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 296 – Rockin’ Halloween Preview

“If you are an adult, and you are planning to dress up on Halloween…don’t. I will find you. I will hurt you. You are an adult, and you can dress up whenever you want to. You don’t need permission anymore! If you wake up next Tuesday, and you feel like being Batman, go for it! And then you go to work, and your boss will look up and go ‘Who are you?’ and you can say…’I am Batman. That’s who I am. Who are you?'” – Lewis Black

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Costumes, candy, scary movies, staying out late, scaring people–what can really top it? It’s all my favorite things rolled into one night of ghoulish fun.

And did I mention the candy?

Halloween is just one of those holidays though, that seems to get a little more tame as you get older (unless of course you’re still dressing as a slutty nurse or superhero and attending wild costume parties with your old college friends). But, for those of us who gave up the wild college parties after we graduated college, having kids is the next best way to resurrect a good, healthy interest in Halloween.

When we started brainstorming costumes for Cadence this year, we decided right away that we didn’t want to pick anything hokey. Nothing cutesy or cookie cutter. We wanted something that would be totally, uniquely Cadence.

Our first thought was something Rango-related. After all, our daughter is absolutely obsessed with the movie and, if she could actually get away with watching it 17 times a day, she would. It cracks her up, and it cracks us up the way she tries to act it out as she watches (although, I have to admit I’m not really thrilled about how hilarious she thinks it is to spit the way the characters do).

Unfortunately, the only Rango costumes I could find were adult-sized and pretty damn creepy-looking if you ask me…

So, it was back to the drawing board.

If there is anything that Cadence loves as much as Rango, it’s music. I guess with parents who are obsessed with music and a name like Cadence, you might guess that our girl would have inherited a love of music. We noticed it when she was just a baby–the way she would calm down immediately when you would turn music on or sing to her, the way she would smile and clap and dance along. These days, she even sings along.

So, there was really only one logical choice for this year’s Halloween costume, and after a little bit of searching, we think we have begun piecing together the perfect outfit for our little rock star to make her debut.

Here’s just a little preview of the fabulousness that’s yet to come…

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to making some Halloween memories. Woohoo! Rock ‘n roll!!!!!