Let’s get this out of the way, first: Yes, we’re still alive.
Seriously, this semester has been crazy. A good kind of “crazy,” but still quite busy, nonetheless. There’s actually been quite a bit to post about here, but I simply haven’t had the time. That, and the new router I picked up a few months ago, for some reason, makes it difficult to actually access my own website from my house. Long story short, we’ve all been very busy and I’ll be back to posting more regularly soon.
Briefly though, a post about Halloween…which was a few weeks ago… Meg had originally wanted to go as Doc McStuffins this year, a character on Disney Channel she’s been exposed to in recent months. However, as these things tend to go, she had seen all those episodes enough times and wanted to watch something else, so Word Girl took its place (though she’s been watching Doc McStuffins again, recently…I dunno…goes in phases, I guess…). Regardless, she changed her mind and opted to go as Word Girl, which gave Brooke the opportunity to actually make the costume instead of just using the store-bought version Meg got as a gift from Aunt Mal back in September. This actually worked out in our favor, as the costume for Word Girl’s side kick, Captain Huggyface, worked pretty well for Calvin to wear. Brooke did an excellent job with them, but as very few people in Marshall really know who these PBS characters are, we had to explain the costumes to more than a few people.
I don’t have much to do on Friday afternoons, so I picked Meg and Calvin up from school and brought them over to the college, where multiple offices have candy available for trick or treaters to come by and visit. This actually worked out pretty well, as that way, we could get Calvin in his costume for awhile, get some pictures taken, and then he wouldn’t necessarily have to go out for the real thing with Meg later. It happened to be pretty cold that day, so walking around campus for a few minutes was a bit warmer than the alternative.
Still, we ended up going out trick or treating anyway. Calvin was in a good mood and Nana came along to help out. That way, Brooke could hang out at home for other kids to come by and Nana and I could take both kids out in the wagon. We only ended up hitting maybe 7 or 8 houses, but as cold as it was, I think Meg had her fill of it. Really, Calvin didn’t have any idea what was going on, but I think he enjoyed going on a wagon ride close to his bedtime.
Ultimately, Meg had a pretty good haul of candy, combined from daycare, a visit to Missouri Valley, and then walking around our neighborhood (which, apparently, has a pretty good participation rate on Halloween, so walking around our block will probably be “enough” for the next few years!). All in all, a pretty good Halloween!
Other than that, again, we’ve been busy. Lots of work around the house has been completed (and I’ll still post about that…I promise…), and much has happened with both of our jobs out here. For my part, I’m now within a few days of Thanksgiving Break and, thus, within only a few weeks of the end of the semester. Time flies! I’ve enjoyed my time thus far, despite the number of hours I’ve been putting in. Next semester should be markedly easier, as I won’t have to develop three courses worth of material again.