Halloween Fear

October 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I’m scared of halloween. Not of the ghouls and goblins, of course (I AM a grown-up you know). I am scared of the mountain of candy that is going to be in our house in about 32 hours.

In the past we have had this little tradition with the halloween candy. Of course the boys get to eat some candy while trick-or-treating. Then, when they come in after trick-or-treating, we dump all of their candy, combined, into a huge pile in the middle of the floor. All the full-size candy bars get removed from the pile and set aside. Then the boys get to take turns picking out their favorites. This year we have settled on the number “30″…they get to pick out 30 pieces each. The boys each have a tupperware container for their 30 pieces. Then those are their treats for the next year. Other candy they get at birthday parties or whatever goes into their containers also, so it usually does last the whole year. Whatever’s left in their container gets thrown out before the next halloween.

So, back to the mountain of candy that’s left. I go through it and pick out all MY favorites (basically all the chocolate). I put it and all those full-size candy bars in ziplocks in the freezer. Chad takes the rest to work.

I have every intention to maybe eat a piece of that chocolate in the freezer every now and then. Usually it’s so much…like 2 or 3 gallon size ziplocks full. It should last a long time, right? Well, it’s usually gone by Thanksgiving. Blech. My beginning of the holiday free-for-all.

I really don’t want to have a holiday free-for-all this year. I kind of had a summer free-for-all. Now I’ve been back on track since school started and I’m feeling great. I’m thinking I’m going to let Chad take all the chocolate to work too. I’m stressing over it. I want it, but I don’t want it. I can’t believe I have anxiety over candy! I’m a grown-up, as I said, right? If you used to weigh 270 pounds, you might have anxiety over candy too. I wish I wasn’t so obsessive-compulsive about food. I wish I was better at moderation. But I don’t think their is really a cure for my condition. It’s chronic.

My Spidey Sense

October 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I volunteered at the boys’ school again today, as I usually do on Thursdays. In Mack’s class, it was all about spiders. They have a couple of new class “pets”:

I don’t think Joey the Hamster has too much to worry about, though. These guys are not so cuddly. They are pretty cool, though. And so big! One of the moms of a classmate of Mack’s works at a pet store. Aren’t they lucky? She even resupplies them with crickets daily. I guess you can figure out why the crickets disappear every day :(

Even my volunteer activities were spiderific. I helped all the kids make these hats:

I came home for lunch in between helping out in each boy’s class and decided to take Chewie for a mid-day walk. I almost killed him.

I wrote more about that on my gratitude blog today. Don’t worry. He’s fine.

After walking with Chewie and eating lunch I went back to school to help out in Cal’s class. Check out his awesome Frankenstein shirt:

I took most of the class outside and played a fun multiplication game. I had a momentary twinge of guilt because I instigated a “choosing teams” situation, naming two kids captain and having them take turns choosing teammates. Someone had to be chosen last, of course. Bummer. Life is hard. Anyway, it was like a head to head multiplication tables competition. It got loud. It was really hot outside. But really fun.

After school it was quick snack and homework and then off to karate. While the boys were at karate I went to get pizza for dinner and go by Target to get a birthday present for Mack’s friend Molly, whose party is on Saturday. When I told Mack I was going to do that he said, “No princessy stuff, Mom. Molly’s not that kind of girl.” LOVE that. Molly is so cool.

For a little more Halloween happiness, here are a few pictures of my adorable nephew Cody that my sister texted me today:

His favorite Aunt Caroline sent him that cute punkin outfit. Oh, I miss him! xoxo