The parade began at 9:45AM. I figured it would take about 30 minutes for the whole school to shuffle past. Maybe less. Why did I think this? Because I am an optimist. After the parade finished (in less than 30 minutes), I was going to take the younger two boys and run to Costco. There, I would buy everything on my list (because, of course, they would have everything) and be back to my house before noon to meet the visiting teachers. This would leave me plenty of time to listen to the VT, get the boys lunch, tidy up, start more laundry, and put the pumpkins we carved last night out on the porch before the kids got home from school (Fridays are early out days). That way I could get the kids showered really, really well (hair dye in a can is quite awful), and #2 to her eye appointment (yes, it looks like she needs glasses, too!) by 3PM. The appointment, which is supposed to run for an hour, will end on time and give me loads of time to get dinner on the table. Once dinner is finished, we will have plenty of time to clean up dinner, get dressed nice, and drive north about an hour for a wedding reception.
But the parade didn't last 30 minutes. It lasted far longer. I left after an hour.
By then, I didn't have time to go to Costco before the VT came. And now I've realized that although I HAVE to go to Costco today (I'm hosting a baby shower tomorrow morning!!!), I have no idea how I'm going to do this with the #2 eye appointment and the wedding reception (that I honestly cannot miss. I can't!). So, shoot-from-the-hip plan:
1. Get kids cleaned up really well from Halloween costumes when they get home (in about 30 minutes).
2. Take EVERYONE to the eye appointment. Ugh.
3. Take EVERYONE to Costco. That part doesn't scare me. We do Costco as a family a lot. Big carts are my fave!
4. Throw the food in the fridge, eat a quicky dinner (probably just make-your-own nachos or cold cereal, unless I get on the ball and put something in the crockpot in the next 30 seconds), and then...
5. ...Calculate the last possible minute when we need to drive north. The reception goes until 8:30PM. I'm thinking if we leave by 7PM, we're good to go. That way, even if we hit traffic, we've got a 30 minute buffer. Heck! Maybe it won't even take an hour to drive. Maybe 45 minutes? [See! I'm an optimist!]
6. Bring kids home and collapse in a heap before realizing I forgot to start laundry. Which I probably should, but why should I when I will forget to change it and then have to re-wash what's in the washer because I remembered to change it 48 hours later...
7. Wake up early to get the baby shower prep going, a.k.a. clean the kitchen, living room, bathroom, hallway. Make the food. Decorate a tiny bit. Give the children to the sitter. Be grateful my sister is helping out!
8. Clean up shower stuff and get the kids ready for trunk-or-treat stuff.
9. Put on my own costume (I'm going as a witch! With a false nose! She's a witch!)
10. Make sure I've got the stuff for passing out at the trunk-or-treat --ACK!
11. Add to list: Stuff for passing out at the trunk-or-treat.
12. Who made this holiday!?
13. I'm guessing I'll love Halloween more when the kids are older and can put on their own dang costumes. Or would rather not dress up.
14. I hate that everything revolves around getting candy, though. Candy-schmandy! Every stinkin' holiday revolves around food that clogs our arteries and gives us cancer. LAME! That's why the "stuff" I'm getting is going to be spider rings or something. Take that, you candy-begging-kids!
15. I wish I liked Halloween more. I probably would if Brandon's school schedule didn't fall on it --again! The year before that, he was in China for work. Three years, folks. He's missed three Halloweens in a row. Not his fault! But, still...