There was a lot of anticipation for all three of us leading up to the actual holiday. We spent a lot of time with family doing some fun activities. I know family events are a ton of work for all those involved, but the more we attend the more I realize how essential they are.
We decorated our porch with some wooden boxes and fairytale pumpkins the week before Halloween. Thanks Trader Joe’s. I didn’t need any pumpkins, let alone nine of them. Sloan convinced me to get this beautiful burnt orange pumpkin and the next thing I knew, I had a whole cart full.
The Sunday before Halloween we had the Henderson pumpkin carving night at the rink in Layton. Sloan painted her “pineapple pumpkin” and couldn’t get out of the high chair fast enough to play with her cousins. She did enjoy the chicken noodle soup and company way more than the actual activity.
Since Zach’s brother Sean has moved back to Utah, Sloan finally has a cousin her age to play with! Sloan adores Cole (they are only two weeks apart) and says his name repeatedly at family functions.
Halloween morning I treated Sloan to some spooky crepes. She assisted me in the mixing; in hopes to psyche her up to actually eat them. She has never liked them in my attempts in the past. Her and her father are the only two people I have ever met that dislike crepes. It must be hereditary. Come to find out that if you drizzle a little chocolate sauce over them, she’s ALL ABOUT THE CREPES.
Technically this was Sloan’s first REAL experience with trick-or-treating. Last year she could barely walk and despised her popcorn more than anything else on this earth. Sloan dressed up as sushi, complete with wasabi and ginger hair clips and a soy sauce trick-or-treating pail. Everyone’s schedule was quite hectic, so we decided to meet up with my family at my brother’s warehouse for lunch. Sloan and I brought food and my mom and Brittany met us as well. Sloan got to show off her costume to my family and loved visiting them.
After Zach got home from work we drove up to Ogden to trick-or-treat at Mimi and Papa’s house. Mark and Jeanene always give the best treats – but Sloan was more interested in who was coming to their door and then afterwards playing in the play room. We only stayed for a short time before driving back home to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood. We hit up all the houses on our street and then came back home to greet some trick-our-treaters ourselves. Sloan loved the whole routine, but liked giving out candy from our house even more. She loved seeing who would surprise her at the door next.
After having way too many pieces of candy, we tucked her into bed and spent the rest of the night baking salted caramel bars and watching a few games. I have a serious baking problem lately – and it’s a great activity to do after Sloan goes to bed and Zach is watching football.