The pandemic taught us all different things. Mostly, it taught me the importance of having good neighbors. I’m not sure if we would have made it through some of the most difficult parts of last year without daytime chats, bonfires, or playtime with friends.

I am so thankful that the people around us have similar standpoints on the importance of letting kids be kids during weird times. Additionally, it’s been nice not being the only mom who is working from home with kids for once. Being able to share the responsibility of watching each other’s children has made such a huge difference in my mental health, especially while pregnant. It has been a blessing to be able to let my kids outside year round (yes, even when it was freezing) to play with their friends and have fun even after all of the opportunities for fun were taken away from us this last year.

Halloween 2020 was no exception. While it snowed last year for Halloween, this year the weather was nothing but spectacular. The sun was shining, it was in the 60’s, and the leaves were just beginning to change color. Ari was even able to wear her Belle costume without freezing her little booty off! Always a positive. All of our neighbors rallied together to show our kids (who, at this point had endured way too much online school and weirdness in the world) a great time. One neighbor had a Halloween party, the others (even the older folks in the neighborhood) made sure to make Trick-Or-Treating more fun than it has ever been. We had a huge group of friends that traveled together from street to street ringing doorbells and eating too much sugar. The kids loved it! Even Ari (the girl who cries 3 feet into every walk that her legs hurt) walked many miles that day. When she got tired, she walked home with me and road back in the stroller with Daddy to meet up with the group.

Truly one of the best Halloweens ever.

Some Halloween Portraits