Before we jump into the photos, let me preface this by saying that today the Gutsy Dad and Madelyn are having a competition to see who can barf more. This means that I, apparently, am having a competition (with myself) to see how many loads of laundry I can do in one day.
In the 12 years that I have known him, my husband has taken not a single sick day. (He claims he never has taken one in his 20+ years of work, but I can only vouch for the last 12.) This tells you a little something about the severity of the barfiness around here. However, both barfers are now asleep, so I thought I would indulge my sister-in-law (and anyone else) in a few obligatory Halloween pictures.
(You can click on any of the pictures to see things in greater detail.)
Both girls enjoyed helping the Gutsy Dad prep the pumpkins. At Jillson's request, we even roasted the pumpkin seeds. These turned out to be delicious!
Below is a wonky photo, but it showcases the Gutsy Dad's fine carving skills. Jillson requested the face on the left from an online template much to Madelyn's delight. Jills drew the face for the one on the right.
Here we are, on our way to the "trunk or treat" event at the church across the street from our house. The sheriff and his two jailbirds were quite popular.
Then we have Jillson the Mermaid (despite all appearances, she is NOT Ariel) and the Fay Pee-cess. (Madelyn was scheduled to be a zebra, thanks to a hand-me-down costume from her sister, but after a handful of hysterical fits all of which were variations on the theme of "my cah-soom not fahncy!" I broke down and purchased a $7 Fairy Princess costume from Target. Happiness was restored in the kingdom.)