"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Finally, the grand finale of Halloween... parading through mansionville (aka Steph's neighborhood). With 1 stroller, 4 wagons, 9 adults and 10 kids, we were quite a sight. Well we would have been a sight if we had been even remotely visable on the pitch-black roads. Reflectors people!Simone took her time warming up to the costume idea and remained a rainbowed Bomey for 3/4 of the hike... Wait. Actually, I think she was going for "Unschooled Muggle". Yeah, that's it.Later she demanded we put her costume on in complete darkness on the side of the road and off she went! She figured this most stealthiest option would be the best way to stay out of the spotlight. That Bome won't put up with being ooohed and aaahhed over.

(And here's a frontal for those of you dying to see the face of a kangaroo up close.)
Poor Caden was stroller-bound and only stayed sane by sucking on one lolly after another.
And croupy Gabriel was just shy of coughing up a lung all night. This is what you get when you take your sickly 5 year old out after bedtime to collect candy for 2 hours...
Afterwards, the kids were totally content sifting through their loot and devouring one thing after another...Till next time...

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