1. Meet Anna, a.k.a. Flower Power
Don't call her Super Girl. Oh no. Her name is Flower Power. And she has the power to make the rain go away and to help flowers grow. Her powers came in handy yesterday as we drove to school pick-up and an ominous grey cloud began to crowd out our sunshine. She sang and sang and eventually the sun won!
2. Payton continues to charm each year on Halloween. Something about those cheeks. And that little smile.
Payton decided he wanted to be Harry Potter, so we recycled our Quidditch robe from 2 years back. To make it feel "new" I purchased a broomstick and golden snitch (he had tried to make his own with tin foil and feathers).
3. Conner was over-the-moon excited to unveil his comic book character Bionic Booger Boy. You can probably guess what his super powers are.
Ahhh, boys, boogers, and super heroes. . . . This is one of those times when I decided I needed to sit back, realizing my boy is 10 (almost 11), and just let him do his thing and be what he wants to be. The control-mom in me, though, wanted his look a little more polished so I whipped up some shorts, a cape, a t-shirt, and even dyed some thermals one afternoon this weekend. I think I win a super-mom award for how well & un-boogery it turned out. He thought it was perfect!
4. We had talked all summer about doing a Phineas & Ferb & Candace theme but they all bailed on me. They chose their own costumes and in a round about way we ended up with a "Hero" theme. That works.
I think Anna wins the award for intensity.
Mary Poppins! Needing inspiration I scanned through my Fall Pinterest board and came across this pin that I pinned months ago. I already had the skirt and shirt (with ruffles, no less!). A quick trip to Walmart and I picked up ribbon for my belt and a little bow tie I hot glued together. Found a hat there for $10 -- all I had to do was turn up the rim and add some silk flowers. Oh, and don't forget the red lipstick.
I think dressing like Mary Poppins enabled me to take on her persona all night . . . being extra sweet, and kind, and gentle, and patient with all the little children.
6. When we got home from the church I let the kids trick-or-treat on our little culdesac all by themselves while I handed out candy. Eeek! Another exercise for me in allowing independence and at the same time teaching them responsibility. When they got back to our house I took them farther around the neighborhood.
7. Anna went through her first Haunted Garage and FREAKED OUT. Even the masked goblins froze in their tracks and I heard one of them say, "that girl has got some lungs." Her screams/wails lasted about 5 minutes and the whimpering continued for an hour. Poor girl! Once home we got her to drink some hot chocolate and I eventually distracted her from the evening's events by looking at the pictures in her birthday party blog posts. She slept through the night just fine and is back to herself today. But she wants to make sure I know that she never wants to go through that haunted garage ever again. Deal.
8. This weekend I became an aunt for the 7th time. Kent and Becca had their second child, a baby girl named Ellie Sarah. They are also starting a new job and moving in a few weeks . . . all with a brand new baby! I don't get to complain about packing boxes one bit. :)
9. On the moving front . . . we are here until we move. We missed 2 Sundays of church this month and I was surprised to come back and have several people comment, "You're back -- we thought you had moved!" Ack! Didn't realize we had been written off already. :)
With us announcing the new job back in August I guess it might puzzle people that we are still here on November 1st. This process is taking a while, and we are taking our time. We don't want to jump into a house, we want to make a good decision because it will affect our lives for the next few years if not much longer. Additionally, it is going to take time because at least 90% of the houses for sale are short sales which, well, take some time to muddle through.
10. The good news . . . we found one house this week that we really like and we'll probably make an offer on it. Cross your fingers for us that something works out!