To get some candy!
Last night, we took Sam out for "Beggar's Night", as we call it in Des Moines. We went to my parents' house so he could trick-or-treat with his cousins. And, yes, people are required to tell a joke in order to receive candy. It's a Des Moines thing. (Unless, of course, you can't talk! So Sam was off the hook for this year.)
We dressed Sam as a chicken. I had been telling people that his costume was a duck, but I guess I had my poultry mixed up. Either way, Brian wanted him to be something "manly", like The Incredible Hulk. So he was disheartened to hear many people making comments such as, "let's get her a piece of candy" and "she needs something for her bucket". (Let's not share that with Sam as he gets older.)
He had a great time running down the sidewalks and also touching every single pumpkin he saw. And he absolutely loved all the dogs he got to see and pet. He got the hang of picking out a piece of candy towards the end of the night. We were out for probably 45 minutes. And the weather was beautiful -- in the 60s. It was a great night for a first-time trick-or-treater!! And he was exhausted when we got home! What a tired little chicken!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
To get some candy!
Monday, October 29, 2007
It all began three years ago just before Halloween. He started his yard display with homemade bigger-than-life versions of Superman, Spiderman, Beetlejuice, etc. And we thought, "Boy, he's really festive. This will be fun."
Now it's evolved into a year-round display of his "artwork", including wooden chairs, trombones, neon orange shapes, etc. (Yes, trombones.) Didn't you know that trombones go along with stuffed animals in the front yard?
Of course, Halloween is the granddaddy of his creations. In addition to his artwork, there are music and random scary sounds blasting from a huge speaker. As I type this, the theme to "Ghostbusters" is playing. I can't knock the guy for being creative, albeit a tad scary.
Here are a few pictures. And I hope he doesn't find out about this post and kill me or something. (No, he's not that scary. But close.)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Brian's friend, Scott, was in town for Iowa State's homecoming this weekend. He lives in Ithaca, N.Y., with his wife, Lauren, and came back to play in the alumni lacrosse tournament. Scott and Brian lived on the same floor in the dorms and played lacrosse together at ISU. They had lots of fun reminiscing and we are very glad he was able to come visit and stay with us!