My Real Life

October 31, 2009

Parade Nation

Friday was a three parade day around here.

Real Man and I always take personal days on Halloween parade day.  It’s such an exciting time for the monkeys, we can’t imagine them looking out in the crowd and not seeing one or both of us. 

For yesterday’s morning parades, Real Man and I split up, as Monkey Girl and Baby Monkey had parades at the same time.

I took custody of the camera.

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I love, love, LOVE what they do for the Halloween parade at Monkey Girl’s new school!

First, the principal blasts some Halloween music, ala The Monster Mash, the kids come out, by class, and parade twice around the parking lot.

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After the parade, the classes all go to these pre-painted circles on the pavement and they do some dancing and then they play some games.

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The pure joy on the faces on those hundreds of kids was just wonderful to see.  I love a Halloween parade!

In the afternoon, I headed over to Monkey in the Middle’s school, where I helped get kids in costumes and took class photos for the teacher.  Then, I headed outside and met Real Man in the back for the parade.

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Monkey in the Middle is not comfortable being the center of attention, but will give me a smile every now and then.

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When it was time to go back inside, Mr. Serious had returned and he did his best, serious, Stormtrooper walk as he went inside the building.  I wish I had had the time to get a full body shot of the walk, a his arms were straight down at his sides and he leaned forward on his toes as he went.  Real Man and I looked at each other and said, “What is he doing???”  Then we smiled, because really…it was cute.

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So, one more parade today on Halloween.  It’s raining right now, and I’m really hoping it clears up or we’ll have some very disappointed monkeys around here.  Apparently four parades aren’t enough.  We need five.

So, enjoy your Halloween and may it be as magical and mystical as it was when you were a kid…

Whether you are in character…

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Or are just enjoying the day with good friends…

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October 30, 2009

Daddy’s Work Parade

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:38 am

Real Man’s company holds a Halloween parade every year for the children of employees.  The kids are invited in, they parade around the lobby while everyone watches from the floors above, and then the kids go to the different floors and trick or treat.  Everyone has candy for the kids and it just is a nice way for the parents who work there to get to bring their kids to work for a little while.

So, yesterday was that parade. 

Since I teach at the middle school level, I get out of school quite a bit earlier than the monkeys.  So, after work, I went and picked them up early, came home, situated everyone with their costume and then off we went.

We had to wait in the lobby for Real Man to come downstairs and the monkeys were spellbound by the large fountain.

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Then, the parade began.  Now, picking the big monkeys up is no big deal, however, it means Baby Monkey doesn’t get his nap.  As I believe I’ve shown through previous posts…that little guy needs a nap, even when he thinks he doesn’t.

So, Baby Monkey’s actions said, “Parade Schmarade.”

Check out this grumpy puss.

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Then, he’s got to turn away because he knows that I’m going to try to make him laugh.

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Now, he has to elongate his cheeks because he’s about to smile and really, REALLY wants to be a badass, grumpy monkey Superman.

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In the end, Real Man took them all around and proudly introduced them to everyone who works with him.  Real Man’s brother also works there, and the monkeys thought it was AWESOME to see their uncle at their daddy’s work.  For me, it was just a nice treat to get to see Real Man in the middle of the day.

When it was over, the monkeys and I drove home, and the trading began.  It’s our Halloween tradition and I’m sure it’s the tradition for all of your kids, as well.

“I don’t like this…do you want it?”

“Sure…then you can have this.”

They trade for hours.  They trade every night for a month after Halloween, and although I’ve never actually marked and tracked the candy, I’m pretty sure everyone winds up with the candy they originally brought home in the first place.

It’s such an exciting time of year for kids.  Halloween is magic and fantasy and pretend.  It’s everything a child could want, and I love to watch my monkeys enjoy the heck out of it every year.  Because really…even a grumpy, badass Superman loves Halloween.

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Although he’d never admit it when he hasn’t had a nap.

October 28, 2009

…and so it begins

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:13 am
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Today was Baby Monkey’s Halloween parade for his M,T,W nursery school class.

His nursery school/daycare is housed in a local church, and the kids usually go outside and walk around the building twice and all the parents stand out there and watch and take pictures.

However, in a Halloween first for us, it was raining today. In eight years, we’ve never had a Halloween parade rained out. I guess we should consider ourselves lucky!

So, instead of parading outside, the kids paraded around the aisles in the sanctuary.

Baby Monkey had the time of his life.

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He caught sight of us during the first lap and knew right where we’d be on the second time around. He beamed and proudly wore his brother’s old Superman costume.

After parading, the kid went up on the altar and sang some Halloween songs.

Baby Monkey decided not to sing, but to just smile at me the whole time.

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Seriously…he didn’t even look where all the other kids were looking. We caught eyes and just smiled at each other for about five minutes. I was in heaven.

Then, it was time to go back to class and so he waved and went off to his Halloween party and Real Man and I went back to work. One down, three to go.

Halloween. Gotta love it.

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