Friday, October 31, 2008

S'up fools?

#3 picked the pumpkin for our jack-0'-lantern this year, and we all helped carve it. Thanks to Marshie the Marshmallow for the inspiration. Not familiar with Marshie? Consider yourself normal. You can check him out here http://www.homestarrunner.com/marshie.html and a more Halloween-themed version at http://www.homestarrunner.com/malloween.html


I guess I've been a bit of a Halloween Scrooge this year. I never got the decorations out because I didn't want to add to the existing clutter of our house. But the kids have taken over. They webbed our front porch and hung homemade ghosts. My Scrooginess also meant I didn't go any (let alone all) out for costumes. The school children wear one curriculum-themed costume to school, and then usually something else for trick-or-treating. #1 is a corpse; we found a novel that referenced a corpse, so that worked for the school costume too. #2 was going to be an ancient Egyptian, and then changed to a Roman at the very last second--literally; we had a little melt down trying to get her in the van for carpool. Tonight she's a witch. #3 is Little Red Riding Hood and later a devil. (We couldn't find a way to make a devil fit the curriculum--thank goodness!) #4 is a pumpkin and #5 is an elephant. Fortunately, the two youngest haven't been around long enough to be sick of our old costumes, so they still like these two options.




The kids came through for my costume too. While I was at a meeting last night, Kent took them shopping and they bought a light-up, Halloweeney shirt. So I've decided to be a teenager for Halloween--minus the teenage body! Most impressively, #s 1 and 2 spent their own hard-earned cash for my gift. They both starting tutoring younger neighborhood children last week, and they pooled their earnings. I really wish they would save some for themselves, but how can I say anything against their generosity? I've got great kids!
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8 comments:

Charlotte said...

I never put up my decorations, either. What sweet girls you have!! You look adorable in your picture.

Our family said...

Love the costumes. I wish my kids would buy me gifts. Even when Cosmo does buy us gifts, he just gives us Legos, then tells us if we don't want them we can give them to him. Where are the cats' costumes?

Carolyn said...

Oohh, the kids are cute. And when I saw the picture of you, I thought you were being Jenny for Halloween. That's funny. I forgot about Halloween. Germans are just starting to adopt Halloween, but nobody dresses up or goes trick or treating yet. And, what's worst of all, there aren't any cheap huge bags of tootsie rolls in the stores! What's October without tootsie rolls everywhere?!

Mary said...

One cat is mostly orange and the other is mostly black, so there you go. They are Halloween colors all year.

Min said...

Yeah, that picture of you is pretty much how I remember you being as a teenager. Just kidding!

Kent said...

Mary, you look hotter than hot as a teenager. I really like your hair in that photo. I think I'll put the photo on my desktop and get nothing done all day.

mindy said...

those are great! I didn't get out my decorations, either, though I think I only have two large scary rubber rats. How's that for lazy? The kids and I did make paper decorations for the door, and David & the kids carved four pumpkins. I did one.

Debra said...

I think "teenager" becomes you. Probably because you don't look much beyond teenage years to begin with.