Sunday, October 31, 2010
Halloween Pageant - Chapter II
As the Halloween Fun Fest continues, Friday was school party day. Corey, Tom and I dressed up and got to Irene's school in time to help her with her costume and her Princess Leia hair do. Corey, alias Luke Skywalker, walked with her in the costume parade. Then over at Isaac's school, where Jill also teaches, we met up with Darth Vader and Obe Wan Kanobe. As you can see, Tom represented the Seattle family well as a Super Sounders fan. Some folks had a bit of trouble deciding what Jill was. When she teamed up with another staff member they were thinking 'Jesus'. At 6:00 Friday evening Jill and the kids went across the street to a neighbor kid's birthday party. By the time they got home Jill was ready for "no more kids", and the kids were partied out. On Saturday the Main Street merchants had trick-or-treats. both sides of the street were a steady parade of costumed characters. It was crowded, but fun to see all of the costumes on both kids and adults. The Force was really with this family, who got lots of notice. And Tom got a bit of attention too, from the few soccer fans he encountered. The Colorado Rapids are also in the MLS playoffs. We rested in the park and sampled some of the candy. Then back at home we took the "formal" family portraits. There was a brief down time before Corey's mom and step dad arrived to join us for lunch and flag football in the Pumpkin Bowl. Corey is coach of this team of first and second graders, so Irene got to join too. Isaac made some great "tackles". Irene hiked the ball. Isaac scored two touchdowns, and the mom and grandparents cheered from the sidelines. As it that wasn't enough, as soon as we got back home Jill and the kids were due at the birthday party of another neighbor child. The action was right across the street, so I sat on the porch swing and read, enjoying the mild weather, as the kids had fun in the bouncy house. By the time everyone got home, and Corey was off to work the night shift, we had a quiet evening that included watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". Today is actually Halloween, but it seems like sort of an anti-climax after all we've done already. Right now the kids are taking a nap/rest time. We have football Broncos and Seahawks to watch, and Sounders this evening. In between we'll dress up again and trick-or-treat a couple of blocks here in the neighborhood. The kids will man the door and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters who come here. I will pull myself away from soccer to get into some of the action. It's cold and rainy in Seattle where the game will be played, but here it's another bright sunny, mild day. I think I might have to do a bit more porch sitting. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!