Trick or Treat

Yesterday was a gorgeous day.  Poor Jace had to spend the first few hours at a doctor’s office with me (blah), but once I finished my glucose tolerance test (and passed, yay!), we got to head outside to play.  I asked Jace what he wanted to do.  His answer?  Run in leaves.  And that’s exactly what he did.  Very cute.
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Other than running in leaves, Jace spent his day eating sugar.  It was ridiculous.  We made cupcakes for his Halloween party and Jace looooved them.  They were mini-cupcakes and he at the frosting off the top, then fed the rest to the dog.  The funny part was that to eat the cupcakes, Jace would lay flat on his back in the middle of the kitchen floor.  Every time.  He had to get up to get the next cupcake, but then he’d return to his spot on the kitchen floor.  Silly, silly.
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After the sugar wore off, Jace crashed.  His sleep has been all over the place lately.  He’s been fighting bedtime, then waking up really early, then falling asleep in the car.  I kept him awake all day and thought we were in the clear.  I set him up with a drink, cheese and crackers, and the iPad, and went into the kitchen to make dinner.  About two minutes later, he was sound asleep.  About two minutes after that, he tipped over on the pillow I’d placed next to him.  And slept and slept and slept.  I tried waking him up several times, but he would just cry until I left him alone and he could fall asleep again.  Sigh.  We’ll figure out sleep some day!
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After we finally got him to bed, Adam and I carved our pumpkins!  What do you think?  A minion and Daniel Tiger (“Dan Tiger”, if you ask Jace).
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Today was a fun day.  I jumped in the shower and Jace dragged his step stool over to the kitchen counter and figured out a way to reach the cupcakes.  Seriously.  I thought I’d put them out of reach, but nooooope!  I came down from my shower and he was covered in frosting.  And thus began the all-day sugar rush.

After a zillion cupcakes, he had no interest in “real” food.  Then we headed to IHOP for lunch to meet our friends for “free face pancakes” for kids day.  They give you a huge pancake with whipped cream eyes and mouth, a strawberry nose, and cookies and candy corn for decoration.  It was cute!  Jace and his friend, Cara, ate the cookies and the whipped cream.  And their chocolate milks, of course.  And that was about it.  (Okay, that was it for Cara, Jace actually ate a bunch of bites of scrambled egg, but told me it wasn’t as good as cookies).
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We tried to get them to keep eating, but they were much more excited about playing with Jace’s “vehicle” books – books with wheels on them that they both loved.  Cute!
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After IHOP, we went home to play for a while.  We spent some time outside to burn off all the sugar.  It worked.  Sorta.  Jace took Dan Tiger on a few rides down the driveway.  It was cute watching him because he was very supportive of Dan Tiger.  He’d warn him to hold on tight and when Dan Tiger would fall over he’d hug him, explain that it was okay, and suggest he try again.  I love all the talking!!!!
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Eventually it was time to get ready for the party.  We got Jace into partial doggy attire and then set the pumpkins out on the driveway.  Jace was quite excited to examine them.  He thought switching the lids was hilarious.  And loved that there were candles “hidden” inside the pumpkins!
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And then it was party time!  We had a lot of Jace’s friends over tonight (with their parents) for a Halloween party and trick-or-treating.  Our neighborhood is super cute for trick-or-treating.  Townhouses that are suuuuper close together and on a culdesac?  Perfect for toddlers!  My pictures are a bit rough.  It’s tricky to get 6 two-year-olds to pose for a picture.  Especially when there’s candy to be gotten….

But here are some pictures.
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Jace was much more interested in eating the candy he had in his bucket than he was in knocking on additional doors….!  And the houses that let you choose your own candy were tricky because Jace would carefully consider each option.  “This big.  This blue.  Hmmmm.”  I liked the running commentary, but some of his friends definitely hit more houses than we did!
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Back at the house, everyone compared their haul, played with glowsticks, and ate more pizza and snacks.  And, of course, ate a tonnnnnnn of candy.  TONS.
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After his friends left, Jace had a great time helping Adam pass out candy at the door.  And eating more candy!
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And now our tired and sugar-overloaded little puppy is sound asleep.  Maybe we’ll attempt a sugar detox tomorrow….  Maybe.  Happy Halloween!
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