Happy Halloween to all of you. The kids were bouncing off the walls today with excitement about Halloween. That’s right, tonight, in a tried and true American tradition, we dressed our children up and sent them out to beg for candy. Second only to Christmas, Halloween is, for my children (and likely many others) a favorite holiday.
My children went as a Knight (my oldest), a zombie boy scout (younger son) and a Cinderella princess (my daughter). While my sons enjoy Halloween (because of the candy), for my daughter, it held an almost magical sense, as she got to spend all day dressed up and playing the princess (including having me play the coachman as I drove her to school). While she enjoyed Halloween last year, this year was the first year that she understood and was excited about going trick or treating. I enjoyed being able to share that with her. She will like Halloween next year, I am sure, but it won’t be quite as magical as it was tonight.
In other news, tomorrow morning (as in around 5a), I head up Scoutland on Lake Lanier (one of the Northeast Georgia Council scout properties) for the outdoor education portion of Adult Leader Training. I have been a part of the training team this year (one of my ticket items for Wood badge) and I have enjoyed being a trainer. I really do feel that I have a reasonable amount of ability as a trainer, so I look forward to continuing in that capacity.
Tomorrow, among other things, I am a demonstrator of outdoor cooking techniques. I will be cooking 3 dishes: Fiesta chicken with black beans (much like a chicken chili), sweet cornbread, and my strawberry shortcake. I will bring a little camera and get pictures to share in a future post. All of these will be cooked in dutch ovens, and I’ll be stacking a couple of ovens, too (first time I have done that). The only down side to the training is that we’ll be sleeping in tents tomorrow night, when the temp dips down into the low 40s. Thank goodness I have a warm sleeping bag.
I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but I do want to again encourage those of you who have been putting it off to consider donating to my particpation in Atlanta’s PurpleStride event on November 15th. I am excited that so many folks (a) have donated and (b) have indicated that they will come out and walk with me and be a part of team INDY. I have raised my goal several times; I am now hoping to raise at least $2000. Please consider helping. Thank you in advance.