Okay, she isn't dressed in a costume, but she is being adorable with a pile of little pumpkins in her lap!
So, today is little Miss Emily's first Halloween. While I have to work much of the day I am very excited about the afternoon's plans. I have a cute little costume for her to wear and I will be taking her back to where I work for the annual Halloween party for the community they have there. Kids from all over come for tons of activities and trick-or-treating inside the nursing home with all the residents. The fire department comes, too, and colors with the kids. Shawn is working the night shift so I've already instructed him to get his coloring skills ready.
I won't be collecting candy or coloring, but instead introducing Emily to everyone I work with and the residents at the nursing home. She's old enough to visit without such a gross fear of an undeveloped immune system. Not to mention I think she will be super cute to show off in her costume. ...I keep calling it a costume, but I feel its kind of a half a costume attached to a Halloweeny sort of outfit. Since I didn't want a "canned" store costume and didn't think enough ahead of time to order a super fancy homemade one I sort of threw something together on my own. I'm jealous of the moms who have awesomely themed and coordinated costumes put together. Between her transition from Newborn to Infant and my transition from maternity leave to work Halloween costumes were completely off the radar. She's still going to be cute, though.
And when the party is all said and done I get to come home and greet all the neighborhood kids with a big bowl of candy! Never before have I had trick-or-treaters come to my door. We lived waaaaaay too far off the beaten path to have anyone even consider knocking on our door in hopes of candy. This year I bought five bags in anticipation of all the children since we live on the main drag. Too bad we haven't had time to decorate the house beyond carving a couple of pumpkins. I don't think the kids will mind... Its all about the candy!
Happy Halloween everyone! aka Great Pumpkin Day!