31.10.11

Tricky Times


Left to right: Tom's ninja pumpkin, George's traditional pumpkin and Katie's happy pumpkin.




Making toffee apples has become something of a Halloween tradition.


So has hanging up my witch decoration but I seem to have lost it. I know I put it somewhere obvious.
Obviously not.

You may remember last Halloween when I proclaimed my dislike of trick or treating and said that I did not allow it. At all. Well, it turns out that I dislike constant whinging about not being able to go trick or treating even less.
 Katie has ground me down with continual cries of 'so and so's allowed to' and 'you never let me do anything'  and 'everyone in the road will be doing it except me' . 
 The force was strong in me to begin with but it has ebbed away and I'm afraid the dark side has won. It wasn't that I thought she had a point, I'm her mother not her best friend. It's not part of my job description to give her everything she wants but sometimes I just want to close my eyes and say 'fine, whatever'. 

There are rules:
Stay together -there are about six of them, the eldest is 14.
Only go to houses in our road  and only go to ones which have some kind of halloween display.
Don't eat it all tonight.
Be back by eight -it is a school night after all.
Get your homework done first.

Maybe it will rain.

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