one day a year

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Brooke the Backyardigan
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Katie the Washing Machine
What, your kid didn’t dress up as a large household appliance?
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Halloween.
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The highest of high holy days in our little family.
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The day we perseverate on plan for ALL YEAR LONG.
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The one blessed day a year that my littlest girl’s absolute favorite pastime is actually socially acceptable. The day upon which we can FINALLY walk through the neighborhood in costume. The day upon which we are ALLOWED to ring every doorbell we see. The day upon which we can shout “TRICK OR TREAT!” and not get funny looks because it’s August. The day upon which my youngest daughter has better social skills than half the kids around her because she is so well practiced that she NEVER forgets to say, “Thank you! Happy Halloween!” even if it sounds EXACTLY the same each and every time. The day upon which Katie gets to show off all her creative glory and walk around in a box. The day that she gets Oohs! and Ahhs! at every single door. The day that my kids are happy doing the same thing, at the same time, together.
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The second we walked through the door after trick or treating, the girls shed their costumes. Katie wriggled out of her box with a sigh Oof, that was getting heavy! while her sister peeled off her dress, mask and shoes smack dab in the middle of the kitchen. Katie ran to the table with her loot and immediately began to negotiate. OK, Mama, how many pieces can I eat tonight? Three? Oh, man. Well, is that three meaning three or three with one for good luck so really four? And if I eat this little Hershey’s kiss, that doesn’t really count as a whole one, right? So that would be like two and then two little ones, but that would only still really be three and then I could still have one for good luck, right? (She got three small pieces. This ain’t Mama’s first rodeo, kid.)
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Her little sister had an entirely different plan. She searched through her bag to find the one thing in which she had any interest. It didn’t take long to spot her quarry – a bright red lollipop. She unwrapped it slowly and carefully. She touched it to her tongue – once, then again – and then handed it to me. She then turned to Luau and asked him for some buttered toast.
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As Katie hemmed and hawed over which little morsels of sugary deliciousness to save and which to devour on the spot, Brooke peeled the crust off of her toast and ate it bite by bite. When she was done she asked for another slice.
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The lollipop languished in a glass on the counter. It was never touched again. She went up to bed without ever looking at her treat sack again.
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For one little girl, it’s just not about the candy. It never is.
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ed note ~ As you may remember, for the last four years running Brooke has managed to choose the one character from each of her beloved books and shows for which there was no costume available. The first costume that she ever chose was Boots the Monkey from Dora. I believe they now make a Boots costume, but three years ago I had to outsource to Canada. Next up was JoJo the clown from JoJo’s Circus. Long since discontinued by Disney, I lucked out and found one on Ebay. Last year she was Ming Ming the Duckling from the Wonderpets, which they only made to size 2T. I hobbled that one together with a little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of trips to the craft store. This year, she was Tasha the Backyardigan. As you may recall from this post, they make almost every other Backyard friend – Pablo, Uniqua, Tyrone – but there was not a Tasha to be found. (Miss T you are our hero!)
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It’s almost uncanny. If I didn’t know better I’d have thought that little miss was online scouring the web to ensure that none of her picks were out there before declaring a winner.
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Yesterday, Brooke made her announcement for next year. Yes, I’m pretty sure that we’ve set a new record with a decision for the following year’s costume on November First, but that’s not the point.
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Her choice? Toodee, her favorite character on Yo Gabba Gabba. Check it out for yourself … Yo Gabba Gabba Friends Costumes. Not a Toodee in the bunch. Once again, my baby did not disappoint.
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Canada?
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Miss T?
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Ebay?
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Anyone?
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On second though, let’s just get through Christmas first, shall we? Brooke told me last night she’d like a Jesus doll for Christmas. Of course, she means THIS Jesus:
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Don’t you worry, kiddo. Mama’s on it.
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Hoping you and yours had a very Happy Halloween!
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21 thoughts on “one day a year

  1. I loved every minute of Halloween with you guys this year! It was so much fun! The kids were absolutely wonderful.

    Love,
    Mom

  2. I bet you are right. At night when you are asleep, she’s on the Internet trying to challenge your skills! Little did she know she’s up against the Master!

    Good luck with getting through Christmas.

  3. What excellent costumes! And I love hearing about Brooke’s’s spectacular Halloween social skills.

    As for the upcoming special requests — Toodee & Godspell-Jesus — dare I say, I have faith!! Mama always makes something wonderful happen!

  4. I think all of these wonderful submissions you offer to us in your Blog should be organized into a book for parents, grandparents, and anyone who loves any child anywhere. You make me smile, feel angry, and hurt with love in everything you write.
    Please think about sharing your wonderful way of expressing your bottomless love for your babies with the world. The world could sure use it.
    Dad

  5. Love both costumes! Ha, my lil guy decided he wanted to be Rintoo the Tiger. We managed to find a yellow shirt (I was upstate last weekend and found one in Target), he wore brown sweatpants, and DH made a mask on a paper plate. We cut out holes for his eyes and I used a craft stick so he could hold it infront of his face. And yes, I have to agree our kids are the most well behaved in the bunch.

  6. AHHHH! I LOVE the costumes! What a great idea… a wash machine! K wanted to be a grocery cart this year, but settled on Peter Pan. Now… maybe you can help me on the cart idea. How do you even start that?!?! Ugh!

    What a great post 🙂 I can’t wait to see how Jesus turns out!

  7. Beaming! Kids being kids…my FAVORITE, favorite, favorite! Don’t worry, by next August, we will have a plan! Let’s just write it into the summer service delivery now…1 x 15 minutes per day – Costume Consultation…2 x 60 minutes Costume Creation. You’re on your own for the Jesus doll. Haha. The girls look amazing! Cannot tell you how many times I said, “Don’t forget your manners,” to my kids while trick-or-treating…and, truth be told, their friends (yeah…I’m that mom – sue me). Wish Kenz were there for some positive peer modeling!

  8. Such a happy day and happy story. Halloween was a wonderful success for us too, in the same kind of way. Except our buttered toast was an eggo 🙂
    Isn’t it wonderful? I’m still riding the high.

  9. We love Halloween too! Piper has the same nack for picking costumes that Brooke has, last year was a fox. You can bet there isn’t one of those on this continent (we outsourced to the UK)! This year we had a splendifourous time even with a last minute costume change (even though she has been insisting she would be a bat for almost 4 months), yup we survived the 5 minute before we leave change of mind routine. We had a smashingly sucessful good night. I hadn’t noticed at the time but I NEVER once had to remind her to say thank you. Our kids never cease to amaze me!

  10. Happy Halloween!!! Glad the girls had fun! I’m hoping Cymbie starts to “get it” a little more as the years go on. She dressed up and had fun at her party at school, but we skipped trick or treating this year for a number of reasons. -)

  11. and p.s.
    Only Too Dee costume I saw when I googled was the $150.00 full mascot costume. Eek! Why would they make every one else, but not her…doesn’t make sense to me…

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