Our neighborhood tick or treats on Saturday so we have already made the rounds tonight. It was quite rainy today and I considered taking them to the mall to trick or treat. Glad I did not because what I love most about Halloween is that we can just ring neighbor's doorbells and have a little chat. We headed out with umbrellas but the rain tapered off and we did fine. The kids LOVED it and where so cute. There were two houses where people in masks gave candy which both made the kids nervous and got them a little excited. Colin was happy to meet a real nice monster (even though I told him over and over it was just pretend and for fun.) We only made it trick or treating about 2 blocks but thanks to small treat baskets, we filled up and came home. The excitement was too much for Colin, he fell asleep on the sofa. What a great night for no teeth brushing.
This photo was taken care of some intense light that was set up in the cemetery.
We are so happy because we get to go back to Poland next summer. We will not be there for All Souls again, but we loved Poland!
Now to play some catch up. Seems like another world ago that we were in Victoria but it was just a couple weeks ago. (I was able to travel to DanaLee's funeral in NC last week, it was such a beautiful service and quite a few of our college friends were able to come from around the country. I am so grateful I was able to make it but still slightly feel like I have been hit by a truck. Thanks to all the messages from friends and family. I even got a card in the mail from my sister-in-law, how awesome is that? As sad as I am for my loss of a great friend, I am devastated for Danal's parents loss.)
There were very cute little seals to look at. We saw seals a couple of other places in the water too while we were there.
The kids got hot dogs (did not want to waste the beautiful fish on kids who will not appreciate it). Sadly we do not have more photos of our last days in Victoria. We spent a fun afternoon at the BC Museum with some of the great friends we made in Victoria and we had some friends and family come to visit and catch the last opera. We then spent a couple days with Brian's parents in Washington and drove all the way to Utah in one day. I wish we had realized you could rent Red Box movies and return them anywhere sooner, it is so brilliant for car travel! We got a new fun movie for the kids to watch in Oregon, returned it and got a new one in Idaho that we the returned in Utah. Anything that makes it easier I say. The kids are such great little travelers but it is so, so nice to be home.
"Who knew when I climbed into the back of a green Dodge Dart that cold night in November of 1993 that it would be my first of many climbs and the start of a friendship that would forever shape my life. Annie, I know it's not our nature to be all tender and emotional, but I want you to know I love you!
Thank you for being my friend even though I had pickle breath. Thank for teaching me the love of Llama Fest. Thank you for starting the Wrestle Mania trends. Thank you for teaching me to love gnocchi. Thank you for road trips to Idaho, California, Vegas Xs a ton. Thank you for visiting me in North Carolina. Thank you for being my psychiatrist. Thank you for being my medical consultant. Thank you for always remembering my birthdays. Thank you for teaching me to love good music. Thank you not pushing me down anymore.
Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for mocking me and making me laugh more. Thank you for creating sausage ball Sabbath. Thank you teaching me to not give up (re: finally marrying Brian). Thank you for sharing your life and love. Thank you for sharing your family. Thank you for sharing your friends. Thank you for more memories than I can really count.
Having never lived in one spot for more than 5 years before college I never knew what it was like to have a life long friend. I know you will always be my friend, even though you sometimes push me down. See I have proof. Also, the one thing I don't thank you for is Ram Charger Loving. I cannot believe you got to kiss that boy and I didn't! So much for Symphony bars and Mountain Dew!"
It makes me realize I need to say things like this to people more liberally. Life is precious and can pass quickly. I have faith that DanaLee is in an amazing place where she continues to progress and that we will see each other again. She has just gone ahead to make sure we all have sausage balls in Heaven. I do not feel like my mind is really clear enough to say all that I want to say (and my blog is more photos than thoughts) but the world seems a little sadder to me these days.
Another difference to the Cinderella I grew up with is there is a wicked step father instead of step mother. Here is Brian threatening the step father and the step sisters since they are so terrible to Angelina.
Brian's big aria where he declares he will find her. He sounds really great and feels like the aria is in a good place now. (It is a hard role to sing.)
Brian worked with Tyler who is here playing the fake Prince last year at the Princeton Festival. Our kids love him! He is very funny as the fake Prince. Julie has been a great Cinderella, very lovely voice.
Marianne and Marion, the step sisters. Very funny.