There are a lot of reasons we moved to our neighborhood in Durham, NC. It's close to Casey's office, it's pedestrian friendly, we really love Durham. The list goes on and on. Now, we can add something else to this list:
|This house had a sign AND a balloon. They were practically fishing for toddlers.|
Toddler-Ween. An event sponsored by our neighbor-neighborhood, Old West Durham, in which houses allow parents of toddlers the opportunity to Trick-or-Treat, without fear of their little ones being trampled to death by The Naughty Nurse or Freddy Kruger-costumed teenagers. As an added bonus, most of these houses handed out toddler appropriate treats (we'll get to that in a second).
Once I got wind of this Parade of Adorableness, there was no way we were going to miss it. Even sub-zero temperatures and rain showers couldn't stop us; 'cause I'm a responsible parent like that. So at 4 p.m. on the nose, Casey came home early from work and Beatrice Kate was dressed and ready to hit the town for some candy:
|Did you say CANDY?|
|I swear, she was smiling like .002 seconds before this picture was taken.|
|I thought you guys said we were going to get some candy?! Let's go already.|
|You guys, this is practically child abuse.|
|I die of cuteness overload over this shot. The tail is simply too much.|
|Oh, Gee. Um, Let's see here. What am I supposed to do again?|
|You'll have to wait your turn, Pumpkin. I want to be sure I choose the best one for myself.|
|This is the best day of my life.|
What's not pictured here are: a clementine (because she ate it, peel and all, before we rounded the block), a Tootsie Roll pop (which was confiscated once she ate through the wrapper and widdled it down to the chewy center), and a homemade cookie (because, really? Who hands out baked goods these days? Do those people not watch the news?!? Parents have been scared into thinking there's LSD baked into it and screen candy these days for things like that.).
Shortly after Beatrice Kate surveyed her loot, I found her like this:
|Yep, that's M&M dribble down the front of that costume.|
So, we gave in and gave her a few fruit chews and four more M&Ms
|Note to self: Shoes need to be a part of next year's costume.|
|Seriously. Sweetest. Baby. EV-AR.|
|Yea, girl. You're lookin' good.|
And then, proceeded to wear it most of the day:
|Ok. Really? This is just gettin' kinda weird.|
She's unique. That's for sure.