Friends, if you are still following our blog, thank you. I hope it has been helpful for someone. I am behind again! Here is a quick post on what we did for Halloween. Stay tuned for a post with Dash’s final assessment results. And here is a set of family photos, which I love. It reminds me that good health springs forth from a healthy relationship with food. I think all of us have achieved a healthier weight this year. The trend continues, with the exception of Baby Blues, whom we are encouraging to consume larger quantities of good calories. He has always been on the underweight end of the spectrum. So has Dash, for that matter.
We had talked with our kids at the beginning of October about making Halloween candy an incentive for getting all of their home program exercises done each day. Here is what we decided. The kids and I did alright with the exercises this last month, but we still didn’t manage to get them ALL in, as we were hoping to. As the end of this month drew closer, we had to make a decision about how we would celebrate Halloween. After talking as a family, we decided that instead of trick-or-treating, we would buy some new Beyblades and a Beyblade stadium, and let the kids do a tournament. We also decided to have a party at home, with treats and food that fit in with our diet. It was great! Big B and all of the kids were super excited all week, and kept asking us when we would go pick up the Beyblades, and when they could play with them. So we finally bought them on the 30th, and told the kids that on Halloween morning they could open them up and start warming up for the evening tournament. At 1pm on Halloween day, they were still going strong.:) Twenty years ago if you had told me all five of my kids would sit around and basically watch spinning tops “battle” each other in a plastic arena for hours on end, INSTEAD of going trick-or-treating, I’d have thought you were crazy! Alas, it is true. Spinning tops decked out with sculpted metal and plastic parts can be endlessly entertaining. Give each top a name and a battle persona, and the kids are set! Another fun event from Halloween week was the Trick-or-Toy party at the Brain Balance center. Here are a few pics.
Baby Blues and Big B, a samurai and a ninja.
Big B doing a “toy” walk
Sparkle and Big B, honing their Badminton skills. Using plastic golf clubs.
Dash’s Achievement Wall at the Brain Balance Center
Big B’s Achievement Wall, also at the center.
A few pics from our recent photo shoot.
I misplaced my camera this month, for almost two weeks. If you know our family, you know that this is a long-standing problem. Though I must say, we have improved! Three or four cameras have fallen victim to our toddler-rich home environment (and the demonic fixation of at least two of my boys with flushing things down the toilet) in the last ten years. At least this time it was only misplaced, not deceased. And even if some pee wee tried to flush this one, we’d be ready. THIS camera is waterproof! So I didn’t get the Beyblade tournament on film, but that’s OK. Sometimes we forget that once upon a time (only 10-15 years ago), before “blogging” was even a word, we all survived just fine without photo-documentation of every single family event or significant milestone. Sometimes we have to chuckle at our image-obsessed digital age, you know? The point is, Halloween can be fabulous without candy, and even without pictures!