I will say, that we enjoy life most of the time. Our kids, Eden (12), Abby (10), Katie (8), and Davis (5) keep us laughing, make us crazy, and continually remind us what life is all about.
Quick introduction: We live in Flower Mound, Texas. We love it here. We moved here 3 years ago from Edison, New Jersey. We lived in the New York area for 6 years and when we first moved there, we loved it. Over time, though, the weather, the commute, and the general pessimism of the people wore on us and we decided to take our family elsewhere. Luckily, Kyle got permission from McKinsey and Company to work from home, and we began searching for a great place to raise our family. An internet search and a lot of praying brought us to Flower Mound and we have not been disappointed. The people are nice, the community is very family-focused, and the local McDonalds has diet Dr. Pepper on tap. It doesn't get much better than that.
So, Halloween was yesterday, but because it fell on a Sunday, we didn't let the kids go trick-or-treating. I know, I know, we are mean, torturous parents. Before you judge us too harshly, though, we did let them go to a trunk-or-treat Friday night. They wore their costumes and came home with tons of candy. Katie's gymnastics team had a party that night, so she missed the candy fest. Luckily she's been blessed with 3 kind and generous siblings who gladly shared their loot. She tried her best to make her 3 pieces last.
Costumes this year were luckily pretty easy. I'm a bargain shopper, so after Halloween last year when Target and Walmart were clearing out all their costumes for 90% off, I bought a few things I thought the girls might like this year. Both Abby and Katie picked Devil costumes (nothing ironic there). Davis is obsessed with Transformers so he wanted to be Bumble Bee. We found a costume at Costco that fit him perfectly. Eden is learning how to budget money and gets a monthly stipend of $100. It's what I might normally spend on her clothes, make-up, toiletries, treats, shoes, etc. Instead of arguing with her constantly about what she really needs and doesn't need, she gets to budget the money herself and spend it how she wants to. I'm telling you, this was the best idea ever! (Not mine originally. I got it from the book Capitate Your Kids). Target trips used to be sob sessions because I usually said no to her requests for a new bra or water bottle or binder, or whatever else she saw. Now, she doesn't ask for anything and I don't have to worry about paying for the latest fads. She budgets and is responsible for her own decisions. Brilliant.
Which brings us back to Halloween. Eden had her own money and decided to buy a costume that matched her friend Rylee's. They were Crayola crayons. Eden was blue and Rylee was green. It was a cute costume, but I probably wouldn't have bought it for her. Luckily she had her own money.
Well, there's my first entry. I want to apologize in advance for future posts. They may include mis-spellings, possible long-windedness, stories that go nowhere, useless insights, and things our kids said that only we found funny. Enjoy.