You know you've finally arrived in life when colleagues give you prized snacks from the office microkitchen. Veggie-Go's Bites are one of the first to disappear.
Yesterday I tried to give Thursday's carnival a run for its money. Again, I went to work until lunch and then hurried to the store to pick up cupcake mix and breakfast fixings, and then hurried home to unpack them, change, and head to The Dude's school to do PTA at his Fall Festival. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor festival!
Everyone is welcome here. Everyone belongs. I love this sign.
First the kids did a Hallween "parade" with their costumes on and then we did games and a smoothie / bake sale. The banana muffins were incredible!
The event organizer put me in charge of what I thought was the best game at the party which was Musical Broomsticks! It was one of the only stations in the shade so it was definitely a coveted spot on the 70-something degree day.
The idea behind the game is you have the kids stand or sit in a circle, and have two kids hold the brooms. Play spooky music and when it stops, the two holding the brooms are "out" and you keep playing until only one person is left! It was really fun for the kids and for me!
The Dude was having a couple of friends stay for a sleepover and I promised they could decorate Halloween cookies. I then came to the (smart) realization that making sugar cookie dough, rolling it out, cutting shapes, and getting them to cook without burning was unlikely, so I switched to cupcakes which are less risky...
I got some red gel icing, candy eyeballs, witches brooms, and bones along with cupcake signs and fangs. Then I made some spooky icings. These trays were the best 11 bucks ever spent.
We ate pizza and salad while the cupcakes cooled and then the boys got to work. Each boy got to pick their best one, and submit it. We did a blind judging of the decorated ones—Jon was the judge—and the winner got a glow stick sword (I got one for everyone).
I caught Croc eating spoonfuls of purple icing, and double dipping while he was at it. While the cupcakes looked completely spooky and I love a good vanilla treat, you couldn't pay me enough money to eat one of these treats. Have you ever seen a kid cook? Yeah.
Six people in our tiny flat felt a little claustrophobic so I took Croc out to a little Halloween festival at the YMCA. They made great use of a small space and it was really well put together. They had stations with crafts, food, a jumpy house, a movie in one room, a balloon room (a bunch of blown up balloons being bumped in the air in a gymnasium). I'm glad we went and Croc had a great time.
It was Tim Burton themed and this poor guy told me he was burning up inside that mask.
We watched some of Nightmare Before Christmas and decorated mini pumpkins. I was in such a relaxed mood that I didn't even tell him not to make huge piles of paint or it would never dry.
They served all kinds of food and gave every kid a little goodie bag. What I loved most about the food part of the night was that they had a dedicated person serving the food on paper plates. Again, if you've seen kids grab food at a party, you'll understand why having a single adult touching/serving the food is key to enjoying your meal!
I caught this vampire in the jumpy house! He was in there for a good half hour. At one point we did the cat/mouse game where I tell him to get out and he just moves farther back in the corner and thinks it's hilarious when I have to climb in and get him. Good times, good times.
I look so happy in this picture because I actually have a phone. Minutes before, right AFTER I got Croc in the car and buckled in, I realized I didn't have my phone with me. So I had to take him out, run back to the party, and run around like a mad woman trying to locate it. Luckily it was on the ground by the shoes outside the jump house. Crisis averted!
This morning, we had a sitter come over and spend time with the boys so we could go on a day date. These are our escape faces.
Ohio State was playing Penn State in football (read: HUGE game) so we decided to meet a friend at a draught house to watch the first half. Since we had some time to kill, Jon drove us to Legion of Honor. It was super foggy which I loved because it's so spooky with the cypress and eucalyptus trees. We sat outside and watched a group of guys try to drive golf balls.
My mom made this quilt for The Dude when he was a baby. We keep it in the car and it came in mighty handy today. We sat on the bench and looked out over the golf course (and what would have been a view of the ocean if the fog had cleared).
Then we decided to go in the museum for a little bit since I have a membership which made it okay to pop in for only 20 minutes. We took a roundabout way to get inside and it required us to climb up a wall.
No problem. I've totally got this. Although my track record with walls is 0-1. I'm not sure what's happening with my face here.
Jon's landing was much more graceful than mine!
He's an excellent guide. Look at this guy.
Somehow, unbelievably, Ohio State managed to win the game despite a really poor showing during the first half. I walked home early to relieve the sitter and on the way captured this pic of the line at Wing Lee BBQ. The food is pretty greasy but people go nuts over it. Look at all those ducks hanging in the window waiting for a home.
Welp tomorrow is the day!! I have 18 miles on the plan. This is the quote I'll keep in my head as I run. I'm going to take it nice and slow in the first 15 miles and then see what I can do. I know it will hurt but I've trained for this and I know I can do it. I've obsessively mapped my run, created a playlist, and have all my running stuff laid out. Wish me luck!!!
Tell me the most Halloween-y thing you've done this month! If you don't celebrate it, tell me the most autumn-y thing you've enjoyed in October!
If you're a runner, tell me what you do when your mind tells you that it thinks you can't run any more.
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