halloween this year was a good one. we finally got together our family theme (brad - not pictured - was christopher robin), and everyone was warm enough in their costumes. definitely a plus as it was a pretty chilly evening. i love all things fall: pumpkin picking, hay rides, thanksgiving, squash, bonfires, oktobesfest, and even halloween. but halloween with kids i something else. a whole other league of amazement.
passing out candy (and running out ... again ... sorry kids), and watching my own children run up and down the street from door to door filling up their little pumpkin bag full of candy, gives me all the feels. it's a little more stressful as a parent (last-minute costume changes, buying enough candy, attending all the parties), but it's so so worth it. growing up, halloween was always a big event. i never had the best costume, but i did have a whole lot of fun and carry those memories with me.
this fall has been a season of change for our family. there are so many unknowns right now in our lives and our future is hazy to say the least. we honestly don't know where we'll be living next month let alone next year or the next five years or ten. what we do know is that we want to give our children memories that they can hold on to and revisit when they're adults. memories of eating too much candy at halloween, jumping in leaf piles and raking them up again, spending an hour picking out the perfect pumpkin and enjoying an apple slushie because it's 90 degrees. with so many unknowns in our transient lives, and in life in general, i hope our kids hold on to things that don't change. things that shape their traditions for years to come.