The Most Excited Gnome Ever

The Most Excited Gnome Ever, originally uploaded by k8izgr8.

Grumpy Gnome is not pleased. However, much like his mother, his attitude was greatly improved upon discovering that dressing like this got you some free chocolate.

And how was your Halloween? Ours was pretty much a non-event, at least tonight. Last night, we met up with a few friends for a public trick-or-treating in a local historical district, which was cute and fun. Tonight, though, we intended to go to the two houses adjacent to us, where our elderly neighbors love to coo over the boys, but they didn’t have their lights on this year, so we skipped it. Instead, we drove over to one of H’s colleague’s house and crashed their dinner (smooth!). We used to see them often, but post-baby, it’s been difficult to find time to get together with them. They happen to live in the hot trick-or-treating neighborhood, so we knew they’d be giving out candy and that they’d enjoy seeing the boys, so we stopped over and hung out for 20 minutes or so.

They are childfree by choice, but they very much enjoy other people’s children (not a very common occurrence, I think– most childfree-ers don’t really care for children generally). And the boys LOVED seeing them. Jack is generally pretty friendly toward everyone, but he was just having a blast, giggling and running and “sharing” his candy with each of us, being the little charmer he can be sometimes. Even Henry was getting in on the fun, shrieking and laughing and walking a lot (which is a new thing for him. He’s finally starting to get more confident on his feet, and choosing to walk when he might not have something close to grab on to). Henry always takes a while to warm up, and is usually pretty parent-centric, even after warming up to new people, but he really took to H’s colleagues.

Anyway, the cap to the night was the colleague’s spouse pulling out the juggling beanbags and giving the boys a chance to see juggling in person. And they went absolutely WILD. Who knew that juggling was so absolutely AMAZING?? They clapped and screeched and laughed and lunged for the beanbags. It was hilarious!

So that was our wild night. We had one group of trick-or-treaters show up at our house before we left, and those greedy little turds took HALF of our candy stash! I guess it’s sorta my fault for telling them that they could take a few more pieces (when they asked if they could take a few more pieces…). Man, they cleaned us out! I was counting on having most of that chocolate leftover for ME to snack on!

So, a fun “first” Halloween, even though I guess it’s technically their second Halloween. This was their first actual celebration, their first real, dress up (in a costume made by Mama), go around to houses (try to, at least!) , get candy, eat a few pieces of candy, carve a pumpkin REAL Halloween.

What about you?

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7 Responses to The Most Excited Gnome Ever

  1. miamegamoo says:

    Mia’s first Halloween: dress her up in the skull-and-crossbones onesie, striped tights and pumpkin socks early in the day and hang out with friend and decorate pumpkins. Tonight, roasted pumpkin seeds, dressed her in her bunny costume and took pictures for family. Not overwhelming, but kind of perfect. We also don’t get trick-or-treaters, so I didn’t buy any candy, just three yummy little Halloween brownie treats from a nearby bakery for J and I.

    Your little gnomes are super-freaking-over-the-top cute!!! I’m glad the boys had a good Halloween and that there’s still some candy for Mama to enjoy.

  2. Brandy says:

    Ahhh so adorable! Last year I was pretty bummed about Halloween and didn’t want to see all the cute kids, so we turned off our porch light and watched scary movies.

    This year we actually got candy and I passed it out all night. We had relatively few trick-or-treaters which means all the more candy for me!

    And I dressed the dog up as a bumble bee. He gave me the death stare while I was taking his picture.

  3. Trinity says:

    Whoa, Mama! Great job on the costumes! Our Halloween was pretty mellow. We dressed Arlo up (as a robot, sooo cuuuute) and handed out candy. I found that the trick-or-treaters in Missouri were so much more polite than the kids from our old hood in Virginia. N always sticks the candy dish out for kids to take whatever they please, and it used to be that kids would take fistfuls of candy. But, strangely, here the kids would only take a single piece, even when N encouraged them to take more. Even still, we ran out of candy early. Arlo loved seeing all the other kids in costumes.

    I’m happy to hear an update from you, and happy to see that your “first” Halloween was a success! Such fun!

  4. JJ says:

    SO adorable! Oman refused to put on his pirate costume, so we threw on his fireman raincoat and just made do 😉

  5. kimbosue says:

    That picture is hysterical! Glad you guys had fun.

  6. strongblonde says:

    omg. LOVE this costume. i am obsessed with gnomes. there is a boy/girl gnome set that i really want to do at some point. if i thought there was any chance that t would leave that beard on i would have done it this year. as it was he wouldn’t even wear his damn fireman hat. lol. maybe i started too early? we were wearing our costumes all of october! 🙂

    sounds like you guys had fun. you’re really getting to the fun age. i’ve loved every age, of course, but really find myself saying, “wow, this age is definitely the best!” every couple of months!

  7. Christina says:

    I love the gnome costume!!

    I moved my blog to, I’m trying to run around to people who read me at one time to let them know 🙂

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