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October 30, 2021


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How charming....maybe he needs to read more Curious George books. Hope he's not traumatized for life about Halloween or monkeys. Never thought about a kid not wanting to get into the costume. Maybe the parents will dress up too, first, next year. (Yep, mine hated the real-looking Santa at 1 year old, screamed until we held him again.) Well, what did YOU do in college? Have a safe trip home. Linda in Kansas


Well, the pumpkins look cute and so does your grandson in his monkey-costume, even if he is a little upset! Actually, this is the first time I've seen your little guy when he wasn't full of sunshine & joy, so I think he's due a storm cloud or two :^)

Hope you enjoy your last day there Margaret, have a safe trip home and--Honey Bucket? Haha!

Tonya Watkins

When Quinn was the same age as your little guy, he was a "mouse." (And an *adorable* mouse. OMG!) And he HATED IT. Absolutely had a fit about it. They did manage to capture a handful of decent pictures on Halloween, though (with both of them dressed as chefs, ala Ratatouille).

Oh, I'm sad that you're facing your final full day. (Will they be able to come for Christmas? Or no...)

It truly IS very lovely around those parts. The busy road/roundabout would be frustrating, though!


I find many people judge entire states with very little information. In my state, we are known as being flat, treeless and full of corn fields. In my area, it is mostly river valleys, lots of trees with corn in-between all that. I guess that makes them a third right.


I thought you were in NYC too!


He must have loved excavating in the pumpkin.

When KJarens think they have it bad with the new name association, I just have to tell them I'm a John. :)

kayak woman

I had a (sorta) opposite experience with mouse costumes from Tonya with my, uh, mouse. When she was about your grandson's age, I made her a tiger costume, which (to me) fit her personality. She was NOT crazy about it. Although she didn't exactly throw a tantrum, she HATED the hat the most. Little did I know she was actually a MOUSE! The next year, I made her a puffalump mouse costume and she carried her puffalump mouse with her and everyone was happy.


It is funny the things that go through kids heads about costumes, food, events. I am much more relaxed now with the tantrums than I was as a mom.


Your grandson is so precious. Enjoy your last moments there!

Ally Bean

I sympathize about the uncomfortable monkey suit. I get it, both why baby doesn't want to wear it and why mom wants him too. Your photos are great.

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