Archive for October, 2010

Smacksy Halloween Sunday Links

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 by by
Did I know how to party or what?

I love It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, especially this scene.

This post on the organizing blog, Chaos to Order, explains that the average person receives 41 pounds of junk mail a year. Forty. One. They reveal a way to eliminate, or at least cut down on, the annual mass of junk mail you receive. Bring it on! Or rather, cut it out!

I saw this video everywhere today, and by everywhere, I mean posted twice on Facebook; I love it. This lion is being reunited with the woman that raised him. Nice lion hugs.

Happy Halloween Sunday.


More Halloween Fun!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 by by

You didn’t think it ended there, did you? I’m beginning to feel ready to get into more fall and – more importantly – Christmas fun, but Halloween should go out with a bang first!

These days, Halloween is nearly a week long if you look for it. Costumes are expensive. Well, all right – we paid a whole $15 on Eric’s, but if you view it as something he’s going to wear once and then be done with, that’s still pretty expensive. So…why just wear it once? Last weekend, a church across the street was having a fall festival & Trunk or Treat, so Eric suited up and we walked over to have some fun!

We ended up spending over 2 hours there without even trying; I looked up suddenly and it was almost dark! They had inflatables, all sorts of games inside, a straw maze, snacks, music, hay rides… A thunderstorm was rolling in, so we didn’t even make it to the trunk or treat! (more…)

Daycare Halloween Party

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 by by

Yesterday we had a little Halloween party at the daycare. Noah and Aidas were in their costumes for practically the whole day. Noah chose to be Tigger all day. Aidas opted for cool firefighting duck in the morning, and Tigger in the afternoon.


Two Month Well Visit

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 by by

Little bird had her two month well visit today, and she was not a happy camper. First, she was sleeping when we got there, so she wasn’t happy when I had to strip her from her comfy clothes to get weighed and measured.

Head circumference= 16 inches (89th percentile)
Weight= 11.14 lbs. (63rd percentile)
Length= N/A (couldn’t get an accurate measurement since she is in her pavlik harness)

The doctor spent a lot of time talking to me about how things were going and the vaccination schedule (which I was trying to express my concern and my decision to delay), however my undressed daughter started getting fussy and began to cry and cry. Nothing seemed to soothe her, and now she needed to get her vaccines. Oh boy, was she upset even more.

The “Well” visit didn’t go as I would have liked it. I only wanted little bird to receive two shots, but she ended up getting three. The doctor wanted to give her five, so I guess we compromised, but at the end of the day I felt defeated because it’s my child and my choice and the doctor should respect or at least follow the schedule I feel comfortable with. Am I wrong for thinking this way?

Little bird is sleeping right now, but she is miserable when she is awake. I think the area where she got her shots is sore, poor little bird :(

P.S. Little bird has a big head like her father!


Where the Deer and the Pumpkin Eating Dinosaurs Play

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 by by
Somehow we managed to cram in our annual trip to the local pumpkin mega-center farm before October came to an end.   Weekend schedules and mercurial weather had been collaborating to waylay our journey, but last Sunday we had a fortuitously activity – a free day when the rain held off just long enough for us to enjoy a few hours of Fall fun.

We’ve been frequenting the same family empire farm since Hayden was a baby, and the only thing that’s changed are the prices (higher!) and the range of activities (dozens more!).  Our area is rife with similar attractions, but this place has become our tradition.  Even though we get fleeced every year, the folks that run the farm are super friendly, and everything there is top-notch.  I like to be treated well when I’m getting robbed, you know.  Seriously – Goebbert’s Family Farm always guarantees a wholesome day of family fun with just the right seasonal overtones. Plus, where else can you go to find Fallow Deer, Giraffes, Capuchin Monkeys, and a pumpkin eating dinosaur frolicking in the same place??  Top that!

My mom and dad, or “Ama” and “Papa” as the kids call them, came over to join us which was a bonus.  Kellan particularly adores both of his grandpas, and both of them are good sports with all the kids.  Patience of saints, I tell you…

Down vest? Check.  Baseball cap?  Check.  Sunglasses?  Check.  Okay, we’re ready!


Tricks and Treats Circa ’74

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 by by

This fetching butterfly ensemble, designed and modeled by third grade me, explains why I do not make Bob’s Halloween costumes.

Five Little Pumpkins

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 by by


This is originally a Raffi song. Very fitting not just for Halloween, but also because as of next week I will be looking after five little “pumpkins” in the daycare (including my son). Use real pumpkins or cutouts. I have added some actions we have also used for this song.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said

“Oh my, it’s getting late!” (Point to outer wrist for watch.)

The second one said

“There are witches in the air.” (Arms up, flutter fingers.)

The third one said

“But we don’t care.” (Shake head.)

The fourth one said

“Let’s run and run and run.” (Move arms in running motion.)

The fifth one said

“I’m ready for some fun.”

Ooo ooo went the wind (Blow on child’s head.)

And out went the light

And the five little pumpkins

Rolled out of sight.


Saturday painting!!!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 by by

Miss Haven wanted to repaint her room and get it all pretty before visitors start coming to see her. We picked out some paint at Home Depot and dedicated our Saturday to doing her room. First thing to do was to get rid of the dark purple on the wall. This took 3 coats of KILZ – which they have in NO VOC, so I was super happy. AND the paint we got for her room is Martha Stewart Living, which is LOW VOC! Again, another plus, especially considering the premium Behr paint has a huge warning: known to cause cancer! Great!!!!


Rabbit Hole

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 by by

Just to warn you, this trailer is totally a tear jerker.

Just about every line from that trailer has at least been thought in my house, if not said out loud.

I have to admit, though, while I totally identify with the grief, I found myself so envious of the father who was able to watch videos of his son.  I truly do envy parents that were able to see their children alive before they died.  Now, truly, I understand how traumatizing some of my baby loss mom’s experiences were.  I understand how hard it would be to see your child get sick and waste away first.  I am grateful that I never had to see her sick.

But I really do envy parents who got to see their children breathe, hear them cry, look into their eyes.

So I’m going to watch this movie, but I may wait until it comes out on DVD so I don’t feel bad about sobbing through the whole thing.

Saturday Snapshots (10/23)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 by by