Archive for October, 2011

Girl power for Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2011 by by

Halloween is such a sneaky holiday. We’re just catching the new routine, getting things set up…and it jumps out of a dark alleyway to say, “Beee-ware. It’s the start of the holiday season. I will sugar up your children and turn them loose into the nii-iight.”  Which is enough to terrify any parent.

I like Halloween. Any excuse to play dress up is fine by me. The kids have to get their ‘order’ to me by October 1st if they want new costumes.  Mark, now 10, believes he’s too old to go and so has decided to dress as himself and hand out candy. Megan, 7, bounced up to me with How to Train Your Dragon. Yes, she’s going to be Astrid.

Of course, I put off making it until nearly the last minute. That way, Halloween can feel accomplished by striking fear into my heart when I realize the school festival is Thursday.

The cost breakdown…
black leggings and a green t-shirt from goodwill.  $2.50.
brown and silver felt,  $1.50.
plastic canvas $1.00
silver puffy fabric paint $3.00
Fimo clay for skulls- donated

Transforming my daughter into a dragon rider, Priceless


3 handfuls and a spoon.

Monday, October 31st, 2011 by by

We have a pumpkin carving rule in this house – Mommy and Daddy will not do this grossness alone. So we developed a rule of three handfuls and a spoon. The rule says everyone must take a handful out of the first pumpkin’s guts, and then two out of their own. They also have to help loosen the insides with spoons. If they don’t – we don’t carve their pumpkin. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, and we don’t bend it for anyone. For example, Zach almost didn’t get to do his pumpkin last night, because he was absolutely refusing to stick his hand in any pumpkin for any number of times.

And yeah… in case you couldn’t figure it out – this is all leading up to pumpkin carving pictures. lol

Drawing the faces to go on the pumpkins:

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Ghost Sock Halloween Craft

Sunday, October 30th, 2011 by by

  • white sock
  • black felt
  • thick Popsicle sticks
  • white glue
  • tissue paper
  • marker
  • orange pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  1. Place the sock upside down so that the toe is at the top. (The toe area will be the head of the ghost).
  2. Socks should be about 8 inches long. If longer, cut the bottoms off to make them this length.
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Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 by by
Since becoming a mom, my favorite part of fall has been our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We’ve been going to the same one for the past three years now (and I think before that even). These trips have produced some of my favorite shots of Haeden, too. The past two years, he has gotten such a kick out of going. He runs around yelling, “PUMPKINS!!!” and insists on trying to pick them up… no matter how big they are!
2009 – 6 months old
2010 – 1.5 years old



Does Whatever a Spider-Pumpkin Does

Friday, October 28th, 2011 by by

This craft has been my plan to do since…well, forever. My mom used to make these amazing mini-pumpkins to sell at my dad’s store (he works in a produce department), and I’m not at all crafty and talented like she is, but I can certainly make it work for the kids! So far, we’ve made a spider and a ghost out of those little mini pumpkins you can find in the grocery stores for 75 cents, and Eric has loved doing it!

The spider is his favorite so far. All you need is some paint, 4 pipe cleaners, googly eyes (if you want them, or you can just paint eyes on!), and a glue gun. I went out an bought an ultra-cool glue gun for $5 at a craft store so I didn’t have to worry about the glue burning tiny fingers.

First, paint the pumpkin black! We used washable paints, and I learned that’s not the best idea, because the paint can and will flake later while trying to attach stuff to it. Next time, I’ll use just regular craft paint.

Set it aside and let the paint dry – Eric paints his pumpkin one day after school and does the decorating the next day. Once the paint is dry, take the 4 pipe cleaners (I had Eric pick; he wanted red) and fold them in half. Cut at the fold so you have 8 legs. (more…)

Pumpkin Production Line

Friday, October 28th, 2011 by by

Can you believe it’s almost Halloween?

We’re at a weird point with Halloween around here. The boys are in junior high, so they don’t have class parties or costume parades to prepare for, and Weston has only expressed interest in the day from a candy collection standpoint.  Kellan and Larissa are still not quite old enough to “get” the concept and therefore have only mild anticipatory excitement built up.  Eliza’s interest falls somewhere in the middle.  This year, she was indifferent about her costume and easily convinced to simply wear one of her brother’s old outfits.  In previous years, she and Maura always trick-or-treated together, but now, with Maura gone, I think she’s just not as excited.

Because there has been a clear lack of preparatory urgency this year, Halloween has basically fallen off my radar. Nonetheless, the show must go on, so this week we are trying to cram it all in: the pumpkin patch, the class parties, the last-minute costume assemblies, and of course…the cookies.  Every year, we make and decorate pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies. Today, I decided that after swim lessons, decorating cookies would be a nice way to pass the afternoon.

(Allow me to interject some sage “I-should-know-better-by-now” wisdom.  If you have just had housekeepers cleaning your home all morning, perhaps breaking out icing, crumbly cookies, and sprinkles 30 minutes after they leave is not the greatest idea.  When will I learn?)

What I did learn is that my two little ones are very discerning decorators.  They both had very specific ideas about how they wanted the cookies to look, and if I didn’t work “to spec,” they were quick and aggressive with their criticisms of my work.

“I want one that looks dead,” demanded Kellan.  I complied. Or so I thought.

I think the zombie-like mouth lends a certain “je nes sais quoi” to the face of death, no?


Words every mother wants to hear

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by by

I love you? Mama? Dada? Are these the words that every mother wants to hear? Of course!

These words mean so much. The minute your child begins to talk, it’s amazing. You start obsessing and trying to get them to say everything! “I love you” is something you cannot wait to hear from your boyfriend or girlfriend – and especially your child. It can mean so much, and it brings tears to your eyes when you finally hear it. Nothing is cuter than hearing that little voice say, “Wub you!”

Yes, there are so many words that have such a special meaning to a mother. Today, I heard words from my husband that I truly thought I would never hear, and I about fell out in the floor (which would have been a disaster with a catheter, I might add). I almost asked them to be repeated over and over, because I thought they would never be said:

“I don’t do enough around here. There’s stuff ALL.DAY.LONG!”

Halleluia! Can I get an AMEN!

Yes, throughout this ordeal with surgery gone awry, Mr. Mom has finally realized what all is involved with being a stay at home parent. He’s always thanked me for all I do, but he truly had NO idea until being a SAHD for almost a week. I admit, I was actually afraid it would backfire and Jay would be saying, “This isn’t so hard, why are you so tired,” or, “Why can’t you do it all?” Luckily, that is not the case, and those words were beautiful, soooooo very beautiful. It almost makes all this pain and suffering worthwhile. Well, not really, but still, good to hear!


The Career

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by by

“Mom? I’m going to need a new Lego set.”

“I don’t think so. You need to play with all of those Legos you have already.”

“I do need more. Let’s face it, Mom. Legos is my job. I gotta do my job.”

CTWW – Woof Woof

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by by

Change The World Wednesday is hosted by Reduce Footprints, an awesome blog that I came across through the Green Blog Hop and jumped right into the challenge. I plan to participate every week and hope to inspire and spread the word so that others can participate as well. If you participate, just leave a comment on the current challenge and you will get featured on the following weeks challenge. You can learn all about it HERE!

We completed last weeks challenge, all of our lights are CFL’s! We called our electric company about the power surges, and they said they can’t do anything about it. It just depends on the usage in our area. They said they occasionally run tests but don’t know what we could do about our lights burning out. I asked to talk to a supervisor, because I think that wasn’t a good enough answer…. I got put on hold and then heard a dial tone. I’m going to have hubs call to see what they tell him.

This Week’s Challenge:

This week’s challenge comes from Jennifer. I think it’s going to be a fun challenge! Here you go:

This week, find one way to lower the environmental impact of your pet.
OR …
If you don’t have a pet, suggest ways that we can protect wild animals.

I have never really thought about how we can go “green” with our pup. But after doing some research, here are some things I found and some may consider. (more…)

Pants Rant

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 by by
Like most girls, I love to shop – for myself, for friends and family, and especially for Haeden, of course. Lately, I’ve been searching for a good pair of jeans. I guess the closer I get to thirty, the less comfortable I am with the oh-so-low-rise jeans of my past. You know… The ones that force you to check for crack attack every time you bend over. And let’s face it, motherhood = bending over A LOT.
So, other than the fact that I have almost no hips, it shouldn’t really be difficult to find a pair of nice fitting jeans. I honestly haven’t searched that hard yet, but today I found myself spending a good half hour (my lunch hour) at Target, staring at rows of jeans. They were on sale for fifteen bucks and so, of course, that would mean that I should buy two. I was excited, until I realized that I had no idea what size I was.

Looking back, I should have grabbed several different sizes and headed back to the changing rooms. Hindsight is twenty-twenty though, right?  Instead, I grabbed the size I thought I would be. When that didn’t work out (yeah, couldn’t even button the dang things), I grabbed the next size up. I almost walked out of the store without trying them on, since I was fairly certain they would fit, but then I realized that the jeans didn’t just come in junior’s sizing. When I saw that they came in sizes for people that have actually had children, I decided that that would probably be the best bet. Then I realized that I didn’t like the looks of them nearly as much. I decided to be sure I liked the next-size-up junior’s jeans and returned to the dressing room.

While they did fit, I realized that I was about to purchase jeans that were still too low. Old habits die hard, I guess. At this point I was running out of time, so I went back and just grabbed the less desireable but still cheap and doable misses jeans and booked it to the register. Aaaand then they rang up twice as much as the sale jeans. Whoops. I got so wrapped up in the sizing that I didn’t even check the price. Of course, I sent them back and went home back to work without.
All that to say, why the hell can’t they just size women’s pants the way they do men’s? I can walk into any store and grab a pair of men’s jeans for my husband with the knowledge that they probably will not be going back to the store. And yet I practically need to keep a notebook in my purse so that I can remember what size I wear in what brand (currently anywhere from a 4 to an 8 to an 11?!). I don’t care if my waist is a 28 or a 38, I would really just like to be able to walk into a store and know exactly what I need without spending three hours in a dressing room.
And on a somewhat related note, wonder what size these are?