We went to Switzer Canyon again this year for our traditional Pilgrim and Indian picnic. Our crowd has grown - partially because we keep having babies - but we also gained a few neighbors this year, ours and theirs. I think there were 13 kids this year. The menu: popcorn, turkey sandwiches, pumpkin cookies and apples.
I have really been trying lately to become a student of my daughter. I have assumed for 7 years that she and I are a lot alike and thus assuming that I understand her. I don't think I do. As the oldest you are expected to do a lot without asking questions, to just adjust and roll with it. She does that well, even when she does not want to. I have a lot to learn and I am praying for the grace to slow down and pay attention. She could not have been happier this day...to be left completely alone in her room with sleeping Henry, reading to him. Note to self: give her more opportunities like this.
I survived another McBride Halloween costume dash. I have actually started to look forward to our tradition of putting the kids' costumes together the day of...or the night before this year. The first year we did it because Olivia asked to be a zebra and we kept thinking that she would surely change her mind and want to be a princess...but she never did, so we found ourselves buying a white leisure suit and black paint at Wal-Mart the day of Halloween. Each year, Mike becomes more and more the mastermind, which I love because even though I have started to enjoy our tradition, the truth is last minute stuff still stresses me out.
So, this year we had a request for a tiger and a knight. We didn't give Greta a choice - she was the bumble bee...everyone has been the bumble bee (including her cousin). The knight began with a youtube tutorial...
Ta da! (Joseph's armor is a sun shield for a car.)
First stop, Irma's! She always has a special zip-lock bag loaded with candy for the kids on our block.