Bless Connie's (Whale Ears and Other Wonderings) heart for bringing this topic up for the RoundUp on Friday, because I don't think I would have even THOUGHT about Halloween otherwise.
Well, thanks to Connie, I've started trying to get my lazy self into gear. Hey- I can't complain. I only have one child this year who cares that Halloween is coming or wants to do anything about it.
(NOTE: Moms with lots of young children who are feeling overwhelmed... it gets better. My 16-yr-old doesn't give a RAT'S about Halloween any more. So now I only have one to worry about. Which is good... and bad. Good because - less work! Bad because - probably only another year or two of doing this. *sniff*)
James got out of language school early today, so he and Zachary and I went to some hideous Halloween store and looked at costumey things. Because I'm not crafty, that's why. SOME WOMEN (read: Donna at Email from the Embassy) on this earth can do FREAKING EVERYTHING. Yeah, well... I'm not one of them. So to the hideous Halloween store we all went.
Fake wounds and fake looks-like-blood body paint later (he's going to be some wounded something- maybe a bloody zombie or something? Oh, and heads up, moms out there: the older they get, the more bizarre their costume choices. The cute stuff goes out the window as the age progresses. Enjoy your cute Halloween costumes while they last!) and we left the store, icky costume items purchased. One thing down!
The bigger thing? I decorate my home with library books. Yes, you read that right. No matter what the holiday, my home's decorations are library books. I get picture books for the holidays from the library and put them out on tables and such (and, of course, I read them to the boys). In fact...
This is one of my boys' favorite Halloween books. It's by Jerry Seinfeld, and it's HILARIOUS. It's also only something like $6 right now at Amazon. Not bad.
How else do we do Halloween?
Well, there's always my apron:
My Mommy-made-apron always matches the occasion. Because not only do I have an 1800's marriage (it works for us!), and not only do I cook all the meals, clean the house, stay at home, homeschool the children ad nauseum, I also always wear an apron while doing so. And am barefoot, more often than not. Yes, seriously.
(Nope. Not pregnant.)
I can't think of much else, other than the fact that we will probably get donuts on Halloween. We did a dry run this morning:
Orange. Colorful. Sort of fall and sort of Halloween.
So: Halloween picture books all over the house. Halloween apron. Halloween donuts. Store-bought fake wounds and fake blood. Yep, that's about as good as it gets.
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In other news, my oldest son has mange:
Oh, wait. Maybe it's just that his horrible sunburn from this past weekend (a really long outdoors outing) is peeling. But it looks like mange. Or leprosy.
But at least my leprous son is learning lots of Chinese. For behold (shameless showing off for the highly educated, very academic grandparents who care greatly about these sorts of things), a worksheet:
Not too shabby for only being... what? ... three weeks into the school year?
Therefore: His ENTIRE FACE may be disintegrating, but his brain is fully intact! And the brain is the important part. So it's all good.
(Also, I didn't want anyone to be left with the impression, since I'm homeschooling my boys again, that I think this area's schools are anything less than stellar. Because this Chinese class is just amazing. What a gift!)
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[OKAY BLOGGERS: I am now going over to Connie's blog (since she's hosting the RoundUp this week) and I'm going to post a link to this in her comments section so that she will include it! And if I, who hate - and I mean that - HATE - all forms of self-promotion can do this, you can do it, too!]