Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween in high school

The blond twin never really had to decide what she was going to do for Halloween. Her cheer leading practice schedule meant she would be busy until after trick-or-treating ended.

The brunette twin, on the other hand, was making grand plans. We went costume shopping so she could be a TV show character. She arranged to meet friends at our house so they could trick-or-treat by our neighbors. They would all move to the next person's neighborhood to finish the night.

When she came home, the brunette twin was a mix of happy and sad. She had fun with her friends, but realized that she was getting to old too trick-or-treat. She was not happy with she realized that she might not go out again next year.

It wasn't that she really liked to trick-or-treat. It was that she realized that she was growing up, so some of the things she did throughout her childhood were evolving. For a child who doesn't like change, anything that deviated from her normal routine was concerning. She knew it was going to happen sooner or later. In her world, though, later was always her favorite option.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

You never know what you'll find

Holly gets walked twice a day. When the girls attended the elementary school down the block, we'd walk them to and from school. Even though the girls now take the bus, Holly stayed on the same schedule.

I was walking Holly when I turned a corner and saw an neighbor. We talked for a bit, each walking our pets. Mine was a Dalmatian and Great Pyrenees mix. Hers was a miniature horse.  

It might have seemed strange in another neighborhood to find someone walking a miniature horse, but in our neighborhood, it was normal. We walked and talked and laughed until she turned another corner to go home. 

Holly and I continued our walk until we made it home. Tomorrow was another day to find something else interesting happening in the neighborhood.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

How did this happen?

Our nephew married his college sweetheart today. It was a beautiful ceremony. The two of them danced down the aisle after the ceremony. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were smiling the whole time.

Everyone looked lovely. These people I had watched move from infants to toddlers to school kids to high school students to college students to adults were suddenly old enough to start their own families.

The reception was as much fun as the wedding. The dance floor was filled with family and friends. 

I looked at Kyle and Jessica standing with their cousins. I just kept wondering, "How did this happen? When did they get old enough to start their own families?" It was both beautiful and sobering at the same time. The next generation is ready to take control. They will be great at it. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Ghouls and goblins

We bought the girls a Six Flags season's pass last year. They used it several times this summer, so it was certainly a worthwhile investment. The girls' favorite Six Flags event is FrightFest. It's the annual Halloween party, which features ghouls wandering the park terrifying the guests. 

I mean those ghouls terrify guests. I spend a few hours there every FrightFest because I like to ride the roller coasters at night. 

The girls cannot get enough of FrightFest. They love every minute of the steaming cauldrons, flickering lights and screaming ghouls. I mean they absolutely love every minute of it.

They take whichever friend is willing to go with them. Every, single time they walk out of the gates, they are already planning their next visit. I do not always understand their obsession with FrightFest, but I do enjoy how much they enjoy it.