I decided to join a happier girl and post every day on this blog for the month of November. I know this is a foolish idea considering the holidays are coming up and I still have a billion unfinished craft projects, but this is what I do; torture myself. Any theme ideas for specific days (Filth in my home Friday, toothbrushes in peril Tuesday)? You can join here and there are prizes.
Don't forget to vote for our November book, the poll closes tonight and so far Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is winning.
I hesitated posting about this because I felt like I was betraying a family secret, but I'm sure my parents were not the only people to think of this, so here it is. This pumpkin is magic:
When I was a child our pumpkins did not contain seeds, but candy and toys because they were magic. I cannot remember why they were magic, so I had to make up my own story for my kids. I told them that while the pumpkin was growing a fairy kissed it and it grew treasures rather than seeds. To make; empty the pumpkin and fill with candy, toys or fairy charms. I lined the inside with tin foil to keep the yuck from seeping into the treats, but if you are more creative make a special wrapping. If you are worried your kids will see that the top is already cut (you have to pretend to cut it), bring it up to a counter to cut and tell them it's for safety. Every year this tradition becomes more fun; watching the kids at the pumpkin patch putting their ear to a pumpkin or searching for marks of it being magic.
Now we are in pumpkin decorating mode:
I am going to post more fall photos this week, but I wanted to share these with you now - the colors this year are unbelievable and my pictures barely capture how pretty the trees really are.
I'm not officially "done" decorating, but considering next week is Halloween this will probably be it.
I seem to have quite a few cats.
This one is very special because my mom made it - isn't the little trick-or-treat bag cute?
This was from last year's mail order project.
I bought the Martha Stewart garland because I thought it was decorated the way it was pictured on the package, but when I opened it I noticed "decorate with stamps sold separately." So I glued reproduction vintage Halloween cards on them. Please ignore the cheap blinds.
It would be nice if I didn't have to crowd everything together, but with little kids (and boys), I have to put them out of reach. Now it's time to carve the pumpkins....
It seems that every year the stores bring out the Christmas merchandise earlier; Target has lighted reindeer on the wall directly behind the Halloween decorations - and it's been this way since the beginning of October. My mailbox has been loaded with holiday catalogs and I wanted to share some unique items:
Yes Johnny, go ahead and stick your head into that fireplace. I would light this candle day and night.
Practical & sexy!
Do you remember these? I thought they were banned? Remember all the bruises on your forearm and the mild concussions from getting hit in the head with one? Adult supervision is recommended.
My size throne. Think of all the fun your daughter will have sitting on this throne while her peasant friends come over to play. I hope they make one in my size.
The first three items can be found at The Vermont Country Store, which actually has some nice items. I noticed they are selling a kid's record player; for those who are looking to play some vintage records. Now I have to decide how many Click-Clacks to order.....
It's leaf peeping time so I wanted to share some of the lovely colors that seemed to appear overnight. I hope that I can get out this weekend and take some more pictures, but the colors seem to fade as fast as they appear.
Our Oak tree in the front yard-
In the Martha Stewart Halloween magazine they described how to preserve leaves with bleached beeswax. I found the beeswax in the candle area of Michaels and used a double boiler to melt it. I have no idea why but Martha demanded that you not boil the beeswax, so keep the heat low and watch the pan. Hold each leaf by it's stem and coat it and shake the excess off. I made the mistake of pouring some of the wax into a separate bowl, but the wax cooled too quickly, so I would leave the wax in the pan with the heat on while dipping. Then hang to dry and drip wax all over your floor like I did. Hang with thread and impress everyone with your fancy leaves.
My son attended his first kid's birthday party this weekend, and I was just as excited as he was. I love these parties with little cups and plates, mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pinatas, games, and sweet laughter. Since the birthday was in October, it was also a costume party, which made it more fun. I cropped out the children's faces, but they still give the feel of the festivities.
The contrast of the little girls as princesses and the boys as superheroes always makes me laugh.
My son the Red Power Ranger, looking for bad guys in the bird bath.
The majority of the people at the party did not know each other very well and I should have spent less time taking pictures and more time meeting new moms. I have no idea why, but when I meet another mom I suddenly have social anxiety disorder. I have no problem talking with complete strangers, but with a mom I do not know, suddenly I am self conscious. Wondering if she can tell I washed my hair in the sink, if she thinks I am a bad parent, do I seem too desperate for friendship, too weird, too normal....on and on. I know this is foolish, but I can't stop these thoughts. Do you ever feel this way or should I sign up for a seminar on conquering social situations? Sometimes I think we are afraid to be truthful about parenting for fear of sounding negative. We want to paint this perfect picture of blissful days singing Mary Poppins songs while our children behave at all times, and brush their teeth without being asked. So we stand around in a group just looking pleasant rather than letting our guard down and becoming friends. I'm going to work on meeting new people, even with my washed in the kitchen sink hair.
Oh, and the house that had the spaceship crashed in their front yard...well the aliens have appeared.
I hope to have information on the book club early this week.
These pictures have nothing to do with this post, but I took them today so here they are. The first one is our Oak tree that is quite colorful this year for some reason. The second one is the clouds that appeared before this big storm we were supposed to have, but never appeared.
Oh superheroes...a friend of mine has a 4 year old in a preschool that sent a letter home stating superhero costumes would not be allowed at the school Halloween party. Kids are also not allowed to discuss superheroes in school. I'm on the fence about this issue; on one hand I can understand the teacher's wish to not have to break up a group of kids karate chopping each other in the middle of the party. But I also think this seems a little strict.
I think the world would be a better place if children were taught to be less violent. We do not have toy guns or swords in our home, but if I gave my sons two stuffed ponies to play with, it wouldn't take long before they set up a cage match between the horses in the middle of the living room. They know about and want to be superheroes even though they have never looked at a comic book or watched a show about them. I think it's in their DNA. What are your opinions on this school's decision?
Not to leave girls out of this discussion; what is going on with these costumes? Delinquent DevilLucky Leprechaun ? These are costumes for children? I am getting old.....