Jennifer has been doing remarkably well. I have been so busy, I have completely forgotten to update the page about Halloween. 😦 Well, when Jennifer was first diagnosed and we learned the cancer was in her brain, one of my first thoughts, which I don’t admit to very often, was God please let her at leave live long enough to have one more holiday season with her kids.
Well, we had a wonderful Halloween, Jennifer was able to participate as much as anyone could hope for and the kids had a wonderful time. We actually had three different Halloween events we were able to take the kids too. I really enjoyed the fact that I was about to organize and get the kids together and Jennifer was able to enjoy the fun parts.
On Saturday we went to the Largo central park, Spooketacular event. The baby was too young to do anything more than looking cute. Natalie was too old for the bounce houses and the vast majority of the stuff to do, BUT her costume was so cute (and make up on point) people kept commenting and taking her picture. I know she was loving every minute of it!
The baby was dressed up as an elephant because once he started crawling about two months ago, he crawls with his butt in the air, I swear he looks like a baby elephant. I had to cut out the armpits and make some minor adjustments because it was a thick costume, he could have gone trick or treating in any New England city and he would have been comfy, here, I was afraid of heat stroke.
Almost all of the family went trick or treating together. My sister, her husband, the three kids, Mom, Ray, Jessica, and myself. In previous years we have not been able to find a neighborhood that has many trick or treater’s or active houses. This year, we found the perfect place! All night there were families all over the sidewalks, laughing, joking, walking with their little goblins and gools. It was such a fun experience, it was very much a traditional Hallmark style moment.
I have made it my goal for this holiday season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years AKA Natalie’s 16th birthday, that I would do everything I can to organize a memorable and fun holiday event for the family. It has been such a hard year for all of us, so I want to create a better ending to 2016. When all of this started on August, I did not believe Jennifer would make it to Halloween, not to mention 2017. We are all so thankful for the blessings we have received during these extreme times. One successful holiday down, 3 more to do. The theme for the rest of the year is, love, appreciation, care, relaxation, reflection, and family.