Hallowen 2012 was one great big full day of fun.
As this is our first year in the new Primrose, we find that some activities are similar and some are different from our past Primrose. The new Primrose had a party and parade, just like the past Primrose, but it was a bit different. It was on the actual Halloween holiday, which was fabulous! Yes, the kids were all fired up from their party, but they were also already dressed in their costume for trick-or-treating. The parade was through the parking lot, which was nice so that we could see the kids and have good lighting for photos. Of course it didn't provide a very appealing back drop, but the cuteness in the foreground made up for anything in the background. The presentation by the kids was only by the Kindegarten class. Maybe if our kiddos were in Kindegarten we would love this, however, they aren't and I would have much preferred a song or two by one of our own boys. Regardless of the pros and cons, we showed up to support our boys, meet their friends, meet their friends parents and ooh and ahh over their cuteness.
The parade was kicked off with the oldest kids, so Oliver was not far from the front. There were two Spidermen in his class, but we knew those tennis shoes anywhere.
After much cheering, he finally gave a wave.
I'm confident that he was smiling in that suit, but he was probably being a bit shy too. It's more fun to think that he's being shy rather than thinking that he's too cool to wave at Mom and Dad now that he's five.
Kellan came by a bit later. This was the first time that we had seen him as a tiger and he was C.U.T.E!!!! Kellan marches to his own beat and the parade was no exception.
At one point the parade came to a stop so he started walking the other direction while he explored what was on the ground. Really, there is no sense in standing in one spot just because traffic stopped. Stop and search for ants!!
Eventually, we got his attention too. He really was happy to see us, even if this photo doesn't portray that.
After the parade everyone went to one of the school yards for a presentation by the Kindegarten class. Once again, Kellan sits to the beat of his own drum. You can see how everyone is looking to the left, but our little tiger is in the bottom left of the photo facing the crowd to the right. This is going to be the guy in the elevator who will face the crowd instead of the door. There's one in every crowd.
(Oliver is in the back middle of the photo, but he's a bit hard to see)
Toward the end, Kellan wasn't shy to show his true feelings of the show. With his back to the entertainment, he covered his ear.
Inside the classroom there were snacks to be had. Yum!
We had to split our time between kiddos so there was a little bit of back and forth action. The boys were cool with this and glad that we kept trading off. Oliver was having a party with snacks and treats in his classroom as well.
Hey look, back to Kellan. Once he had a snack in his belly he had a smile for Mama.
Eventually, we brought Kellan to Oliver's classroom so they could party together. As the other kids filed out, Keith and I bellied up to the table with the boys. It was fun to chat with them over a snack and meet their friends.
Once the party was over, it was time to head home in preparation of trick-or-treating.
First up, a photo op.
Sometimes, you have to accept props in the photos if you're going to get them at all. Have you ever seen a tiger riding a firetruck while Spiderman was throwing his webs at you? Well... now you have.
Kellan and Oliver ... er... Tiger and Spiderman hanging out.
I tried to get a photo by the pumpkins but Tiger wanted nothing to do with it.
Spiderman was more than happy to pose with the pumpkin he and his Daddy carved.
Quickly we went inside to eat dinner. Kellan couldn't decide between juice and milk, so he had both. Life is an obstacle of battles and it's important to choose your battles wisely. What beverage Kellan was going to have was not a battle worth having on a full day like Halloween, so he had both.
Both, at the same time.
I hope to never see a rendition of this in his college years and if it happens, I don't really want to know.
On Sunday, three days before Halloween, Oliver asked me why Daddy and I don't dress up.
I didn't have a good answer since the real answer is because it's enough work to get the two boys out to trick or treat in their costume, Daddy and I are out of steam by the time it comes to thinking about dressing up ourselves. I was telling someone at work this and she sent me home with her devil accessories. It was perfect, easy and made Oliver's night complete. Then he asked "what is a devil"? That kid always keeps up on our toes. I told him the devil is the bad guy.
We had plans to meet the neighbors for trick-or-treating and it worked out perfectly.
Samantha, the Pirate Princess and Oliver the Spiderman.
Kellan managed to trick-or-treat at the houses around our culd-a-sac and he was SO CUTE!!
Going for more candy!!
He jumped in the wagon while we walked to the next street over and he decided that was a better option than walking up to every house.
We ran into our friends the Limback's and look who they had going for a ride in their wagon, Kellan's tiger twin, Owen! I guess we all know who shops at Costco.
Mommy and Daddy enjoying a nice Halloween night, adult style.
At our last stop of the night, Kellan got our to trick-or-treat and the big kids jumped in the wagon for the ride home. Samantha, Kaitlyn and Oliver were ready to rest their tired feed and take their loot home.