A Halloween Whirlwind . . .

  We've had a wonderful whirlwind of Halloween activities going on for the last couple of days that began with the family donating a few hours of our time at Hi Tor, our local animal shelter.  They asked me if I could take some photos again and of course I jumped at the chance.

Megan and Scarecrow Tom.

My honey Jim, son Brendan and daughter Megan.

Beautiful Cocoa.  She's a big mush!!!

Zorro kissing the Scarecrow.

This sweet baby is named Lucky.  He was found on the thruway after being hit by a car when he was just a couple of months old.  He is a sweety pie with the most soulful eyes.  He needs his forever home and a family to love him the way he deserves to be loved.  If my house wasn't at maximum capacity I would take him in a heartbeat.  : (

How do you say no to those beautiful faces??  I'm hoping they all get their forever homes during this season of giving and I know those that don't are still in wonderful hands at the shelter.  The workers and volunteers are a group of amazing people that are there purely for their love of animals.  My kind of people!!!  : )

Next up was a party at one of the churches in our town on Saturday night.  We picked up Megan's friend Gracie and headed over to St. Thomas of Canterbury for games, treats and a screening of  "The Great Pumpkin" which is definitely one of my all time favorites.  I have to admit I do get sad when Charlie Brown gets a rock in his trick or treat bag though.  : (

Yesterday I headed over to Megan's class where I helped the kids put their costumes on and get ready for the annual costume parade.  I can't tell you how happy I am that they still do this.  So many schools are banning celebrations at school and it makes me so sad.  This is what life is all about.  There is so much negative in this world.  We all need something happy and positive to look forward to.  The happy buzz in the school was contagious!!

Megan and her friend Ava getting ready for the parade.

Marching in the parade with her class.

Megan's class after the parade.  These photos are just so classic and timeless to me.  In the blink of an eye, they'll all be teenagers!!! 

Back in the classroom loading up on sugar and popcorn balls!!!

We went trick or treating with friends last night for the first time in our new town. We moved here the week after Halloween last year.  Everyone told us how great it is for kids.  It's actually been voted one of the best trick or treating towns in the country.  See for yourself.  : )  We got home right before 8 o'clock.  It was a long day and Megan was pooped.  So was Megan's mom.  : )  

So now it's November 1st and we all know what that means.  The beginning of the holiday season.  The beginning of hustle and bustle.  I'm going to make some promises to myself . . .

I'm going to keep things simple.  I'm going to take things one day at a time.  I'm not going to have any expectations.  I am going to accept things for how they are today.  I am going to accept that I am right where I'm supposed to be.  I am going to accept the things I cannot change.  I am going to try to stay in the present moment as best as I can and take this season all in.  I want to see things thru the eyes of my daughter who still believes in the magic of Christmas and all that comes with it.  I want to count my blessings each and every day because I have so very much to be grateful for.

 Happy Tuesday to you ~ Wendy


mamasmercantile said...

Wendy such a beautiful post, it was lovely to see such a wonderful celebration. Sad that it may not be included in schools in the future. Take care of yourself and take one day at a time, Christmas is the season of goodwill not stress. Take care.

Elizabeth said...

What a really wonderful Halloween!

sage and spirit said...

Wow, that was a whirlwind of a Halloween! It's so good that your town does so much for the holidays. I hate thinking things like this could be banned (!!) from schools.

That Lucky....how could I not fall for that face? He WILL find his forever home.

You've got the right idea....keeping it simple for the holidays. The less stress, the better.

Oh, and did you not love the last TWD episode? "I have no idea what's going on, in the most wonderful way." Best line ever!