Black Cat or Bloody Girl

For the past couple of years, my youngest daughter has had to have two different costumes for Halloween. I do not know how this happened, but somehow she has been obsessed with being something scary and bloody. Of course, her elementary school doesn’t allow bloody costumes, so she decides on one safe costume for the school parade, and then makes herself all gory for trick-or-treating.

Halloween 2016

She has been spending weeks practicing her bloody scar makeup to get it realistic, and she cut up a shirt and painted it with “blood.”

The school costume, however, does not receive as much preparation. Two nights before Halloween, she was going to wear a smock and make a palette and be an artist for the Halloween parade. The night before Halloween, she decided to be a black cat. She found a big, fat pipe cleaner to be her tail, dressed all in black, and the next morning had me make her hair into two buns to be her ears.


As soon as she got home from school, with a little school glue, makeup and fake blood, she transformed into something else….

One of the other moms in our trick-or-treating group even asked me if she really hurt herself!

Fortunately, her wounds washed off later that night!

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Here We Go…Again?

It’s November, and you know what that means, don’t you? It’s National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo as we bloggers affectionately (?) call it. I’ve been participating in NaBloPoMo every year since 2009. A lot has changed since then!

My girls are growing up right before my eyes. In 2009, Lily was all about being fancy and dressing up in fairy wings and tutus. Now, her friend asked me if Lily could get a Snapchat account, and I said no. Emmy was a fuzzy bunny for Halloween, and was quite happy about being cute. This year, she wanted to be something dead. I’m not kidding!

halloween 2009
My cuties in 2009, along with our little neighbor.
Halloween 2016
My cuties in 2016; a roll of lifesavers and a scary dead lady.

I’m working part time, and my blogging has diminished quite a bit. Am I going to blog every day for a whole month when I didn’t blog one day in the month of October?

We shall see!








Rainy Halloween

Halloween this year was flanked by two beautiful, sunny Fall days. Halloween itself, however, was not so nice. In fact, it was just plain nasty. Between cold temps and the rain, the adults couldn’t win. To the kids, however, the weather didn’t matter. They just wanted to go trick-or-treating with each other, and run around the neighborhood like crazy, ringing doorbells and collecting candy. The cold drizzle didn’t bother them one bit. Us moms kept commenting that at least it wasn’t as cold as last year, when there were snow flurries fluttering around us all afternoon. Plus, there was a hot crock pot full of chili waiting in my kitchen, along with “mummy” dogs for Lily and Emmy since they don’t care for my chili even in cold weather.

spy under umbrella

How was your Halloween? Was it rainy or sunny?

(It’s November 1st, and time for NaBloPoMo! Look for another blog post tomorrow. Shocking, I know!)




Halloween Show ‘n Tell 2014 {Spin Cycle}

I knew it was going to be cold on Halloween this year. But I didn’t expect to wake up to snow!

snowy Halloween

Earlier in the week it had been quite a bit warmer, which was wonderful for the annual Pumpkin Patch at Lily and Emmy’s school. Kids can decorate pumpkins (but not carve them) and bring them to school for a contest. Well, it used to be a contest, but this year it was just a pumpkin show. As we were bringing our pumpkins to school, one of the moms we ran into told me she was glad she only had a couple more years of decorating pumpkins. She and her husband had stayed up late painting her daughter’s pumpkin!

I just give each kid a pumpkin and some paint, and tell them they’re on their own. It works for them.

Lily and her vampire bat pumpkin
Lily and her vampire bat pumpkin
Emmy and her witch
Emmy and her witch

On Halloween, I sent them to school in their costumes, another new policy at our school. Everything I did that day was Halloween-y. First was the Halloween party at my preschool, which was a huge success thanks to our awesome parent volunteers. After work, I went to Lily and Emmy’s school for their Halloween parade. It was so cold outside that the parade had to be in the gym. The kids went to their classrooms for their Halloween parties, and then had an early dismissal. Finally, it was time for the main event of the day; trick-or-treating!

pinkie pie and bat

Oh. my. word. So. much. candy!

I’m still helping my kids eat their Milky Ways and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! How was your Halloween? Link up your Halloween recaps here!

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Halloween Show and Tell

It rained on Halloween this year. It rained, and rained, and rained, but it wasn’t very cold so my girls had loads of fun running from door to door and collecting candy with their friends. We all were carrying umbrellas, but that didn’t really help us stay dry. We didn’t trick-or-treat as far as we would have if the weather was nicer; and after we went inside to dry out, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for just a couple of minutes. I saw on Facebook that we missed a beautiful rainbow. Oh, well, these things happen.

My girls are so sweet and aren’t picky about their costumes. Lily doesn’t like change, anyway, so she wore the bat costume I made for her last year again. She loves it because it’s made out of a black sweatshirt, so it keeps her warm and she doesn’t have to wear her coat over it!

Lily parade 2013

Emmy wanted to be Taylor Swift, but I really didn’t want to try to make her look like Taylor Swift for the school parade! At the last minute, I found ladybug antenna and a Little Red Riding Hood costume at Target, so I transformed it into a ladybug dress. Emmy loves the Ladybug Girl books, so she went right along with this idea.

Emmy parade

After seeing Tamara’s Halloween pictures of her little bunny, (be sure to go read about her Halloween this year!) I knew I had to show you a picture of Lily as a bunny. She was almost two years old.

Lily bunny


And here is my little piggy Emmy, when she was about 15 months old. She was a happy little piggy!


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How was your Halloween? Be sure to visit all the Halloween links below!

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