Would you believe that in the five years that I’ve had children, we’ve never carved a pumpkin? I think maybe it was the idea of big knives and tiny little fingers that didn’t sit too well with me. We usually buy pumpkins, but have painted, drawn with markers, and plastered them with Halloween stickers in previous years. For some reason, I decided that this was the year we were actually going to do some cutting.
We ended up with three pumpkins big enough to carve, so Evie and Zach both picked out their own designs and I left the third one for Hubby. Evie wanted a “sad face” and Zach picked out a haunted house design from a template book we had.
Evie was quite happy with her sad face pumpkin, even though we had to leave the nose out because there wasn’t enough room.
Zach’s haunted house came out pretty good too, although my hands were cramping quite a bit by the end (I still am not ready to hand the knives over!).
Then we waited and waited for Daddy to finish his spider web design. When they were all finally finished, we took them outside and lit them up. The kids really enjoyed this part.
I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing this every year from now on.
Ryan wore Zach’s Buzz Lightyear costume from 2 years ago. Zach, unfortunately, could not wear Ryan’s Woody costume! (We did steal the belt and sheriff star badge though.) You would never guess that Zach is actually 6 months younger than Ryan.
And now I promise I’ll stop posting Halloween pictures.
Well, after this one…
Pretty sure that’s the cutest little princess I’ve ever seen in my life.
Halloween weekend was fun, but so busy that I still feel like I’m behind. We spent Friday night with my Dad and his wife, then Saturday we headed up to my sister’s house and pretty much spent the rest of the weekend there.
The kids got to Trick or Treat with their cousins through my sister’s neighborhood. We had an alien, Woody and Buzz Lightyear (from Toy Story), Mickey and Minnie, and my little princess. I couldn’t even keep up with Zach (though I was lagging behind a bit waiting on tiny princess legs to catch up). Evie finally figured out what was going on about 2/3 of the way through and started trying to push her way through the boys so she could get to the door and say “Tick ‘o’ Teet!”
At one point, Evie started asking for her Aunt Tanya. When I pointed ahead of us and told her that Tanya was way up there, she looked up at me, said “Run, Run!” and started running to catch up. Maybe you had to be there, but I think it was pretty much the cutest thing ever. She kept yelling, “Running, Running!” until we caught up. (So maybe it was cuter if you could actually hear her and see her little face light up as she ran.)
I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get some better pictures of the kids in their costumes, but it was rather crazy with all six kids running around. I do seem to be missing a few that I thought were uploaded to flickr though, so I guess I’m going to have to check my camera again for the rest.
Tomorrow is September 1st which marks the beginning of Halloween shopping for me! Before I had kids I absolutely hated that Halloween stuff was out so early every year, but now I know it sometimes takes that long to find just the right costume for your little ghouls and goblins (or you know, Princesses and Buzz Lightyears).
One thing I never can seem to find is a good trick or treat bag for my kids. We tried several different store bought bags, plastic grocery bags, and even the cheap plastic pumpkins, but never could find something that was comfortable to carry, didn’t drag the ground (for the little ones), and held plenty of goodies. That’s why last year I decided to just make my own.
They were so fun and easy to make that I made up a bunch of them to sell and give away. My kids and my nephews all used them last year and they were a huge hit.
Each bag is reversible, as shown in the pictures above. Of course they don’t have to be used as Trick or Treat bags, they make great tote bags for just about anything!
And of course the reason I’m telling you all of this, is that I have 4 of these cute little bags left over and would love to get rid of them. I’m selling them for $10 each and I have 2 each of the two designs. Size may vary slightly.
If you are interested, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll take payments by PayPal only. If you absolutely cannot do PayPal let me know and we’ll talk, but I can’t guaranty that I’ll make an exception.
So, not that I necessarily need to state the obvious, but I’m not participating in NaBloPoMo this year. I considered it, but I just simply can’t post every day. Heck, I’m lucky to post once a week here lately. I’ll try my hardest to keep up with all of you who are participating, but from the looks of my feed reader right now that isn’t really going to happen either.
If you follow me on Twitter, then you know why I haven’t updated this week. Evie has been one sick little girl and pretty much all of my time has been consumed snuggling and soothing a cranky baby. The girl has been blessed with excellent health up until now so of course when it happened it happened in a big way.
She started running a fever either Sunday night or Monday morning. I though she felt a little warm at day care drop off Monday morning, but brushed it off thinking it was just because the car was a little warm on the way there. By the time I picked her up she was definitely feverish and it hasn’t let up since.
After finding out Tuesday morning that the other baby at day care (2 months younger than Evie) had a confirmed case of Strep, I called the doctor and took Evie in. Evie tested negative, but continues to show signs of possible Strep so if she’s not better by Friday morning we’re going back to the doctor.
I’ve been trying to cram in as much work as possible from home while Evie naps or (on very rare occasions) plays in the play pen next to me. Yesterday she graced me with a three hour nap. Today? Not so much with the napping. It looks like we’ll be home again tomorrow. I really hope my boss isn’t getting mad at me for being gone so much.
In other news, we had an excellent Halloween. We took the kids trick-or-treating around my sister’s neighborhood and then headed over to see my dad and his wife for a bit at a friend’s house. We caught up with my brother, his wife, and my niece there as well. Then we went back to my sister’s house for a bit and let the kids play until they were ready to drop. On the way home Zach said, “Mommy, I LOVE Halloween!” Then he fell asleep and stayed that way until 10:00 a.m.
Somehow I managed to get totally motivated on Saturday morning. I started cleaning out our guest/guitar/sewing/junk room to prepare for some re-arranging of furniture. Then I decided it would be a brilliant idea to pull the nasty carpet up. I knew there was hard wood underneath it. I just didn’t know what kind of condition it was in. There are a few bad spots, but it really isn’t horrible. I’m really glad that we got rid of the carpet, but my body was not so happy with me. Hubby wasn’t feeling well so I did the majority of the heavy lifting on my own and I felt every bit of it the next morning.
The re-arranging project is now about halfway complete. The guest room is now an office/music/craft room with a futon for our occasional overnight guests instead of the full-size bed. It came in quite handy this week while I’ve been trying to work from home. The room the computer and desk were in is set to become a play room for the kids as soon as I can finish cleaning up the junk in there, get the carpet cleaned, and actually move the toys. Unfortunately, Evie being sick has really slowed down my progress this week. I was hoping to at least get to cleaning the carpet so that by Saturday we could be setting up the toys in there.
So, that’s pretty much where I’m at right now. I know this was a really long and boring post, but I always feel the need to catch up before I can write anything of substance. Hopefully once I get finished with my little home makeover project (and Evie is feeling better) I’ll be able to get back to more regular blogging. Maybe someday I’ll even get Evie’s 7 month letter written, possibly even before she turns 8 months.