Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Tomorrow is the day we've all been waiting for (and I do mean all been waiting for)... Halloween!
My little sisters, of course, are the most excited for the big day. They can't wait to put on their costumes and go trick-or-treating. The rest of the family, I'm pretty sure, will be most excited for the end of the Halloween countdown and cries of, "I want it to be Halloween today!" But I also think that all of us are excited for candy (even if my mom and I stole a few pieces last night after kids were in bed), no matter how old we are.
In preparation for tomorrow, the kindergarten classes at my sisters' elementary school held Fall Feativals today. I went in to help out with the little projects that the kids were doing, but we didn't tell the girls ahead of time that I would be there. They actually both asked my mom and me this morning if either of us could come in... My mom told them that she couldn't, because she hurt her back the other day and it was still bothering her a bit. We kind of avoided giving them a real answer about whether or not I could come in, and luckily they both got distracted with something else and stopped asking me about it. I was so glad that we kept it a surprise because the girls were so excited when I showed up in their classroom, both running over to me to give me big hugs. It was adorable!
Halloween celebrations are certainly different down here than they were in New York. Kids can't wear their costumes to school, and they don't call the festivities a "Halloween party." There's no costume parade for the kindergarten kids that ends in a little concert for the parents. But I think that the kids still managed to have a pretty good day despite the differences. The girls made hats that looked like bats, and they heard a Halloween story. There were games of musical chairs and "Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin," which everyone enjoyed. The kids even got to decorate cookies (or graham crackers in our dairy-free case) with frosting and candy corn. I think that the day definitely brought up the excitement levels in all of the kids in preparation for tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to walking around with the family tomorrow and seeing more of our neighborhood. I'm also hoping that my last-minute plans work out with my costume so I look somewhat festive... We'll see how it turns out! Either way, I'm looking forward to getting my fair share of candy when my mom swaps out the dairy-free stuff she bought with whatever the girls collect. Sometimes I just love having sisters who are allergic to dairy! Easy way to score some chocolate when you're too old to go trick-or-treating for yourself!
I hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe Halloween tomorrow! May everyone bring home a great stash of candy and not be too frightened!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.