We had a good Halloween. It was a bit...different...or the same...or...well...
Last year it started. We have two children who are at different ages and stages in their lives. And before last year, Halloween still meant going out together as a family, Trick or Treating. In the neighborhood. (Or sometimes in someone else's neighborhood).
But...last year started it. Last year, my fourteen year old stayed home with his father and watched Horror Movies...while the girl and I went to a friends house and Trick or Treated with a group of friends.
And it was good...but separate. But at least at the end we got back together and did our traditional look around some neighborhoods and their decorations.
This year. Well, the separate has been more separate. It was good...aside from costume malfunctions (wigs just aren't that easy to maintain if you are running all over the place!) and a bag explosion. But, right now...Willow is asleep. And Michael and Brad went off to a midnight movie. Its good. It is nice that he is getting this experience. But...separate and I kinda miss my husband and son. I would rather be eating popcorn and watching a scary movie (I am a scaredy-cat--not doing it by myself!)
So, I am up a lot later (or earlier...I guess) than I normally would be...and I have not spent Halloween like I would normally. I guess a new stage/era has begun. No longer can I deny...my son is growing up...and our family dynamic is growing and changing with that. I know Michael feels this too--he still went out Trick or Treating for a bit tonight...those last grasps at childhood.
Meanwhile...we got one who is making those childhood memories.
Getting ready to go out:
After the Tricks and Treats: