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Halloween Fun

Halloween has come and gone but the candy still remains. I like to “buy back” all but ten pieces from the kids. It’s my attempt to feel like I’m helping them out and being a good Mom so they don’t eat all that crap but the truth of the matter is, we put it in a bag and tuck it away. Sounds good so far, right? Ahhhh, not so much, remember I work from home… just feet from my fridge which means just a few more feet from the best candy hiding spots in the house. I had not eaten much candy over the late spring, summer and even fall – until now. Man, talk about recovery. Talk about making up for lost time. Did you know I love anything with caramel? Oh, and Tootsie Rolls? Hence the reason I just took the dog on a 40 minute walk at 11:30pm in the pouring freezing rain.

So, my little Cupcake Shea (no, it’s not a pet name, refer to the photo, she’s actually dressed as a cupcake) has actually learned some bad habits of mine. We would get to a door, ring the bell, she would hold out her bag and say “Trick or Treat” or “Hello” and the generous person who answered the door would tell her she was cute and hand her a piece of candy. Sounds about normal, right? Ahhhh, not so much. As they handed her the candy she let them know if she approved of what they gave her or not. On more than one occasion Shea was in tears because she wanted something else from her bowl. If that were Reilly carrying on like that, we would have put a stop to it pretty quickly; Kate, some effort to correct it; Shea, nah, just write it off to a spoiled third child and tune her out while apologizing to the generous person at the door. It was totally annoying to me on one level that she behaved as such and on the other level, I laughed and didn’t really care.

Either way, Trick or Treating was fun. We had friends over and John and Kasey. My Mom helped me hand out candy and it was overall just a pretty good time. 🙂 (even though I’m about five pounds heavier now)

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Well, thankfully, with the help from some friends (okay and some professionals), we have figured out a way to work with the poor choice/threat I made for Kate regarding her “no thank you bite” and “trick or treating”. After trying two new things, unknowingly, and of her choice, we told her that it was great that she tried (apple cider and a peanut butter, jelly and cheese sandwich – NOTE: these were her requests, not mine) new foods and she could go trick or treating with us. Hey, as hokey as it is, it was so DUMB of me (I hear Reilly in my head right now saying “bad word Mom, that’s not nice”) to put something in front of her that I wasn’t willing to do AND that was so huge that she wanted to make her own choice and be in control. Anyway, lesson learned, at least for me!

Her VERY thoughtful brother just pushed this note under my door, I though you might like to see it.

Trik or Treet

Trik or Treet

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Well, I’m feeling a bit defeated in my efforts with broadening our menu of foods. Last night should have been simple, Potatoes au’Gratin. They each were to eat one piece of potato, that’s it. We put a scoop on each plate with some chicken and didn’t really talk about it until the discovery process began. First it was Reilly, what is this? Then it was Kate, I don’t like that. So… it began… some of the things discussed were: Potatoes are what french fries are made of, don’t these look like a chip, they have cheese on them – you like cheese. Sadly, it ended with one projective vomit across the table (beverage) followed by a digested piece of potato au’gratin and a prompt “no thank you”. Secondly a stubborn child who is now not going trick or treating. I am not sure how to take back that stupid threat that I made because I want her to trick or treat. I have nothing left in my bag of tricks to negotiate with her and I question whether or not I should have been doing the “if… then” all along. Shad and I need to go back and find a way to work with her personality, it is so vastly different than her brothers. <sigh>

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