Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone is as ready and as excited as my kids are for tonight’s tricks & treats. Sometimes I think that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love dreaming up and making new costumes, and I am for sure a candy fiend. I love carving pumpkins too! The only part I’m not so into is being scared. I try to avoid all haunted attractions and horror movies.

Last night we ate hot dogs dressed as mummies for dinner and dipped apples in caramel sauce for desert. We also carved our pumpkins and snacked on some roasted pumpkin seeds before bed.

My kids costumes are all set and waiting to be put on after dinner tonight. Tonight promises to be a delightful night!

My daughter (1) will be an Oompa Loompa complete with green hair and an orange face.
My son (3) will be a “super” bat.
Have fun and be safe!

I’d love to see pictures of your kids’ costumes.


Creepy, Crawly, Slimey Worms and Flies!

Creepy, Crawly, Slimey Worms and Flies!

Happy Tuesday to you all! I thought I’d share a little Halloween sensory activity I set up for my kids yesterday. It kept them busy for a full 30 minutes…and that’s almost never a bad thing 🙂

I simply boiled up some spaghetti noodles and cooled them down in the sink under cold water. I dried them off a bit with a kitchen towel and dumped them into a large shallow bin. Then I dumped a packet of plastic flies that I found with our Halloween decorations. I gave them each a pair of plastic tweezers (one from a bug catching kit and one a pair of kitchen tongs) and let them play.

I hope everyone’s excited and ready for Halloween! It beginning to look like it will be a cold rainy one for us. And to top it all off my son woke up with a fever this morning. I’m not sure how this will all go on Thursday, but I’m keeping an open mind…


Sorry for my disappearance last week.  It was a busy one, filled with unexpected events

A moment to acknowledge the small things that make life joyful.

One 50 degree day

A long walk for a yummy dinner

A little less clutter

Baby laughs

Meeting my sister’s new beaux

What are the small things in your life?

A Facinating and Fun Listen

I’m feeling like a lazy parent and blogger today 🙂
Check out this podcast if you have an hour to spare…I know, I know. It’s worth finding the time though. …and if you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

New Freakonomics Radio Podcast: “The Economist’s Guide to Parenting”.

Joy to Friday!

It’s been a quick week it feels.  No school for my son, so I started every morning with his little voice asking, “Do I have school today, Mommy?”  We used all of this together time well…

  • going to another apple orchard with an aunt and an uncle,
  • shopping for Halloween costume supplies,
  • singing, my son has become quite the singer these days,
  • rearranging our weekly rhythm to fit the fall light schedule and my husband’s work schedule,
  • watching the “spooky, Woody” show (the new Toy Story special that was on TV Wednesday night). 

Watching a new holiday special on nonrecorded TV, brought back memories of my childhood when these specials would mean that my whole family gathered around the TV to watch.  My son was shocked by the presence of commercials.  Funny how things have changed in 30 short years.  Makes you think about all of the little things that we took for granted that our children will not understand in the same ways.  Can’t say I’m disappointed that my kids don’t know what commercials are though.

How was your week?  Anything fun happen?  Have a great weekend!

Leaves for Your Window

Leaves for Your Window

As we welcome fall into our lives, my kids (3 &1) collected beautiful leaves while walking through our neighborhood. The leaves are so lovely outside, why not bring them inside? So I ironed them between 2 pieces of wax paper. Then we stuck them to the windows using clear contact paper. (This is a trick I learned as a teacher…clear contact paper has so many applications!)

I think they look fantastic and festive. We stuck them to all of our windows and when we were done the house had a cozy glow to it. Funny how the smallest thing can make such a big difference 🙂

Happy Thursday, everyone!