Despite the fact that it’s approximately 92 degrees here, it’s officially fall. I love fall, just like the rest of the planet. Great weather, great sports, and of course, Halloween. Although, it’s basically been Halloween prep time around here since JULY, because that’s when we got the first Halloween catalogue in the mail.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: STOP JUMPING THE GUN ON THE FREAKING HOLIDAYS. I live for Halloween. It’s my jam. But in July? No. JUST NO. In my house, we celebrate the holidays as they come, not months and months in advance. For one, I would like to enjoy the summer when it is still summer. Also, I would like to bask in the gloriousness that is back-to-school. And third is a whole new problem that makes me SCREAM and that is when the Halloween catalogues come in JULY, Annabel has entirely too long to think about her costume.

At first you might think, “Oh, well, if the costume catalogues come in July, Annabel can pick her costume early and you can order it and be on the ball for once in your life.” FALSE. Because the longer Annabel has to consider a costume, the longer Annabel has to change her mind. Which she has done. FIVE TIMES ALREADY. Some places don’t accept returns on Halloween costumes. Ask me how I know. (I only made that mistake once. Okay, twice.)

I love that Annie is as into Halloween as I am. And I know how hard it can be to narrow down your costume choices when you’re a kid. And yet, I am the meanest mom in the world because I can’t figure out a way to buy a Smurfette/Super Hero/Dog hybrid. Don’t even suggest that I make it because that is unacceptable to her. Plus, even if I made it for her, she would change her mind.

look at my hat!

At this rate, she’s not going to decide what she wants to be until about…oh, five minutes before trick-or-treating starts. So I hope she decides to be something we already have (or something I already bought, grumble) because otherwise, this indecisive girl is going to be out of luck.