Well, it was 90 degrees yesterday, and we had an awesome time swimming at the club we just joined. [ I know,"Who is the woman?" I hear you asking, "She drives an SUV and joined a club?" The irony is not lost on me, don't worry.] Well, the kids and I did--Owen was gone almost all week and gets back tonight, which made the very long weekend due to hurricane days off school a little less bearable. Anyway, I digress. The point is that it once again feels like summer. But for a few days there it was cool, we wore jeans during the day, and it felt like fall. During the stormy cool weather, the kids decorated for Halloween. I didn't see that they have imported carving pumpkins in the grocery store ($5 for a tiny one) until we'd already painted pretend local ones. Ours are some kind of squash (auyama, I think), I picked out the ones that looked the most pumkiny. The kids wanted to keep going on the pictures, but we're running out of construction paper and I thought a dozen was enough.
They have their Halloween costumes ready, and I have some expats lined up as trick or treat sites. No one does trick or treating in this country, a fact of which my kids were informed, but my kids are very committed and unfazed by that knowledge. I don't have the heart to tell them we can't go anywhere. Their costumes: Jesse is going to be a bunny (because we already have the tail and ears), Abigail is going to be a pumpkin kitty (because we already have a pumpkin shirt and ears and tail), and Micah is going to be the ocean (because I really didn't think I could make him into a shark, but I thought we could pin his various ocean-related stuffed animals to a blue shirt). Pictures forthcoming on Wednesday.