Elf on the Shelf 2014 – Day 5 & 6

I guess all the talk about selling our house and buying a new one got Cosette excited. Well…either that, or she just really wanted her own clubhouse and figured this was the perfect opportunity with all the empty boxes just sitting around. Either way, Cadence went nuts when she came downstairs for breakfast yesterday morning and got a glimpse of what Cosette had been up to while she slept.

This little elf has got some serious skills…

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After such a surprise yesterday morning, Cadence couldn’t wait to see what sort of shenanigans Cosette had up her sleeve today. Imagine her surprise when she came down and found Cosette still hanging out in the clubhouse (aka Mommy-was-so-tired-that-she-went-to-bed-at-8:00-and-forgot-to-move-the-damn-elf).

After a few moments of confusion (and silent panic), we noticed that something was amiss in the pantry. I called Cadence in to take a look…

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Looks like Cosette pulled a fast one, getting into Cadence’s Halloween candy, and then hiding back in the clubhouse like nothing happened.

Tricky, tricky little elf.

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Elf on the Shelf 2013 – Day 3

Mmmm…chocolate. It’s pretty much a toss up who’s the biggest chocoholic in the house. I probably win, but only by a short margin. Cadence is as fond of chocolatey treats as her Momma, and Steve…well, he may not crave chocolate the way Cadence and I do, but he can sure put a hurtin’ on a buttermilk chocolate cake, and the two of us often go egg for egg during the Easter season when Cadbury Creme Eggs are in stock.

We found out this morning that Cosette is one of us.

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I half-expected Cadence to be a little peeved that the mischievous little elf apparently raided her Halloween candy (a.k.a. Mom and Dad were getting so stressed out by the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead that they needed a little chocolate to calm them down and the only thing in the house was the leftover Halloween candy–go ahead, judge us, but if you are a fan of the show, you’ll understand). Yet, Cadence didn’t seem to mind, especially when she noticed that Cosette had only taken one smile bite of the Hershey bar and left Cadence the rest to eat for breakfast.

Nothing like starting the first Monday back from vacation with a bit of chocolate for breakfast. Yeah, that’s how we roll around here.

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Elf on the Shelf – Day 5

Last night was a big night for our dear Cosette–her introduction to Husker football.

Steven always says that marrying someone from Nebraska is like marrying into the Mafia. We’re serious about our football around these parts, and we’re fiercely loyal fans. True Nebraska fans bleed Husker red. Win or lose, we take great pride in our team. We tune in, without fail, every Saturday. We respect our opponents and cheer on our boys. We honk and high-five and holler “Go Big Red!” whenever we spot fellow Husker fans on the street.

Last night, we tuned into the Nebraska-Wisconsin game, knowing that it was going to be a tough one. Let’s be honest–it’s been a pretty tough season. Being leaders in categories like turnovers, opponents points off turnovers, and penalties doesn’t really bode well for a team’s season. Yet somehow, we’ve been able to pull off some pretty incredible come-from-behind wins and march our way into the Big 10 Championship game for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl. After barely beating Wisconsin earlier in the season, I’m not sure how anyone would have thought that it would be an easy win.

What we didn’t expect, however, was the total slap-in-the-face shellacking that Wisconsin so deftly delivered. It was an ugly, ugly game, but, as always, we watched through ’til the last second ticked off the clock. And while we Husker fans may not be smelling roses in our immediate future, we’re still proud of our team.

Poor Cosette, though. What a way to be inducted into the Husker family! While I needed a stiff margarita to get me through the game, she drowned her sorrows in chocolate, and covered her eyes when she couldn’t stand to watch.

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And since Cadence had to go to bed before the game ended, Cosette made sure to leave a little something for her on the table so she wouldn’t feel left out…

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So, when Cadence woke this morning, she hustled Electra down the stairs, and then immediately went to check on Cosette and see if she’d made it back safely from her nightly North Pole trip.

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Cadence spotted Cosette immediately and greeted her with a warm “Good Morning!”

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And she was tickled pink when she found the note and the candy Cosette had left just for her.

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And after all of this, we’ve come to a very important realization…Even after an evening of ugly football, a little chocolate therapy goes a long way! 🙂

Happy Belated Halloween

Well this post is long overdue! That’s just the story of my life lately…too much to do and too little time. And it’s always this blog that suffers first. I’m settling back in though, and really making it a goal to start blogging regularly again. I tend to go a little crazy when I don’t write, so yeah, it’s time. And I figured the perfect way to get back into it would be to share Cadence’s Halloween photos.

I gotta admit, I hadn’t been this excited about Halloween since I was a kid. Last year was a bit of a bust. Cadence was not quite 2-years-old, and just didn’t understand what the fuss was all about. Sure, she looked seriously cute in her little punk rocker costume, but that’s about where the fun ended. No matter how many times we tried to explain it, we just couldn’t get Cadence to understand that she was supposed to collect the candy in her little basket. No, the moment someone handed her that first piece, she wanted it NOW! NOW! NOW! Of course, we caved. We figured maybe eating one piece of candy would keep her occupied so we could continue to make the rounds.

What do you expect? We were first timers.

We learned quickly though, as soon as someone dropped a second piece of candy in Cadence’s basket, and she promptly spit out the slobbery, half-masticated piece of candy she’d been working on and demanded we open the new piece NOW! RIGHT NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW!

Needless to say, we called it a night shortly after, and spent the rest of the evening passing out candy to the neighborhood kids.

This year, however, we had high hopes. Cadence was a whole year older, a whole year wiser, and (in spite of the occasional Mt. Vesuvius-style meltdown) a whole lot more mature than last year. She listened attentively when we talked to her about Halloween, and practiced saying “Trick-or-treat” and “Thank you much”. And, much to her Daddy’s delight, she even picked out her own Batgirl costume.

We decided to hit the mall for trick-or-treating again this year because, well, let’s face it, chasing sugar-fueled 2-year-old through a dark neighborhood when she’s dressed in a black Batgirl costume sounds about as fun as sitting down to eat a meal prepared by Jeffrey Dahmer. Between the hoards of other families escorting their costumed progeny in an orderly fashion and the added safety of being in a well-lit environment complete with security cameras, we felt pretty good about unleashing our very excited Batgirl to enjoy the Halloween fun.

After Cadence woke from her nap, it was time to start getting dressed. I was beyond excited when Cadence agreed to head outside so we could take a few pictures before her Daddy got home.

Are you ready for the cuteness? Brace yourselves.

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I give you…Batgirl!

And after a good half-hour of crime fighting in the yard, Cadence was starting to get antsy for Daddy to get home. After all, he’d promised to bring her a pumpkin bucket for trick-or-treating. She kept a watchful eye for his car.

And then…

“Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Pumpkin bucket! My pumpkin bucket!”

At last, the costume is complete…

We arrived at the mall a little early, and had a little dinner in the food court. Cadence managed to eat a few french fries and a fruit snack in between giggles of delight as the other costumed children began to arrive. And then, it was 6:00, and the candy-feuled mayhem began…

Cadence wasn’t too sure about this guy’s painted face. But he got a smile, a “Thank you”, and a very enthusiastic “Happy Halloween!” after dropping a few pieces of candy in her pumpkin bucket.

We met up with Cadence’s cousin Odin and made the rounds. The kids had a BLAST! And I have to say, our girl sure made her Daddy and me proud. She waited patiently in line and only had to be reminded once or twice to wait her turn (there’s just something about an adult holding a basketful of chocolate candy at eye level that makes even the most patient kids’ brakes fail). She greeted each shop owner and candy bearer with an enthusiastic “Trick-or-treat!” (and even took to shouting “HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!” to all the passersby in the mall), and remember to say “Thank you” to everyone who dropped a piece of candy in her bucket. When some of the workers held out the candy bowl and let her choose, she took it very seriously, and carefully chose one piece. A few were so impressed with her politeness that they dropped a few extra pieces in her bucket. She didn’t cry or whine. She didn’t even demand that we open just one piece of candy. She was an angel, dressed as Batgirl, and I’m surprised her Daddy and I didn’t burst with pride.

Halfway through our rounds, Cadence decided that her mask was impeding her vision (after all, it’s important to keep a close eye on the candy), so she handed it off to her Daddy. And you know Steven couldn’t pass up an opportunity to channel his inner Batman.

With a bucket full of loot, we headed back home to spend the rest of the evening handing out candy to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. After a few pieces of chocolate, and a couple pictures with Daddy, it was time to put our little Batgirl to bed.

We hope you all had a very Happy Halloween! 🙂

365 Project – Day 303 – Happy Halloween!

I apologize in advance for the short blog post tonight, but it’s been a very long day. Between a sink/dishwasher repair that left our house smelling like rancid swamp water for the better part of the afternoon, getting a windshield replaced in Steven’s car, meeting with our loan officer to sign disclosures for the house we’re in the process of buying, and heading to the mall so Cadence could do a little trick-or-treating, all of us were pretty glad to finally get home, have a little dinner, and veg out on the couch to watch How I Met Your Mother and Dancing with the Stars.

Here are just a couple of photos of Miss Cadence from the mall this evening. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I believe my adorable daughter is going to have quite a promising career as a stuntwoman someday…

Once Cadence had her fill of basejumping in the children’s play area, we headed out to trick-or-treat at the stores in the mall. Of course, Cadence wanted to eat every piece of candy she got right away. This lady got lucky. At the store before this one, Cadence took the lollipop out of her mouth and dropped it in the candy bowl before grabbing another.

Back in the car and enjoying a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on the ride. It only took Cadence about 2 seconds to learn the sign for “chocolate”.

After a surprise trick-or-treater at the door scared the living daylights out of our poor, tired girl, Daddy got the benefit of some extra snuggle time.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to my little rock star and her first time trick-or-treating. We had a blast, and we’re already looking forward to next year!

365 Project – Day 297 – The Best and Worst Halloween Candy

As a self-proclaimed chocolate addict, it shouldn’t really surprise you that I would pretty much put any chocolate candy at the top of my list of Halloween favorites. Snickers, Milky Way, Whoppers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Baby Ruth, Twix, Kit Kat, Mounds, Butterfinger, M&M’s, Almond Joy, Milk Duds. At the end of the night, I would gladly trade just about anything in my trick-or-treat bag for something chocolate. Skittles? Take them. Starburst? You can have them. Nerds? Twizzlers? Smarties? They’re all yours.

The only non-chocolate item I would never trade is a Caramel Apple Pop. I am addicted to those suckers. All the goodness of a caramel apple without all the mess. I’m pretty sure there was a period during high school where I ate at least one Caramel Apple Pop a day. I’m still sporting all of my own healthy teeth, so at least my addiction hasn’t had any lingering side effects.

Yet, with all the good candy out there, Candy Corn somehow survives, and to me, that is one of the great mysteries of the universe because, let’s face it, that stuff is nasty. Eating Candy Corn is like eating lightly sugared candle wax, only sugared candle wax would probably leave you behind a slightly less offensive aftertaste.

The best description of Candy Corn I ever heard came from comedian Lewis Black. So, for tonight, I’ll leave you with his analysis of the great Candy Corn mystery.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to all of our favorite, and not so favorite, Halloween treats. Tell me, what tops your Best/Worst Lists?