I was kind of dreading Halloween. On one hand, I love the kids costumes and I love the whole ‘dress up’ element, but I really wondered how fun it could be out here, when everyone lives miles away from one another. And getting in the car, fastening all the kids, driving to a house wayyyyyy out there to pop them all out again and walk to the door to trick-or treat just to walk back to the car, buckle in all the kids again and drive to the next place…sounded about as fun as an unmedicated tooth filling.

But I was wrong.

That’s not how it is here, or maybe it is for some people, but we didn’t do that.

What we did instead was, the entire school had a parade to our general store. A trunk-or-treating session was had by all, great delight and merriment.

Unfortunately, 2 of my 3 were asleep and would. not. budge.

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But one of my 3 had a fantastic time!

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Then school wrapped up, we went home – saw a bobcat on the way back! – to have dinner (more bear spaghetti). there was also time for a princess to visit her minions, the chickens, and for a little superhero-who-refused-to-wear-his-dinosaur-costume to pick some figs and play.

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meriah nichols halloween-17Then we packed up again and this time headed for the community center.

The community came together in a pinch-me-is-this-real way. It was like a really awesome house party that was by and for the COMMUNITY, and by that, I mean it was by and for everyone. Everything about it was FUN: the music, snacks, adult libations, kids playing, multiple generations dancing with each other, kids running out to use the adjoining playground, people all dressed up – oh man, the costumes! 

I haven’t had such a good time in, well, forever.

and of course I don’t have any pictures of it 🙂


Hey! that was something wasn’t it? I was telling you about the chain of events that have led us to STILL BEING HERE, which really honestly only disappoints me because I kind of had my heart set on experiencing a Day of the Dead in Mexico. Other than that, it’s mostly just frustrating in that we would like to be on the road already BUT, let’s face it: there are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay worse places to be stuck waiting for mail! We have food, fine company and my brother’s temper-pedic mattress (- and that thing is the BOMB!).

But we were facing Halloween here without costumes and that bummed me out. THANK YOU to you wonderful people that offered to send costumes for the kids: may the wind always be at your back, the sun smile upon you and sweet karma be yours.

Since we were just coming back from camping, we ended up going to the local thrift store and picking up a couple of costumes, for MacQuinn and Moxie. They were great! Only a couple of dollars each! Benefit of the small town life, that’s for sure. NO WAY would costumes that cute and cheap still be on the rack the day before Halloween in the San Francisco Bay Area!

We assembled Micah’s swiftly – just his great-Grandma’s white sweater, a belt from the thrift store and a light saber from Target. It worked out really well. BUT… when the time came to go… Mister MacQue was…


Yep. No-nap Mac-Q was out.



Luke Skywalker and Bunnita were on their own! With their trusty chaperone and photographer (- mama), of course!


Adorable, right?!! I can’t believe these kids came out of me. If I wasn’t there when it happened, I’d swear you made it up.

I also swear that I’ve never seen Moxie learn anything so fast in her life as she learned how to effectively trick/treat! I am seriously considering using candy as motivating bait for the future – but this is what happened:


She trotted along after Micah for the first couple of houses


Then she caught on that with the bunny ears ON her head, she received more “ooohs” and squeals of delight and those equaled MORE CANDY


Since we didn’t have a bucket for her, we were using a pillow case – which was too big for her to carry. She was carrying the candy in her hands and had that stuff in a death-grip, let me tell you! If I suggested she put it in the pillowcase, she looked at me like I was off my rocker and was absolutely emphatic with her “NO!”s.

But THEN she caught on that if she gave me her candy to hold in her bag, and arrived at the door empty-handed, she got even MORE candy!


Mid-way through our adventure, she had it DOWN: she’d be in the stroller, holding a candy. When we got to a house, she’d hand me her candy, ask to get out, she would put the hood/bunny ears on her head and run on over to the house, empty handed and bunny eared.

We came home with full bags, greeted by our Macaroon


How was your Halloween???


I’m going to finish the stories from the Big Lagoon on Sunday – and tomorrow we’ll be back with the Cool Cat Disability Profile series! Stay tuned


I received an email night before last from my OB- she said that the San Francisco hospital has pulled through for Boo and I and we are on!

Wednesday, October 24th, it is!




When the tremendous feeling of relief faded a bit – and it's no exaggeration to say "relief" with the intense pressure I've been feeling, coupled his cripplingly vigorous kicks (both of which make me scared that I'll burst or he'll come right out with one of those one-placed jabs).


And when the relief faded a bit, I thought, man, how cool is this? I'm going to have one child born in Oakland, one in Alameda and one in San Francisco! The heart of the Bay Area. And for Boo, how fitting to be born in the hospital that provided such excellent genetic counseling and the CVS for him.


It all feels right, feels good, feels like it's as it should be.


My friends have showered us with stuff – the material things that make it all easier. Mari loaned us her Moses basket, Anne her Arm's Reach – and toys, jumper – even breast friend (heh heh- remember that?!). Katie, her swing, loads of nursing wear, car seat, more.


It's all coming together.


He's got a couple of baskets of clothes now, a place to be comfortable and you know what? I think that's enough.


In a good mood – so relieved, a mountain off of my shoulders – I want to celebrate these last few days of having just two kids. Celebrate the imminent arrival of Boo. Celebrate Halloween too, my very favorite holiday.


So we got started with the pumpkins:

She thought it was exciting: paper! tape! pumpkins! ooooooooooooh, yeah!


A couple of pumpkins: one for Micah, one for Moxie and I.

He loved the materials, loved the thought of eating the seeds, making something from the innards. He's such an interesting boy. I'll bet every mom thinks that about her boy.

She watches him, I tell you

My heart swelled.

Pumpkins, done! Seeds, ready-set to bake.

Micah wondered if those pumpkins are going to scare people or make them smile.


What do you think?


Thanks for all the love you've been sending our way – I'm sure it has something to do with San Francisco creating an opening for us, for thinking working out so beautifully.



Don't forget – giveaways still going on – Conny Wenk's 2013 Calendar and "Moxie" Keychain.

Plus the Blog Hop.


You might be wondering what will happen with the rest of the giveaways and hops, since I"ll be in the hospital? Were you wondering? Well, I'm going to set up what I can via auto-post. Some things might be drawn out later – like the giveaways – but they will happen.


Cross my heart.


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