All Saints Recess, part two

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Halloween is a big deal in this family.  I have more boxes labeled “Halloween” stored in my basement than I have labeled “Christmas” .  Decorating, festival-ing, pumpkin picking, costuming, and trick or treating are what I’m all about come October.  See here if you don’t believe me.  Our Addams Family costume photo even wound up here!

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This year was a little different, though.  In the states I know how things work.  I know where to go and what to do to find just what I need.  Here in Belgium I, (to use a colorful expression), can’t find my ass with both hands.  I’m so lost.  And that lost feeling extended to costume prep.  I mean, when I needed an enormous coat to fit on 6 foot 3 inch Ben in order for him to become Hagrid?  Goodwill.  When I needed black and white striped tights for little Wednesday?  Target.  The fabric to make Daphne’s dress or Harry Potter’s Quidditch uniform or Hermione’s cloak?  Joanne’s.  All within a 15 minute drive from my Virginia home.

So this year, I made due.  Since there was no costume contest to win and we were going to have to wear winter coats on Halloween night anyway, I approached this Halloween with a little less fervour.  Still, as the usual suspects, we weren’t half bad.  Ben made quite an impression as a vampire, L wanted to be a black cat, E discovered mummies on Scooby Doo so chose that as his costume, and I did my best to keep my witch hat on in super-gusty wind.

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The rest of the week was rounded out with some shopping in Brussels, a visit to see the newest member of the Martin family (welcome Olivia!) and a marathon geocaching run.  Mommy and Papa have discovered that if you drop both kids off at a birthday party, you can find a lot of caches in a short amount of time.

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And so we reached the end of our first week-long vacation of the year.  And now it’s time to take down the bats and put up the turkeys.  Put away The Great Pumpkin and break out A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  And wish Ben and very happy anniversary.  Fourteen years!

I love you, Honey.

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