A bit late, I realize. Consider that your trick, and this massive update post with THREE (Count them, 1-2-3) albums of pictures, as your treat.
The night before Halloween, Lily and I got to hang out with Auntie Lisa, Claire and Abby! It was a really fun day and the girls had a great time hanging out together, and we even had a first-annual (maybe) super-special Halloween sleepover party!! Once the girls were in bed, Lisa and I got to hang out and drink wine cider, eat junk food, chat, and watch cheesy movies (like 2gether)!
The next day, I made a special Halloween breakfast for the crew (Baked Apple Pancakes - yummy, but not at all healthy other than the apple), and we got all the girls ready and headed out. After running a few errands, we headed over to my Aunt’s house to show her the girls in costume, then over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to see Grandma home from the hospital (surgery the day before) and trick-or-treat at their house as well! All three girls were dressed up in these adorable matching Lamb costumes made by Lisa’s step-mother-in-law(?), which were a huge hit!
At that point we parted ways, and we each went home to get our respective kids ready for the real deal - their first “real” night of trick-or-treating! After dinner, Lily changed into her Frog costume and we headed out on the streets. We first went to Derek, Alix, and Sebastian’s house where Lily took the candy Alix offered and then declared “I come in!” and tried to force her way in the house. Luckily we did know them, and Lily got the hang of it after that, so she wasn’t barging into strangers houses all night long! The rest of the neighborhood was pretty dark, but as soon as we rounded the corner onto Zenith I could not BELIEVE how many people were out! It was like being in a mall. I have never, in my entire life, seen that many people out trick-or-treating and it was incredible! We went to about a dozen houses, then ended up running into our friends The Beaverson’s and went back to their house to hang out for a bit. We didn’t end up getting back to our house until 8 or so, so I ended up shoveling 3 bags worth of halloween candy into the bags of 7 trick-or-treaters that came to our house just to get rid of it!
Now I’m going to skip forward to the weekend after Halloween. On that Friday, I brought Lily to Kid’s hair in Maple Grove and got her hair REALLY cut - into a Bob! I think it turned out really cute, and it looks thicker and will hopefully all grow out at the same length now and be less of a mullet. Here are some before and after pictures -
More excitement last Saturday when the weather was 60s and BEAUTIFUL so we packed up and went to the MN Zoo! It was the perfect day to be there (apparently everyone else thought so, too, because it was packed!). Lily really got into seeing the animals this time and I think she had a REALLY good time! Her favorite part was the tiger, because we went up to the glass partition at the tiger area and there was a tiger RIGHT on the other side of the glass, pacing back and forth. He was literally INCHES away and I think it about blew Lily’s mind. She’s still talking about it! Since she was such a good girl, I even gave her an ice cream cone (her first whole ice cream cone, and she devoured the. entire. thing.). Sunday we just did outside chores and got some Christmas shopping done.
Random Lily updates - her vocabulary and comprehension continues to completely amaze me. She routinely speaks in FULL (5-10 word) sentences already, and understands concepts (can switch your/my appropriately, etc). She has had a number of very loving moments lately, which completely melts my heart. I will never, ever tire of hearing her say “I love you, Mommy!”. The other day I was kissing her good night and she put her hands on my cheeks and said “I had fun with you today, Mommy.” Tonight as I was getting her ready for bed we were reading a book about Birthdays. I was telling her that she has a birthday coming up, and she’ll be two. She looked at me and said “No, Mommy! I don’t LIKE two. I am THREE.” heh
We have been having a bit of a sleep problem lately, and it seems as if Lily is trying to give up her one and only nap, but I am resisting! She has moved to sleeping in a “big girl bed” at daycare, and sleeps fine there so I’m wondering if she’s looking for the same change at home. I don’t feel ready for that, but if it makes her sleep again, I’ll convert her crib into a toddler bed ASAP! We have another exciting weekend planned this weekend, so I will try and update much sooner next time!