Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy (early) Halloween!

Hey everyone!
I finally decided what I wanted to be for Halloween - a black cat! My mom and I went shopping over the weekend to see if we could find a cat costume, but at the few stores we tried, there were none! All that we could find was a pair of cat ears and a tail, which was too bad, but still, it was better than nothing.

I dressed up in a pair of black jeggings, brown boots, and black t-shirt, and Mom made me some whiskers out of pipe cleaners. I have to say, it turned out better than I expected!

Zoe finally consented to coming trick-or-treating with me. She decided to at the last minute, so we didn't have time to get her a proper costume. I found an old witch hat in my closet, and I gave her Alexandria Beauregard's cape and belt, and tried to convince her to wear a skirt. She adamantly refused, telling me that she wouldn't go at all if I made her wear a skirt.
"Please?" I begged.
"No way! There is no one on the entire planet that is going to be able to get me into a skirt," she told me. I sighed and went to find her some tights instead. The best I could find were some blue calf-length ones, but she didn't seem to mind.
Mom took these pictures of Zoe when we tried on our costumes this afternoon. Isn't she pretty?

We haven't carved our pumpkin yet - it's our tradition to wait until Halloween night. I can't believe it's only 2 days away! I'm so excited - I love everything about Halloween, from carving pumpkins to dressing up to getting free candy! What's your favorite part (or parts!) of Halloween? What are you going to dress up as this year?

That's all for now! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Raking Leaves

Sorry I haven't posted in so long... I think it's been over a month! I've been super busy with school and homework, but this week we have a four-day weekend, so I've finally had some free time.
But of course, before I could do what I wanted, Zoe and I had to help my mom rake the lawn so my dad could mow. Zoe and I carried on our annual tradition of making a leaf maze. You can't see it so well in the picture, but it was really big! It covered almost the entire lawn!
After we had run it a few times, Dad came out and told us that we had to rake it up so he could mow. Zoe groaned, but I didn't care. After all, the whole fun of the leaf maze was making it. Besides, there were plenty more leaves on the trees around the lawn, and they'd be falling pretty soon.
Mom helped me and Zoe rake all the leaves into one huge pile in the middle of the lawn.
Yesterday, it rained, so the leaves were all wet and slimy. Of course, Zoe didn't care about that. She took a running jump and dove into the pile.
I walked up to her with my nose wrinkled.
"Eww... Zoe, there are probably all kinds of mushrooms and slugs in there. You'll get your clothes all slimy!"
"What do I care about clothes?" she laughed, climbing down from the pile. "Come on, you should try it! It's really fun!"
"No way!" I said, shaking my head and backing up. She rolled her eyes and walked back a few steps to take another jump.
At least, that's where I thought she was going.
Really, she was creeping up behind me, and just as I sensed that there was someone behind me -
- she gave me a big push, right into the pile of wet leaves!
She was laughing hysterically at the look on my face, and didn't notice when I stood up and grabbed her arm, then threw her right back into the pile.
My clothes were already wet after that, so I figured I might as well jump in again. We spent the rest of the afternoon diving into the pile until it wasn't even a pile anymore - just a bunch of wet leaves and bits of grass spread across the lawn. My dad came outside and yelled at us to clean it up . . . or else.
Mom came out with some donuts and hot chocolate for the two of us after the whole pile had been raked into the woods. We sat on the porch while we ate them.
I can't believe it's already October! October means Halloween, and Halloween means trick-or-treating! I'm having trouble deciding what I want to be this year, though. I was thinking maybe a black cat or a ballerina - possibly Tinkerbell. Zoe says she's too old for trick-or-treating, but I told her that no one can be too old for Halloween. You get to dress up and you get free candy! What's not to love?
Are you going trick-or-treating this year? What will you dress up as? What's your favorite part about Halloween?
I'll try to post more often if I can - 6th grade is a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of work!
That's all for now! Thanks for reading!