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In an old house in Germany . . .

In an old house in Germany without any vines lived three little girls in one straight line.

They smiled at the good

and frowned at the bad

and sometimes they were very sad

They left the house at half past nine in one straight line in rain or shine.

The tallest one was Madeline.

She was not afraid of mice – she loved winter, snow and ice. To the tiger in the zoo, Madeline just said, “Pooh-pooh!”


And nobody knew so well how to frighten Miss Clavel.


Last night was our branch Halloween party and trunk or treat. I’m not sure that we will go trick or treating again this year, and my grandparents have been asking for a blog, so here it is. Annika and I came up with the idea months ago for a Madeline Halloween. Brad’s Mom came and brought fabric and patterns and taught me how to sew little dresses for the girls. In typical fashion, I finished sewing them all just in time. Annika is usually very reluctant to let me take pictures of her, but she loved the idea of a Madeline photoshoot. Lucy and Elise weren’t quite so excited. Annika and I have more plans for Madeline pictures, so maybe you will see some again.

Lucy and Elise were thrilled by trunk or treating. It didn’t take them long to figure out that if they held out their bag or a hat that people would fill it with candy. They shuffled from car to car saying “candy? treat?” Annika responded to each new gift of candy with a polite and oh-so-appropriate “merci!” By the end of the night they were sticky and positively beaming. Halloween is not my favorite holiday, but we had a great time. I wonder how many more years I’m going to be able to choose their costumes for them and eat all the chocolate out of their candy bags without them noticing?

And now one more picture before we go

And that’s all there is. There isn’t any more.

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