Comments Off on Halloween Written on Monday, October 31, 2011, at 11:30pm EDT, by
Categories: Max

What a fun day! Grandpa brought Max home around 10:00 am, and the little fellow played with his trains creatively for nearly an hour. He took parts of two wooden railways and rolled his own. But after a while that started grating on my nerves, so I coaxed him into watching Toy Story 3. We watched the whole movie and then had a long lunch. Max ate a ton of Cheetos and potato chips. About the healthiest thing he ate was a slice of cheese. I tried to get him to eat part of my veggie burger, but he said, “No, thank you.”

After lunch I took him upstairs and lay down with him while he drank a bottle of PediaSure. Then he eagerly went down for his nap. I told him that we were going trick-or-treating when he woke up, and he jumped into his crib and lay down immediately. Usually, his lying down is a process, but today it happened in an instant.

During Max’s nap his teacher, Mrs Eileen, phoned to have a parent-teacher telephone conference. She said our little fellow was “very smart,” but he didn’t appear to be able to recognize his name in written form. I believe he may be able to recognize his name, but I believe it’s a matter of whether or not he’s paying attention. Getting Max to pay attention to something other than what he’s focused on at any given moment can be a futile exercise.

Mama woke him about three hours into his nap, and it took him a few minutes to light his firebox. He decided to dress up like Buzz Lightyear, one of the star characters from Toy Story. Then Grandpa, Mimi, Baybay, Mama, and I went to our friends Jodi and Eddy’s for an extravagant Halloween shindig. Max got to play with Jodi and Eddy’s daughters, Danielle and Lilianna, and their cousins Jack, Matthew, and Kaitlynn (sp?). Their church’s minister of music and his family were there, too. Eddy had prepared about three large pots of soups and dips, and Jodi had made a very large spread of about a dozen sweet treats. For goodness’s sake, there were two kinds of cupcakes, a chocolate pudding with Oreos, Rice Krispies pumpkins, white chocolate-covered pretzels, and more. We appreciate being invited to such a grand soiree.

After Jodi and Eddy’s party, we went trick-or-treating in their neighborhood, and then we headed to back to our neighborhood to see what treats we could fleece from our neighbors. We had the good fortune to see our friends and neighbors Jon and his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Delaney, who was dressed as Belle from Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. The five of us went trick-or-treating on Grandpa’s golf cart. Max and Delaney had a wonderful time together. Eventually, we’d hit all of the homes in our small neighborhood that had their porch lights on, and it was time for Miss Delaney to go home for the night. Poor Delaney didn’t want the night to end and she boohooed as we headed back to Mimi and Grandpa’s on the golf cart.

We still had to trick-or-treat Uncle Larry and Granny, so we loaded into the van and headed out. I pulled out in front of a car in front of our subdivision and almost had a bad wreck. I thought I looked, but apparently I didn’t. Mama screamed and I tried to apply the brakes, but I caught my foot under the brake pedal. If the oncoming car hadn’t swerved out of the way, we—and our brand-new van—could’ve been hurt. Max was upset because of Mama’s scream, and the whole thing made my heart pound. I’m so glad that was just a close call and not a call to 911.

Shaking like a cat pooping razor blades, I drove us to Uncle Larry’s, and we had a good time trick-or-treating him. He gave Max lots of great goodies, including Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces. Then we made our final stop of the evening at Granny’s. She prepared a large bowl of goodies for her favorite grandson. It was as heavy as his already-heavy trick-or-treat bag. We headed home and once we arrived, I walked up to neighbor Jon’s to photograph his pumpkin lights.

So it’s been a busy afternoon and evening, but we had lots of fun and took more than a hundred pictures, the best of which we hope to share here before too long.

Max and Mama are upstairs watching a Max & Ruby video and I’m about to join them. We’ll have to cut the video short tonight because Max has to go to school in the morning. Mama, however, had the foresight to take tomorrow off.