Happy Halloween! It feels like things stretched out for almost a week this year. I helped with Mimi’s first Girl Scout Halloween party, we went to the party at N’s office, and I ran the snack station at E’s class party today. And of course we went trick-or-treating tonight 😉
E was a little ambivalent about picking his costume and went with Mimi’s suggestion of Robin from Teen Titans. The kids watch cartoons on Saturdays after their chores are done and Teen Titans is usually on in an endless loop so the choice was apropos.
Mimi loves all things rainbow and unicorns and was excited about this winged unicorn costume we found at H&M. I liked that it was cozy and easy-t0-wear.
A month into school and we’re starting to settle into a groove. Granted, it’s kind of a hectic groove but usually a happy one…at least that’s what I tell myself as we’re hurtling from one thing to another after school 😉
On Wednesday afternoon Mimi and I decided on the spur of the moment to drive up the canyon and check out the fall leaves…and we took her Korean hanbok with us! It’s already a little too short on her and I wanted to get some pics before she completely outgrows it.
I’m glad we made the effort to go up in the canyon because the first big storm of fall blew in and most of those leaves are probably gone now. Just one more instance of the universe bonking me on the head with the message that time is fleeting.
For the past few years Mimi has attended an annual princess party at our local rec center. I’m not in love with the mania that is princess culture, but she loves it and we try to balance things out by talking about how being strong, kind, smart, funny, etc… is more important that having fancy clothes.
But I still realize that it’s nice to dress up in fancy clothes once in a while.
Mimi’s little best friend ES went to the party with her. I had found these Cinderella dresses online at the Disney store on super-duper clearance so the girls could be twins.
The party was very well-run. They had stations set up around the gym with different Disney trademark-offending characters at each station handing out different prices (balloons, tiaras, stickers, etc…) and posing for pictures. Each attendee also got a little autograph book and Mimi was driven about getting every characters’ autograph. When she finally got every page signed she left out this huge sigh and smiled.
She had a great time but by the time we got home we were both done. And then as we got out of the car her balloon escaped and flew away, tragedy!
After a crazy Friday (getting the kids ready for each of their class parties, going to E’s school to run the snack station and having half of the other moms helping with the party not show up until the party was halfway through (!), watching E’s school costume parade then rushing home to pick up Mimi so my friend who was watching her after preschool could attend HER kids’ costume parade, and then taking taking the kids around N’s office Halloween party) I was beat. It didn’t really seem right that there was STILL MORE HALLOWEEN stuff to do on Saturday.
But we got the kids in their costumes again (E was General Grievous from Star Wars and Mimi was Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony) and trick-or-treated with some of our neighborhood friends.
Mimi was thrilled that she and her friend from down the street were twins.
E with neighbor friends.
E as General Grievous
Mimi as a sassy Rainbow Dash
I hope you had a happy Halloween. Ours was fun but I’m glad its over. Good thing there’s nothing going on for the next few months, right? 😉
Christmas this year was a low-key affair. Both N’s parents and my sister Jan live nearby but were out of town so it was just the four of us. Things were very relaxed (the kids stayed in their pjs all day!) which was nice after the craziness of the last few weeks.
We are starting to decided on our family traditions. Every night in December we read a scripture about Christ. And on Christmas Eve we watched The Christmas Story with the kids. So far this December has been one of the warmest in record so waking up Christmas morning to a thick blanket of fresh snow, just like in the movie, was magical.
One of most memorable aspects of this Christmas has been the kids’ excitement about Santa Claus. It was the first year that either of them really believed in him. We took the kids to visit Santa at a local outlet mall and he was really great. There wasn’t a line so he spent a lot of time with each of the kids asking them if they had been good and talking over what they would like for Christmas.
E had his heart set on Little Big Planet 3, the next video game in a series that we play with him, but also told Santa that his dad didn’t have an iPad and asked Santa to bring him one. Santa didn’t come through on that one but it was sweet of E to request something for N.
Mimi asked Santa for “a pony castle” and when Santa asked if that was all she wanted she also threw in a request for a “polka dot dress.”
Mimi took a little while to warm up for the photo but Santa was great and got her to smile and we ended up with this photo which I love. Mimi had had her preschool Christmas concert earlier that day and I scheduled our visit for that same day to get the most out of the holiday cuteness.
Seeing how excited the kids were about Santa, N and I took care to make things special. I bought Santa wrapping paper that we wrapped those gifts in, taking care to dispose of the leftover paper so it wouldn’t be found. (I distinctly remember the moment as a child when I was poking around the mall shop my parents used to own and found the wrapping paper Santa had used on our presents; I immediately realized my parents had been behind the whole thing. So now I wanted to avoid something similar).
The kids were so excited on Christmas morning. E opened his game right away and was over the moon. Mimi’s gift from Santa was tucked behind the tree because the box was bigger and after a few rounds of opening presents from family she suddenly looked up a little teary and asked about her “pony castle.” She realized that Santa had brought E his gift but didn’t see hers anywhere and was a little crushed. Right away we pulled it out for her to unwrap and all was right again with the world. She loved it.
I don’t know if E will believe in Santa next year. This year he told us that kids at school were saying that Santa wasn’t real (Thanks, Ellie!) and that he had some doubts. But it was touching to see him choose to believe and enjoy the magic of that aspect of Christmas. It was a lovely Christmas for all of us.
Things were crazy last week leading up to Halloween: besides getting ready for E’s class party we also decided to have our crumbling driveway resurfaced and work begun on finishing a bedroom/playroom in our basement. We had to stay off our driveway/walkway/porch while the cement dried and it was down to the wire for having it ready for trick-or-treaters.
There’s no rest for the weary, though. E’s birthday is this week for which he is having his first birthday party at home. So I’m cleaning up and getting ready for that.
Thank goodness that after this week there’s nothing on the calendar for the next few months…ha!
Yes, I’m still here! The months since N’s accident have been a little harder on us than I thought they would and the time has gone by in a bit of a blur. But I’ve been taking photos and hope to post them soon to get caught up.
The kids had a great Halloween. I helped out at E’s Kindergarten party by running a photo booth and took pics of all the cute kids in their costumes.
We had a nice, low-key Easter with the kids and N’s cousin Catie who came up from BYU to stay with us for the weekend. The kids wore their new spring duds to church and then after church we had a simple dinner.
I made this ham and this asparagus and liked how both turned out. And the kids loved this cute (vegan) bunny cake that Catie made. It was a hit!
Things have been a little stressful around here lately: the kids have been taking turns coming down with various ailments for the last week and a half and consequently I haven’t been sleeping well. But it was nice to take some time to focus on Christ and his message of hope and love.
When I was pregnant with Mimi we visited Korea and my cousin gave us a hanbok (a traditional Korean dress) for the baby. If I had been on the ball about things when Mimi turned one I would have dressed her in it and taken pictures and had a little dol for her.
Mimi recently found her hanbok in her closet and now, being a lover of all things frilly, she begs to put it on whenever she gets the chance. It’s sized for a one-year-old but she can juuust squeeze into it.
My aunt is coming to visit this summer; maybe I’ll see if she can pick up another hanbok for our little blue-eyed, quarter-Korean girly-girl.