We had our annual ward trunk or treat tonight. The boys had SUCH a great time. It was different and better this year. Everything was outside, it was crisp and cool, lots of activity stations for all ages, tons of people, chili cook-off meant good food, corn bread, salads, etc. Oskar Skeleton cruised happily all over the place. Karsten Ninja (he calls himself a Ninjago and says his name is Jay) spent most of his time at the cake walk trying to win a cupcake. He also wore his good friend, Malia's, darling butterfly boots. He loves them and has adopted them as his own since she left them at our house a few days ago. We brought his flip flops along, too, in case she showed up and he could give them back, but, truth be told, I think he was kind of relieved when he found out they weren't coming so he wouldn't have to surrender those pink boots. Soren Pumpkin Reaper and Anders Creepy Skeletor Dude were off doing their own things this year, chatting with friends, hitting up every single activity, winning prizes and candy. It was weird to realize that my two oldest are old enough now that I don't feel like I have to keep such a close eye on them. They were good about checking in every now and then, but they were thoroughly enjoying their freedom to roam. Anders also spent longer than anybody we know at that darn cake walk trying to win a cupcake. He finally succeeded, though I'm sure Dan was dizzy from watching him go round and round so many times. The trunk or treat itself was great. The kids were so cute. One little tyke even came by and threw his garbage in my bucket of candy and left me busting up. Oskar stayed in the back of the van with me, trying to impale passers-by with Soren and Anders' scythe and sword, and helping pass out candy...by the handful. Those were some lucky kids who got to him before I refined his technique. My favorite part of the night was when darkness committed itself and the marine layer started drifting over us in its bid for the east, wispy tendrils of ghostly white floating beneath the muted light of the street lamps in the parking lot. I adore the marine layer. It is one of my very favorite things about living in San Diego and on this ghoulish Halloween (or almost-Halloween) night, it performed beautifully to the theme provided by our little party of revelers.
It's nice to be out and about again. It's so nice to see my ward family. These are dear friends that I love and have missed during my first trimester blah. It's also nice to have the worst of this behind me as I face the upcoming holidays. So very very nice.