With fall comes traditions. The most common of traditions is the carving of pumpkins. For the past 5 years we've carved pumpkins with the college students in our Bible studies. This year however, we're not doing our college Bible study (we do miss them!), so we were left to carve pumpkins on our own. Due to Tom's broken elbow, Tom did the picture taking and I carved the pumpkins with the kids (well, they didn't do any carving but they did have fun getting all the ickies out of the pumpkins). Livvy wanted her pumpkin to be a princess, Sammy wanted a truck and Tom designed a dinosaur for Ben. It was fun.
For the past 3 years we've made candy apples - Tom's favorite. This year Livvy and Sammy helped out...a little. They were delicious as usual.
On Thurs we got the kids dressed up (Livvy as a ballerina, Sammy as a pilot, and Ben as a monkey) and took some of the candy apples to our neighbors. We successfully delivered apples to 2 out of the 3 neighbors before they found out kids typically get treats on Halloween. Our neighbor Kelly asked if they wanted candy and Livvy looked at me like, "Really? Why? Why is she asking us if we would like candy?" So, I fessed up and told them the truth. Even after trick-or-treating down in Phx Fri night at a couple of my parents' neighbors (we brought the neighbors cookies), they have no clue that most people just get treats, not give. I think we've come up with a new tradition.