Today was one of those non-stop, ever-in-motion days, that as I am just now stepping off the ride, my body feels like it needs to keep going (which is a shame, as it's late, I'm tired and I really need the sleep).
Some of the highlights of the day included:
- Finding the store that carried 15 52x104 inch black vinyl tablecloths for $1 each
- Listening to the Halloween Party CD that I purchased for the kids and totally rocking out in my car to "Monster Mash", "Ghostbusters", "Move It Like That" (with just me and Syd)
- Some really fun i-chats with John as we tried to figure out how to make tonight work out right
- The look on the my kids' faces when they came home from school and saw what I had unexpectedly done to the garage
- Michele's advice to consider a stapler when trying to figure out how to keep the tablecloths stuck to the ceiling (and discovering it totally worked)
- The ride in the hay trailer with "Crazy Walt" at Johnson Farms
- Hearing one of Brayden's friends say "It was a totally sweet party"
Some of the challenges of the day included:
- Realizing the Tooth Fairy wasn't prepared for the note left under Mikayla's pillow (despite having helped her write it) - and having to scrounge through my kids' wallets (and then hide them, so they wouldn't notice the loss) to compensate.
- Hitting five different stores to find the above mentioned vinyl tablecloths
- Coming home from GOING BACK for more tablecloths to discover the duct tape didn't hold and the draping had fallen from the ceiling (hence, the joy of Michele's stapler idea)
- Finding out we arrived five minutes late to the Pumpkin Patch and the hay ride had taken off without us - (this turned out to work out just fine, but, nonetheless - created stress)
- Discovering that my cell phone was located with the friendly Customer Service Department at Walmart (I hadn't realized I was missing it yet)
- The clean- up!
So, if you hadn't gathered by now, the kids had a special Pumpkin-Carving Party, that didn't actually result in any pumpkin carving.... (it was supposed to, but we ran out of time). Brayden and Mikayla each got to pick 6 kids (including their cousins), as we knew we could only accommodate so much. We tried to keep the girls and boys separate for as much as we could as combining 14 was more than I wanted to deal with - not to mention the vast energy and noise level difference between the two groups.
I'll wait for tomorrow to post the pictures and some captions of some of the more special moments, but suffice to say, I'm very happy with not only the results, but that it's done! (Sorry to rub it in, Hollie!) After preparing and hosting this tonite, it will make hosting Halloween Night with our "Core Chili Group" feel like a total piece of cake...!