This cold weather has been very welcome this week. I like my summers to be warm, my falls to be cool, my winters to be cold and my springs to be cool. 50 degrees and sunny must be what Heaven is like, just look at that beautiful cotton candy sky!
And that beautiful foliage seen on my lunch walks!
Our Halloween plans kept changing, but at the last minute we decided to carve pumpkins at home and then let the kids go trick-or-treating with cousins.
The cousins' neighborhood is extra fun because they have a golf cart that they travel around in!
Lots of candy was gathered and dumped into a familial bowl (and bag for the overflow) and will serve as dessert for the foreseeable future.
Next up! All Saints Day!
The elementary school kids dress as saints and they have Mass and trunk or treating at school (more candy). We did not do our best job at costumes this year, but may I present St. Brendan the Navigator:
And St. Patrick who forgot the shamrock we made:
Special shoutout to my Irish dad who loaned the cap and green scarf to the boys. I can't believe that after all of these years we are down to only two kids who need to dress as saints.
Can I be honest? I am so so glad Halloween is over. I do not like this scary/evil/creepy holiday and everybody needs to take down their awful decorations now, m'kay? Next up I'll be complaining about the people decorating for Christmas too early. I'm a firm believer in waiting until Thanksgiving is over first.
Speaking of over, both of our varsity high school players are done for the season. Neither the volleyball team or boys soccer team made it to playoffs. I was a wee bit excited about the season ending to be honest, which probably makes me a terrible parent. Declan and Brendan have a couple more soccer games each before their seasons end, and swim team runs from the fall through the winter seasons so that is still going strong for Xander. Basketball starts this month, and we will see who makes what team, as basketball is every Martin's second favorite sport and played with much less talent and intensity.
Have a wonderful leaf-raking, pumpkin baking kind of November weekend everybody!