Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Day of Turkey

Thanksgiving this year was a hit! We had dinner at our house and we invited Ariel, Robert, Rachel and Scott. Chris R. even ended up coming because he got called back from his family vacation on a flight (that never happened). Sad circumstances, but it we were happy to have him!

Everyone arrived at 1pm to partake in appetizers and drinks. Ariel brought mimosas, which really hit the spot. The guys played ladder golf while I tackled the turkey. It ended up having to cook for an hour longer than I had planned.

For dinner I shook things up with a few of the dishes:
  • Herb-injected turkey
  • Garlic mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Chipotle scalloped sweet potatoes
  • Green bean casserole (made with fresh green beans, not mushy canned)
  • Mac and cheese (just noticed this recipe is by Paula Deen = eesh)
  • Butt rolls
  • Stuffin Muffins
  • Cranberry-orange relish (not a big fan of canned cranberry sauce)
  • Spinach, cranberry and walnut salad

Rachel sipping a mimosa while I hand mashed the potatoes - deal with it Chris ;)

Travis and Chris enjoy ladder golf

Ariel, Rachel and Toby watching the game

Aiden was pleading with his eyes for someone to stop Daddy from feeding him more sweet potatoes (homemade!)

Scott is so photogenic.

After dinner we played the game Apples to Apples. We also downed a pot of coffee to counteract the effects of tryptophan. For dessert, Ariel and Robert brought homemade pumpkin and pecan pies and Rachel brought spice cakes. Ugh I was SO full!

I had such a great time with our friends and family. I am so thankful to have such great people in our lives. I hope your day was a great as ours!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Babies Holding Babies

Wow. It's been a long time since I've gone through my photos. I almost forgot to upload these pics I took when we had the BBQ a couple weeks ago. I never wrote about that. Hm. Anyhoo, We had a bunch of friends over for a cook out and when dusk arrived, the mosquitoes hit hard so we headed inside. Alexa was holding Aiden and Blair was being really fussy about it. She tried handing Aiden over to Chris, but he got fussy about that too. Finally, they just sat Aiden right on Blair's lap and that solved everything!

Blair LOVED it. I don't think Aiden really understood what was going on. LOL!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Old bike, old girl

My dad studied abroad for a year in London. He used this bike to drive around Europe and somewhere along the way met this young lady. This is all before he met my mother.

It's so weird to think that my parents had lives before us. Hell, before they even met each other. But then again, I think about Aiden and how much life we lived before he came into the picture. I guess the circle of life goes on.

My dad is contemplating buying a bike again. It makes me laugh a little, but I think it would be good for him. You only get to do this life thing once!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Viruses suck it

I know that I make my living working with a virus, but they still suck. Aiden has a low grade fever and has since yesterday. The daycare called me to say he had a fever of 105. !!! I freaked out, drove like a maniac to the daycare and straight to the doctor's office. When we got there, they checked his temperature and it was only 100.3. Doc said there is no way a fever could drop that fast, so there is a good chance his temp was actually 100.5 at daycare and that last zero got lost somewhere in the word transfer. Not a fun joke to play on Mom.

The doctor diagnosed Aiden with a viral throat infection. That means there is nothing we can do but wait it out. In the meantime, I am treating the symptoms (fever) and trying to ensure that he gets enough fluids.

Random funny fact I learned from the doctor: Aiden has hairy ear canals. She said it is fine, baby hair, but it is significant enough that she had trouble seeing his ear drums. LOL

Aiden has not slept through the night for a week now. This cold stuffs up his nose to the point that it wakes him up. I am exhausted. Actually, I think I am going back to sleep until Aiden gets up again. When he got up for the 7th time at about 5:15 this morning I checked his temp to find he still has his fever. I'm going to stay home with him today. If he is still sick tomorrow then Travis or Auntie Ariel will take care of him.

I'm sure this is the original meaning, but it is all new to me: I'm going to stay home and nurse my son back to health today.

Try to stay virus free!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Aiden is getting into the "tag phase". I think most people who have a young child know what I am talking about. It's kind of weird actually. He has a sudden intense facination with tags. You know, the little cloth strip on most stuffed animals and blankets on which the care instructions are printed. Whenever he notices a tag on a toy, he spends a good five minutes just playing with it. Then it usually ends up in his mouth. As do most things these days.

This "tag phase" is so prominent that toy makers have actually started manufacturing toys and blankets with a gazillion tags sewn into the seams. Aiden got a stuffed car toy in the mail from my cousin that is covered in tags. He mostly gets annoyed with it at the moment, I think because it is too large for him to manipulate for now. He'll grow into it, I'm sure.

This weekend was fun and, as always, too quick. Travis went with a friend of ours to his mom's house four hours away to help do some work around her house. He left EARLY Saturday and got back Sunday just before lunch. They may have worked hard, but I think they played harder. ;)

I didn't do a whole lot of playing while they were gone. Aiden and I ran some errands, and I spent a full day doing laundry and cleaning house in preparation of the holidays. It's been a long time since I've cleaned the whole house, top to bottom. It always makes me feel so good when I can go home and not have any chores to do. Although, that never lasts long. There are always bottles stacking up in the sink (Playtex drop-ins help cut back on that a little) and cat poo building up in the litter box. So fun.

Tonight is grocery night. I was hoping to buy the food for Thanksgiving this weekend, but I didn't have time. Instead I'm going three days before Turkey Day. I hope there's food left at the store!! I've got my fingers crossed that this year won't be as tough as last year. Everyone is bringing some food this year, so that should mean I don't have to buy as much. Last year I had so much food that I had to use TWO grocery carts. Now that was tricky.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Peas Please

Aiden has now been eating peas every evening for the past couple days and he seems to like them. With each jar of new food, it takes him a day or two before he opens his mouth to accept the food willingly. The first day is full of food shivers which can be seen at about the 1:02 mark in this video. They make me laugh. I'm looking forward to feeding Aiden sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. I never knew how much joy I would get out of feeding a baby.

Aiden's sleep patterns have been pretty messed up lately. Ever since the time change, he has been getting up "an hour early". Sometimes an hour and a half early. I put those quotes there because he is still getting up at the same time as he used to, but now with the time change it works out to be an hour early. And it's horrible. When he wakes up, he's fine. He just lays in his bed and jabbers away. I have been torn on what to do. Let him sit there and babble and hope that he will eventually learn to put himself back to sleep? Or go in to swaddle him when I know he will fall immediately back to sleep?

Everyone I've talked to says that if we put him to bed earlier, he should sleep later. I guess the phrase here is "sleep begets sleep". The problem is that I can't put him to sleep earlier without him missing a feeding. Usually when I feed Aiden, I breastfeed and then supplement with up to 4 ounces of formula. Lately, he has been refusing the bottle frequently. Aiden takes a nap from 6 to 7:30 every night. We get him up to feed and then he goes back down by 8:30. I've decided that tonight I am going to only breastfeed him (takes less time) and I am going to do it back in his bedroom with only the night lights on. Hopefully that will keep his waking to a minimum and will go right back to sleep.

I hope this makes a difference in when he wakes up. I am EXHAUSTED. His jabber keeps me awake in the morning. And even on the nights when it's Travis' turn to get up with him, I am the one who is alerted by Aiden's talk or crying. Then I have to wake up Travis to go take care of him. I'm thankful that I don't have to get out of bed, but I am awake nonetheless.

Oh ya - Wednesday night Aiden woke up at 1:30am. He was back to sleep before I even finished reswaddling him, but I worry this might be a sign of what's to come. I am fairly confident that it is due to the severe cold he is fighting. His nose seems to get almost entirely plugged up. That makes him really mad. The logistics of nursing with a fully plugged nose do not add up. I'm wondering if that might be why he hasn't been eating very well lately either.

Ugh, there is so much to worry about with a kid!!

NEW MOON IS IN THEATERS TODAY!! NEW MOON IS IN THEATERS TODAY!! In case you've been living under a rock. Seriously, there is no excuse to not know this. All the husbands of my friends may not particularly want to see this film, but they know it comes out today.

As entertaining as it would be to see all the kiddos in character costumes, I have opted to wait until next weekend to go. I know I could never get to the theater early enough to get a decent seat. Every movie I've seen opening weekend, I spent sitting in the front row staring up the nostril of each actor.

The bummer about not seeing New Moon today is that I will probably see some of the trailers that divulge more of the movie than I am ready to see. I just may have to avoid the TV today...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Camping anyone?

I need to get one of these!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Capturing Life with a Cell Phone

Here's a few of my quick pics taken with the cell...

Sick baby - the day after his 4-month immunizations.

Ariel wore this outfit, wig and all, to work one night. She's a bartender, so I'm sure it helped her get a few extra tips. ;)

Callaway at the disk golf park with Travis.

He should be a model.

Dad took this photo while they were hanging out this past weekend. His cell takes way better photos than mine...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Palms Alive

A few weeks ago I mentioned Travis got a bunch of palms from his boss that he planted around our house. I am just now getting around to uploading photos. And they are crappy cell phone pics at that. Anyhoo, here's Travis' fabulous work. All the plants are still doing great except for the rubber plant (which you can barely see on the left side of the first photo, at the far end of the house). My favorite part is that these new plants help hide the nastiness that is our rock siding...

Sago palms guard our back door.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Extreme Weather

The other day I was talking with Rachel about hurricanes vs. tornadoes. We are both from Illinois, so we can appreciate the negatives of each. Rachel was saying she thinks tornadoes are better because there is no big work up for a week before like there is with a hurricane. And then, with a hurricane, you don't even know for sure how badly it will affect your area. With tornadoes, it comes and it goes. Sometimes in a matter of minutes.

As much as I hate evacuating for hurricanes, I'd have to say I would take a hurricane over a tornado any day. Growing up in the Midwest, I always appreciated thunderstorms. When I was little we had a screened in front porch with a swing where we used to sit with our parents whenever a storm came in.

When I was a freshman in high school a tornado hit the town 5 miles east of us, where several of my friends lived. The tornado knocked down all of the power lines throughout the town so we were unable to reach anyone to find out if they were okay.

Thankfully, none of my friends or their families died or had serious injury. The only death was a semi driver who was on the road. No one we knew, but it was a death nonetheless.

I was absolutely terrified of storms after that tornado hit. Before that it was like a myth. I knew tornadoes affected people. It was all over the Discovery channel. But it had never affected me. After that I realized we were not immune to the extreme weather of the Midwest. Every time a storm rolled in, I was in the closet with all the cats and the remote in hand watching the weather on TV.

Since moving to Texas, I desperately appreciate the advance warning that comes with hurricanes. As laborious as it may be to pack up the lab several times a year, and as painstaking as the process may be of having to decide whether or not we should evacuate, I will take that over a tornado any day.

My mom told me the story of how my dad met her mother, my grandmother. Now that woman had a fear of storms. Every time thunder struck, my mom said her mother could be found in the hallway underneath all the cushions from the couch. And that is exactly how my dad met my grandmother. They got into town and walked into the house, only to find Rose wedged under the couch cushions in the center of the house. She stuck a hand out to greet my dad as he climbed over her to meet her husband (my Grandpa).

I worry about the day when Aiden brings home "The One". If we ever move back to Illinois I fear I may be shaking her hand through couch cushions.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hospital Visit

When we went to visit Landry in the hospital, Travis took a couple videos. Sorry it's taken me so long to upload them!! (When the video ends, you can visit the Vimeo website using the linkk below to see the other video titled Landry 2.)

Visiting Landry in the hospital from Nicolette Ward on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Artist Extraordinaire

Check out Chris' new website he started up to get the word out on his art. It's FANTASTIC!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Baby-sized Recovery

Tuesday night, we had plans to have Jenna and her kids, Brian and Jandi, over for dinner. Actualy, we had plans for Jenna to bring us dinner. LOL! It's been so long since we have had a chance to spend any time with them, so we decided to go ahead with it despite Aiden's fever. Plus, the kids had not met him yet.

Aiden was sleeping when they arrived, so we caught up on what Jandi and Brian have been up to recently. Brian's football season just ended, which means they are about to have A LOT of free time on their hands. Jandi reminds me of myself at her age, carrying around two books at a time. My favorite place to go during the summer was the library. My dad usually kicked us out of the house during the day. The library was cool in the AC and they had the entire Nancy Drew series. Doesn't get any better than that, right?

Back to the present... We had to wake Aiden up for his dinner at 7:30pm, like always. Thankfully, he wasn't horribly cranky. Jandi and Brian were enthralled with Aiden. They couldn't wait until he was done with his bottle so they could try to make him laugh.

Jandi awaits her turn to hold the baby...


I woke up at 2:30am and checked Aiden's temperature before immediately offering him Tylenol. His temp had dropped to 97.9F. Woot! I was glad to have all day Wednesday off for Veteran's Day so I could keep an eye on him all day.

Aiden had some fussy moments in the afternoon. I'm starting to wonder if his teething is really affecting him. I ran out and bought some teething rings just in case. He is drooling like crazy and his hands are constantly in his mouth. He's got this rash that comes and goes on his chin (from the drool) that is driving me crazy. I try to keep Vaseline on his chin all the time, but there is only so much they will do for him at the daycare. When it flares up, the doctor said I can use 1% hydrocorisone cream, but I haven't had to do that yet.

Taking the teething ring out for a test drive.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

4-Month Stats

Aiden had his 4-month check up Monday afternoon. Our big man weighs 16 pounds and stands (with help) at a towering 2 feet, 2 inches. Interesting thing is he is down between the 50th and 75th percentile now. Still a healthy boy!

I discussed starting Aiden on food with the doctor. I told her we have been offering him rice cereal every night for a week now, but he will have nothing to do with it. She said since he is holding his head up so well (which he's done for 4 months now) we can start him on pureed food. Travis and I talked it over and decided we are going to try it whenever he is feeling well (tonight?!?!).

Those immunizations tore Aiden up!! He cried for 10 seconds. Stopped a sec to think about it, then screamed again louder than the first time. He got it all out quickly, but of course was cranky for the remainder of the day. ESPECIALLY when we had to pull of those band aids. =(

Tuesday morning Aiden was being fussy. I gave him some Infant Tylenol and sent him to daycare. They called at 10:30 to say he had a fever of 101.5F and needed to go home. I called his doctor on the way to get him. They didn't have an opening until 4:45pm, but I reserved the time anyway. At 1 o'clock, one and a half hours after I gave him Tylenol, his temperature spiked to 103.2F. What temperature causes brain damage??? I called his doctor freaking out - could they see him earlier??? Should I take him to the ER???

At first they said, ER! As I was looking up directions (because the one in Galveston is closed) they called me back to say the doctor would fit him in. I was a crazy lady on a mission. I think I got to that office in 15 minutes. Normally it would take me 20 minutes just driving time. Then there's the whole packing up a baby + gear thing. I was freaking out. When I got there, I didn't even have to sit in the waiting room. They took us back immediately and the doctor came in two minutes after the nurse had checked all the basics (he gained 2 ounces in one day!).

The doctor we saw was different than his regular one, but she was super nice. She said he didn't have symptoms of any illness, such as pneumonia, kidney problems or flu. She was fairly confident that he was just having a reaction to his vaccinations. I figured that's what it was, but was worried about the high fever. The doctor calculated out the exact dose of Tylenol that was safe for him to take and sent us on our way. I hope he does better today!

Napping with Mommy

Cute sweater from Aunt Chrissie

Like father, like son, like cat.

Aiden's sunglasses

Mommy's sunglasses

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tex RenFest

Oh my. That photo is just too much for words. He was like a statue just standing there. Except for when people would run up to take their picture with him - then he would lift up his arm for a hug. LOL! BIG MAN, little Alexa. And Alexa would say he had smelly underarms...

We went to the Texas Renaissance Festival this past weekend with Rachel, Scott, Alexa and Blair. Chris was out of town in San Francisco, so he missed all the fun this year. This was our (Travis, Aiden and I) first time at any Renaissance festival and boy was it entertaining!

I mean LOOK AT THAT WOMAN! I'm not quite sure what she was supposed to be. A fawn maybe? She had three-inch, tusk-like teeth jutting out of her bottom jaw. These people were EVERYWHERE. I didn't take nearly enough photos.

One woman was super interesting, but it felt wrong to take a photo of her. It was like she went into Hobby Lobby and bought a bunch of silk flowers and just glued them to all the not-for-show-in-public places. It was actually very pretty, with the colors arranged together. Oh and their was a vine entwined around one leg. Creative.

Getting the festival was a feat. We left at 10:30 thinking that would give us plenty of time to get to the north side of Houston so we could have lunch there. Nope. Traffic was ridiculous. We didn't get to the festival until 2pm!! We were all cranky and hungry, so we rushed in directly to the gyro stand in the Greek section of the festival. I sat down to feed Aiden while everyone grabbed food. We sat and people-watched while we ate. I could have done that for hours. It was Roman Weekend, so there were lots of people wearing togas. There were fairies and gladiators and peasants. We even saw someone dressed as a tree. ??? Maybe because we were in the woods? And fairies supposedly live in the woods? Not sure.

The grounds were HUGE. I guess this is the only activity that goes on there. Makes me wonder how that space is paid for if it only gets used for a couple months out of the year. Since we were all hungry, we griped when we found out the maps were $5 each and passed them up. After we ate and had clear heads I think we slightly regretted that decision. I've decided that next year I'll go there first thing in the morning, buy a map and leave by 4pm.

Since we got there later in the day, we didn't plan around the shows very well. Next year I want to try the bungee cord trampolines and the giant swings. OOOooo and next year Aiden will be walking when the festival comes around so I'll definitely go into the petting zoo (as sad as those things are) and maybe we'll try the camel and elephant rides. So much to do, so little time! I laughed when I saw there was RV parking for people who camped the whole weekend. I'm rethinking that now.

Leaving RenFest was beyond insane. We got in the truck at 5:30 and sat in line for three house while we waited for the police to get some sort of domestic disturbance under control. By that point, EVERYONE from the festival was in the car, ready to go, so the traffic leaving was ridiculous. By the time we got out of the worst of the traffic, we were all ready for a bathroom break and dinner. McDonald's here we come!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Home Cinema

Travis and I joined the Rewards program at Blockbuster, so we have been watching quite a few rentals lately. It's been a long time since I've been into a Blockbuster, so I was surprised to see some things have changed. Like that you can choose to rent a movie for 3 days or 5 days, each at a different rate. Anyhoo, here are a few of the movies I've seen lately and what I thought of 'em.
  • Away We Go - It's a comedy-drama, which is a strange combination, but I LOVED it. I love the two comedians who play the leads in this, especially seeing them play more serious roles. Plus, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays an extremist parent which was beyond entertaining.
  • Shaun of the Dead - I know this is an older movie, but man was it funny. The videography in this one reminded me of Snatch with the quick screen changes to show a series of simple events. I think it was good in this film because it pointed out how lots of people end up living like zombies once they get stuck in their daily routines. I've decided that everything is funnier with a British accent
  • Phoebe of Wonderland - This one was too slow for Travis, but I enjoyed it. It's about a little girl (played by Dakota Fanning's younger sister) who has a big imagination and some eccentricities that her parents try to decipher.
  • The Passengers - Eh. It was ok. Before we watched the movie I was surprised I hadn't heard of it before because it has a couple mainstream actresses in it. After we watched it I wasn't so surprised anymore. It's about a small group of people that survive a plane crash who go to group therapy. The lead doctor is played by Anne Hathaway. Different movie that I was used to seeing her in, but I think she did a good job. Towards the end I was more than confused about what was going on. Right before the twist was revealed I figured out what was going on. There were some parts that were uncomfortable for me. I don't do well with forbidden relationships. Puts me on edge.
  • G.I. Joe - CHEE Z. I thought this would be better since the graphics looked awesome. Well, the graphics were awesome but the acting sucked.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Collision Update

Several months ago I blogged about my cousin and friends getting into car accidents (separately). Time has passed and everyone is still in the healing process.

I am happy to announce that my cousin Chris came home from the hospital yesterday!! He is talking and can walk with the aid of a walker. He didn't have any broken bones. Months of lying unconscious and not moving at all can take a toll on ones musculature. Chris is doing occupational, physical and speech therapies to help get all his functions back to normal. While it is under sad circumstances, I'm sure my aunt is glad to have her son back under her roof. He still needs help with all the day to day tasks, so he will be staying with his parents until he can go back to living on his own. Chris has made leaps and strides in his recovery in the past couple of months. I'm so happy to hear he is doing well!!

Wednesday seems to be fully healed since the accident with Becky. She only had a few bumps and bruises, so she didn't have far to go. Becky on the other hand is still deep in the healing process. I think she has made it through the hardest part of her recovery by finishing the surgery portion. Now her bones have to mend and she can begin her physical therapy. She is currently staying with family here in Texas since she has limited time to bear weight on any of her extremities.

Continue the improvement guys! You've done so great!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Where has my little Wednesday gone?!?!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

It's always so nice to have Travis at home all weekend. It makes it seem much longer than the ones where he is working on Saturday. This past Sunday, Chris and Shannon stopped by on their way back to Dallas. This was Chris and Aiden's first meeting. Unfortunately, Aiden was pretty sleepy and not really up for socializing. Too bad. =(

After they left, Travis and I made a quick run to the grocery store and then headed to the disk golf park. Aiden was still really tired and cranky, so I ended up heading back to the car after 15 minutes of him crying in his carrier. I fed him in the car before going back out to the course.

Asleep at the wheel

I put Aiden in his carrier facing me so he could sleep on my chest, but he would have nothing to do with sleeping. Instead he observed the great outdoors.

One of the guys (who we met up with at the course) threw his frisbee into the top of this very tall tree. Lucky for them there were a bunch of vines hanging down for them to pull and shake until the frisbee fell free.

Nice throw.

It was a long day for Aiden. We have to be careful about doing so much. Aiden has started to get distracted very easily. He used to sleep anywhere, but now it's like he'd rather stay awake and be a part of the activity than fall asleep. By the end of the day he is a monster version of our son; one I'd rather not know.

It was so nice outside though. It was so peaceful; a little cool, clear skies, the mosquitoes were as under control as we could hope for in the middle of a park with ponds. Great weather. I hope we are so lucky this upcoming weekend!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cereal Series

He's 4 months old now, soooo....

No idea what's coming.

Not a big fan of the wheat cereal.

Tongue is hanging out and everything.

I meant to buy the rice cereal first. Oops!

Daddy gives it a try.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Comparison

This was Travis and my first Halloween as parents. Last year for Halloween we went to a friend's house in Houston for a Halloween party. I was about one month pregnant, so we weren't ready to spread the news yet. I didn't have a baby bump yet, but I was definitely feeling bloated and getting the beginnings of morning sickness. That meant I was not up for a sexy outfit. Instead, Travis wore the sexy outfit:

That Halloween was a little rough because I was not drinking. Sadly, I may have been a regular drinker because everyone was surprised I opted out. The pregnancy was still a secret, so I dodged the drink offers as best I could. It's so strange to think back to that party. It feels so long ago. I have a feeling I will be comparing things between now and a year ago for the rest of my life. Things change so quickly when you become a parent! In my opinion, it's for the better.

So, anyHOO. This year, we went up to Chris and Alexa's for Halloween. Chris was gone on a flight, but he got back around 9pm. Travis handed out candy while Alexa and I went trick or treating with Aiden and Blair. Aiden just took in the smoke and lights that come with Halloween while Blair decided which houses we did and did not go to for candy. By the end of the of the trip, Blair had figured out that he could take candy from each of these houses.

I can only imagine what a strange night this would be for first timers. Random people dressed in crazy costumes handing out candy next to pumpkins and skeletons. Blair was a trooper though! There was only one house that he seemed adamant about not approaching. Instead, he steamed full force ahead, dragging Alexa down the sidewalk with him.

After we went up and down the block once, we headed back to Alexa's driveway to help Travis hand out more candy to kids. Aiden took his bottle and went down for the night, while the adults opened a few bottles (see first photo) of their own and hung out in the chilly night.

One significant difference I noticed between trick or treating in the south versus the north is that everyone sits in the driveway to hand out candy here. Up north, it's usually cold and sometimes raining (or snowing if we were unlucky), so people stick to the indoors for handing out candy. There was the occasional elderly woman who would sit behind her storm door with her bowl of candy so she could watch all the trick or treaters go by. But that was the closest anyone got to their driveway on Halloween night.

This year, I made Aiden's Halloween costume. I really wanted to do something cute that he will probably avoid at all costs in a few years. Maybe not next year, more likely the year after that, Aiden will want to pick out his costume and will probably be something scary or gross. I took full advantage of his inability to understand such things at this point and dressed him up as an owl. It was a HOOT!

I hope you had a safe and happy Halloween!