Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween, Take One

Our little ladybug and our buff spiderman

Jayden's teacher, Ms. Angie leading her class through Meadows Shopping Center

Jayden, AKA Spiderman, walking in the Halloween parade at Meadows.

Jayden and some of her crimestopping friends

All the kiddos walking back over to preschool from Meadows Shopping Center

Jayden had her Halloween parade and party today at preschool and she really had fun. It was so cute seeing her walk through the mall all dressed up. I was a little afraid she would see Sophia and I and want to leave the "parade" and go home with us, but she was a big girl and walked right by us and waved and kept on moving with the rest of her class :) I also got the girls all dressed up to go to another trick or treat outing this evening, which didn't turn out like I thought it would. We got a flyer from school about Sycamore Manor having a safe trick or treat tonight with a magician, and I thought it would be fun. Well it was in a small area, lots of people crammed in and the magician was stuck in a corner with his table about 5 feet in the air and only enough room for maybe 5 or 6 people to stand around him, and most of them were adults! I told Jayden that maybe this magician would pull a rabbit out of his hat or something, so needless to say she was a tad disappointed with the performance. But we got some loot and it was just a run through for the big night on Sunday :)
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