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Halloween 2014

Leigh —  November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

IMG_9879So last week I had it all planned out. We were going to take it a little easy school wise and throw in a some fun since it was Halloween and all.

My great idea was to spend a couple of hours each morning working on a writing lesson, and then fill the rest of the week with play dates and crafts, and then go out with a bang with some Halloween trick-or-treating on Friday night.

That was the plan anyway. My intentions were good.

But then children are unpredictable at times, and our light school load ended up being quite heavier than I anticipated. I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say, it was a hard homeschooling week at McKibben Elementary. That still happens from time to time. When the children are learning lessons about their character along with their studies, it makes for a difficult week.

Thank goodness, we finally got ourselves together, our attitudes in check, and enough of the work done so that by Friday afternoon, we were ready for some trick-or-treating.

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For All the Glory in the World

Leigh —  November 4, 2013 — 2 Comments

IMG_7780I fully intended to wake up Friday morning and post these pictures so that my kids’ costumes could be plastered on Facebook along with yours, but well, that didn’t happen.  I overslept due to the sugar coma from the night before.

About four months ago, Ken and I decided to swear off sugar, and I spontaneously ended my sugar fast Thursday night while tromping around our neighborhood in the rain with the kids.

The way I saw it, I deserved that Snickers…and Milky Way…and box of Nerds…and well, you get the idea.

I came home and confessed to Ken, “Before the kids rat me out, I ate some candy while we trick-or-treated.”

“I know…I can smell it on your breath.”  Dang it!  I would make a terrible drunk. Continue Reading…

About Yesterday

Leigh —  October 30, 2013 — 1 Comment

So I know my post yesterday left some people thinking that I’m down on Halloween. I’m not. I think it’s healthy to question why we do the things we do and weigh them against our beliefs, and yesterday, I just happened to post about what had been rolling around inside my head recently.  I wasn’t trying to ruffle anybody’s feathers.  I was just kind of thinking out loud.

After that post, I felt challenged to do a little research of my own on the holiday, it’s origins, and our traditions, and now I feel comfortable with our decision to allow our kids to trick-or-treat and carve pumpkins.  I still don’t like the zombie hands in my neighbor’s yard, but it’s his yard, not mine.  He can celebrate Halloween his way, and we will celebrate it ours…meaning we’ll probably just avoid his house tomorrow night even though he worked really hard on his decorations and I’m sure he’s got great candy.  That’s the price you pay for being too gore-y.

All that being said, we did a little bit of this today.IMG_7885 Continue Reading…

To Halloween or Not?

Leigh —  October 29, 2013 — 9 Comments

I have mixed feelings about Halloween. I mean, I want to like it.  I really do.  There’s candy and dressing up, and that all seems innocent enough.  But somehow, I can’t get past the feeling that we’re celebrating death.  It probably has something to do with the zombie hands rising out of the simulated cemetery in my neighbor’s yard that leaves me feeling a little unsettled with the holiday.

It seems I go through this internal tug-of-war every October.  Should I let my kids celebrate Halloween or not?  I know the reasons to abstain.  I heard them every year as a kid while my parents were turning out the lights in the house and pulling out of our driveway. It was code for trick-or-treaters are not welcome here. Continue Reading…

My Token Halloween Post

Leigh —  November 1, 2012 — Leave a comment

For the past couple of weeks, Edie has been saying things like, “Wow! They’ve got a lot of rips in their yard,” or “Where do people buy rips anyway?”  Every time she would ask one of these questions, I had no idea what she was talking about, but I was always kind of zoned out and lost in thought when it came up.  So I would answer with a very non-responsive reply like “I don’t know, honey.”  It just didn’t register with me what she was saying until the other day when she almost came out of her car seat as we passed a very festive house with an impressive cemetery in their front yard.

“Mommy, look at all those rips!”

What are you talking about?”

“All those rips in those people’s yard.  I’ve never seen that many!”  And it dawned on me what she had been saying for the past month.  She was reading the tombstones.  R.I.P.  And on her own, she assumed that they must be called “rips”.  I couldn’t correct her.  It was too adorable.

I struggle with Halloween.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Halloween.  I can support any holiday that involves candy and costumes, but the decorations baffle me.  Really, turning your yard into a cemetery?  What?!  I don’t understand it.  I get that there’s supposed to be a spooky element to the holiday, but I just think it’s weird.  We do decorate, but in our own way…like with welcoming jack-o-lanterns.

I’m not a complete Halloween Scrooge.  I mean, this is the view out of my kitchen window.

I’ll even let you make mummies out of toilet paper rolls and paper towels.

But you’re not going to see any rips in this house.  That’s where I draw the line.

In the spirit of the holiday, we took our annual trip to the pumpkin patch last week.  It was fun until our pumpkin was stolen at the last minute.  That part was kind of crummy, and then when we got home and were about to carve it several days later, we discovered that the pumpkin we chose to replace our stolen one was rotten.  There were tears from the little people.  Good times.

And while we are on the subject of Halloween, my Darth Vader and Princess Leia.

Roarkie told me that he wanted to be something scary for Halloween.  I told him that his mommy didn’t do “scary” at Halloween.  We do happy jack-o-lanterns, remember?  He was disappointed.  Then a couple of days later he was playing Star Wars in his room.  I stuck my head in the doorway, “You know, Roark, Darth Vader is pretty scary.”  And a costume was born.  Edie came up with the idea of being Princess Leia.  Her reasoning, “because you know, she is a princess.”

However, at the last minute Roark decided to ditch the Darth Vader mask and put on a fireman’s hat instead.  I was so busy just trying to get everybody out of the house that I just rolled with it.  After all, I got my picture.

And this is how I found them around 6:30 this morning…taking inventory of their loot.

Apparently people still give you candy even if your costume is just a fireman’s hat.