The busyness of October has come down to this one final day of celebration that the boys love…HALLOWEEN! The boys would celebrate Halloween all year long if I let them. They love pumpkin patches, spooky ghosts, scarecrows, lights, spiders and webs, and of course the costumes and trick-or-treating. Really, what’s not to love?!? As soon as October hit, they started decorating their fort in the playroom, and this year we even put some orange and purple Halloween lights on our front trees.
We got a late start on the pumpkin patch this year, so it was slim pickings for any good pumpkins, but we found a few small ones and then ended up buying our larger one at the store. The boys’ favorite part of the pumpkin patch is the tractor ride to the patch and the small corn maze. They ran through it over and over again; I need one in my backyard!
The anticipation to nightfall is too great for these boys! So we took a break from our formal homeschool today to enjoy all the festivities. This evening, we will head over to my parents’ subdivision for the annual hotdog cookout and bonfire and then start some trick-or-treating. Not sure how long we’ll last since it’s only going to be a high of 44° today. By nightfall, I’m sure it will be in the 30’s. This year Noah is an army soldier, Eli is a skeleton, Levi is a robot and baby Isaac is a dragon. Levi’s robot costume I made didn’t turn out quite as I expected. Originally he was very excited, but stumbled while trick-or-treating and that was the end of that! Oh well! Other than that Halloween was a success with lots of candy to spare!
HAPPY ALL HALLOW’S EVE!!!
It’s been a fun month, but overwhelming at the same time. I felt like there were a million things to do, because there was! Here’s a recap!
Respect for Life Month
We kicked off the beginning of October by helping our parish’s Respect for Life ministry place crosses on our church’s front lawn. The boys enjoy helping with this event every year. Last weekend, they went back to help take them down with Daddy and our parish priest. We hope the boys’ excitement for volunteering and helping others will continue as they grow older. We want them to know how important it is to protect all life from conception to natural death.
Fort Osage Field Trip
Michael took the boys to a nearby fort for the Fall Muster. It was a re-enactment event surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage prepares for war declared with Britain. The boys had a great time seeing soldiers dressed in the period uniforms and seeing the cannon and artillery drills.
All Saints’ Day
The biggest task I had this month was creating the boys’ All Saints’ Day costumes. Michael gave the boys the *great* idea to be martyred Swiss Guards protecting St. Pope Pius X. As soon as I heard this, I quickly said, “NO!” No time and I can’t sew to save my life! It’s not like you can just buy a Swiss Guard costume. The boys were adamant about it of course and I knew they would look cute, so I figured I’d give it a try after much protesting about it. I was sure Pinterest would have something, but I came up empty. I finally came across Happily a Housewife’s blog, where she outlined making one for her son. Difference is, she can sew, I CAN NOT! Well after many hours, lots of hot glue and felt (and along with some help from my mom), I had the makings of the Swiss Guard costumes (x 2) and Pope Pius X vestments. It was a miracle they got done, but I’m happy we did it! More details to come on a later post.