We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Christlike service...getting Halloween ready!

Things are looking Halloweenish around here! And the youth were asked to make all the games for the Ward Trunk or Treat. Easy Peasy after running UC Davis' Halloween Carnival for 3 years. This, in comparison, is child's play. In our excitement prepping the games for the youth to make, Lukas and I created some Halloween fun at our own house with spiders in the corners. And I loved how the youth were so willing to do anything that night, even spraypainting 2 liter bottles to make a bowling game, and making a huge fishing game box. Then they'll show up to serve hoards of kids waiting in lines to get a chance to win cheap junk from Oriental Trading before collecting massive amounts of candy to rot their teeth out. Ah, Beggars night. Only Christmas seems to trump you these days. 

Which is sad, may I add. Sad that there's more traditions built around Halloween in massive numbers rather than the birth of the Savior. "But it's tradition" they say. But at least it's a way to bring a ton of people together to have a good time they say.

I can't wait til he figures out how much candy actually costs vs. the amount of energy and time trick or treating takes. What it means for me is that after the trunk or treat I am OFF the hook. He knows that OTHER people come begging at our house, but we sit and watch a cool movie, eating all kinds of goodies in a swirl of over-the-top-family happiness, just to avoid the chainsaw/blood splattered-decorated garages and scariness that isn't catering to a 4 year old's imagination.

Maybe some other year. But for now, we'll enjoy the kid who's not overtired and oversugared on Halloween Night. Just trunk-or-treat night. :)

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