The month continued on with a preschool party, a scary movie night with old friends, and of course pumpkin carving. I must confess, I was a bit nervous about doing it with three littles, but it went pretty smooth. Finn had some great ideas for his pumpkin, and meg just colored contentedly on hers.
Finally the awaited day arrived...Halloween. We opted for an early start in order to get the kids home and put to bed at a decent hour. Finn made the rounds around the block shouting out trick-or-treat. The only issue I had with the kid is that he kept telling the neighbors, "I don't like chocolate" if they gave him any. We told him to just take it and say thank you and just take what was given you. Here's hoping those manners stick for next year.
The Sunday after Halloween also happen to coincide with Daylight savings. Which I think only makes sense if you don't have young children or electricity. I had high hopes with that added hour of prep time before church, but it all came crashing down as we sat down in the chapel. Finn and Meg were both in fine form, screaming and crying about such things like banana stickers, and not getting the right sacrament cup. I came to a quick realization that it just wasn't going to work for us that day. So I marched the kids home directly after. My emotions were flashing between wanting to punch something and crying. It was just a morning where I felt like I couldn't do it anymore. ALL three of the kids slept for 4 hours...what?!?!? And then we tried again with better success. I decided that we needed to get out of the house and reconnect and run off some sugar. We headed up to the Bonneville Shoreline for a long walk. Being in the mountains always seems to help me center myself. It turned out to be just what we needed.