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An M&Ms Halloween

Theo's been on a Mario spree recently. Mario Maker 2, Bowsers Fury, Mario Odyssey. He's also been getting a bit riled up by the challenging moments.  It was crunch time for me to get these costumes done before Halloween. Meanwhile I once again ended up in the northwest exurbs. This time I purchased a used Iron Sleek backyard rink setup. The kids are going to have the best winter ever.  Somehow I managed to haul all the hardware and 19 long 2x6s. The kids Christmas present had made it home safely. I guess while I was gone the kiddos actually played air hockey. Fitting. Sometimes they get along.  The fourth costume and I was finally getting the hang of these appliques. These were looking so good.    Meadow dug into one of her old lego kits. Busy day. Must mean a visit to La Casa Market for deli tacos. So good. Love that it's just down the street.  I did the finishing touches on Scott's costume. These costumes are really meant for kids and teenagers so I had to alter Scott
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