Wednesday, November 4, 2009

On Halloween Day....

“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! If you don’t, I don’t care, I’ll pull down my underwear!” Tommy sang.

“You better not say that tonight,” I warned. “And plus, exposing yourself is against the law. I think Pee Wee even got arrested for it."

It was Halloween and Tommy was obviously excited over the prospect of going trick or treating. Every few minutes he’d ask me if it was almost time to go.

“Now Mommy?” he’d wonder.

“You still have five hours to go.”

“Now?”

“You still have four hours and fifty five minutes to go.”

“How about now?”

“Four hours and fifty minutes.”

It was starting to get a little aggravating to be honest. A part of me wanted to shriek, “Never okay! We’re never going trick or treating!” But I didn’t. I swallowed my frustration down and when Tommy asked me again if it was almost time I said through gritted teeth, “Four hours and thirty minutes..”

When it was finally time to go, I insisted on taking pictures.











“Mommy! Batman doesn’t have time for this,” Tommy moaned.

After the pictures, I put Natalie in the stroller. I did this because she tends to get tired after walking for a bit and she’ll suddenly stop, cross her arms over her chest and proclaim that she’s “all done.” She refuses to budge after this. If she’s feeling especially stubborn, she’ll collapse dramatically on the ground. She’s done this once at the mall and I had this old lady ask if she needed to call 911.

Tom’s Mom, who was visiting us a few days stayed back to pass out candy. Tom had to work of course. He seems to always have to work on Halloween.

I had planned on just taking the kids around the block because A) it was cold, B) it was cold and oh right, C) it was COLD. I don’t deal well with the cold. Plus there was still snow on the ground from our big snowstorm and a lot of it still blocked the sidewalks.

So we started ringing doorbells and after the fifth door Natalie said, “I’m all done.” Then she got out of her stroller and started walking towards the direction of the house. The only reason why she ran back over to me was because there was a boy in a monster costume that freaked her out. She threw her arms around my waist and pressed her face into my stomach. “I’m all done,” she said again. “I cold. I go home.”

Tommy stomped his foot. “I’m NOT cold. I don’t WANT to go home!”

I suppose I could have dropped Natalie off with her Grandma. But quite frankly, I didn’t want to have to walk all the way back home. I’m lazy like that. So I dug through Natalie’s candy and pulled out a lollipop. I checked to make sure it wasn’t diseased or poisoned and then I handed it over.

“You eat this. Okay?” I said. Look, I’m not above bribes. I admit that when I go to Target, I usually let Natalie pick something out from the dollar spot so she’ll allow me to shop in peace. I’ll fork over a buck if I get some silence. I know Supernanny would faint but then again, what does she know? She doesn’t have kids. She gets to shop in peace whenever she wants.

Natalie was content with the lollipop. We went to more houses. I had to plow through snow with the stroller. This didn’t always work out so well. I thought I could get through this mound of snow but I was wrong. The wheels got caught on it and Natalie nearly went tumbling out into the snow.

“MOMMY!” she snapped, all insulted.

“Blame the snow!” I retorted.

I definitely got a work out.

Which was a good thing because when we got home, I totally raided the kid’s candy.

“What are you doing?” Tommy demanded as I combed through it. I immediately started setting aside the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

“Making sure your candy is safe. This doesn’t look right,” I said, as I moved a Milky Way over to my pile.

“That’s mine!” Tommy argued, grabbing a peanut butter cup. The thing is, he doesn’t fully appreciate it. If you eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, you have to really love it. Tommy just chews it like it’s an apple or something. He doesn’t savor it like I do.

“Tommy,” I explained. “I get the Peanut Butter Cups.”

Tommy frowned, still hugging one to his chest. “Why?”

I thought quickly. “Because I created you. Therefore, I have dibs on the peanut butter cups.”

Tommy cocked his head to the side, contemplating this. I suppose he figured it was a good enough reason because he handed the candy over. “Okay,” he said reluctantly. “But only because you created me.”

Ha.

This is what I set aside for me:



Yum.

Is it sad that I’ve already eaten it all? (Plus a few extras that I've swiped..)

53 comments:

  1. oooh i like the looks of that pile!!

    natalie is so cute in her pumpkin get-up...

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  2. I was friends with a family who pulled out a bowl of candy towards the end of November that they had gotten HALLOWEEN NIGHT. ALMOST A MONTH, and they still had candy left. I was shocked and apalled and almost called CPS on the parents. No candy should sit for that long.

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  3. I get a bag of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups every All Hallows Eve. Everyone knows not to touch. They're off limits. :)

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  4. I absolutely love the pumpkin costume and what a scary BatMan! Coconut and peanut butter can cause all sorts of allergic reactions if not properly tested by the parent first. My sixteen year old still gives his father all of the mounds bars out of fear of an allergic reaction. Poor kid-maybe we will tell him when he is 20.

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  5. I went out and bought candy. It's already gone. Oh well.

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  6. LOL LOVE IT and the kiddos were SO CUTE in their costumes! :o)

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  7. Damn, i just went to the wrong houses for treats. Poor Tommy, and he had all the good treats, and YOU took em, no fair.
    TOO funny.
    BIG HUGS

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  8. First, they are so cute in their costumes.
    Second, I LOVE that you said you got that candy b/c you created him. I am going to have to remember that.
    Third, I can't imagine Halloween in the snow. Cold and rain, yes, but not snow.
    And forth, I don't know if you know this or not but you were with me today as I shopped in Gymboree at their 60% off sale. I channeled you and got some great deals. I even had a couple of unruly toddlers.

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  9. What adorable costumes. I just want to eat the pumpkin up with a spoon! So adorable! Kori xoxo

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  10. Of course they have the cutest costumes ever.

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  11. I am so ragingly jealous that you got 100 Grand bars! I have dug through my kids' bags three times hoping desperately that one would magically appear. Of course, it's easy to dig through a bag of candy when you eat a bunch to make accessing things easier!

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  12. Your kids looks adorable!!! What an ordeal huh?? At least you got candy, I had to go and buy my own. LOL
    http://www.homespunheartscandles.blogspot.com

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  13. OMG. That second picture of Natalie is amazing.

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  14. Good gravy you have you some cute kids! Darling costumes, too!

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  15. Tommy looks like he was ready to explode out of his costume. Did he remember to actually *say* trick or treat? About half of the kids that came to my door didn't. I didn't see any Batmans that were as cool as Tommy, though! I'm not going to say that Natalie is adorable. Poor kid's gonna get a complex. :)

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  16. LOL, I could just picture you pushing along that stroller in the snow and Natalie almost tumbling out. You deserve candy for taking your kids around on such a cold night and fighting your way through the snow.

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  17. My best friend says the only reason why he had kids was to steal their Halloween candy.

    Also, for the free slave labor. Yours are young still, but soon, they'll be old enough to be put to work.

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  18. Thank goodness my stash is almost gone.

    Your kids are adorable!

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  19. Those 100 grands would definitely be in my pile!

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  20. The kids look adorable!

    Our stash is overflowing!! We have so much I need to eat it all...Im sure my butt will thank me later

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  21. I love the name of your blog. Great story about trick or treating. The good candy is for the moms.
    DF

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  22. I made sure I gave ours all a way. I am unstoppable around candy corn.

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  23. You have beautiful children in awesoem costumes!

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  24. Glad to see you saved the most important ones, reese's!

    You kids look so dang cute in their costumes!

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  25. Natalie is way too gorgeous...and I ate the kids candy too (to save their teeth ha ha)

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  26. Natalie is GORGEOUS!!! I love that pumpkin costume. That picture of her face is ridiculously perfect!!

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  27. The kids look great in their costumes! Awww! I wish I could send you some of my kids candy - I must STOP eating it!

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  28. Natalie and Tommy have great costumes and you got a good candy stash.

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  29. That pumpkin costume is the cutest pumpkin costume I've ever seen. And a pretty, little, blond girl with dimples wearing it makes me just want to gobble her up!

    And I stuffed tons of Goobers in my son's goodie bags for his birthday party on the 30th. No one eats Goobers over here!

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  30. Kids can't possibly understand the delicious complexity of a Reese's, or a Snickers or a Twix for that matter. That's why they're all mine, Bwahahahaha!

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  31. The kids looked so cute in their costumes. I also like that they were Halloween colors - black and orange! How cute!

    Good save on why you should eat the peanut butter cup!

    There's something just wrong about trick or treating in the snow!

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  32. The kids looked so cute in their costumes. I also like that they were Halloween colors - black and orange! How cute!

    Good save on why you should eat the peanut butter cup!

    There's something just wrong about trick or treating in the snow!

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  33. Good stash. I agree. The kids don't even put their peanut butter cups in their buckets- they just hand them straight to me. I've trained them well. However, Asher tried to put a Almond Joy back in a giver's bucket, and I had to intervene. Love those things too.
    Oh, the costumes were great! So cute

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  34. Cute kiddos, and you deserve more than peanut butter cups for those creations!

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  35. My kids are too old to trick or treat so I have no buckets to raid. But I grabbed a big bag of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups on clearance at the store yesterday. Yum. Love those things!

    The kids looked adorable!

    ♥Spot

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  36. Would it be wrong of me to adopt a child just for the halloween candy? :) They look adorable!

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  37. "because I created you"

    I love it...and he bought it:)

    great post, great costumes, great kids, great pile for yourself:)

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  38. I love the pumpkin costume! :) Peanut butter cups should not be consumed by people who don't appreciate their perfection. You did the right thing. :p

    In canada we sing that song a little differently, "Trick or treat! Smell smell my feet! Give me something good to eat! Not too big, not too small, just the size of Montreal!" LOL I thought that's how everyone sang that one. :p

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  39. Love your wee Pumpkin and your wee Batman. They are adorable!

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  40. We had no trick-or-treaters, no candy and no chocolate.

    Which is a shame really. Because if we had bought it, we'd STILL have had no trick-or-treaters and I could have eaten my own bodyweight in chocolate.

    Maybe next year. Now - where's that bag of Doritos hiding.....?

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  41. Ha ha ha!! You are SO right about Super Nanny and shopping in peace! We totally do the same thing. Except with .99c toys at the goodwill. We have buckets of goodwill toys at our house. When I'm sick of 'em I bag them up and send them back to the goodwill. I'm totally doing them a favor - most of them still have their pink or yellow or blue sticker on the front - they don't even have to reprice. Probably don't even wipe them down with a bleach rag, either, but I really do not want to think about the germs from the goodwill toys. Still SO worth it to shop in PEACE!

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  42. How adorable. And what a wiseacre batman is... "batman doesn't have time for this"

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  43. Haha. There's a new reason I've never heard before as to why parents should get candy.
    My parent's never really did this, but then we generally traded in things we didn't like for other things because we had so many allergies. So, I guess if they wanted, they could eat all of the shunned candy!

    Popping in from SITS.

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  44. wow, what restraint...that pile is clearly too small.

    Swipe away, they don't need it. Consider it mommy valium!

    Cheers
    Jackie

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  45. Sooo cute kids!!! I melt looking at them.Great costumes ,too.

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  46. This was my first stop over to your blog and I must say, I was very amused. It sounds like you had a great Halloween! At least you managed to get some candy. Great thinking by the way to convince Tommy to give over his chocolate. I don't care what they say, Taking Candy from a Baby is never easy!

    Thanks for sharing this story. It definitely made my day!

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  47. i kept a whole bag of butterfingers from the hand outs for me.. i aint playin..

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  48. Batman doesn't have time for this - I love it! hahaha!

    And I have to say, your little girl is such a doll!!!

    And good for you to fight for those Reese's cups. All the way! YUM!

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  49. Natalie looks so precious in that costume!

    :)

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