We LOVE Halloween around here! Well, we love any holiday, but Halloween is probably a favorite at our house. We spent this past weekend making lots and lots of Halloween goody bags: for our trick-or-treaters, for Lily's school party, and for our Halloween party at out house!
Lily helped make every single one. It took hours, but it was so much fun! The hardest part, per usual, was keeping "the crazy one" away from all of the candy. I think Reese had about 6 suckers while we were trying to pack bags.
Side note- I bought candy at Sam's, and it was crazy cheap compared to Target and grocery stores.
Lily insisted on storing some of the goody bags in her room. She wanted them all on her dresser, but we compromised with the closet.
One year ago (October 18, 2013), Lucy joined our life.
We were walking with Sissa and Noni at the Knoxville Mall, and Sissa said, "one day I am going to take you there, Lily", gesturing to Build a Bear.
Then, in typical Sissa fashion (she is more fun than I am), "Let's go right now."
I kept saying, "NO! Melissa, that is ridiculous." Build a Bear is crazy expensive, and I knew that the stuffed animal would just take up space in my house, never even played with, until I gave it to Good Will.
Sissa grabbed Lily's hand and marched her into the store. Lily turned around and looked at me over her shoulder, giving me a little shrug, and a "I can't help it if Sissa is cooler and more fun than you are, but who I am to stop her?"
And, that is when Lucy entered our lives. Lily picked the creepiest, most noticeable stuffed animal, despite our attempts to steer her toward a normal looking animal.
She goes through phases with all of her stuffed animals and dolls where she will set up an elaborate party for them or make them books. She has loved Minnie since she got her when she was 3 from Aunt Shannon. Then, for a while, it was Daisy (and then the addition of Laisy from Noni). Daisy lasted about 9 months until she was just phased out. She still loves Minnie, but for the past year, it has mainly been all about Lucy.
Lily packs her own suitcase, and I love when I see her animals peeking out.
So, for Lucy's 1st birthday, I took her to the Build a Bear that just opened here. Well, Sissa sent me $15 in coupons, so that is what motivated me. But, the timing worked out perfectly. Lily got to groom Lucy and I let her pick out two outfits for her.
Lily spent the Birthday Eve copying the birthday certificate into one of her many books.
The next morning, the birthday celebration started about 6am.
And, it continued all day.
Even Reese walked around saying, "Happy Birthday Lucy!" all day. Reese is always trying to find Lucy and then run and give her to Lily, screaming, "Here, Lala. Here's Lucy."
If you have ever wondered, "What is Nicole doing at 6am on a Saturday morning?" Here is a little video to give you an idea. Yes, it is still dark outside, and we are already deep into our multiple parties for the day. Not by my choice, of course. I bribe, cajole, punish, beg, etc... to try and get Lily to PLEASE PLAY BY YOURSELF. But, I have discovered, I would rather just play with her at 6am than deal with her pouting and throwing "Lily H. is sad" notes down from the balcony for the rest of the day. Plus, the party did end up being kind of fun.
I love when Reese spots us and starts running. "Hurry!"
So, Lucy is part of the family. In addition to her niece named Lucy, Melissa also has a god-daughter named Lucy. :) We sure are glad that Sissa is so much fun.