We love Halloween in our family, but this year the holiday got less attention than usual from some of us.  Others of us, two in particular, spent a good month looking forward to it with their often undivided attention.  Many trips to the Halloween super store, many conversations about costume ideas, much calendar watching.  While the grown-ups were preoccupied with moving and birth preparations, then a birth and then a newborn in the weeks and days leading up to Halloween, Shaelyn and Davia made sure the day would not go by uncelebrated.

They took it upon themselves to locate all the Halloween decorations we had packed in boxes (among boxes of all our other possessions) and put them up around the house.  Here’s what they did, almost all by themselves, to the front yard a couple weeks before Halloween:

The big girls show off their spooky decorating job.

Davia and a scarecrow

Shaelyn and some bones

They were very proud when neighbors would comment on how good the house looked. I’m pretty sure they started hanging out in the front yard more to wait for people walking by to say something.  And then they’d run into the house and tell us what the person said, beaming.

Halloween came when Eila was 4 days old, 2 days home from the birth center.  So things were a little chaotic in the house, and Kate and Kane were busy and tired.  But Shaelyn and Davia were full of the Halloween spirit.  They added some finishing touches on the decorations…

Our spooky front porch on Halloween

And they made sure jack-o-lanterns were out and glowing…

Shaelyn's on the left, Kane's on the right

Davia's jack-o-lantern










And, of course, they were ready in their costumes by sundown.  They even made sure their baby sister had a festive outfit to wear!

A Davia witch, a Shaelyn cat, and a little Eila pumpkin

They were super excited about trick-or-treating, and Kane took them out.  Shaelyn couldn’t find her cat tail, but was a sport and didn’t let that stop her from having fun.  The big girls stayed out until their hands were too cold to hold their candy buckets and the buckets were overflowing.  Kane was nice enough to let them use his big pockets for extra candy storage.  Back at home, Kate and Eila had dozens of visitors to pass out candy to. Shaelyn and Davia came home, thawed out their hands, put on their pajamas, and ate some candy before bed.

Over all, a successful Halloween!

Halloween girls


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. makingspace1
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 18:17:25

    How wonderful – what a fantastic Halloween!!!


  2. Lorian
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 19:29:49

    Awesome, Kate!!! And fantastic pictures! Aila looks like such a sweet, happy little bundle of baby love. ❤ ❤ ❤


  3. kane
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 22:15:28

    We’re lucky we have these two to keep our priorities straight 🙂 Good post!


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