After a night of Halloween festivities at our friend’s yearly costume party, we are all home. The girlie is tucked into bed beside me. I’m downloading photographs from our little mini-shoot with my sister Jewles (thanks for taking pictures of us Bug, I appreciated it). Damon is upstairs unwinding on the computer. And soon we will join the girlie in dreamland. 🙂 It was a good day.
Seems I start blog posts like that more and more often. It’s true though. Halloween is exhausting normally, with all the parties, sewing, crafting, pumpkins, treats, etc. But add in caring for puppies and trying to get ready for the big move? Yeah. I’m exhausted – and being sick all weekend didn’t help. And yes, I just plowed on through… too much stuff to do, too many events to take it. It’s Halloween, remember? 😉
Yesterday we gave the pups a new bed. Their first “big dog” bed. It’s still in the nursery, but we took out the Nature’s Miracle litter box that serves as a newborn bed (and containment), and brought in the doughnut bed. It’s all cute, and pink, and silky soft. And the boys love having free reign of the entire nursery now. Mom likes having a nice comfy spot too. So it’s a win all around.
Today I spent the afternoon working on the girl’s Halloween costume. Yes, yes, yes… I know she was Merida… but that was her Halloween PARTY costume. On Halloween itself she’ll be dressing up as Fairy Berry – her My Little Pony persona. For those who don’t live in Saskatchewan, YES. One costume for indoor parties, and a different one for trick or treating is necessary. It’s darn cold out there at night with the snow. Soooo…. LOL I found these cute little iron on strawberry patches, which ended up saving me some time. Instead of having to create both the Fairy Berry plant AND the strawberries that grow on it, I only had to create the plant and just iron on the berries. MUCH easier. Then it was just a matter of creating wings, sewing them on, upcycling a wig into a tail, and BOOM. Fairy Berry costume. Well… I bought her some pony ears too. Can’t very well be a MLP without the ears. So tomorrow it’s pumpkin carving in the morning, ballet in the evening, one more sleep, and it’s the big day. YAY!
Oh! And tonight was the Avenue Community Center’s first Family Mixer… the Creepy Queer Halloween Family Fun Night. We had a great time. Got to see lots of familiar faces as well as many new ones too. And the kid had a blast playing with the many children all close to her own age. It really was wonderful. I’m looking forward to many get togethers in the future.
Kid-kid will be turning five on July 20th. And the two of us are both fans of theme parties. Being a crafty momma, I love making things for her birthdays – both for her and her guests. Which means it’s time to get working, lest we run out of time prior to the big event. 😉
This year the girl has asked for a Skippyjon Jones party. Not familiar with our little skippito bandito buddy? I’d highly recommend doing some reading. Here’s a link to get you started: http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/skippyjon-jones Not only can you read the books for free, you can also help give books to programs that make them available to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. I’ve blogged about We Give Books before (see here, and here), and we still absolutely love it!
So… ideas thus far:
- Chihuahua window clings for all the mirrors
- Bandito masks for all the party guests
- mask, cape, and Chihuahua ears for Lily-Ann
- Skippyjon stuffy gift for Lily-Ann
- Skippyjon cake or cupcakes
- have a pinata
- Read the original Skippyjon Jones book
But that’s where my ideas stop. We could definitely use a craft idea, and a game idea… So I’d be up for any thoughts from the peanut gallery (or from los chimichangos). 🙂
Today, while mostly awesome, was just too full. And I honestly wish I could have taken today away from work of any kind. But we are now down to crunch time with Camp fYrefly and I had to work on sending out acceptance packages. There are still a lot more to go out – but I got a good start on them… and will keep working on them tomorrow.
Why did I want today off? Well, the wee girlie only turns four once. And today was the day.
When she woke up (extra early, after a restless night, of course) I checked her over thoroughly. Inspected each and every inch, looking to see if there were possibly any three year old parts left. She giggled like mad as I peered at her armpits, checked between each toe, pinched her cheeks, wiggled her nose, and peeked into her belly button. But no. It appears that every single part is now a four year old part. There are no three year old parts left.
Before afternoon had a chance to commence, we hit the mall. Now… this particular mall is one we usually avoid. It’s just too crowded, too teen frenzy, and just too full of memories for me (not bad memories, just lots of them, around every corner). But on special occasions, we venture through the underground parking and emerge into it’s well lit crazitude (as I’ve mentioned before, making up words has a long, grand, history behind it… all the brightest, most awesome writers do it). Today was one of those special occasions.
While the wee girlie was turning four, her hot pink stuffed flamingo, most appropriately named Mingo, was turning one. So it was off to Build-a-Bear we went. Mingo needed a new birthday outfit, and the wee girlie had $21 worth of coupons to spend.
After our mall trip, it was off to my parent’s place. Where I sat at the kitchen table, Macbook Pro, iPad, and external hard drive all connected with various wires, and all connected to me – via the keyboard and trackpad. Thus the acceptance packages began to roll out.
Once Mom needed the table, I moved into the sewing room to begin working on the girlie’s costume pieces for her party on Saturday. This year she requested a Jungle party. A surprisingly easy thing to deliver.
Normally I spend a week (or even two) frantically preparing for the girlie’s birthdays. I don’t do this because I have to, but because I love doing it. I harvest berries, bake, cook, sew, craft… Work like mad. And then sit back and take in the joy of Strawberry Day (as her birthday has become known as). This year, I knew that was not happening. And I’ll admit, this particular Strawberry Day kinda feels like cheating.
We are going to The Fun Factory. That’s right. We’re heading somewhere, where I don’t have to do a darn thing but sit back and enjoy the air conditioning as the kids run around and play. Then, for 45 minutes, we’ll head into their jungle themed room (one of four party rooms) for cake and presents before heading back out to the general play area.
I am not making a cake. We’ve ordered a Monkey Jungle cake from Co-op. I am not baking, cooking, or crafting. I did minimal sewing today (about 1.5 hours worth) to create a Monkey costume for the girlie, as it’s a costume party. And that’s it. Come Saturday we’ll pick up the cake, and head on over to party with anyone who shows up. LMAO Yep. Feels like cheating. No cleaning, no mess. Show up, party, leave. LOL
In honor of this very different type of party, we are calling it Jungleberry Day. Because, well… it’s not really a Strawberry day if I’m not preparing a whack load of strawberries and strawberry dishes for my little Strawberry, now is it? 😉
So, after a bit of sewing, it was time for supper (and I so appreciate Mom providing the meal for us, I felt bad not pitching in at all, but I so desperately needed that time – so THANKS MOM!). Mom made up salad and pizza. Then, it was onto cake and presents.
The wee girlie was so wound up and exhausted by the time we were done, that she took a few laps around the yard with her new rockets/arrows (they are these air propelled nerf-like rocket/arrow things that you can shoot at each other) and it was time to come home and hit the hay. BTW, thanks for those Mom and Dad. When I first saw them I was thinking “Are you nuts?!?!?” but you can get out a lot of frustrations shooting (safely) at your kid. LMAO
Now we are home and in bed. The girlie, fast asleep. She’s four. Just like that.
Just a quick upload… I’m sure I’ll have lots of photos to share in the coming days, but whether I’ll get online to upload one a day or not is a big question. So here’s one from tonight. At the annual family and friends Christmas Eve party. Thank you Jamie for snapping this one for me. It means a lot.
Hope you all have a safe and happy weekend surrounded by your loved ones. Make merry and a happy ho ho ho to each and every one of you.
I’m posting earlier in the day than usual, but there is much to do today, and I likely won’t have another chance to sit at the computer later. I’m also cheating a little… The picture I’m sharing is one from yesterday AND is one my mom took. But I didn’t think anyone would mind. 😉
Be safe and blessed while you celebrate Samhain tonight.
For those who celebrate Halloween, have a ton of fun.
For those who don’t celebrate the season, just enjoy your evening.
We celebrate Samhain, and have a little Halloween fun too.
Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) is the Celtic new year. The celebration of the beginning of the dark half of the year. It’s a festival of the bounty received from the years harvest, and a time of remembrance. So say a prayer for those you have lost, and celebrate their lives, their love was a gift and this is the festival of thanks. It’s not about ghouls and ghosts and vampires or the creepy things that make up the frivolity of Halloween… but we enjoy that part of it too. So get all dolled up, go out trick or treating, let out a witchy cackle, and then settle in, hold your family close, warm yourselves with a glass of hot cider, and remember the blessings of the past year.
Much love everyone!
Okay… I’m getting really bad. Another post with several days worth. Jeepers. This is becoming habit. Just been really busy lately. Busy being Mom, and busy getting a new domain up and running. Still a long ways from launching, but I’m excited about it. Won’t be any work at all once it’s up, but right now? It’s sucking every minute of my time that isn’t devoted to being mom. So… Please bear with me. Hopefully I’ll get back to the daily posting soon. I actually really miss it. It’s come to be part of my nightly routine, and my nights feel a little off when I’m not able to log on to share. 🙂
April 23rd – A great day, with more great days ahead. All strung together in a somewhat stressful, but really good week. Lots of work done, and lots of time devoted to just being mom. Which meant I was exhausted, but I was feeling really good. 🙂 Also found out that I won a draw for a bunch of great gardening stuff – so super excited about that. LOL Want to check out my gift basket? Head on over to http://treadlightliving.com/blog/?p=368. So can’t wait for everything to arrive. 😀
April 24th – Hard work paid off as Mom’s surprise 50th birthday party caught her COMPLETELY off guard. So the stress of coordinating everything was totally worth it. Took Mom and the wee girlie out to lunch at New Island Sushi… the food there is AMAZING, and the staff are super nice. Mom loved it, and Lily-Ann did really well with her chopsticks (her first time). Then we hit Village Green (a thrift store/charity shop), a local park, a used book sale, and home for the surprise. I missed out on the decorating while I was keeping Mom busy, but Auntie Kathie, Riki (my oldest younger sister), and Dad did a great job. It really was an awesome day… and seeing mom so happy made EVERYTHING worth it. 😀
And… okay… I know. Lots of photos from this day I could have shared… but seriously. The food at New Island Sushi???? SOOOOO worth sharing in any way I can. 😀
April 25th – Today is actually Mom’s birthday. Offered to watch everyone (two of my sisters are still at home and need an adult present) so that Mom and Dad could go out to supper… but Mom wanted a “do nothing” day. So we all just hung out at the house and watched the snow. Yes. More snow. But thankfully this snow melted the instant it hit anything. Another really great day. 🙂
April 26th – Just a lazy day at home. Kinda chilly out… but not so chilly that it kept us inside. Here’s a basket full of “treasures” the wee girlie gathered.
April 27th, TODAY – Another chilly one out. It wouldn’t have been bad, except for a really cool wind. Spent some time playing in the front yard, just the girlie and I. Spent some time in the back yard, the dogs, Damon, the wee girlie and I. Then headed to the Library. 🙂 It’s library day.
Thought this pine cone was pretty… and was surprised to find one clinging to the tree out back.