Friday, October 31st, 2014
Abby woke up again all stuffy at about 530am, but I pulled her from her cradle into bed with me and we snoozed until 7. Eli slept in his own room last night so I missed his morning wake-up and snuggles. Although 7am is not my favourite time to wake up, we did get to see Rob before he left for school. I made him a docteur d’apprentissage nametag and kissed him goodbye. I was thankful that I didn’t have to spend the day with a bunch of indoor recessed-halloween-sugar high kids.
I had a dentist appointment at 9am and Eli followed me upstairs to get dressed. “I’m just going to dive into your clothes, ok mom?” and he threw the clothes out of the laundry basket, jumped in and pulled the clothes over himself. Later, on my way out the door Eli told me “I’m not going. I am a grown up boy and I don’t have to.”. Ok, no problem, I wasn’t going to bring you anyways. The appointment was fine – no cavities (phew! My dental parents won’t be disappointed in me) and I got a new red toothbrush. I drove home in the rain.
I came home to my mom and Eli playing playdough “What is your favourite colour?” “Yellow.” “Yellow? I thought red was your favourite colour….?” “Not today. Today is yellow. What’s yours?”. I nursed my babe and put her happily into the swing where she cooed at the animals. I made myself a coffee and a bowl of Shreddies and watched Eli play playdough – hiding his Hulk dolls in the dough – “Look! It’s a Jolly Jumper!”…. at one point he said “If you hear a crash, it’s my fault”. I really love that Eli is getting better at playing alone. He definitely needs someone to start off playing with him, but will continue to play alone after a while. It makes for a less demanding day.
After lunch, my mom painted Eli’s hands and feet black and made some Halloween prints and set them to dry. As I fed Abby, Eli dressed up as a lion for a bit, and then a kangaroo. He and my mom chased each other as these animals and he stopped periodically to check and make sure his “Joey” is ok. “Are you ok little Joey? It’s ok. I’m here” he told his joey in a squeeky voice. We also played a few rounds of Spiderman (Eli) vs. the Hulk (me).
Throughout these activities, I added some details and words to Eli’s prints and we put them up on the window. “Gramps and Daddy are going to be so proud of me!” – and he spent the next 30 minutes rearranging his art. He then decided he needed to take a nap to rest up. I’m not sure if that happened or not, as he went downstairs with my mom, but in that time I tried my hand at a monkey face. I used brown eye shadow and a black eye liner – so easy, yet so awesome. I went downstairs and Eli got nervous/excited when he saw my face “I love you mommy – can you do my face?” And I did.
Later, Eli made some playdough Halloween costumes for the Peppa Pig Family – Wizards, superheroes, flowers – and got frustrated when it didn’t go as planned. “I was freaking out!” he said. As he played, both Rob and my dad came home. Eli showed them his art, and they were proud. We had dinner and a neighbour down the street dropped off a treat bag for Eli – they were going out and didn’t want Eli to miss out.
We had a photoshoot in the basement of our costumes. Eli and Abby were monkey’s who jumped a few too many times on the bed. Rob was the doctor, and I was the mama who called him. “Is it time to go to Halloween now?”
We met up with Angela, Tyson, Bryna, Blake, Aly, Ryan, Laia, Joelene, Sloan and Will for trick or treating over in a more populated neighbourhood on the South end of town. It was rainy and windy and cold – but it didn’t snow. Abby was snuggled in my carrier and was probably the warmest one out there. There were awesome decorations and pumpkins everywhere and the kids had a blast. They went that much faster than last year, and they truly “got it ” this year. It was fun to watch them, despite the bad weather. We drove over to Huron Terrace to check out the big scary gorilla . There was a basket out front that said “Take candy if you dare”, and if you dared, the gorilla started shaking, growling and yelling. It was awesome.
Before we went home we went over to the Pitre house – like we did last Halloween (do I feel a tradition coming on?)- for a few drinks. Eli and Ollie played and dug into some treats and the adults gabbed about various things. I love those people. On the drive home, Eli fell asleep. Rob followed suit and Abby is currently snoring in the swing next to me. I think it is time for me to go to sleep too.
* A Week in the Life is an idea created by the ever-inspiring Ali Edwards. It is an annual seven-day documentary capturing the simple details of everyday life with photos and words. Staying motivated by Jess Forster, Joelene , Aly and everyone hash-tagging #weekinthelife on Instagram. I plan to type up my words every night on the blog with a handful of photos (in black & white for now) – and after this week is over, I will do some designing and printing of theses pages to put into a book of some sort. I will post it.