The daily morning rush. I think they like brushing their teeth at the same time because they could each be getting something else done at this time, but they choose to do it together.
Cold and rainy/sleety. I'm still too stubborn to drive. I'd prefer to leave those spots open for those that have to drive to the Halloween events. We are tough and stubborn Finns, through and through. My living in Finland for that year where we walked, biked or waited in the cold for the buses is also a huge part of my choices.
Bus duty, with umbrella in hand. I've not made myself a new checklist yet, so I keep using the old one, modifying my old boxes. I have a hard time counting buses when three come at a time overlapping with the other buses. My check list save me.
After bus duty, I went home for an hour and took care of a few things before heading back for parties and work.
This year I was Waldo.
Some of the kids thought I was Santa Claus. They had no idea who Waldo was. (!!!!!!?!!!!)
Mark's class party was in the morning as they have their specials in the afternoon.
They made skeletons.
And had bug cider and doughnuts.
Then there was work, the parade and Brian's party. I helped direct parade guest traffic between work and parade. I like to be somewhat useful during my lag time.
Wendy decided to pass out candy rather than go begging. She agreed that she'd go if a friend happened to come by, but we had a low count year due to the weather. 73 beggars in all. Wendy did get an itch and run a lap with her brother before trick or treat hours were over. She got her sugar fix.
Wendy has also been volunteering in the youngest CI class at the elementary school twice a week and was super excited to see her young friend Jason come to the door. Jason doesn't get as excited as some of his classmates, but he seemed to be pretty happy that two of the people that work in his classroom were at the same door.
Being that it was cold - I decided it would be a good year to provide coffee. I used my 30 cup pot and was remembering that the suggested grounds in the directions were high (suggestion - 1-3/4 cups of grounds) but I never wrote down the best measurement, so guessed that it was 1-1/2 cups. That, even coming from a coffee drinking Finlander - was still high. I wrote down that 1-1/4 cup is the correct dose for next time.
Regardless - I still passed out about a dozen cups.
Mark wanted to be a ninja for begging.
I asked - what are you going to put on your face?
He answered - "my brother knows how to tie shirts so they look like ninja masks"
It's true. His brother does know that.
Second to the door - my neighbors from across the street. They were anxious to come to my house. They know that if they go to the school I work at AND they remember my name - they get a full size candybar. If they don't remember my name? Alas. Just a bite size candybar.
Blowing snow in the air kept the numbers down.
But it didn't keep my nieces and nephews (and brother - see him, mom?) away. They came to pick up Wendy to spend the night, and they each got to pick out a full size candybar.
If Wendy had stayed home, there would have been trading parties going on. Without her - they were content with their own grab.
A good year and now time to put all that Halloween stuff away for another year.....