These Are The Days

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52 Weeks of Sisterhood: Three. Tween. Halloween.

I remember my cute little bumblebee from several years ago.

She buzzed around the living room hoping her wings would somehow give flight. That same year, I responded to a reporter friend who was looking for little ones to feature in a Halloween spread for the Syracuse Post Standard paper. I drove my daughter, in her full costume, to the paper where she was quizzed on her favorite candy (her response? Smarties. Because they’re shaped like a circle.)

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Halloween, 2008

She was so excited to see her picture in the paper. I got ten copies and sent them to family and friends.

The bee was one of my favorite costumes among the 11 or so my 10-year old has worn since her first Halloween in 2004. She’s been a cowgirl, a ladybug, a bee, a monkey, Strawberry Shortcake, Daphne from Scooby Doo, a witch, a can-can girl and this year?

Halloween, 2014

Halloween, 2014

A vampire princess!

Oh, I know. The cute years for her are probably over now that she’s headed into the preteen age, but I will say she totally rocked the vamp look.

Some of her other costumes have been set aside for little one to play with or use for future Halloweens (Halloweens?)

Speaking of the little one – this year she was especially cute as a pink pirate, Izzy, from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. She wanted to be a pink piggie, but a quick jaunt through the costume section at the local Costco and her eyes glistened at the prospect of being her favorite pink pirate. She refused to wear the pirate hat and hell if we could find the accompanying sword.

Side note. I secretly wish Izzy wasn’t all pink. It’s all you notice about her. The others aren’t called “boy pirates” – they’re just called pirates. Why does she have to be all girl’d up? OK, I’m done with my rant.

The weather had been questionable all week. And big sister was dreading hearing the “put a jacket on, it’s cold out” conversation that inevitably haunts all of us who grew up in the north. But in the end, the weather held up and the girls made out like bandits.

We of course checked the candy for safety and then quickly snatched the full-size candy bars and stashed them away for ourselves tucked the girls into bed.

Hope you had a Happy Halloween too 🙂


  1. I know I needn’t comment on every post, but I love them and want you to know. They minimize the hundreds of miles between us and makes me feel as though you’re all right next door. Your efforts are so appreciated! (and on an aside, I’ve got enough left over candy to keep all of you happy – Lord knows I don’t need it, so, when I see you….) 😉

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