I still can't decide. So, I'll leave you with a day-by-day recap of just this weekend.
A's school has an awesome Halloween party every year. They do an indoor-style trick-or-treating, going to different offices/people, and playing Halloween themed games. What I like best about it is that they try to give out things other than candy. like books, water bottles, pretzels, etc. (of course, they totally serve chips and cookies at the end, though.)
A monkey on my back
A and his BFF (he's the man in the yellow hat, if you didn't know.)
I swear, E looks like this in the majority of our pictures.
He's really thrilled to be doing this, can't you tell?
The Zekester and his fingers.
E came to the festival, but had to leave early. I hustle the kids back to the car, unload our goodies, and head for home. We arrive home, and I start getting the boys ready for nap time. A takes off his costume and is stark naked when the phone rings. O has thrown up at school and I need to pick her up.
Rush around, get A dressed, get I dressed, and get back in the car. (Thankfully, the schools is right around the corner, so it doesn't take long to get there.) Run into the school to pick up O, who starts bawling the minute she sees me. I try to calm her down, reassure her its going to be okay. I get her into her car seat, buckle her up.
Now, what I did next is just pure mommy instinct. O didn't say her tummy hurt or anything, she just started coughing. I undid her buckle and yanked her out of the van. As I did that, she started throwing up everywhere. Thankfully, since I had already started the process of getting her out of the car, only a tiny bit of yucky stuff got on the floor (but, man, does that stuff smell!) It was all over her, and all over the walk way. I went back in, got paper towels, and the nurses had to come out and help me clean her up.
I'll leave out what happened the rest of the day Friday. I'm sure you can guess what I did, including canceling fun plans to go out with friends and canceling O's plans to spend the night with Grandma.
Besides the lack of sleep, we had a pretty decent Saturday. We put all of the kids down for early naps, since O was up a lot in the night and A got up at 4:45 because he saw the bathroom light on and thought it was morning. O slept for almost 5 hours. When she woke up, she was like a new kid! I took her and I to Publix while E and A built a fire (in our new fire pit) to cook hot dogs in for dinner.
Sometime early Sunday morning, A got sick. I stayed home with A and I, while E and O went to church. We realized that the Halloween party we had planned, was NOT going to be happening at our house. So, we found an alternative venue, which ended up being a lot more work than it sounds. It was extremely stressful trying to get everything over there. Then, I couldn't even enjoy it because I stayed home with the boys!
But, we did have a wonderful time trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Austin was feeling fine, so he came along. Isaac was a peach, as always. He even got a little vocal at the end, with lots of screeching and yelling.