Here they are-- A mermaid, and my two little gnomies. What fun these costumes were to create. They had a wonderful time parading at school yesterday. They are now ready for the Halloween journey today at school. They will meet gnomes, mermaids, and maybe have a conversation with Mother Nature. It is an amazing journey that our Waldorf school provides. Just a bit more depth to the season. I love that. Instead of piles of candy my children will have treasure bags full of crystals, shells, honey sticks, bulbs, and maybe some organic lollipops from mama. Making halloween sweet but not too sweet.
Hope your Halloween adventure is the perfect sweetness for you and your children.
I thought with all the Halloween Glimpse festivities that we have going that it would be fun to show you what my children were last year.
My daughter had decided the day of Halloween 2007 that she wanted to be Mary Poppins in 2008. Yes, that far in advance. Only this was the costume that I finished and hung in her room at 6:45 a.m. the morning of Halloween. Pushing it to the last second. It was the coat. Oh, and maybe all the other details, full skirt, striped ruffle shirt and emerald green lining that she wanted inside the coat. Boy, for a then 9 year old she had some strong opinions as to what Mary Poppins wore.
What you don't see are the gloves, white gloves. The vintage hat was a christmas gift along with the "magic" carpet bag. Hours were spent trying to pull a full sized lamp out of the bag. Hours, I tell you. Since last year this has been a main staple in the dress-up. There have been many walks up and down the street with hat, gloves, outfit and bag toting along those raucous little ones that she was caring for at the time.
This is a part of my girls childhood that I cherish. We read the book. We saw the musical. It became enlivened for her. She was and is Mary Poppins, at least when she is in her outfit. Oh, and she always speaks with the correct accent when in costume as well as lots of talk of tea and scones. Oh, the magic.
My son was a golden knight. Fascinated with the "golden" part. "Every part has to be shining mommy, like the sun." Golden I tell you and that is what we did. I needed my sunglasses to look at him in the sun. Golden alright. And, so sweet and valiantly protecting all those he thought needed it. What a brave "golden" knight he was and still is.
My littlest was a puppy. A "polka dotted" puppy as his big brother called him. This costume I did not make. Thank goodness. I didn't have enough hours in the night to finish another.
Thank you for joining me on this Halloween Journey this week. Tomorrow I will have the pictures of our official costumes this year. Look forward to seeing you there.
Hope your Halloween is a fun and lovely adventure.
# 3 --- Mermaid
Okay final day. This is it. These clues should help qutie a bit. We may have another winner for one of the other costumes I'm not quite sure yet. But, we still have one other costume to guess in the next few hours. Remember who ever does receives a "cool, little something" in the mail. I will officially announce the winner(s) tomorrow morning Saturday, mountain standard time. Good luck.
By 7:00 a.m. yesterday morning we were already onto Plan B. Plan A being the typical Wednesday morning routine with the children going to school, blah, blah, blah. But, oh that plan B was much more exciting. School was canceled due to snow. Now, my children love their school. I love their school. But, the thought that instead of the morning rush we could leisurely eat breakfast and head outside...well that sounded pretty good too.
As for the weather I being the responsible adult on duty thought, "We should have food in the house, just in case". Since this little storm was supposed to continue for another 48 hours. After a warm breakfast we bundled, as if for an arctic adventure, and headed out to the grocery store. We live within walking distance so I thought of it as an adventure. An adventure indeed. Ever try and push a fully loaded stroller with a two year old and a few bags of groceries through a sloshy, icy, snowy alley? Well, let me tell you I felt my workout had been done for the day. The children thought this the height of fun, jumping in puddles, and then piles of snow.
So I did what any sane mama would do. I sent them out to the front to shovel (by the way this is one of their favorite pastimes in the winter). Soon there were snowballs flying, sleds were pulled from the mudroom to be slid down the ramp off the front steps that was created with said "piles of snow" already shoveled. Whew! Such excitement. That tricky plan B can really surprise you.
Later as the snowsuits dripped and dried by the fire we drank wassail and played. I have a box of "old toys" that survived the plastic purge long ago. These are dolls that when they first came out I carried them in my store. Groovy Girls. Yes, you heard me right. They are soft, funky, sporty chic's with lots of stuff. The psychedelic colors, the pleather, yes pleather pants and the multitudes of accessories make for hours of entertainment on days such as these. Plus, they rarely see them except on days like these. Yup, that's right, a secret weapon. All mamas and daddy's ought to have these.
They played for hours. Setting up scenes and rooms and oh, these girls can travel. They were all over the place, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Fe. Even, Europe and no jet lag was suffered by any. I suppose that when something can entertain children for an extended period of time when the temperature has dropped significantly outside and the snow is in piles I can forgive them their "unique" style. At least they are respectable enough to have only "faux" fur and who am I to say that hot pink doesn't go with bright orang...I ask you?
Sometimes, especially with children, it's worth it to ditch Plan A and try out that old Plan B. He's just waiting right there, ready for adventure. Yup, he and I are old pals after today. I will definitely need to invite him over for tea more often.
Anyone else tried Plan B recently?
Well, I have some exciting news. One of the costumes has been guessed! Congratulations to Randi, who guessed within the very first hours of posting and since I wanted it to continue longer than that I decided to have another chance. So....Congratulations to Faith. She guessed last night that #3 is a mermaid/ sea nymph. And, she's right! My daughter # 3 is going to be a mermaid. So, congratulations to these two ladies who will receive a "little somthing" in the mail from me.
But, don't be discouraged. There are still two more to go. The clues will get more descriptive tomorrow because I think it would be fun to have more winners. yeah. So, think colors, texture, and look for clues in the photos. Even go back to the other glimpses and see if they start to make sense. Good Luck.
What a beautiful, sweet day I had for my birthday. My children created lovely handmade cards with pictures depicting rainbows and all things they consider birthdays to be. My husband who not only had a delicious breakfast for us in the morning then created a master piece for dinner and dessert. Meatloaf on the grill, mashed potatoes, and a full veggie salad. yum. Then, for dessert...a leaning chocolate cake with chocolate frosting that they not only made but decorated. And, mint chip ice cream of course. A few gifts wrapped in silks revealed sweaters and handmade wood items from my sons workshop. It was delightful.
Then, to top it off I had all of you sending the most lovely birthday wishes my way. I enjoyed getting to know each of you a bit better with the comments you left. Thank you so much.
What a fantastic start to my birthday year. What a day...
Okay we are on day four....any guesses? For those of you just joining we are having a small contest to see who can guess the halloween costumes for my three little ones. Each day this week and once last week I have given clues through pictures. The person to guess one or all of the costumes will receive a fun little something in the mail. The day is fast approaching, hope these help.
Today is my Birthday. In honor of my birthday I thought it would be fun to tell you a few things you may or may not know about me.
36 things to be exact...
1. My favorite shoes are slippers.
2. I strongly dislike parking garages.
3. I love "Sense and Sensibility" and anything Jane Austen.
4. I love to knit....okay, maybe you knew that already.
5. I smell spices in the air in the Fall.
6. One of my grandmothers I called "TuTu".
7. I used to own a children's store called The Bees Knees.
8. I have three brothers...yes, the only girl.
9. I sang and danced in high school.
10. My favorite ice cream is mint chip.
11. I was called "Kelly" growing up, until I went away to college.
12. I love the silence found underwater.
13. I have super-sonic smell.
14. I made my first pumpkin pie from scratch last November. Countless since then. yum.
15. I have always wanted to be able to play piano.
16. I am a homebody.
17. Popcorn + A movie + my guy = A GREAT combination.
18. I married my guy four months after meeting him.
19. We've been married almost thirteen years.
20. I love a dry sense of humor.
21. I loath acrylic yarn.
22. We use candles on our christmas tree instead of lights.
23. I always wished I was 5'10" instead of just 5'8".
24. I wear too much black.
25. Our dog is the size of a small pony.
26. I love anything to do with books-- libraries, bookstores, or just sitting and reading.
27. I love my children in pajamas still warm from the bath.
28. I enjoy good mexican food. To margaritas I say, "yes".
29. Leaning over a puzzle in the quiet evening is bliss.
30. I cherish time spent knitting with good friends.
31. Curry is my new love.
32. Summer 2008 I did five triathlons.
33. I love the light in the late afternoon.
34. I get out of breath walking into a good yarn store.
35. I really enjoy a warm latte in hand.
36. I look forward to my birthday every year, and all the moments the new year will bring.
Now, I would love to know some things about you. Hope you have a great Fall Tuesday.