Happy Halloween from Ariel and Cinderella! Ruth has been asking me for weeks if she could go trick or treating yet. I think it really lived up to her hype. Oh, three year olds. I can’t WAIT to see how much she enjoys Christmas. On the day of Halloween, she kept reviewing with me how her trick or treating strategy was going to go. “Mama, first I’ll knock on the door and ring the doorbell.” “That is right, Ruthie. And when they open the door, what will you say?” “TRICK OR TREAT!” “Good job! And after they put candy in your bucket, what do you say?” “Thank you!”
We went over to my mom’s house, because my parents and sisters wanted to see the girls in their costumes and mom offered to make us all dinner. (You offer us dinner, and we’re there.) The girls couldn’t wait to get in their costumes. They were very excited to see Aunt Emily the princess (they said she looked beautiful and Ruthie did not want her to ever take off her long gloves) and Aunt Rachel the Minnie Mouse. Rosie wanted to be Ariel, Ruthie wanted to be Cinderella, and Wren was a pumpkin (every one of my babies’ first Halloween costumes has been the pumpkin. I got it from Pottery Barn, so I might as well get my use out of it).
The girls were chomping at the bit, so we finally went outside to go trick or treating. I asked Ruthie if she wanted to go to the house across the street first. Ruthie said, “but it is so far away!” I surmised that this was going to be a long night. Note to self, next time put them in the wagon. We made our way down the cul de sac and the weather had gone from mild to freezing as soon as the sun went down. I kept offering the girls their coats, but they adamantly refused them. “No, I’m in my princess dress,” Ruthie said indignantly. The girls behaved very well, thanking all the neighbors and taking the number of pieces they were told to take. I was very proud of their counting.
By the way, I am never leaning over in a loose shirt for a picture again. I promise I don’t look eight months pregnant already. I only look about five months pregnant;) It started raining and getting really unpleasant after four houses, so we headed back.
When we got home, we told the girls they could have two pieces of candy. They did well with their counting again.
Of course, don’t expect the two candy rule to be a stringent one with grandparents around. It didn’t take Ruth long to sneak behind our backs and trick Abueyay into giving her another piece of candy. Little stinker. We always have to be two steps ahead of her, and she is only three! And we both have law degrees! Well, I hope your Halloween was wonderful, whether you celebrate it or not. The girls had a fabulous time. I just love seeing their wonderment and joy at everything. I’m also enjoying eating all four pieces of what’s left of their candy. Because it is not good for them to eat candy, don’t you know.