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Halloween 2008

We didn’t expect to have two kids to celebrate Halloween with this year, but there you go.  I went to Target earlier this week, and found the last costume they had in the 0-6 month size — a chili pepper.  It’s pretty awesome, as costumes go.

The festivities began with Sammy’s kindergarten parade.   Apparently, there is a longstanding tradition at the Manning Elementary School of letting the kindergarten students bring in their costumes for a parade through the halls, trick-or-treating at each of the other classrooms.  Since Jennifer and I were both home with Josh, we decided to check it out.  I’m not sure what my favorite part was — the teachers dressed as the Supremes, or the kids themselves.

When we got home, we discovered Paul Chevrette, across the street, setting up the most elaborate Halloween decorations we’ve ever seen.  We’d been warned that Paul enjoyed Halloween like none other, but we hadn’t really been prepared for the full extent of it. Screaming fog machines, a cemetery, limbs peeking out from the bushes, giant blow-ups of ghouls and a Santa’s sleigh…it was something to behold.

The actual trick-or-treating was great.  Sammy was once again an astronaut, this time in a white costume complete with a talking helmet.  Josh made an appearance as the aforementioned chili pepper, but stayed home to help Jennifer distribute candy while I took Sammy around the block.

After the great Easter Egg Hunt and this, we can’t wait to see how this neighborhood celebrates Christmas.


Futures at Fenway

We took Sammy back to Futures at Fenway this year, and brought along his friend, Timmy, who lives across the street. We got there in the 5th inning of the first game, between the Lowell Spinners and the Hudson Valley Renegade. The game went into extra innings, with a walk-off victory by the Spinners, so we only lasted until the 5th inning of the second game. That one was between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights, and happily, the PawSox had the game well in hand when we left.

Emma and Marjorie Bartlett, Sammy’s friends from school, were also at the game. They came to visit us for a little while, and we joined them in their seats by third base for a while as well. We were sitting right behind home plate, in the field boxes, and next to the radar guy. Don’t think we’ll ever get to sit there for a real Sox game, so I’m glad we had the opportunity.

The boys had a blast, and we’re glad Timmy could join us. I don’t think either of them needed to eat again for a week, after the hot dogs, Cracker Jack, ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, and peanuts.