread, and then some soup.
On the whole I think I prefer this Hallowe'en - less for me to organise, and as the children grow up they can just drop out of things and stay at home. Maybe next year though it can be during a quieter week!