Nov 1, 2008

Want to know what I was for Halloween?

A complete loser of a mom.

Yes, there is nothing quite like that feeling you get right after you realize that you have just locked your keys, cell phone, and 2 youngest children strapped in their car seats in your car. Nothing makes you beam with pride like calling 911 in a complete panic on some stranger's cell phone while they continually inform you that they are late and can you "please use someone else's phone?" And it's raining. Oh, and the baby is screaming in the car. And I was dressed up like a crazy Brittany Spears (OK, just kidding. But that would have been seriously awesome).

After the emergency rescue, here's the brood in costume for our Halloween photo shoot. We went for a "Superman and his boyhood farm friends" theme this year. (Mia is a pig by the way).
Those of you who knew me in high school and also college know that I LOVE trick or treating (it's definitely been one of my biggest disappointments in life to find out that as an adult, you're pretty much just expected to buy your own Halloween candy), and although this year our candy acquisition was pretty uneventful, the post-trick-or-treating-bedtime-meltdown will go down in history as The Reason Mia Will Never be Allowed to Have Candy Again.

Mia, before the sugar-induced hysteria, and Sam being, well, Sam.

I can't even tell you how much I loved Nate in his cow costume.

As for other Halloween related activities, last week Mia's class went on a field trip to the pumpkin patch, and I went along as a chaperon with the boys. Most of the details are a little fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure that it was super fun, that our teeth were sparkly white, we all looked awesome in our coordinated clothes from the new J Crew Fall collection, and we sang "Kum Bay Yah" the whole way home. I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure that I didn't get really frustrated with Sam for constantly refusing to look at the camera, my back didn't ache from carrying Nate, the kids didn't declare their hate for each other the entire drive home, and I most definitely don't remember desperately foraging for any chocolate in the house when we got home (unsweetened baking cocoa). Can't wait until next year!

On Monday Mia was in her first race, the Pumpkin Chase, put on by the high school Cross Country Team. She placed 5th for the Kindergarten girls division (400m), which technically was a winning place. Here she is with her good friend and co-racer Molly, and her biodegradable trophy, and ribbon. You can tell from the picture how she felt about the whole thing.

Happy flipping Halloween everyone.


Sara said...

You trick or treated in college? I've got to hear more about this.

Sara said...

BTW, so sorry about locking the keys/kids in the car. That would be a horrific experience.

Neva said...

I cringed when I read about your lockout. We've all had moments like that. I'll never forget my car breaking down in the middle of a snowstorm and my kids were only wearing sweatshirts. I was only a mile away from home so I started walking with the kids and three people from my ward (including my next door neighbors) drove by and waved at me but never stopped. Once we finally got home and warmed up a bit, my neighbor came over to talk to me and I told her about the car quitting and she said, "Oh, I thought you were out for one of your walks." What?! With the kids?! In that weather?! AAAUUUUUGGGGHHHH!!!!!

Heidi said...

Curt and I haven't laughed that hard for awhile, that flipping photo is so awesome.
BTW you should be a columnist for stay at home mom's, because you state how we all feel in such a fun way.
thanks for the laugh

Shelly said...

I locked Jayden in the car at a gas station when he was just 3 months old and it was July and 105 outside. The police, fire trucks, and ambulances all came to rescue me and it was quite embarassing. Everyone was looking and commenting on my parenting skills (or lack thereof).

LAURA said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one searching the house for chocolate during a stressful day! Cute pictures.

SUZY "LA JEFA" said...

Donna, just feel good that you got your halloween pictures up before Christmas. Loved the cow costume. Alison didn't really have a costume. In September, I got everyone dragon costumes from the thrift store but how lame is it for a baby to wear a costume that you can't even see the main part (the spikes down the back and the tail) while they are laying in a stroller or strapped in a front pack. When I decided there was no way I was carrying her around in my arms all Halloween, the costume was history.

Don and Joyce said...

I love the cow costume. It will make the annual Stovall calendar!

SUZY "LA JEFA" said...

Jacob and Ryan want to tell you that you are funny. We can't read the part about "superman and his boyhood farm friends" without laughing. They also like Mia's main profile caption: what, you talking to me? Ten bucks they start saying it all the time now.