Last year we went trick or treating at the mall. This year we changed the decor with the Patrick Henry Library. As soon as we entered the door, we were handed a piece of paper with the program for the night. First thing on the menu was a story time with a couple of scary Halloween stories. Then we went around the library to find a few characters: a witch, a mime, a scarecrow, a minion, and a puppeteer. Each of them stuffed my Halloween bag with goodies like stickers, pencils, and bookmarks (no candies, though). At this point the only thing left to do was finding a book about witches, one about large creatures, and one with a spider on the cover. Of course, we did good with this last challenge and we won a free book. From a large pile of books we chose Corduroy’s Halloween (because Corduroy is one of my favorite characters). Here are some pictures:
This is (more than two weeks) earlier than my birthday, but there are a few reasons why we ended up celebrating it today. Khaleh Ziba wanted to celebrate Sara and Sina’s birthday in her backyard. To make sure the weather would cooperate, she decided to organize everything earlier rather than later. She graciously suggested that I would celebrate my birthday together with Sara and Sina to give mommy and daddy time to focus on our big move to the East Coast. The theme of our birthday was Mickey/Minnie Mouse and we all got to wear mouse ears during the party. Here are a few pictures of me partying as hard as I usually do:
Of course, we spent a lot of time taking group pictures:
The Halloween is not over just because we had a party: the most important is to go trick-or-treating. Because I was still a little sick, my parents took me to the mall instead of letting me go around the neighborhood. But that was not all: after we came back from the mall, I distributed candies to other kids who stopped by our house to trick-or treat. Here are a few pictures from the mall:
Preparations for Halloween started a while ago. At the beginning of the week I started wearing my Halloween pajama (see the first picture below). You may remember that we went to Country Mercantile to get pumpkins; well, they got carved during the weekend. The pumpkins were still going strong during the actual Halloween, as one can see from the following pictures.
I saw daddy setting up his tripod on several ocasions and I promised myself to set up that tripod myself as soon as I get my hands on it. Today I didn’t let daddy put his tripod away without giving it a try. The pictures below show that I am pretty proficient at setting up the tripod. Only if daddy would give me the camera to get the whole thing ready!
My parents set a pretty low bar with my first Norooz (which I spent mostly in bed), so I am not surprised that they did much better this year. We took a few pictures after daddy came back from work, then we went to kholeh Ziba’s house so I could celebrate the beginning of the Iranian new year with Sara, Sina, and Parna. It was one of those days when I had a lot of fun playing and went to bed really-really late. I enjoyed every minute of it!
I am now old enough (today I celebrated my 18-month birthday) to get my own laptop. I mean, mommy has a laptop, but she never lets me work on it. We also have a desktop that I cannot touch (even though I use the keyboard and move the mouse every time I get the chance). For a long time I keep trying to demonstrate that I deserve to work on a laptop; for example, I started saying “la-to” (while pointing at mommy’s laptop) about three months ago. Lately I even started to pronounce the word properly. This is most likely the reason why today I got my own laptop. Finally I can take care of business.
Today we had a few people over and mommy dressed me up in clothes with little dogs all over (by the way, I recognized the dogs and I said “woof-woof”). There were six other kids: three of the same age as me and three older ones. My younger friends and I had a great time trying to “borrow” toys from eachother (everybody knows that toys sitting around unused are not cool). That kept us busy for a while until we all wanted to go upstairs because we figured out that the older kids were playing there. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get past a gate, so we camped at the bottom of the stairs for the rest of the party.