The stores have stocked Halloween stuff! IT’S MY MOST FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR! (I am really glad they waited until after Labor Day, though. I’m pretty sure last year they replaced Back to School with Halloween before school even started, which is insanely stupid.) We really can’t afford to buy much, but I picked up a couple little things on Saturday.
Grace did not like the Halloween aisles. She kept saying “It too scary!” We are looking into the possibility that she was switched at birth. (Is that even possible for a baby born on the living room floor? Never mind.)
On Sunday I begged Will to let me start decorating. He said no, because it was only September 16th. Then I went upstairs and happened to see that he was still logged into the computer with iTunes playing his Christmas playlist. So we started decorating for Halloween.
(It was brought to my attention after I took this picture that the haunted house on the right is backward–the candle should be in front, to cast a shadow on the wall. Oops.)
(Also, it really bothers me that there is a Shirley Jackson novel missing from my collection, but it’s a little overpriced so I won’t be adding it anytime soon.)
(Image found on Facebook.)
This just happened:
Grace: More chock-it bunna, Mom?
Me: I’m sorry, Gracie, it’s all gone. You ate it up.
Grace makes a sad face.
Sam: I want Sam’s chock-lit Kiki.
Me and Will: ???
Sam: Kiki chock-lit mine.
Yup. He was saying he wanted Grace (“Kiki”) to have the rest of his. And then I cried. (And Will cried, because he just finished cleaning Grace up from eating her bunny.)
He is really the best big brother ever.
I hope your Christmas is as bright as ours.
(This photo is from my mom’s phone, so you will have to use your imaginations about what color everything really is.)
Grace opted out of unwrapping anything, but was very happy with her rocking horse and Woody doll. I’m sure sooner or later she will notice that she got some other stuff as well.
Sam was REALLY into the whole thing, starting last night when he helped Will decorate the tree while I made our traditional Christmas Eve pizza.
I got everything I wanted! Santa brought me a DVD of the recent Jane Eyre movie, a tea kettle, and some books. I still need a new pair of shoes–but I got some Amazon gift certificates so I can probably get them myself.
Hmm, I just realized no one gave me yarn. How mysterious. It is almost as though everyone thinks I already have plenty. BUT THAT CAN’T BE TRUE.
This is before I got out the wrapping paper and started unpacking Amazon boxes.
These birds are inspired by the felt bird kits from Purl Soho. I have no idea how theirs are done, but I freely admit to borrowing the basic idea! I just freehanded the bird and wing shapes, cut them out, and traced them onto wool felt. Each bird is a layer of white and a layer of brown stitched together with red embroidery floss. Pretty!
Presents! One reader is getting a sneak peak of her gift, but I’m not saying who.
On our way home on Halloween night, we passed a house decked out in full Christmas regalia.
Will was horrified.
I could not stop laughing, because it is the best Halloween costume I have ever seen.
We had a pretty good Halloween.
By which I actually mean TOTALLY AWESOME.
I made the kids’ shirts and sewed the letters onto their hats. Sam carried the treat bag I sewed for him three years ago (OMG, who IS that tiny boy in the linked post?) and Grace carried the giant plastic pumpkin she fell in love with at Target a few weeks ago. Seriously, she would NOT put it down. So I figured what the heck, and bought it for her.
At the first two houses we visited, the (older) ladies handing out candy asked, “Are you two dressed as train conductors?” I tried to explain, but…yeah.
Both kids were REALLY into the trick or treating stuff. Sam has been kind of baffled by it every year until now. Grace was clearly confused but just went with it. She is easy like that.
We saw a group of older teenagers, really too old to be trick or treating, but for once I was not annoyed by it. They were in full costume and looked GREAT, and they were very nice to all the smaller kids. Though Catwoman did try to take Mario home with her.
After we got home, late, we had one trick or treater. Since that has been our yearly average, I was pretty impressed.
Though not as impressed as I am that both kids allowed me to draw on mustaches.
365 days later:
This morning the children approached the tree slowly, as though suspicious. Sam spotted Grace’s tricycle and rushed over to examine it. Grace noticed the Plan Garage and toddled over to see what it was all about. Then they both shouted and swapped places.
We were all spoiled rotten this year, both in gifts and company. I am feeling incredibly blessed.
This is what I looked like a year ago today:
That baby? Is riding her new trike. This is a very good Christmas.
Yesterday I told Will that I believe my fingers might fall off before I am done with my Christmas sewing. He rebuked me for such an awful image and suggested that I instead say that I would sew until my fingers bleed.
Yeah, I don’t know either. But I do know that I have a LOT of sewing to complete before, like, right now. Luckily, my parents don’t care if their presents arrive before Christmas, but I really need to finish Grace’s present because I insist on building a habit of being fair to her for both Christmas and her birthday and we got Sam the best present ever.
Oh man so much sewing. It’s a good thing I like sewing.