Although the weather teases us with a few days of under a 100 degrees, I have yet to believe the coolness is here to stay. I seem to remember standing in a long sleeved satin wedding gown 10 years ago on one of the hottest days in October!
Cool weather or not, I love fall time. I love the smells, baked goodies and all the family traditions that come with it.
It all starts with a seed...
Then getting messy...
Don't forget getting silly...
Creating the masterpiece...
Note to self: Have everyone agree on one design, because if you give a kid a book, he'll surely pick the hardest one!
Pumpkins were everywhere this week for our Tot School!
Measuring how many pumpkins tall he is (9). I got this idea from another mama who does Tot School, Crunchy and Green. He liked to count them as well. So far, he can count one-to-one up to five, then the rest he just makes up!
Little sis had to get in on the action, she's only 6 pumpkins tall.
Made the family pumpkin patch from Totally Tots. I bought the book The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs and read it to him a couple of times this week.
After reading the book for the second time, we made our own Jack 'o Lantern.
Carter kept busy putting tiny cat and pumpkin erasers in these small pumpkins. I showed him how to sort but he was more interested in transferring.
The MAJOR craft of the week- recycling plastic bags into paper mache pumpkins. I saw this idea here, and thought what a great way to get rid of all my plastic bags!
I thought the little guy would have fun with the messy part of the mache but really his interest only lasted two seconds, so it was up to me to finish. I had some older kids over but they only wanted to help for a little while as well. I couldn't compete with the nerf guns nearby. :)
The end result:
For all the work involved (meaning by myself), I think I'll just buy a fake pumpkin and have the kids paint orange glitter on it.
I love love love art involving kid's handprints. When I saw this, I couldn't just stop at pumpkins.
Going into the store I realized that Halloween is upon us. Which means costumes for three kids (yes, even the baby gets one!). However, after looking at the prices, I was worried and mad. I just can't see spending money on something that they'll only wear for one night. Even if they play dress up later, I still can't see forking over $50 for them to get some candy.
Driving in the van tonight, I asked Coleman what he wanted to be for Halloween. I suggested he could be an 'army dude' (what we call the little green plastic men that have invaded our living room). He could wear his Toy Story pj set with his army hat. It would be cute, and cheap, I thought to myself. He could look like this:
He didn't want to be that. Oh no, I thought, here it comes...
Coleman: I want to be a ghost!
Carter: Yeah, me too! (Who previously asked to be an airline pilot, I know, good luck with that costume!)
Me: Okay, we can make that. That would be great.
Coleman: Yeah and we can use a sheet from our house!
*Grins* Exactly what I was thinking. So now, instead of spending money, I will be happily cutting up an old sheet for my two little ghosts. I think Coleman likes making the noise best of all.
Our baby girl will not be a little ghost though. She is going to be wearing those darling 'good luck' satin shoes my mom gave us (remember these?) and be a ballerina. All I have to do is get some pink tights, pink long sleeved onesie and some tulle. I'm in heaven just thinking about making a pink tutu.
A little bit later... I was listening to the radio when I heard Coleman ask me something. I turned it down a little.
Coleman: Is God really in charge of the world?
I turned the radio ALL the way down.
Me: Why? What do you think?
Coleman: (His friend) thinks he's in charge of the world.
Me: Oh, I wouldn't want to be in charge of this world. Humans couldn't do it. We don't have all the special powers like God has. It's much easier for him because he's not human.
Coleman: Does he have laser power? You know where he goes zzt zzt? (Coleman starts making shooting sounds coming out of his arm).
Apparantly, Coleman's idea of God is an all powerful Buzz Lightyear. From the mouths of babes...