A busy Halloween, and now on to November!

Last Saturday we had a large birthday party at our house. My favorite six-year old turned 7–with a giant bounce house and all the excitement that comes from a large family with happy, young cousins running all over the place. Aimee simplified the occasion with catering –tacos made on the spot. Everyone could eat to full contentment, no personal fuss or muss!

It’s been quite a rush of activity. For the first year in decades we couldn’t even fit in our annual pumpkin carving. The best I could manage was assisting the girls with a glue gun and succulent pieces. In the first few days of October we were eager to add a little fall color, but with triple digit temperatures it wasn’t likely a pumpkin or two on the front porch would do more than draw flies. These little guys still look good 30 days later.


Succulent Pumpkins

October was a busy month–multiple birthdays and reasons for gatherings at our house-so I am fairly “partied out,” but I held on with just a little more “oomph” in reserve to enjoy Halloween.


Our very own Madeline Hatter and Princess Jasmine waited all week for the big day. They wore their costumes to school and shared parades and festivities with their teachers and classmates.


Beautiful witches hat and marvelous gloves, Disney princesses in abundance, dinosaurs and dragons, Roman soldiers and butterflies and a beautiful orange snail– I love to see the personalities of the children (and teachers) in the choice of costumes. The Principal officiated as an excellent “Doc” Brown from Back to the Future, and my favorite, a charming little Pinocchio, was popular with everyone. The “cloud” drew attention, “dripping” a little rain.

I spent many years teaching 4 and 5 year-olds and being the person-in-charge of so many Halloween parties. It brings me so much pleasure to watch all the parents in their excitement, doing all they can to give their little ones a happy Halloween experience.

The ante has been raised in creativity as all the moms now go right to their Pinterest Boards for snacks and treat suggestions. Sophia’s teacher requested parents bring a few healthy options to balance out the usual sugary treats and Aimee went to her own Pinterest Boards.

What a nice way to end a week…and end a month!

Oh, one more little piece of happy to share.single rain cloud

See that little dark cloud? That was earlier this morning. He invited some of his friends to come and play and can you hear me doing my happy dance? It’s raining! I don’t know for how long…but it’s raining! What a nice way to go into the weekend.

I hope each of you also has a happy weekend exhale and you take the time to push your re-set button!

And did I mention? It’s RAINING!!