Project Life 365 – Day 86 – Book

This photo should be used as an illustration in a book titled How NOT to Park.

I mean, really? Did you even try? Like, even a little bit? Or did you just roll up, say ‘Eff it”, and head into the mall for an afternoon of shopping?

However it happened, let’s chalk this up to one big EPIC FAIL in parking history.

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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 197 – Mallrats

Even though I never really enjoyed shopping, I always enjoyed the mall, though it always had a lot more to do with the people watching than anything I could buy there. Sometimes I would even throw all pretense aside, stake out a table in a far corner of the food court and sit with a notebook and a pen and make up stories about interesting characters around me. Really, who wants to waste time shopping for clothes and costume jewelry when you can spend an afternoon writing? Not this girl.

Since we’ve been mired in a heatwave for days now, we thought it might be nice to get out of the house for a bit today and head to mall. Cadence has been needing a new pair of shoes, so it was a perfect excuse. We stopped by the food court for a bite to eat, and then thought we would let our little Energizer Bunny run off some steam in the children’s playground before we went to find some new shoes.

One of the best things about having a toddler is watching her begin to assert her independence and conquer the world–or, in Cadence’s case, the big bridge at the playground. She had a blast! Climbing up…

Sliding down…

Climbing up…

Showing off standing at the top…

Jumping down, ninja style…

Trying to climb up a different way…

Climbing up on the bench to take s short break with Daddy…

Climbing up…

Sliding and crashing to the bottom.

Even after losing her balance and taking a nasty stumble down the stairs, Cadence just laughed, got up, and climbed right back to the top. She’s one tough little cookie!

After a few times climbing through the tunnel, Cadence was finally tired and hot and ready to call it quits, so we headed off to find some new shoes.

We browsed a few stores until we finally found what we were looking for…a pair of pink Converse just Cadence’s size. Yeah, I said pink. Contrary to popular belief, just because I am not a fan of pink and would never choose to wear it myself (except for those few years in college that I dyed my hair hot pink), I am not opposed to putting pink on my daughter. Hell, it’s almost impossible to have a daughter and not have her wear something pink at one time or another. Plus, they’re Converse, so even if they are pink, they are cool.

After trying on her shoes and modeling them for the sales girls at J.C. Penney, Cadence insisted on carrying her own bag and walking through the mall back to the car.

Is it just me, or does this photo sort of resemble some of those paparazzi photos taken of celebrities when they venture out to their local malls to do a little shopping. Who knows, maybe one day, our little Cadence will be famous, and it won’t just be her crazy photographer mother snapping photos of her in public.

By the time we got back to the car, we were all hot, tired, and ready to head back home. When I glanced back and saw this, I knew it was only a matter of time before our little Energizer Bunny crashed for her afternoon nap. And I started counting. One…

Two…

Three…

Four…

Five…

Six…

Seven…

Eight…

Nine…

Ten…

Out like a light before we even had a chance to turn out of the parking lot. It was a big day for a little girl.

Today’s 365 Project is dedicated to a fun day hanging out with our little Mallrat.