The Great Pumpkin gave to me:
One INSANE sixth birthday party (Halloween carnival theme this year) complete with -
a flowery cake (Costco had NO Halloween cakes and Jack picked this one over a birthday one, which caused everyone to ask me what kind of cake that was. Ummm, a cake my kid picked out?);
pin the nose on the pumpkin (kids loved this);
pumpkin painting (always a big hit);
tattoo station (also always a hit);
mystery bowls (declared GROSS by most);
candy corn guessing (great for the math kids);
haunted house building (mostly used for kicking around the yard, and they were a crazy amount of work, totally not worth it);
this was the balance "scream" and it was supposed to be in a swamp, but I lost the darn swamp fabric (it was a total waste too anyway, hardly used);
there was also ghost bowling (didn't work well in the grass) and a bone collector game (paint dog bones white, hide in the yard, mark one WINNER) which the kids did enjoy.
A carnival food of course - caramel apples, hot dogs and popcorn.
It was HOT. More than 80 degrees in late October. Crazy.
And it was a crazy amount of work even though this was supposed to be an "easy party". It was a solid two days of prep work and nothing short of 10 hours of non stop work yesterday.
When my brother asked me afterwards what I wanted to do for the holidays this year I had to laugh and tell him I don't really care. I am done. My goose is cooked. Once the playroom is moved to the basement and the crib is moved to the playroom and the Halloween costume is made I am DONE WORKING THIS HARD until after this baby is born!
I want to sit and sew while she grows herself fatter and think about things like what on earth we are going to call her. :-)
7 days 'til Halloween!