Saturday, October 31, 2009

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I think we're ready.








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My favorite (and well used) Halloween shoes...





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We're roasting pumpkin seeds...


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It's important for wee ghouls to have a good breakfast on Halloween: mini pumpkin-chocolate chip pancakes. With
whipped cream and sprinkles. I think the sprinkles are probably the most important part...


Also, they really should be served on skull plates. Standards, you know.

Friday, October 30, 2009

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We went to the pumpkin patch...


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One more day!!!


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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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My Halloween costume: witch hair.



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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Sparkly princess ballerina shoes..


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Monday, October 26, 2009

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It's HalloWeek!


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Saturday, October 24, 2009

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We have zombies ready to "Thrill the World"!


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(these are mine)

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Friday, October 23, 2009

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Eight days to go!!!


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Monday, October 19, 2009

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After five solid days of cold rain, putting up the Halloween decorations was the only thing we could do...


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

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(You are probably wondering where all these weird things come from. This is detail from a plate I made last year.)


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We decorated our house today (except for the cobwebs and spiders outside)...


How much longer can we hold out on buying candy?!!!
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Halloween is only TWO weeks away!
(Also, I don't remember being this young.)

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I can't believe that we haven't put up any Halloween decorations yet...it's like we're living in some weird state of denial.
Luckily, for now, we have "mobile decorations"...






And that's just in the past 15 minutes...

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"Thrill the World" rehearsal...


These kids will join thousands of other people globally on October 24 to try to set a world record for the most people dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"...

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Halloween preparations are under way at nursery school. Every morning, before Maggie can even manage to open her eyes, she asks if it can be Halloween today. I can't wait for the morning that I finally get to say "yes!"

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Monday, October 12, 2009

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Every home needs its' own tiny guitar-playing ninga witch.


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

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Friday, October 9, 2009

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This was actually a horror story from a few weeks ago...

I got a call from The Boy's school on a Tuesday afternoon. I was told that P. had a playground accident and that I needed to get over there right away. I do not think any parent could be prepared for the bloody, crying mess of a little boy that I found in the school office. (By the way, thanks again to the wonderful ladies in the office -- you really helped and we are grateful.)

P. had a chin-to-head run-in with a classsmate. His top front teeth went all the way through his bottom lip. That was proven to me when the trauma tech at Children's Hospital opened the wound all the way with scissors -- I could see inside from the outside -- to clean and thoroughly numb it. Then there were 10 stitches (three outside, seven inside).

When there's that much blood, they don't make you wait in the ER very long. In fact, there was so much blood on his shirt that I couldn't possibly get it all out. I also forgot to mention that M. was in the thick of things the whole time, her nose right up on the table in the emergency room and those big brown eyes taking it all in. Both P&M had a couple of nights' worth of nightmares.

The stitches dissolved last week. This is the scar that remains. I don't know why, but I thought it would be a nice, neat straight little scar. What was I thinking? I saw the original wound.

How does your stomach feel now? How's that grip?

Happy Halloween.

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An Historic Moment: President Obama Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

I woke up to the most extraordinary news this morning -- our president is the 2009 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee cited his work toward making the world a more peaceful place.

The AP has an interesting article about global reaction to this news. Past Nobel winner Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, said that Obama has already provided outstanding leadership in the effort to prevent nuclear proliferation.
"In less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in and rekindled hope for a world at peace with itself," ElBaradei said. "He has shown an unshakable commitment to diplomacy, mutual respect and dialogue as the best means of resolving conflicts. He has reached out across divides and made clear that he sees the world as one human family, regardless of religion, race or ethnicity."

Read the article. Read the full Nobel citation. It's so easy to be cynical and assume that Mr. Obama hasn't done enough to earn this honor. I disagree. He has brought honor back to the United States. He has shown our brothers and sisters around the globe that we can discuss important matters in a respectful, adult manner. We are a great nation once again, and I am proud to be an American today.

Congratulations, Mr. President. And thank you.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

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This totally counts in the Halloween series because I'm horrified by the amount of chocolate syrup I just discovered on the kitchen floor. Also because of the terrifying battle Maggie and I just had over who should whisk her chocolate milk.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Monday, October 5, 2009

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Lucky thing I have an accomplice...


We're not very patient when it comes to Halloween decorating.

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at the park



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Sunday, October 4, 2009

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It's a gorgeous day and it doesn't feel like Halloween could possibly be at the end of the month, with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner...


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