Just a reminder . . .Life's a Treat!
Last night, we went trick or treating for Halloween with a big bunch of friends from church. All total, there were probably 30 of us--couples, adults, teenagers, children, little ones. We found a neighborhood to go door-to-door in, and just had a blast walking around and talking with each other. And, of course, watching the excitement and joy that the kids got out of dressing up and getting candy.
As it is most of the time with me, I enjoyed last night because it was a SIMPLE time. We didn't go out and spend a lot of money to be entertained . . . we just got into the spirit of things and enjoyed ourselves!
In fact, last night reminded me of several things.
This morning, I am reminded that it is okay (in fact, it's really a GOOD idea) to NOT act your age. I had a conversation the other day with my friend, Julie, about how we often look at our kids and are amazed that we're old enough to be parenting them. I look at McKenna's teenage friends and I talk with them like I'm their age--because, frankly, sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday that I was heading off to high school myself. Now, some people (as my grandmother used to say) are "just born old." But not me! And I don't believe we should act like it! Last night it was so fun to see grown-ups dressed up (including me and Gary!) and laughing and having a fun time!
I am reminded that our children want us to have fun WITH them. It's one thing to let our kids be kids (and, of course, there is a time to discipline them and be the official "parent"; we have to have that!), but it's quite another to let them be kids all by themselves. They don't need to do that by themselves; they need us in on the action! I know that my girls get such a kick out of when Gary lies on the floor and wrestles with them; or when I do cartwheels with them; or when we all get into a joke-telling contest; or we all dress up together for Halloween.
I am reminded that our children can also stop us in our tracks and put us back in a "fun" mood! While we were driving away from our trick-or-treating spot last night, Gary got a little frustrated because of the traffic (there must have been a hundred cars trying to get in and out of this cul-de-sac!); he then got a little rattled at Sydney because she kept kicking him in the back of his seat from her car seat. He said something like, "Stop that, Scout, or you're gonna get in trouble."
I looked back at her and she was pouting a little pout. Then she put a big smile on your face and said, "But, Poppy, I love you!" It made Gary smile and all of us laugh (and after Gary said, "I love you too, Sydney," she went on to replay the conversation for all of us: "I told Poppy, 'I love you, Poppy' and Poppy said, 'I love you Sydney' and then I said, 'I love you Poppy'." And on and on!) It was too cute! And it reminds me that sometimes that's really what it is all about--the fact that we love each other enough to not let the little things bother us too badly.
I am reminded that friends are one of life's great treasures! Sure it would have been fun to go trick-or-treating just the five of us, but it was a lot more fun wth almost 30 of us! I love that I have friends who also like to have fun . . . . who are totally comfortable in their own skins . . who giggle and laugh and cut-up . . . who are with you in the fun times and the hard times both. And I love the fact that all of our kids get along with each other so well. (And I promise, they usually look very sweet and not so scary! lol)
I really try and cultivate the friendships between mine and my adult friends' children, because we can all watch out for each other's children and I know the kind of values that they are being raised with. Besides . . .I really love all these kids.
They are really good ones!
(I'm also reminded--although this isn't as "deep" as some of my thoughts already--that 14-year-old girls should not be allowed to leave their homes in "Playboy Bunny" type costumes. Gary about had a conniption fit when he saw that one and said, "Do you think I would EVER let my daughter out of the house in that thing?" Can you guess the answer that one? LOL Slutty costumes were obviously the costume of choice for a certain age bracket. I also questioned how old is TOO old to be trick-or-treating. McKenna is 14, but she actually dressed up and was walking with Sydney everywhere to help her get treats. BUT, there were teenagers with NO costumes on... just walking around with a Walmart sack looking for candy. Kinda made me laugh!)
I hope all of you had a fun day yesterday, no matter how you chose to celebrate it. Let's all remember that Life is meant to be FUN! Take time today to have fun with your children, laugh at yourself, and take things not quite so seriously!
Because, after all . . . Life is an absolute treat!!!
(And now that Halloween is behind us, can you believe that Thanksgiving is just over three weeks away? Now THAT'S a holiday I absolutely love . . . and now I'm looking forward to it!)
UPDATE--Thanks you guys for being patient with me today! It took FOREVER to get these photos uploaded (partly because Blogger was being obnoxious and partly because we had a major thunderstorm this afternoon and our power and internet decided to go out for a while! So, thanks for hanging on to see these pics! This will probably serve as my post for tomorrow then, although I may get antsy and have to get on tomorrow later on to post. I tell you everyone--I'm so addicted to blogging that I feel weird if I don't do it everyday!
Since I came back and added these pics, I also decided I had to share this pic from the night before. We have this fun little tradition where we have a Creepy Dinner with fun foods. On Monday night, I made Pumpkin Face Pizzas, Snake Breadsticks, Eyeballs (grapes!), Graveyard Dishes, and Radioative Punch (which was yummy!). Here are two pics from that:
Also--in case I don't post tomorrow--OMG, did any of you watch Lost tonight? Unbelievably excellent episode. The best this season so far!!! Wow!!)
Anyway . . . see all of you tomorrow sometime (probably!). Have a great night!!