Sunday, October 31, 2010




Happy Halloween


From Frankenbunny!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


I know I promised a 2010 Halloween pic today, but we are still making some last minute costume adjustments, so in the meantime I wanted to take a minute to pass on this special deal that ends on Nov. 1.

After seven years of homeschooling, there are finally a few subjects for which I can, with confidence, say that I can end my search for the perfect curriculum. For science we found Apologia and will probably never look any further. For math it's Singapore math for the early years, then Teaching Textbooks. And for spelling, it's All About Spelling.

And I was just about to order the next level for my daughter when, lucky for us, I got an email saying that they're offering their All About Homophones e-book for free this weekend with any order. That's a $27.95 value free until Nov. 1. Here's how you can get it, too:
  • Add any product(s) to your cart.
  • Do not add the All About Homophones e-book to your cart quite yet.
  • In the upper left corner of the cart, you'll see a box that says "Special Code." Type in these three letters, all in capital letters: AAH. Then click the "Apply" button.
  • The free All About Homophones ebook will appear just above where you enter your shipping information. Click the orange "Add to Cart" button.
  • You'll receive this e-book automatically, without delay! Enjoy!
Just had to share. You can check out All About Spelling products here.

My search continues for the perfect history curriculum, reading curriculum, pair of jeans, and pen. Anyone have any suggestions?

By the way, I like never watch TV, so I never know what's on. Just in case anyone else is in the same boat, I did come across in a web search that there are Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens Halloween specials on tonight, Saturday, 8 pm on NBC. We love CG Animation in this house (just watched How to Train Your Dragon again last night through Netflix - wow, the animation is so amazing in that movie), so if we're back from trick-or-treating in time, we'll be watching Halloween Dreamworks-style tonight.

Anyone else trick-or-treating tonight? Our town is doing it a day early this year.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Retrospect


I've been wanting forever to take a Halloween shot from each year since the kids were born and put them all together in a scrapbook or photo book. But, as much as I've tried lately, this is just not a scrapbooking phase of life for me right now. So, if you'll indulge me a little, I'm going to finally do my Halloween retrospect, right here on my blog. I even got in a little bit of a scrapbooking fix by using the cute collages over at

The above pic is my baby boy, posing 13 years ago for a Halloween card.... because at the time I of course thought my baby dressed up as Pooh was the cutest thing in the whole entire world and had to share his cuteness with everybody through the mail.

(I still think he's the cutest thing in the whole entire world).

I loved Halloween growing up. Though we lived out in the country, my parents took me to some great neighborhoods to trick-or-treat and to some amazing parties and haunted houses.

I even loved that almost our only choice for a costume were the ones with those plastic masks that made your face all sweaty but were still fun because you could totally hide behind them and be someone else for a night and also because you could try to stick your whole tongue out through the little bitty mouth hole.

But a new kind of Halloween started when my babies came along - different from the thrill of trick-or-treating as a child, but equally as exciting, because there is nothing like watching your children get to transform into their favorite characters and wonder with awe over getting a whole bag of candy for free. And as a mom, being confident that all dressed up they are indeed the cutest children on the planet. It doesn't matter that every other mother feels the same way about her children, because the truth is, they all are the cutest children on the planet on Halloween night.

Anyway, so here it is, a photo flashback from the last 13 years of the best Halloweens of my life...

My first baby's first Halloween. Grandma showed up with this too-cute clown outfit, so Pooh was replaced. But it earned him lots of candy, which of course, he was too little to eat. But mom wasn't. That was a good year.

I loved this lion costume. If you pushed on the lion's nose it would roar. But MyBuddy did get a little tired of everyone poking his tummy by the end of the night. Mom got most of the candy again this year, but MyBuddy did get to experience his first lollypops. It was love at first lick.

We were living in Hilton Head, SC back in 1999, and we had gone for a walk on the beach on Halloween day and found these balloons someone had left behind. MyBuddy had a blast running up and down the beach with the them (sigh, and me with only my little point-and-shoot film camera. It makes me cringe to look at these old pictures. For those who didn't start having babies until after the invention of digital photography (and DSLRs), you are blessed).
I can't tell you how thrilled I was this year to have found this Eeyore costume on major sale at the Disney Outlet store.

So thrilled that we used it the next year, too. This was back in the days when the kids were too little to mind recycling costumes. This is also the year that changed MyBuddy's life forever, as BeachPea came into the picture :). We finally got to use that Pooh outfit.

The first year I attempt to make the kids' costumes. Like most little boys, MyBuddy was in love with Thomas the Tank Engine, so he was thrilled with my efforts, even with all the imperfections. Now you can find Thomas costumes in stores everywhere. Oh well. It was still fun to make it ourselves. I didn't know how to use a sewing machine, so Grandma Jane helped with the princess skirt.

BeachPea, here 2, was so excited to get to dress up as "Lady" (our border collie). In fact she wore this costume for months after Halloween was over. And MyBuddy made one handsome pirate, if I do say so myself.

CarriBear is now here to join in on the fun! Had to pull out the old clown outfit for her when MyBuddy decided he wanted to be a clown that year. Again, wish I had had a better camera back then because they were so cute together. And of course, BeachPea made one adorable ladybug.

Hooray! We get our first digital camera! Still a point and shoot, but so much better. MyBuddy, as I bet you are wondering, is the "Schmooz", which was this oozy purple slime with lots of eyes that once attacked Ponyville on an episode of My Little Pony. He thought it was really cool and watched that episode over and over again just to see it, and insisted that that was what he needed to be for Halloween. What we came up with wasn't quite slime, but he was pretty happy with it anyway. This year we went to a couple of different Halloween events, and the girls dressed up differently for each one. There's Lady and that fun roaring lion again.

Have to smile at these pics - MyBuddy wanted to go as Spaceman Spiff - anyone remember him?

He loved reading Calvin and Hobbes, and thought Spaceman Spiff was the coolest. Again, the girls chose several costumes this year for the different events we went to.

Butterfly has now hopped onto the scene, and our whole family is ready to celebrate together for the first time. Eeyore got to come out of storage again this year. And I loved that blue and gold octopus MyBuddy helped us design.

Again we have some recycled costumes this year, but we had fun making these ghosts out of old sheets, and Butterfly was thrilled with her duck feet.

Another pic that makes me smile. Butterfly (2) was absolutely crazy over High School Musical and was ecstatic when we found this Gabriella costume. She wore it at least once everyday for about a year.

Last year was another homemade year, as I finally learned how to use a sewing machine. As time consuming as making all these costumes was, it was nothing compared to all the time we spent web surfing and driving around this year trying to find the right store-bought costumes for everyone. So next year it's back to the sewing machine for sure!

And we are finally caught up the present, which I will post next time. If you made it all the way to the end, thank you for taking this walk down memory lane with me. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go weep over all these grown-up babies. Maybe this retrospect wasn't such a good idea...

Happy Halloween!

You Capture: Autumn

Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors, the crisp coolness, the smells...

but what I always seem to enjoy most about the season
are the interesting visitors we always seem to have stop by towards the end of October...





How about you?
What do you love most about Fall?


See more Autumn captured over at this week's You Capture Challenge.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall Farm Photo Walk, final chapter






















After our busy homeschooling day my mind is spent and I have no words left in me this afternoon, and the only time one can get away with posting just pictures and no words is when the pictures are really really amazing, and these are not really really, so here are some words in the form of a recipe for one of my favorite halloween week treats (second to chocolate, of course). So now my post is justified....

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds:


Spread washed pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet and allow to dry overnight.

Spread dried pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet lined with foil.

Melt 2 tbsp. butter and mix with 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce.

Pour mixture over pumpkin seeds then sprinkle seeds with seasoning salt.

Bake @ 350 F for 15-20 minutes.


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