School started and the girls were gone most of the day. Since Pete is a writer and I work nights we got to spend LOTS of time together.
We prepped the yard for winter which was too close for comfort. Our Halloween party was coming up and this was going to be our first big party in the new house.
Peter and I kept getting distracted. It’s not that we were trying for a baby but we weren’t not trying either. We were open to anything.
“It’s safe. Nobody saw us.”
“It’s our backyard, Peter. Of course nobody saw us. Are you sure nobody saw us though?”
I went out that afternoon and grabbed us some pumpkins to carve that night after dinner. It was going to be a big family affair.
I made us some lasagna since it is a nice food for blustery nights in autumn. Peter did just get me that nice wood fire oven so I foresee many lasagna nights.
Then we all went outside to carve pumpkins. Well, Simon mostly sat and chewed on the leaves but he made an effort to hang out with us.
Kylie carved a pumpkin for Simon.
“Daddy, is it ok if I just make it look like it was carved by a 3-year-old? Cuz I’m getting bored.”
“Do whatever you like, honey. It is getting cold out here though so make a choice.”
She made it look like a toddler carved it. Kylie did the kitty. Harper did the ghost. Peter did the scary one. I am the boring one who made a normal pumpkin. I’m special like that.
Finally Halloween arrived. The girls got the day off and we had a big day ahead of us with the party. I was up early to bake for the party.
Harper took over “mommy” duty. She adores her baby brother and relishes her time with him. She fed her brother his morning bottle because I failed at planning (again) and didn’t have time for a proper breakfast.
Then she entertained the monster so I could get what I needed done in the kitchen. I spent all morning cooking so we could go to the festival before the party.
The girls got dressed up in their costumes and we headed off to the park.
Simon is still a little young to enjoy the festivals. He does the family photo and then it’s off to the toy boxes. I don’t mind so much because before too long he’ll be too big to even want to hangout with us.
The girls, however, are all over the festival games. It’s a damn good thing I made them take off their costumes before they jumped into everything. They wore that pie until we got home.
Kylie wanted me to take Simon through the haunted house. I told her I would do that only if she agreed to have him in her room when he had nightmares. She said no deal to that and then regretted her own decision to go through the haunted house. Harper on the other hand…well she takes after her mama and she loved every creepy-ass second of that darn thing.
Peter. Well, Peter is working on his next masterpiece which means lots of research and little time for us. It makes him happy and keeps us in our house so it is difficult to be angry with him.
Harper took all our tickets and cashed them in for a horseshoe pit. I was grateful she chose that because she was eyeing the tanning booth. It’s too damn early for that mess.
As soon as we got home I started on the roast for the party. I had already set out the dessert table when the door opened.
“Hey, Penn! Need any help?” Hannah had arrived early to help me with any last minute prep.
“I think I’m good, Hanny. I just have to get the roast in the oven and we’ll be set.”
“Oh good. I’m going to eat this chocolate pie then. Help clean the dessert tray early.”
She’s a good friend.
She did help set out the rest of the food though. After eating her pie, of course.
Harper even helped with the desserts and made some cookies on her toy oven. Grampy (my dad) loved those.
Finally I called everyone to eat. It was going to be a full house. Mom and Dad were there. Katie and her husband with the twins Kayleigh and Kennedy. Dylan who was single now but he refused to go into detail. Hannah and Adam and their two oldest daughters Violet and Kallie. Granny Liddy and Grampa Vic couldn’t make it. Neither could Liv and Mike since they were busy with Bailee, Bindee, and Beckee who were now toddlers.
It was quite a feast and with all the kids running around the adults could never seem to all sit down at the same time. Adam, Pete, and Johnathon (Katie’s husband) took Violet and Kennedy trick-or-treating.
The rest of the girls played video games in the living room which gave the adults a moment together.
When Adam got back he spent almost all his time with his nephew Simon. They bonded (on Adam’s side) over the fact that they were both adopted.
Simon, however, just loved Adam for being the awesome guy that he is. My little brother has turned into one hell of a man.
The best par of the party was the part when the WHOLE family pitched in to clean up. Seriously. It was like the first time in the history of our three generations that anyone helped clean up after a party.
Kallie left with some leftover pie.
Katie just laughed at her cousin. This is my family.
The nicest part was they had cleaned up so well that I only had to cast one spell to clean the rest of the house. Best party in the history of our family.
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