Anyone who's on facebook is surely tired of such photos by now, but since this clearly is a blog for which the posting suits primarily me, here they are! Themes are obviously a thing of the past. Someone suggested we might have been going for a past, present, future theme; it was really more about what was in the closet and what was in stock at Goodwill. The exception of course is Alyssa's outfit which was lovingly fabricated by her grandma and reflects her current fascination with prairie girls (not homeschooling conventions). Over the past 5 days we've attended no less than 4 carnival-type events, so we have had more than our fair share of cotton candy, dunk tanks, bounce houses, kettle corn, face-painting and everything else fun and fall-ish. Last night the kids came home with over 17 pounds of candy! They choose about 9 pounds worth of "favorites" and we took the rest to a candy exchange program at a local dentist (if I could remember which of you bloggy friends first mentioned this I'd give you credit!). The kids received cash, bags of sugarless treats, and the opportunity to thank many of our service men and women (in person and via thank you notes) in exchange for their less-loved sweets, which will soon be shipped to our military personnel overseas. It was a really fun way for them to give a little of what they got. So how about you? Do you have any great ideas for dealing with the mountains of candy? Were your kids any cuter than mine? I hereby give you permission to continue to fill up the blogging world and facebook with scores of costumed kiddos.