Happy weekend, everyone! It was a hard week for me for obvious reasons, and I’m glad to have it behind me. Thank you, again, for all your kind words and expressions of sympathy. I barely stopped crying for three days straight, but on Thursday afternoon I made a turn in the grieving, and I’m moving on from replaying those sad final hours over and over and over to remembering happier times and feeling so lucky I have such a well of great memories (19 years worth!) to comfort me. (The rest of the family, including Miles, is doing ok. I’ve collected lots of photos and am going to make a little album for the kids, and we’ve been sharing memories and talking about the invisible string we have from our hearts to Simone’s and to all the loved ones we’ve lost. This seems to especially comfort Jackson who remembers the invisible string from his grandpa’s death three years ago when we had to figure out how to talk to kids about death).
Anyway, we had plans to take the kids to an urban pumpkin patch today, but it’ll be raining hard all day, so I think it’ll be a combo of play dates and movies and reading and games and baking instead. I’m not complaining. If tomorrow is dry, we may do the pumpkin patch then. I can’t believe Halloween is only a few days away! Are you dressing up? Last year Jackson decided to be Santa and thought Joanie could be an elf (this was when she was only two and still too little to have much opinion on these matters—boy, have things changed in a year). Drew and I dressed up like reindeer at the last minute and we had a pretty good family theme going. This year Jackson has been into watching vintage Looney Tunes cartoons and decided to dress up like Bugs Bunny for Halloween. Kid-sized Bugs Bunny costumes are hard to find!! We ended up creating a costume piecemeal – a vintage mask off eBay, a shark union suit from Target that we’ll cut the hood off of, a foam carrot, white gloves, cartoon feet that we’ll spray paint white, a bunny tail. Joanie’s costume was much easier. She wants to be Marshall from her favorite show, Paw Patrol — a costume I found on Amazon for $20 in about 60 seconds (granted, I had to exchange it for a smaller size but still: pretty easy). Jackson still wants a family theme and thinks Drew and I should also dress up as our favorite cartoon characters. Joanie is more direct: “You be Peppa Pig, Mama!” Hmmm…
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Have a great weekend, everyone!