Pumpkin Day. It’s the kind of day I always envision going perfectly. Everyone is home and cozy, spending time together, enjoying the season. In reality, it’s usually pretty tense. Someone gets pumpkin slime on someone else’s head. A carving design goes awry. It seems to get easier every year though. The older kids can carve their own pumpkins now, and they look forward to the familiar traditions. This year was actually very nice. We carved our pumpkins, roasted the seeds, ate pumpkin bread and read Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night under blankets on the couch. Then we lit the candles in our jack o lanterns, turned off all the lights, and got sort of creeped out. Ooooooooh!
Dylan had a homework assignment that involved finding leaves outside and writing about them. We went for a walk as a family and picked out our favorite bark, rocks, leaves and whatever else struck our fancy, then came home and drank hot chocolate. Of course Amelia spilled hers down her diaper which set off a chain reaction of doom and destruction amongst the kids, so we whipped them all soundly and yelled them to bed… Maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, but chocolate down the diaper is pretty tough to bounce back from. It was a nice evening and it made me think about how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place and have my family to enjoy it with.
I overheard Dylan discover the candy left by the Tooth Fairy this morning. He quickly hid the box in his pants so he wouldn’t have to share. Unfortunately, the candy made a slight noise as he tucked it away. Brooke yelled, “I heard that noise! GET ‘IM!!” Dylan’s candy rattled across the house as he ran away from his frenzied sisters. This poor guy can’t catch a break!
Brooke (4) and Amelia (2) are into treasure maps. They like to pretend they’re on a quest or mystery solving expedition. I’ve learned to abide by a few simple rules when making maps:
– They must have items the girls like on them.
– Said items should be connected by dotted lines.
– An X has to be involved.
That’s it. If you can do that, you’re an expert treasure map maker. Yesterday, as I made maps, Brooke put her finger on her chin and furrowed her brow as she examined the kitties and hearts, “Well, it looks like we have a mystery on our hands!”
I like to think that I’m a perfect mom. My children are perfect; we are never at odds. My house is always full of a sweet, calm peace … and clean. Very, very clean. Unfortunately, that’s not true. I get really frustrated with my kids, and my house is never quite clean (trust me when I say, “Don’t open the closets”). I’m at my lowest form of mom when I’m trying to get my kids ready for school. I sound something like this:
“Dylan, time to get ready. Dylan. Dylan. Time to get your shoes and socks on. We’re leaving in five minutes. DYLAN! June? Are you ready to go? What? You still haven’t eaten breakfast?! We have to go! What am I doing with my liiiiiiife?!!”
Well, no longer folks (that’s not true; this is my destiny). But I’ve made some things that can help a lot.
Get Ready for School Charts and Chore Charts
I laminated mine, put magnets on the back, and used a cookie sheet from the dollar store. I think the cookie sheets last longer without paint, but you might be more adept at crafting than I am, so you can do it however you think best. I decorated them with colored permanent markers. They are a lot of fun for the kids, and we have much better mornings.