Ali has an online shopping habit. Luckily she's pretty good at searching out a good deal. Most of her purchases are less than $20, but at any given time she's got open pages on her web browser with at least $500 in her shopping carts. While I don't want to encourage her habit I am impressed at her inventiveness. She typed up a flier and asked me to put it on my Facebook page. I copied it below. It turns out the timing was perfect. I'd posted something about babysitting for Nikki a few years ago and didn't get any interest. But after posting this for Ali I had a few people inquire about babysitting, pet sitting and she's even started tutoring. She is tutoring a friends daughter that's in the 5th grade. It's a perfect start. She is working on how to help her process the information she learned without giving her the answer outright. I'm so proud of her for working for what she wants. Beside the fact that she will earn some money to support her habit, she is learning some valuable skills. Love these kids!
This was an odd year for Halloween. It was on a Thursday night and neither of the girls had Friday off from school. Ali had invited over a bunch of kids to go out trick or treating. She'd wanted to go out on their own but a parent had asked if we'd be with them. Plus Leslie had Millie and Parker that wanted to go out we had to be with them anyway. I told Ali we'd just trail behind and they could run ahead.
But first we had pumpkins to carve! I bought three pumpkins; one for Ali, Nikki and Bill. And Bill had big ideas of what his was going to look like. But then Ali had two ideas and wanted to do both. So Ali and Nikki did two designs. One on the front of their pumpkin and one on the back. Only I didn't get photos of the finished pumpkins somehow. Trust me, they were awesome!
Now onto the big night. Fourteen kids ended up being here. It was great to see all of them dressed up, and not just the lame costumes. They all looked great! Ali and Paige had gone up the street to a church festival for about an hour before everyone showed up.
I think this is the 5th year this group has come up to our house for trick or treating. It's grown each year, and always is a lot of fun. It's sad to think this was probably our last year of joining them.
Nikki went up to her friends house and they went to a party. She wasn't able to stay out too late because of school the next day, so it was a pretty uneventful evening. Although the funny of the night for me was when the kids all got back to our house and were sorting their candy in the living room. The doorbell rang and a little boy of about 3 and his bigger sister said, "trick or treat". I said hi and gave them some candy. They started to walk away when the little boy turned and said to me, "there's a lot of people in there". I told him yes there were. He started to walk away again, then turned and asked, "did they go easter egging?". I laughed and said, "yep they just got back". His sister finally pulled him away but he was adorable. Makes me miss when the kids were so little and took it all in.
Oh and as a side note, apparently Stephen enjoyed Halloween as a college student. I think their celebrations went on for several days. But I did get a few photos sent to me. This was my favorite: