Today was not just crazy, it was totally and completely insane!
We started out with our very first Fiddler on the Roof performance...you know, the one that's a pseudo dress rehearsal in front of all the elementary schools in the area. It actually went pretty well, considering how there was a school holiday Friday through Tuesday and our last dress rehearsal was Thursday night. Bria had lots of fun being in the play and I hope that it gives her the bug to do things like this more often.
When we were done, we were all famished, so we headed to Wendy's (since I haven't gone grocery shopping since we got back from the funeral yesterday and we are a bit Mother Hubbard-ish around here). I didn't even bother checking Bria back into school because it was early out day today and she would have had about a half hour of school left by the time we could get her there.
After lunch, we went home, where I madly cleaned the mess that was waiting for me in the kitchen, got ready for SUU lessons, and threw the girls into their Halloween costumes. Joel was feeling super sick, so he slept. I then left to SUU (where nobody even showed up for lessons!) and then met the girls and Joel for group violin. Most of the kids wore their costumes and they had a little costume parade around campus, while playing Twinkles. Very fun.
After violin was over we went and met my sister-in-law and the cousins at their house for trick or treating. I was the only one not dressed up. Much as I wanted to, I had no time and didn't think it would be very professional to show up to my lessons dressed as Cruella Deville. (Darn them for not coming!)
And off we went to beg for candy from strangers. Sophie wasn't quite sure what was going on at first, but she figured it out really fast. She'd go right up to the door, usually with Ada, and "ask" for some. She'd put it right into her little kitty and say "tatyou" and then wave bye bye to the person who gave it to her. She'd even get a little impatient to get to the next door, and thoroughly enjoyed examining her loot from each house.
The other girls (and cousins) also had a blast, until their feet started hurting. They were usually about five houses ahead of Ashley and me and the babies. But they had fun....especially since we didn't even bother trick-or-treating last year.
You'll notice that the fairy princesses are not wearing make-up. You guessed it, absolutely no time. But we had our ward Halloween party a week or so ago and they wore it then, and I did take some pictures. Of course, they're gorgeous either way!
After trick-or treating we tried to go to Matt and Ashley's ward chili cook off, but it was already over. So we came to my house instead and ate spaghetti, watched Harry Potter and sorted through bags and bags of candy (the kids did this, not Ashley and I!).
Sophie was pretty excited about all the candy, too, and I let her have a couple little pieces before she went to bed.
Joel and his brother were not in on any of this since they were both at rehearsal for the SUU musical. Their loss. Also mine, though, because without Joel, I didn't get a chance to do a real photo shoot of the girls in their costumes like I usually do. Oh well, I think I got good enough action shots...they're just mostly taken in auto and quickly composed. Again, thank goodness I took some before the ward party.
But, speaking of photos, this last one (and sorry for the tons of pictures this time) is my favorite of the night. I do realize the pictures are a bit Sophie heavy, but like I said, the other girls were usually several houses ahead of us, so I didn't get as many shots of them.
I like it because it's just so her...never still long enough to get all of her in the frame.
Happy Halloween everyone!