Halloween FHE

This will only make sense in Emily World, but let me share. Besides their individual morning readings, our family morning reading has been in the Old Testament. The kids just finished the Noah’s ark story, and have been very excited to be animals for Halloween. We normally make all our costumes, but this year were given costumes by the foster agency that helps is so much with providing for the kids.

And, since we were able to find a circus man costume for Nathan, we decided that would be our family costume this year: a circus. It’s fitting enough, and the kids all got to be animals!

Six = Zebra
Five = Cheetah
Three = Dinosaur
Toddler = Giraffe
Baby = Kitten

It’s not your ordinary circus, mind you, but we aren’t an ordinary family:

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The Bayles family joined us for our family adventures, and were sweet enough to dress up with the kids!

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Nathan’s parents also came over, along with his sister and her family!

Nathan’s mom was the “fancy trapeze artist lady”, even though Five kept calling her “angry bird”.

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Nathan’s dad’s costume was hilarious. Five kept calling him a clown, but the costume was genius. He wore brown socks and hunter style brown crocs, with white pants and a white shirt and a white wig – and an owl tie. He was a brown owl in a white tree! I laughed so hard! It was awesome!

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After a fun time playing and chasing and enjoying our costume party, the costumes came off for dinner. We had been talking about the Sukkot holiday a few weeks ago, and are reading King Benjamin’s speech in Mosiah for family evening scriptures. So we made a “tabernacle” in the living room tonight, hanging a sheet up over us, and putting the kids picnic table under it. We used it as our “circus big top”, but then after, we talked again about how the Israelites lived and ate and slept in their tabernacles during the Feast, and how our Israeli friends (and others, but they just know the Israel ones) still build tabernacles for Sukkot.

We took a play break after dinner to bob for apples, and more laughing, oh so funny! Five tried so hard, but Nathan showed him how it’s done!

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We cleaned up, then, while the kids got on pajamas, and then had our family scripture study from Mosiah. It takes so long now that the kids can read so much but are still so new to reading, but I was grateful to our guests for being so patient. The kids really can read so many words now!

We finished with dessert: carmel apples, gluten free chocolate torte, and Rice Krispie oatmeal no bake delicious somethings. It was all so yummy!

I loved, loved, loved our grown-up visit after bedtime, catching up with family and sharing about the chaplaincy stuff and talking with grown-ups! We stayed up too late, but it has been so long since a family visit, and I was so glad to just sit and rest with them and visit.

I am ready for a new week after the crazy one we had last week, even if this week will be its own wild experience with Five’s visit Wednesday morning and Halloween invading everything.

We had so much fun tonight!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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