Happy Halloween

10.31.2008 | 9:48 am

It’s been a draining week. Let’s finish with something good. The twins’ Halloween costumes.

Katie’s a princess.

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Yes, a 7-year-old girl being a princess for Halloween. Unbelievable.

Carrie’s a sorceress.

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Note that she is not a witch. I am not clear on the distinction, but she is emphatic.

Happy Halloween!


  1. Comment by Uphill Battle | 10.31.2008 | 9:51 am

    Good to see some smiles errr..um…growls from the Nelson girls!

  2. Comment by KanyonKris | 10.31.2008 | 9:52 am


    Here’s wishing you more treats than tricks!

  3. Comment by NW | 10.31.2008 | 9:53 am


  4. Comment by Steve | 10.31.2008 | 9:55 am


    Blessings and health to you and yours.

  5. Comment by patty | 10.31.2008 | 9:56 am

    Happy Halloween, Nelson Family! you all are incredible!

  6. Comment by Boz | 10.31.2008 | 10:01 am

    Fatty – You and Susan did well. I’m glad your current situation hasn’t curtailed your holiday spirit!


  7. Comment by Sprite's Keeper | 10.31.2008 | 10:04 am

    Great job on the costumes! You will score a lot of candy tonight!

  8. Comment by XCTiger | 10.31.2008 | 10:04 am

    Hope there’s lots of treats this weekend. It’s hard to believe they’re twins. Am I right in guessing they both want to be actresses? They sure are acting their parts exceptionally well.

  9. Comment by Barb | 10.31.2008 | 10:08 am

    Well of course she’s a sorceress. Anyone can tell that. And your Princess is more than beautiful. Treats!

  10. Comment by Flatman | 10.31.2008 | 10:09 am

    Your girls are beautiful…hope they have a great time tonight. You too!

  11. Comment by EDHGirl | 10.31.2008 | 10:10 am

    Clearly Susan’s influence, those girls are way better looking than you. Hope they enjoy the holiday.

  12. Comment by Philly Jen | 10.31.2008 | 10:10 am

    Consider me ensorcelled. (A real word!)

    Have a Happy Halloween.

  13. Comment by Heidi | 10.31.2008 | 10:14 am

    Whoo boy, will you ever have your hands full chasing young hormonal males off when those two get older!

  14. Comment by dug | 10.31.2008 | 10:15 am

    kanyonkris, did you just call elden “Darling”?

    Wanda. Darling.

    the difference between a witch and a sorceress is the difference between a garbage man and a sanitation engineer. which would YOU rather be.

  15. Comment by Heatherann | 10.31.2008 | 10:15 am

    They look adorable. I hope you all have a wonderful evening.
    God bless,

  16. Comment by Gillian | 10.31.2008 | 10:15 am

    Clearly, the distinction involves the astrological symbols on her cloak. A witch wouldn’t be caught dead in anything but straight black. And also, sorceress rhymes with princess – vital in a twin costuming scenario.

    This year I am Sarah Palin, you bet! Heck yah! Happy Halloween, from me and Todd and the kids!

  17. Comment by Big Boned | 10.31.2008 | 10:15 am

    It must be Shadow that is going as a cyclist then…

  18. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 10.31.2008 | 10:15 am

    yes sorceress’s are soooo much nicer. And have better magic, and cooler costumes. :) Oh and princesses are pretty amazing too! *grin*

  19. Comment by Lisa B | 10.31.2008 | 10:15 am

    Heartbreakers, both of them!

    Enjoy testing everyone’s haul to make sure the chocolate hasn’t gone bad. ;)

  20. Comment by montanapat | 10.31.2008 | 10:17 am

    Great costumes girls! Here’s hoping you get lots of goodies tonight…especially the full-size candy bars!
    Happy Halloween!

  21. Comment by Miles Archer | 10.31.2008 | 10:28 am

    The princess is much, much scarier.

  22. Comment by bikemike | 10.31.2008 | 10:32 am


  23. Comment by Zizzy | 10.31.2008 | 10:33 am

    Ensorcelled…. What an appropriate word. Who knew there was one out there that fit the twins so well! Thanks Philly Jen for helping me learn something new today!

  24. Comment by judi | 10.31.2008 | 10:35 am

    adorable. i hope they have a good time.

  25. Comment by Wine Dog | 10.31.2008 | 10:38 am

    These children are too beautiful to be yours. Who did you steal the pictures from really?

  26. Comment by tim | 10.31.2008 | 10:41 am

    great stuff!
    I LOVE the way kids are SO SPECIFIC!

  27. Comment by Little1 | 10.31.2008 | 10:41 am

    an eating holiday… now that’s what a fatcyclist needs !!!

    Not witches and princess are important too! glad to see the smiles!

  28. Comment by Linda | 10.31.2008 | 10:42 am

    a fun little extra we did when one of my kids was a “girl wizard” was had her carry a little salt shaker with wizard spell dust (glitter) that she shook around as she made her way up and down the streets casting spells on people.
    Can also double as princess dust!

    thinking of you all….

  29. Comment by Andrea | 10.31.2008 | 10:42 am

    Your daughters are beautiful! Happy Halloween!

  30. Comment by Kristen | 10.31.2008 | 10:43 am

    Your girls are BEAUTIFUL!! Hoping you get lots of treats tonight. ;)

  31. Comment by regina | 10.31.2008 | 10:48 am

    eldon eldon eldon of course she is a sorceress, it could not be more clear. ;) you are just sleep deprived, happy halloween.
    and they are beautiful.

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  33. Comment by Susie | 10.31.2008 | 10:51 am

    A happy Halloween to you all. I remember how unbearably excited I would get to go trick or treating when I was your girls’ age. Have a great time tonight!

  34. Comment by MikeonhisBike | 10.31.2008 | 10:53 am

    Have a great Halloween. Remember TWIXS candy bars are great cycling food. I’m sure the kids won’t miss a couple of them.


  35. Comment by Clydesteve | 10.31.2008 | 10:56 am

    that is because witches are bad – just check out the crones in Macbeth. And your daughter, obviously is not bad…just scary.

    best wishes!

  36. Comment by EdL | 10.31.2008 | 10:58 am

    Sorceresses are cool, and pretty.
    Witches are lame, and ugly.

    Easy choice. :)

    Happy Halloween to you and yours. All the best.

  37. Comment by Woody | 10.31.2008 | 11:04 am

    So what are you going to be??

  38. Comment by KeepYerBag | 10.31.2008 | 11:08 am

    Having dated both a witch and a sorceress, I’m here to tell you there’s a BIG difference.

    Fortunately, I ended up marrying a princess.

  39. Comment by Jill | 10.31.2008 | 11:10 am

    Great, creative costumes. Happy Halloween!

  40. Comment by mark | 10.31.2008 | 11:12 am

    Fatty, your girls keep getting prettier. They must have learned that from their mother.

  41. Comment by Kt | 10.31.2008 | 11:12 am

    Cute kids, I think you bought them from the gypsies.

    Or, Susan cloned herself… I don’t see anything of you in those girls. :)

    Kidding! :)

    Don’t forget to do QC on the candy haul later on. You want to make sure that your kids get only the BEST stuff, and you’ll make the sacrifice and take the sub-standard stuff for yourself. :)

    Hugs to you and Susan!

  42. Comment by monkeywebb | 10.31.2008 | 11:14 am

    I don’t know when it happened, but sometime in the last year I must have turned into an old man. I forgot today was halloween until this morning when my wife asked if I was going to duplicate last year’s burrito costume to get another free burrito at Chipotle.
    I’d highly suggest grabbing a roll of aluminum foil (or a white sheet if you prefer your burrito unwrapped) and escorting your two cuties trick-or-treating at the local Chipotle. It’s not quite tacqueria quality but one shouldn’t look a gift burrito in the mouth. They should put a gift burrito in their mouth.

  43. Comment by KanyonKris | 10.31.2008 | 11:17 am

    dug – context, man, context! The girls are darling. But now that you mention it, ever since Elden pinched my butt at the Draper race…

    And, yes, the proper name/title is important. Like being called sweeper instead of slowest, last, outcast, shunned, left for dead, suspected leper, Chupacabra bait/offering, flatulent, differently abled, etc.

  44. Comment by Julie | 10.31.2008 | 11:20 am

    The sorceress needs a wand, it’ll help with the distinction.

    Both are VERY cute.

  45. Comment by mamajenny | 10.31.2008 | 11:25 am

    Your daughter’s are beautiful.

  46. Comment by Jaime O. | 10.31.2008 | 11:32 am

    How adorable! lolllllllllllll The difference between their costumes is hilarious. Peace and joy to you all -

  47. Comment by VA Biker | 10.31.2008 | 11:37 am

    Quite a contrast. As a twin, by that age, I never wanted to look like my brother! I hope they have fun!


  48. Comment by Katy | 10.31.2008 | 12:01 pm

    Hm, I thought long and hard, and I think part of the difference between a witch and a sorceress is that a witch has a brim on her hat and a sorceress does not. Maybe she can do a brim-removing spell?

    In any case, what cuties!

  49. Comment by Marrock | 10.31.2008 | 12:16 pm

    Well, obviously, if she were a witch she’d have green skin and a big honking wart on her nose… don’t you watch -any- TV at all?

  50. Comment by midwestmom | 10.31.2008 | 12:58 pm

    Happy Halloween to you guys. You and your family have been in my thoughts & prayers a lot lately. My six year old is a witch this year. She is an “ugly scary witch” so we have to be sure and not call her cute.

  51. Comment by mamafitz | 10.31.2008 | 1:19 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing . . .

  52. Comment by rich | 10.31.2008 | 1:29 pm

    Happy Halloween

    Hope and prayers for your family


  53. Comment by Kathleen | 10.31.2008 | 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the photos…they are simply adorable and will make quite a stir side by side as they trick or treat their way through candyland!

  54. Comment by ann | 10.31.2008 | 1:54 pm

    Normal is as normal does – and that all looks quite NORMAL. Seize the normal moments!

  55. Comment by Aimee Francom | 10.31.2008 | 2:03 pm

    I don’t know you, but heard of your webpage from a friend of yours, Kristina. I appreciate your story & will keep my eye on it. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

    The twins are adorable! I have lots of twins in my family & are hoping for a pair of my own someday.

    Aimee Francom

  56. Comment by Aimee Francom | 10.31.2008 | 2:07 pm

    PS I was widowed at the age of 20 & am currently a practicing mental health therapist, specializing in grief & loss (including loss of health, body parts, pets, loved ones, etc.) If I can help in ANY way, I’d love to! I live in Utah though & have no idea where you’re located. It’s hard to find people who understand this stuff…so if you’d like to talk…

  57. Comment by JDogg | 10.31.2008 | 2:13 pm

    Happy Halloween – enjoy the day and the special freedom that this day gives to our creativity.

  58. Comment by CeeCee | 10.31.2008 | 2:27 pm

    Happy Halloween to your whole family. May you rake in the candy and have a quiet weekend.

  59. Comment by Jsun | 10.31.2008 | 3:07 pm

    Aah, Halloween, the endurance event for kids. They train all year for it with smaller events to practice their skills – Christams goodies, Easter baskets, birthdays, et cetera. Then the big event – the well chosen costume, the approach and delivery of ‘trick or treat’, pacing yourself to last through the whole neighborhood, choosing the most rewarding houses and streets, braving the cold and dark outdoors and finally reviewing the take and deciding how it should be devoured.
    And as I had to explain to my Hallow’s eve nooby wife, this event is not something that your seven year old neice and nephew want to drag your two daughter along. This is a serious day not to be spoiled by the slower paced.

  60. Comment by Rachel | 10.31.2008 | 3:11 pm

    So, will the girls hand over any and all varieties of Reeses’ Cups they get, or have they inherited your taste for them?

  61. Comment by Juls | 10.31.2008 | 3:42 pm

    Happy Halloween Nelson Family!!! May your house be filled with laughter, love and CANDY!!!

  62. Comment by Steve | 10.31.2008 | 4:45 pm

    Well, duh…sorceresses are beautiful (as are princesses). Yours are especially so. Happy Halloween to the Nelsons.

  63. Comment by Bjorn 4 Lycra | 10.31.2008 | 5:42 pm

    We are not so big on halloween here but we had a battle of the bands concert for teenagers and the kids were encouraged to dress up for halloween. My 17 year old daughter went as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Her explanation was this is what Dot was like before she went bad.

    I’m with you Dug KK definitely called him darling. The context excuse is clearly an afterthought.

  64. Comment by Ree | 10.31.2008 | 6:53 pm

    OH, did this make me smile.

    And that first photo. Is that what Susan looked like when she was seven? Wow.

    Don’t steal your girls’ candy, Fatty.

  65. Comment by Joel | 10.31.2008 | 7:23 pm

    Happy Halloween to everyone at the Nelson house and thanks for sharing the great pics. Glad there’s some normalcy and fun.

  66. Comment by Vito | 10.31.2008 | 8:04 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Wishing you all the best.

    By the way…don’t eat all the candy.

  67. Comment by Anonymous | 11.1.2008 | 12:57 am

    They are both stunning!!!

  68. Comment by FishrCutB8 | 11.1.2008 | 3:05 am

    Too cute! Make sure you get the daddy surcharge (I usually prorate it at 1 Reese’s PBC per block…

  69. Comment by Jodi | 11.1.2008 | 6:58 am


    Super Indulgent Chocolate Halloween Hangover happening in our house. Here’s hoping you and your practiced more restraint that we did.

  70. Comment by elise | 11.1.2008 | 8:21 am

    The girls are stunning-

    Normalcy is so difficult considering everything going on in your lives right now, and once more you all have amazed me with your ability to keep things as normal as possible for your beautiful children.

    God bless you all. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. The cyclists of Camp Lejeune are with you.

  71. Comment by Tracy (Oklahoma) | 11.1.2008 | 11:08 am

    Your girls are beautiful..love their costumes!

  72. Comment by Mir | 11.1.2008 | 12:21 pm

    They’re adorable!! Now, do they ride too? My seven year old is getting her first geared MTB at Thanksgiving – a Marin!

  73. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.1.2008 | 2:05 pm



    GO GATORS!!!!!


  74. Comment by Alison Veres | 11.1.2008 | 3:00 pm

    Hi Elden —
    I like the princess and the sorceress. They have the look… not only in their costumes, but in their expressions. These girls can work it! Power to the sistahs! I, too, am a princess and a soceress. I have to keep it on the down low, so as not to overwhelm people with my mightiness… but I do keep a tiara and a wand in the drawer with my other accesories, should the occasion warrant.
    I’m new to this whole blogging thing, and I had no intention of writing a post about you or your situation when I sat down to write two days ago. But what came out was about you and your situation, and what it made me think about and feel. Also, somewhere in the midst of it I call you a stud, so you may want to read it just for that. But just so you know, I think your wife is a stud too. And I wish you both peace and strength.

  75. Comment by Peter in England | 11.1.2008 | 5:54 pm

    You have two adorable girls and Susan will live through them for the rest of your life

  76. Comment by Fat Cathy | 11.1.2008 | 7:40 pm

    What a couple of cuties! Hope you got some of the candy too. mmmm….Halloween candy… We took our 6 month old daughter out trick or treating last night (ok – it was really an excuse to show off how cute she looked in her red hot chili pepper costume). I think we ate all the candy before we even got home. Pathetic.

  77. Comment by Jeff&Jenn | 11.1.2008 | 7:53 pm

    Your girls look sweet and spooky! I hope they had a fun time trick-or-treating last night. I hope you and Susan are getting some rest this weekend. We’re thinking of you all.

  78. Comment by Anita Doberman | 11.2.2008 | 7:02 pm

    Hoping you are doing OK
    Love the pictures
    Many positive thoughts your way

  79. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.3.2008 | 4:11 am

    Sorceress versus witch … my money is always on the sorceress… ;-)


  80. Comment by VT Mavryk | 11.3.2008 | 7:50 am


    I’m glad that you have some beautiful reasons to smile. Speaking of which, I found out I have a new reason to smile when I dropped by the twin six page the other day. It looks like they ran off some more 2008 Jerseys. I missed them when they literally sold out in minutes earlier this year. So I snapped one up immediately. Twin Six is awesome with delivery, so I’m already looking sexy in another team fatty jersey And my girlfriend digs it. I’m praying for you guys. Thanks for everything.

    Oh, and anyone that missed out on the 2008 jerseys, go over to twin six and get them while the getting’s good. Support the fatty family.

  81. Comment by Slow Rider | 11.3.2008 | 8:50 am

    Strength to the Nelson family

    Fatty, stay out of the kids candy

  82. Comment by A.J | 11.3.2008 | 9:08 am

    Love the girls lipstick!

    Gland there are some happy times for you and your family!

    Don’t eat too much of your kids candy!


  83. Comment by Joni | 11.3.2008 | 11:17 am

    Many prayers to all of you. There is nothing fair about “It”. That is the word that has been given to describe Cancer from a group of middle school students here in my hometown that are a part of a support group for kids dealing with “it” in their lives and homes. The perspective from kids is amazing….and enlightening. From their perspective, they need normal too. They hate the word Cancer….and all it brings. We all do dont we?! We feel powerless against it.

    It looks/sounds as though you are trying to make this time of transition as easy and as normal for your children as possible. That is what amazing parents do. More than kudos to you and Susan. You are blessed. I will continue to pray for your hearts to know the truth and peace of Jesus. May your family be lifted up and guided thru this time with clarity, discernment, peace, strength and understanding. Be blessed and encouraged. Thanks for all you are doing for Susan and your children. WIN Nelsons!!

  84. Comment by Mark W | 11.3.2008 | 11:55 am

    Seize the day!!! Hang in there buddy.

  85. Comment by purduerose | 11.5.2008 | 11:58 am

    Carrie Looks alot like samantha from Bewitched (if samantha were to give a scary look)

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  88. Comment by Anonymous | 10.2.2010 | 10:18 am

    soooooooooooooooo cute happy holloween


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