Full and bright

I photographed these Halloween decorations at a North Carolina shop. BOO! September 2013

I caught these Halloween decorations at a North Carolina shop. BOO! September 2013

It’s Halloween! It`s Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can’t be seen
on any other night.        — Jack Prelutsky

I hope your evening is filled with delightful sights, sounds and tastes, even if only in your childhood memories!

Grady wishes everyone a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! And if you watch the video below, you can see him practice his lion roar (even though he doesn’t like to wear the mane headgear that came with the costume PaPa bought him…)

Autumn Grady October 2014

One year ago today:

Merry October!


  1. Both the still and the video of Grady are delightful! Tell Drew that while I understood seeing only his hands and arms when Grady performed from his crib, I find the placement of the camera in the bathroom to be particularly Bergenesque (as in Charlie McCarthy’s sidekick).

    Or, in the spirit of Raynard, I ask: Do you remember watching Paul Winchell, and his pals Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smif?

    • I’m sure Drew will get a kick out of the reference to Bergen. I had forgotten about “Mr. Winkle” until I googled Winchell’s name and found some old clips of him. WOW, that was a long time ago, vaguely familiar. There aren’t too many ventriloquists around anymore, but Jeff and I saw one who was amazingly good on a cruise one time. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it that much but it was hilarious and very entertaining.

      • Anon E. Moose

        Was the cruise ventriloquist Terry Fator? Sherry and I saw him perform in Atlanta in 2008. Now, he is a regular in Las Vegas.

        • I don’t remember the name. I just remember being surprised at how good and funny he was.

  2. Ann

    Hi Julia,
    Loved Grady’s video and the link to last year’s blog with all the photos of children dressed up. We rarely have trick or treaters so it was fun to see the costumes.🎃🎃🎃

    • Thanks, Ann! I love the creativity we see in costumes these days. Also totally love it when dogs are dressed up, although I can’t help but wonder if they are thinking “…one day these humans are going to push it too far…”

  3. Sheila

    Julia, that’s a mighty sweet roar from your little lion. Those big, blue eyes would just make me give him the whole bag of candy! 🎃 I hope for you safe travels today and a very positive outcome (if this is a medical trip). 🙏

    • Hi Sheila, thanks for the kind words about Grady. Also, thanks so much for the beautiful card you sent us. We appreciated it so much! Hope you have a great holiday!

      • Sheila

        Julia, the “promised package” is waiting on Bill to find one more thing for Matt. If he can’t find it this weekend, I’ll just mail it Monday, anyway! 📫 We go to Houston on Thursday for a long weekend, three Vann brothers and wives. Guess you’re gonna have to hear about that….for days! ✈️🌆🌵 Looking for a taco “thingamajig”! Love ya,
        Juia, She

        • Sheila

          You can always tell when Walter takes over the keyboard, Julia. 😍 Haha

          • Tell Walter I caught that “Juia” reference right away! Love to him AND you!

        • Aw, how sweet! Matt will love it with or without Bill’s addition. Hope you have a FABULOUS time in Houston…will you be missing any snow in SC? 😀 I doubt that you will get snow in Houston, that’s for sure!

  4. Carolyn

    That Grady is a cutie. Happy Halloween.

    • Thank you Carolyn. I love being a silly grandmother and thinking how cute he is! Happy Halloween to you, Terry and all the Bartlett trick-or-treaters!

  5. MaryAnn

    What a gorgeous little person! I want to run & play w/ him & talk to him & play “Beyond Balderdash” w/ his parents!!! Oh, the grandparents are invited to play!

    • OK, we can play pretend Balderdash tonight. We are there in spirit. You would have a blast with Grady. Hope you have a fun Halloween tonight!

  6. He looks like a future King of the jungle. Have fun!

    • Thank you Alan! He finally got used to wearing the mane that went with the rest of the costume. I hope to put some of the photos on Grady’s Page soon.

  7. Julia…Happy Halloween! 🙂
    Love the pics of Grady enjoying his Lion costume, and roaring like a lion!
    We usually have a big crowd of trick or treaters (100-150). We enjoy seeing the kids in their costumes. 🙂

    • WOW, you have even more than we do. I’ll bet the grocers in your area stock lots of Halloween candy. What fun!

  8. Happy Halloween Grady and Meme and Papa! Or should I say, “Hakuna Matata”? Good grief, they just don’t come much cuter than your sweet little grandson Julia! I was looking at the front door in your first photo too. Oddly enough, our front door is the same colour, I have the identical mat and our siding looks the same too. We have the identical brick in our little walkway to the porch too! It’s 5:32pm here and we’ve already had a number of treaters. It’s pretty cool tonight but at least there’s no snow. Hope you’re having fun handing out treats. I love it! xoK

    • Jeff told me awhile ago that they are getting snow tonight (Saturday) even in South Carolina! So if you don’t have snow and they do, that’s quite a switch. I think Grady had a great Halloween. We got some cute photos and videos of him in the full lion costume. Sounds as if you had a great time too. Let the holiday season begin! Lots of fun left in 2014.

      • That sounds fun J, I’ll watch Grady’s Page for all the fun ❤ Our work event was a lot of fun. More about here on monday 😀

        • I bet it was so festive. I would love to have been there. I’m sure there will be some gorgeous photos showing up soon! Loved the aqua tree house BTW!

  9. Rene

    I didn’t have that many trick-or-treaters this year, but I had a two year-old tell me “I’m a piwate!” and a Ninja Turtle politely ask if he could have some more candy. At work, I got to play Halloween Jeopardy! with 3 classes—it went over very well, although the kids couldn’t remember to phrase their answers in the form of a question.

    I can’t believe Grady is standing & walking already. Didn’t you just post his post-birth pictures? Some of my favorite memories are of my kids’ Christmases at about 1 1/2 years, I hope you enjoy this one!

    • Thanks Rene, I love reading about your twick or tweaters! I think one of the hardest parts of Jeopardy! is remembering to phrase it as a question. That, and the time limit, would keep me from going on it even if I could get on. Yes, it’s hard to believe Grady is so big already. It’s been over a year since I posted his birth photos. I have some cute videos of him running along in his lion outfit. I am going to try to update Grady’s Page before the blog anniversary. We are looking forward to Christmas this year!

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