I have done very little to prepare for this Halloween. Partly because I have mixed emotions about this holiday, partly because I am distracted by other things, partly because I cringe at the thought of throwing out all the candy that will be collected and the sheer cost of that candy that meets my trashcan or my hips.
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We did carve pumpkins (or "punk-its" as McClaine calls them) and I managed this stunning picture. What a photographic genius. None of the kids wanted to touch the gooey mess inside. What have I done? Have I really passed on that portion of my Type A personality?
I also have mentally sorted through the variety of princess dresses that Avery might wear. I have bought a cowboy hat at WalMart to complete McClaine's costume. Caleb said he is not allowed to wear it because it is red and he looks like Texas Tech's Red Raiders. I was thrilled because it was three dollars and made in the USA! Little Miss Audrey is going to be a hand-me-down bunny.
Here's where you come in...
Tell me you know about the Witching Hours? You know, that dreadful time of day, right after naps and before dinner and bath time? The kids are cranky, you are exhausted, dinner needs to be made, the floor is covered with toys, random clothes and food chunks. This time of day kills me. Every time.
So I am starting a Halloween Campaign (since the Presidential campaigns are nearing a close), to conquer the Witching Hours- And I need your help! Now, this is not a re-creation of the Salem Witch Trials. It is merely an opportunity for us to take back that precious time of day.
I figured it out. So far, I have grumpily lost 3120 hours of precious time with my children to the Witching Hours since Avery was born- and I am done! If quatro is my last little babe, by the time he/she gets to school, I will have about 3900 more hours to ENJOY my children during this time of day.
Yesterday I made a concerted effort to really conquer the Witching Hours. When the kids and I got home from picking up Avery, we had a snack and went outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Usually I avoid this, because I have too much to do. As if the bowl of cheerios that has been sitting at the table since 7:30 am must be removed by 4:00! We played with the water hose and the dog, and got sloppy dirty.
Then I stripped the kids out of their wet clothes and we went inside for some fun painting time. Usually I am so overprotective of art/craft stuff because I don't want more mess. But I figured, what the heck? Just take it all out. So Avery and McClaine sat at the kitchen table with 26 assorted paint brushes, watercolors, paper, glue sticks and collage materials. Audrey was in her johnny jump-up rockin' in perfect rhythm to Stevie Wonder's Definitive Collection.I danced around in the kitchen as I prepared this awesome baked ziti recipe that I yanked from McMommy's blog.
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