Well here we are, November first. October goes by in a flash. Festive fun and sorrow intertwined. It’s been an incredible month.
I have lots of pictures, so I’m just going to throw them up here without any thoughtful layout or plan. I guess you’re accustomed to that by now, loyal readers!
When one of your favorite books has a recipe at the end, you gotta make it. YUM!
My friend Anne (of tea party reknown) hosted a Halloween tea. Halloween, fascinating guests, and tea parties…three of my favorite things!
Little ghosts are hiding in the sugar cubes!
Demeter–Greek goddess of the harvest. Mother of Persephone.
And then, we met these little critters.
I noticed that asp season was upon us, so I had a chat with the kids about never touching fuzzy caterpillars. Understandably, Jed FREAKED out when he was playing in his room and discovered this (harmless) little guy crawling on his pajamas!
Our little oak tree in the backyard was full of them!
Sweet little girl busted her lip at a birthday party 😦
Octubafest at A&M Corpus Christi!
We lasted 20 minutes.
Interacting with a statue at one of our favorite new (to us) places–the Art Center of Corpus Christi.
Gorgeous view from the swing set.
I love this town.
And now for the sad part. This month, we lost two members of our family. The first was “Pug,” Jimmy’s beloved grandpa. Two weekends ago, we travelled to Nacogdoches to celebrate his life. By all accounts, he was a wonderful man who left an incredible mark on the world during his long life. We had an opportunity for reflection and family time, which we really enjoyed. I wish I had taken pictures that weekend, but I thought we were returning to Kingwood the following weekend for a more lighthearted trip. Unfortunately, that leads us to our next sad moment of October.
Slade, the greatest dog in the world, began to feel very sick toward the end of the month. He had no appetite, was very lethargic, and was urinating frequently. The vet prescribed medicine for a bladder and bacterial infection, plus a steroid which increased his appetite. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t keep food down at all. On Halloween, Jimmy and I took him back to the vet, where she suspected he had a large abdominal mass that could only be treated with a very risky surgery. Due to his age, we decided it was best to put him down. It was heartbreaking. He was an amazing pet.
Jimmy and Slade were always a package deal. I couldn’t have one without the other, and I was so fortunate to have both. Slade leaves a big gaping hole in our family, and we will love and miss him forever.
Slade, thank you for being one of the (very) few individuals to make Eliza laugh and smile when she was a baby. Thank you for loving me during these early years of child-rearing, when I was exhausted and had no patience for pets. Thank you for being a loving companion whenever any of us felt sad or afraid. Thank you for scaring the shit out of dubious salespeople who happened to knock on our door. Most of all, thank you for loving and protecting our family since we became a family. You’re one of the best who ever lived.
Our very last walk (last week). Slade wasn’t feeling well at all, but he never complained and gladly joined us.
Goodbyes are so hard.
We’ll see you in heaven, Buddy.
I’ll miss so many things about him, especially as I stand here at my computer blogging right now. Every night, he would patiently wait until the kids were finally in bed and I had a little time to myself. Then, he would gently come nuzzle me with his head while I typed. It was almost as if he were saying, “You’ve worked hard today. I’m here if you need anything.” Man, I’m going to miss him.
Anyway, Halloween took place in the midst of the sadness. Festive class parties followed by trick-or-treating. The kids were too excited and distracted to dwell on Slade (they’ve been talking about him much more today). Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I’ve been floating costume ideas since August. We finally settled on a Greek Mythology theme, and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!
Eliza was very excited to be the Super Kid at school last week. She brought a few of her favorite things to share with her friends. Ray Ray was included, of course!
Since we weren’t able to travel to RenFest this year, we enjoyed the cool weather at the pumpkin patch instead!
He made his selection immediately.
Eliza was so excited to give her daddy a big hug for this picture.
A little anticipatory costume prep. It was a super fun project!
More time at the Art Center creating a spooky Halloween scene. An actual artist is there to help. It’s the coolest thing!
And finally…welcome to Mount Olympus! Are you bold enough to approach the gods?
She couldn’t wait to show off her costume at school (she had been telling her friends about it for weeks). She wore the snakes in her hair all day! Proud mom, here.
Don’t be deceived by her beauty…she will turn you to stone!
And now presenting HERCULES, famed for his great strength! This little Hercules didn’t want to stay still very long for a picture, though. Also, this is actually a Julius Caesar costume in case you couldn’t tell.
“You don’t have to worry, Mom. I will defeat the bad guys today.”
“These are my Hercules muscles!”
“I am the strongest!”
A little more Medusa. This costume turned out better than I ever imagined.
Medusa and her classmates.
Hercules felt so silly at his party!
Got to drop in on Eliza during lunchtime while we were setting up the party.
Mummy wrapping game!
And then it was time for some trick or treating!
Did you know that Dionysus was a very handsome god?
Again–be on your guard. Don’t look into her eyes, or you are destined to become a stone!
Medusa took a break for a Reese’s cup.
One of Hercules’ 12 labors–kill the evil creature in the tree.
Glad he’s such a good sport. Also glad to have some smiles on this sad day.
Blurry, of course, but here’s a family pic.
We had a lively neighborhood for tricks and treats.
Another one of his 12 labors–meeting Jack Skellington.
Dionysus helpfully provided a TV for any trick-or-treaters who wished to stop by and watch the Astros play.
She enjoyed handing out candy as much as receiving it.
A less blurry family pick.
Our celebration was dedicated to Slade, who would’ve made a magnificent Cerberus. We love you always, buddy.
Well that’s a wrap, October! Thanks for the chaos, melancholy, excitement, and fun. So many emotions! As one of our favorite books says at the very end…
Goodbye ’til next year, Halloween.