We started out the day with a few crafts. They made spider finger puppets
Brave Writer). The idea is to have a really fun, "fancy" time sharing poetry and talking about writing. I made mini pumpkin scones the night before and I had bought an assortment of hot chocolate and apple cider mixes. I got out my grandmother's teapot for hot water, along with coffee mugs and real china plate (what's the point in having nice things if you can't use them? and the kids felt so grown up they did really well acting grown up).
I expected Sedona to need a lot of help, but she did so well figuring out the words she couldn't read based on context clues. I was pleasantly surprised how well she did all on her own and how motivated she was to do it on her own.
Halloween night, everyone was very excited to finish up dinner and start getting their costumes on. Even Secora was happy to put on the clothes she'd wear under her costume and run around with her sisters. Then it was time to put on her costume and she totally flipped out. I took her to her room so it was just me and her and tried to talk to her, but she was crying and insisting she wasn't wearing a costume, she wasn't going out, she didn't want candy. At one point, she wanted to put on her costume, but had to get out when I started to zip it. It's silly because I'm the adult and whatever she wants to do should be fine, but I was so disappointed. Had it been one of the other girls, it probably would have been fine, but this was just one more thing on a long list of things being a struggle for her.
I finally asked her if she just wanted to put on a dress-up skirt to take a picture and she agreed to that. The big girls were already in their costumes and eager to leave. Sedona had found this unicorn costume that she was completely enamored with. At first I told her it wouldn't fit because it was a toddler costume, but she loved it so much I finally let her try it on and she managed to make it work. I'm still not 100% sure what Sierra was, some sort of vampire.
Overall, it was a great day with lots of fun. Now Sierra and I are packing up to go on a girl scout trip over the weekend!