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Halloween Two Thousand Seventeen

October 28, 2017
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It was gray and rainy on Pumpkin Patch Day.

Did we let that stop us? No. Without regret.

Hay Fight

Jacob continually tossed Adry off the hay stack. As any good uncle should.

I can’t decide if Ella got more soaked from the rain or from splashing in every puddle she could find.

The things we do for our kids…

Adry was over the sticky muddy patch.

Eleanor gor her boots stuck in the mud…

…REALLY stuck in the mud.

Boo at the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa Martin

Pumpkin Carving at Uncle Matt and Aunt Alexz’s

Alexz designed this, inspired by Sloth from The Goonies

Eleanor designed our jack-o-lantern. I tried to follow her design as best I could, minus the extra nose and 5 extra eyes she drew.




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Halloween 2016

February 11, 2017
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I finally got a new computer! Hooray! Despite the amount of our savings that Keith’s temporary unemployment ate through, I decided to bite the bullet and invest in a MacBook Air. I was going to wait until after tax returns until I realized I do my own taxes, and… I need a computer to do taxes!

Now I can play catch-up on all my holiday photos.

First: Halloween

Halloween was the most enjoyable holiday for me this year. I was sick on Thanksgiving, and Christmas was the most stressful and depressing Christmas I’ve ever experienced in my life thus far… In terms of circumstance-induced anxiety and depression, it even surpassed the year I had the miscarriage Christmas Eve through Christmas morning. (I am better now.) (Man, it felt good just to write that out, even as vague as it is. I’ve missed journaling.) BUT Halloween was such a sweet, enjoyable holiday for me. I’m glad I made the most of it.

We did our annual Friendship Village of Dublin retirement home Trick or Treat.

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Eleanor used the Max from Where The Wild Things Are costume that Adry’s Grandma Ellwood made for him when he was just a bit younger than Ella was this year. It’s a bit too short for her. But still adorable. Adry was a Civil War Union Soldier. (NOT a Confederate Soldier, for heaven’s sake. That’s a good way to annoy Adry!) His costume was made by his Grandma Ellwood as well.

We also tried a Trunk or Treat in Hilliard for the first time. I loved it so much I’d like to keep it a tradition.

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Uncle Sam told Adry that his costume was the most authentic he had ever seen and wanted a picture with him.

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And my kids enjoyed Beggar’s Night in Grandview, too. Adry got to trick-or-treat with his school buddies while Keith and Grandma and Grandpa Martin spent hours walking with Ella house-to-house up and down Grandview residential streets. I joined them when I got off work. We spent the last half hour at the Grandview library playing games, winning prizes, and getting our picture taken.

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Halloween Festivities 2015

November 8, 2015
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Trick-or-Treating at Friendship Village of Dublin this year!

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I wondered if I would come up with a First Halloween costume idea that I would love as much as Adry’s Aang The Last Airbender, and Reese’s Appa the Air Bison.

I did, though. I came up with an idea, and I had a bunch of fun putting together my little Inigo Montoya!

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“You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

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Adry’s family on his dad’s side hand-made his masked caped Renaissance guy costume.
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Everyone said she looked like Uncle J with her mustache.

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Ben took Adry out on Beggar’s Night with his buddies, and sent me this picture of his full costume:
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And on Halloween day we visited COSI.
This is Adry and Tori in the submarine!
The submarine in which Tori adamantly insisted no fewer than two dozen times that she would NOT go because she was afraid. And I responded every single time that it was perectly okay to be afraid and she absolutely did NOT have to go in the submarine if she didn’t want to. Then in the next breath she suddenly announced FINE I’M GOING IN THE SUMMEREEN! and took off running, effectively ditched every other kid waiting in line for the submarine, and fearlessly hopped right in. People looked back at me from the line and I gave them a shrug and a flip of the hand. HEY PEOPLE- This is her moment of bravery and I’mma let her have it!
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Pumpkin Patch Pictures ~ 2015

October 25, 2015
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You’ll have to excuse the frilly outfits. We hadn’t planned on going to the pumpkin patch that day until after we got dressed!

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Handsome Husband and dat pretty baby!

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Rainbow Ruffle Butt

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Ella is no-nonsense about exploring Adry’s eyeball.

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Ella loves pumpkins!

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Dad’s sky photo. He decided to lie in the field while we picked out our pumpkins.

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Ella’s fake smile

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Halloween 2014

November 1, 2014
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Adry was The Joker this year.

He's in character saying, "Why So Sserious?"

He’s in character saying, “Why So Sserious?”


He was pretty proud of how “scary” he was.

On Wednesday evening Dad and I met Jamie, John, Tori, and Baby Tara at Friendship Village of Dublin retirement home for dinner and trick-or-treating.
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The kids ran around laughing and being loud together and had a bunch of fun.

Grandview’s Beggar’s Night was Thursday. Adry spent the evening with his dad and a few school friends.

Adry is trying to be scary!

Adry is trying to be scary!

Ben said he completely filled his bag with candy and they all had a blast.

Meanwhile I was at home in bed (not feeling well) hoping I’d go into labor on my own. Otherwise they’re inducing me in a few days! Eep!

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Boo at the Zoo 2013

October 27, 2013
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My mother was so proud of her witch costume, haha. She looked great. She even risked permanently staining her face green for the occasion!

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We met Tori, Jamie, John, Kema, and Kepa there!

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The kids with Kema

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Pumpkin Patch 2013

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Adry, Mom, and I made it to Kuhlwein’s Farm Pumpkin Patch this year on a beautiful warm, sunny October Saturday.

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Adry and his popcorn

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He is such an animal lover. Adry stood by the animals for the longest time just going, “AAAAW! AAAW OH MY GOSH HE’S SO CUTE! AAAAAW! MOMMY LOOK AT THESE GUYS!”

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Smore time

A couple of weeks later Adry designed our jack-o-lanterns:
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Trick or Treat 2012

November 10, 2012
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All in all Adry had a pretty good Trick-or-Treat night. Keithy got him all dressed and ready to go before I got home from work.





We started going door to door and things were going really great- Adry was proud of his costume, he was confident, he was saying ‘trick or treat’ and ‘thank you’, he was getting a good colection of candy… until about 3 houses in and he suddenly said, “I’m done! Let’s go home!”

Jaw drop.

I tried my very best to encourage him to keep going and get more candy and check out all the cool costumes that the other trick-or-treaters were wearing! It took a lot out of me just to get him to do half a dozen more houses and walk up the street to see some of the neat Halloween stuff in the neighborhood. Keith even accused me of trying to live vicariously through my kid. I was all “NUH UH! Do you know how many children would love to be Adry right now! They are sitting inside all sad and alone and missing out on great memories and childhood experiences because their parents won’t let them be evil n stuff. I’m just trying to make sure Adry won’t regret not getting as much candy as possible!” (And maaaaybe I also love holidays and want Adry to love them as much as I do. Haha.What?)

Anyway, I gave in after we finished our street and we headed back to the house where our next door neighbor so generously filled Adry’s mostly empty candy bag with several handfuls of candy. (Thanks, good neighbor!) And we headed to the Grandview Community Center Halloween Party and Costume Contest where Adry was given a $25 saving account prize.



Keithy was proud stepdad 😉

We spent the rest of the night eating free goodies and sitting by a fire watching Adry have a lot of fun with the other kids at the party.

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Boo at the Zoo 2012

October 27, 2012
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Adry got to wear his costume for the first time this year for Boo at the Zoo. He said he wanted to be a zombie of course. he’s been on a zombie kick for, oh… more than half his life. (And don’t ask me how he learned so much about zombies in the first place. It’s like he was born with encyclopedia knowledge of all things walking dead. But if I had to point a finger I’d say it was his dad’s video games that he absorbed since birth.) When he was two years old, before Ben and I even split, he would tell me that we needed to get ready for the “zombie acopsolisp”. He’d stand by the window with his weapon of choice prepared to defend our home from zombie invaders. So, he’s been fighting zombies for well over two years, now. He named his cat at his dad’s house ‘Zombie’. He has literally made kids cry when he gets into zombie character and does his zombie walk. I’ve had to pull him aside at playplaces to say, “Adry, stop being so cool. It scares the children.” (Actually I never did that. I just watched and laughed and earned Best Mom Ever points.)

So Adry was very excited to get into his zombie costume. He’d been talking about it all month.

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Finished face


When we finally got to the zoo we met up with Shirley Temple









Haystack maze

Keith and Adry posing in front of the haunted house that Adry had us walk through like four times





The manatee was hanging out right up against the glass! It was really cool.

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