Finnley is fully engrossed in the world of preschool at this point. I no longer hear how "quiet" she is every time I pick her up. She excitedly tells me about her snacks and juice offerings and about what they all did during her short academic day. It is a strange new normal for us, but I think we are both enjoying it. I take in a yoga class each week. I clean in peace. I run some errands with super hero speed. I get a latte' with a friend. Or by myself. I just do, and I do it all quietly and quickly. Totally a win-win for Finnley and me.
And, here we are already at the end of October. With the end of the month coming, we are also seeing more ghosts, spiders, witches, skeletons, and other creepy creatures littering neighborhood lawns. Finnley is finally starting to "get it". She is understanding Halloween for the first time ever. She understands that costumes aren't real, and neither are the strange things we see on people's lawns. She delighted in picking out her own costume this year, and she really can't wait to go trick-or-treating. We are getting our money's worth out of her costume and Halloween themed clothing well in advance, though, too. We have already been a part of a mom's group "trunk-or-treat" party at a local park / parking lot. Finnley participated in her school's Halloween parade and party today. On Friday we will be taking part in Halloween festivities at Storybook Land, including a hay ride, "corn" maze, and trick-or-treating. And, finally...we will get to the actual calendar holiday itself sooner than we can imagine. Time just seems to double its passing speed as we round out this last quarter of the year. Crazy!
Until later, here is a glimpse of our little Tink enjoying her first taste of Halloween 2012. What a great and adorable Tinkerbell she makes, in addition to being a simply beautiful little girl in every day "real life".