Halloween party and a witch hunt

Because there are innumerable loads of laundry waiting to be folded, a messy house to be picked up, and two novels waiting to be read, shall we?

The day in pictures:

We had a Halloween party at preschool today. Here's a cute shot of a friendly green dragon cuddling up to Snow White.

We had a Halloween party at preschool today. Here’s a cute shot of a friendly green dragon cuddling up to Snow White.

And the rest of the kids. This is a rare moment when Lydia was not picking her nose. I am starting to think it's a nervous habit because she seemed literally incapable of extracting her finger from her nostril, no matter how many times I reminded, begged, and pleaded with her.

And the rest of the kids. This is a rare moment when Lydia was not picking her nose. I am starting to think it’s a nervous habit because she seemed literally incapable of extracting her finger from her nostril, no matter how many times I reminded, begged, and pleaded with her.

After preschool, Mary napped while Lydia and I ate lunch and snuggled on the couch to watch Winnie the Pooh together. After that, I tried to nap while Lydia played beside me until Mary woke up. We then all ate again, and I loaded the girls into the car to go to Gardner Village. This is our third Halloween in Salt Lake, and every Halloween, I always hear people rave about the witches at Gardner Village. Also, I’d promised Lydia we’d go witch hunting, and so, even though what I really wanted to do was fold laundry, play piano, and read to the girls, I packed them in the car instead to go down and see what everyone is talking about.

I took pictures of some of our favorite witches.IMG_4778 IMG_4775 IMG_4777 IMG_4772  IMG_4779 IMG_4783 IMG_4780 IMG_4788IMG_4767

Then Lydia wanted to push her own stroller for a bit. My little grown-up girl!

Then Lydia wanted to push her own stroller for a bit. My little grown-up girl!

We ended by eating cookies in a bakery. I promise, after Halloween is done, I am going to make a VAT of broccoli soup and we will detox on that for a week.

We ended by eating cookies in a bakery. I promise, after Halloween is done, I am going to make a VAT of broccoli soup and we will detox on that for a week.

I then took the girls to Trader Joe’s. Mary, who had been wailing because she hates her car seat, perked right up at the store and giggled and danced in the cart to the peppy music. Lydia promised repeatedly to behave perfectly if I let her push the kiddie cart, and guess what? She did! Of course, she threw a huge tantrum at home, but that’s not nearly so big a deal, right? And her tantrum was kicked off by the tantrum I threw when I saw her stand on her chair and full-on embrace the (cold) stove burners. This after I warned her not to do that ever again just this morning. I have since removed the chair she used to stand on, and I hope that solves the problem.

Tomorrow my only goals are to carve pumpkins with Lydia and fold the laundry (because, um, at this hour, I would much rather shower, crawl in bed, and read my books.)

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