Monday, November 3, 2008

A Halloween Story

Once upon a time there was a little girl that enjoyed Halloween.

She enjoyed the decorating and the dressing up and the carnivals.

She enjoyed the trick-or-treating and the candy.

Especially the candy!

Then the little girl grew up and Halloween became HalloWORK!

There were costumes to create, parties to plan, cupcakes to bake, candy to buy, parties to attend, and a house to decorate.

She wasn't feeling the fun of the holiday anymore.

Each year when October rolled around she would mope and pout and cringe at the very thought of ALL that needed to be done.

Then one year the girl put on her thinking cap and thought of ways to enjoy Halloween again.

She decided to simplify her decorations.

She decided to buy simple costumes.

She decided not to volunteer as grade mother.

She decided to buy the cupcakes instead of baking them herself.

She only attended one party and only signed up to bring candy.

She let her twelve-year-old pass out the candy for the trunk-or-treat so she could walk with her four-year-old.

She decorated her trunk with minimum decorations.

At the end of the day, the girl was not as tired as she had been in years past.

The girl enjoyed Halloween again.

Especially the candy! (darn that candy!!!)


Elaine A. said...

It's always a good idea to simplify. Glad you had a less-stress holiday! : )

Chelle said...

Yay, Wendi!

So happy you simplified....and that you got to enjoy yourself!

Carol said...

Oooooh you clever thing!

Now if you only could simplify Christmas so.

Mamasphere said...

This is how I approach every holiday! I only add to the basics if I feel like it, then it's not a chore, or too tiring for me to enjoy things, too. Welcome back to enjoying the holidays!

The Reed's said...

Glad that you were able to enjoy it a little more this year.

You deserve the candy... so enjoy it!!

Anonymous said...

Way to go!! Kids don't care if cupcakes are store bought, they just care if they get one! And yeah, the candy..........ugh!

Krystyn said...

Genius, Wendi...pure genius!

I'm glad you figured out how to enjoy Halloween again.

Anonymous said...

Good for you! We could all learn a little lesson from you!!

Susan said...

Good for you!
I buy candy I don't like so that I won't eat it. I kick myself for doing it that way because I WANT to eat it, but I know my level of self restraint.
Glad you had a good time!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

That was great! Isn't it wonderful to learn and let go ;)

4funboys said...

smart girl!

Amy said...

Darn that candy. I keep getting the chocolate out of my kids' bags! And I love doing things easy-peasy-lemon squeezy!! Yay!!

Stephanie said...

Very clever girl you are! So glad you enjoyed the holiday again!

And yes, darn that candy! Ugh!

anti-supermom said...

Wendy, you are one smart momma!

Glad that Halloween was happy yet again. :)

Jen said...

Hall-o-work!! Love it! I totally agree with your attitude of simplicity. Now we just need to work on getting Christmas to be less work.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Gotta love Halloween!
That last picture is hilarious!