While it’s true that my Halloween decorations are boxed away and the “thankful” banners and turkeys are already on display. I still have to wrap up October before I can officially move on to the month of November. So here’s a final look at my favorite month of pumpkins, candy and Halloween!
Shopping for pumpkins at our local Trader Joe’s.
Bipp’s version of Where’s Waldo among the Halloween decorations …
Casey: “I’m NOT happy about this!”
Sophie had her birthday party at a local pumpkin patch in October. Technically she turns 6 in November, but we do love a good Halloween-themed party!
Here’s one of the party favors I made, which was inspired by the eighteen25 blog.
I also handed out these party bags with Magic Straws (chocolate, strawberry and cookies and cream flavors). The kids LOVED them!
I made these brownie treats for Sophie’s school’s fall carnival. The brownie cup is from Sweet Baking & Candy Making Supply.
And these were for her class Halloween party.
And the day we waited all month for … Halloween!
This was the first year Sophie wanted to carve them herself. She did nearly all the work. Except scrape out the seeds – she left that for me!
Sophie was Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. You can’t tell, but she’s waving her wand (Wingardium Leviosa!). I have to admit — that in today’s world where vampires and Monster High are so popular – it made me so happy that she went with Hermione for her costume (and it required no additional purchases since we had the cape and wand already!).
We handed out more Magic Straws to the trick or treaters. Those were the first to go!
It really was a great Halloween and one of the best Octobers in recent years.
But now I’m ready for the month of birthdays (mine, Sophie, my mom, and mother-in-law), Thanksgiving, Hanukkah (it’s WAY early this year), school vacation days, my sister and nephew visiting from Iowa, and cooler weather! Bring on November!
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This past weekend Sophie gave me a card she made. She colored the front and back purple (my favorite color), and on the inside drew a big heart. She wrote one sentence, which she sounded out and spelled herself. It read, “You R the momy I love.”
Sophie told me she wanted to write a much longer sentence, but that was all she could manage. I hugged her, cried, and told her it was beautiful and made me feel so very special.
One of my favorite childhood television shows was Little House on the Prairie. In fact, it’s still one of my favorite series. There was an episode called “Country Girls” that told the story of Laura and Mary’s first weeks at school. Laura was just learning to read and write. On the School Visitor’s Day, the kids were asked to recite an essay they wrote. Laura recited a beautiful tribute to her Ma. But when Ma looked at Laura’s essay, she found only these words:
Ma is good.
She works hard.
Laura told Ma that all those words she said were in her heart and they were exactly what she would have written if she knew how to spell them. That episode always tugs at my heartstrings. And when Sophie gave me that little note — just like Ma — I was moved to tears and couldn’t have been more proud of my little girl.
There are moments when I feel — as a mother — I’m not doing anything right. I struggle with how to make sure I’m loving, upbeat and happy with Sophie, while also balancing that with enforcing boundaries, assuring I’m not being walked over, and keeping my own personal stresses at bay. It’s hard. Sometimes it feels overwhelming and that I’m failing.
But then I have moments such as the one where Sophie wrote those heartfelt words on paper. Or when she told me her favorite part of her birthday party was watching me sing to her and cut the cake. And then later seeing a photo of Sophie and I looking at each other — seeing the joy in both of our eyes — as we sing “Happy Birthday.”
Those are the moments I hold in my heart. The moments that make all the self-doubts disappear and I realize I must be doing something right. Those are the moments of motherhood I treasure.
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Each year we make a pilgrimage to Bates Nut Farm, the largest and oldest authentic pumpkin patch in San Diego. We enjoyed a hayride, Sophie rode a pony, and we frolicked in the great pumpkin patch (my favorite part). Here’s a glance at this year’s trip.
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I have Blogger’s Block. This is my own, very technical term meaning I can’t think of anything interesting to write. So instead of beating myself up for not writing a compelling, full-length post, I came up with 15 random things about me that I’m sharing with you today.
1. My middle name is: Rachel
2. Current need: New running shoes
3. Current want: Tickets to The Eagles performance in Los Angeles in January
4. Something I want to accomplish before I die: Learn to play the guitar
5. Currently watching on the DVR: Homeland, Parenthood, Law and Order: SVU, Shark Tank
6. Tattoos or piercings: No tattoos. Technically 5 earring piercings, but I only wear one earring in each ear.
7. I will never: Go gluten free or run a marathon (just not interested)
8. What’s currently playing on my iPod: Technically I don’t have an iPod. But I listen to music on my iPhone. My current mix includes: Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Eagles Greatest Hits (see #2 – this is the next best thing).
9. Bad habit I should kick: Biting my nails
10. Pet peeve: Clutter and the television on when no one is watching it
11. Biggest regret: Amassing credit card debt
12. Chore I hate doing: Emptying the dishwasher
13. Most recently I did this and wasn’t sure if it was the best idea: Told Sophie if she didn’t eat three measly baby carrots, I would call the pediatrician and get her a shot that contains veggie vitamins. It nearly backfired when I thought Sophie would opt for the shot.
14. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but: I’ve never seen Forrest Gump, Ghostbusters, or Top Gun — and I don’t really care to any of them
15. I get stressed out by: Watching movie trailers. The reason is because I see a movie that looks so good from the trailer. Then I pine away for the movie to be released and get so excited when it finally does that I’m inevitably disappointed when I see it.
Now it’s your turn: Answer one of the items below about yourself in the comments.
If you have Blogger’s Block, feel free to use this prompt and grab the button too (would love a link back if you do).
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10 pictures on the 10th day of the month to show the beauty in a regular day.
October 10, 2013
The view on my morning walk from Sophie’s school …
Feet selfie, autumn leaf, and the post-rain sidewalk …
Pretty lone red autumn leaf …
Little snail …
Sleepy cat …
Tuscana soup …
Candy corns …
Post-dinner ride …