"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Little B has a few new words: "Hao-een" (Halloween), "nan-nee" (candy), and "Yo-na" (Yoda).

We didn't know whether or not we would take him trick-or-treating tonight. He's still pretty little and goes to bed between six and six-thirty every night. Last year, we just went over to a friend's house and took turns passing out candy (it was VERY cold on Halloween in upstate NY!).

But we had a pretty terrific hand-me-down costume from friends in NY. And B took a nice, long nap today. He did GREAT through his free dinner at Chili's, calling out "Hao-een!" to the waiters and waving at the little skeleton boy who came over just to see B's costume. So we thought, "Let's give this a whirl."

We spritzed ourselves all over with bug spray (because we're I'm still a little neurotic about West Nile) and decided to just stay on our street (or rather, our friends' street) so that we could get back right away if B got too tired.

He caught on right away, bopping down the sidewalks to Daddy humming the Darth Vader tune, happily knocking on doors, saying "Teeeet!" (treat) and signing "Thank you" when he got candy. We only gave him a small container in which to collect goodies. People kept giving him extras, so it was full by three houses!

For the last few houses, we let him suck on a lollipop. He let me hold it as he went up to the doors with N, but after he received his new treats, he ran back to me to get his lollipop back.

We had very successful second Halloween. Hope everyone had just as much fun today as we did!

*We saw an entire family (plus a few additional little people) dressed up in Super Mario Bro. costumes. There was a Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Princess Peach, Wario, some other unusual character that kind of looked like Wario, and a baby Mario. The kid who was Toad wasn't much older than Little B, and the two of them stared at each other for a while. Princess Peach said, in a way that only a little girl can, that B was "so-o-o-o cute."


  1. What a great time to be a daddy. Loved it!

  2. so awesome. glad you found something fun to do with that cute boy!