Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

Halloween… October 31, 2010

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 10:07 pm

With a party at C’s school, trick or treating at G’s office, a costume party, and regular trick or treating, the costumes really got a work out this year. We went with a family theme once C decided to be a witch and M opted to wear C’s old monkey costume…

The wicked witch of the west and her flying monkey. (Not sure why the monkey opted to wear glasses this day).

We kicked it up a notch for the costume party with G and I in costume as well (don’t even want to say how late we were up on Friday night…designing and sewing my own costume the night before was not such a hot idea). No pictures of that.

Up yet another notch for the big day with some serious makeup for C…

C was a pretty good sport for the makeup and glued on facial extensions. M was a bit of a wild monkey, swerving in and out of lines during the downtown Bothell trick or treating (little understanding of waiting her turn) and trying to grab candy out of passing kids’ buckets (little understanding of who was handing out the candy and who was taking). You can’t see the rest of C’s broom, her green nail polish, or my ruby slippers, but rest assured they are all there.


You would think… October 30, 2010

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 10:32 pm

That having done this professionally I could figure out what is going on. Spaces is updating to WordPress now, so things are looking a bit different and I haven’t figured out how to make it all pretty and nice yet. But commenting should be easier than before! Give me a bit and hopefully this will soon be better for everyone involved.


Countdown to 7 October 18, 2010

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 10:56 pm

Two parties this past weekend—a pumpkin carving party and C’s 7th birthday party! If only both kids didn’t still have colds (and me too).

First up was pumpkin carving. M didn’t really participate, except for eating a lot of chips with hummus (don’t ask—she loves hummus) and utilizing a play kitchen set. C seemed interested and had designed her own paper templates in advance, but once we arrived she complained it was too hard to cut and let G do all the heavy carving. G continued in his tradition of using accessories, and I attempted to copy Martha Stewart Living (and am not ashamed to admit I happened to have an unused linoleum block cutting set laying around the house).

Top to bottom: G, me, and C.








And here is Miss Chappy nose with the pumpkins:







The next day was C’s birthday party at local(ish) pottery painting studio Color Me Mine. With the party package they did all the decorations—C had requested “spooky” and they delivered with Halloween themed balloons, a light up pumpkin necklace for C, orange and black m&ms, bat and skull centerpieces, and some spooky plates and napkins:






We had a spooky cake from local (for real) bakery Hillcrest:







I was surprised how many of the kids liked to eat the fondant ghosts. All the kids got to paint a small pottery piece, including C who had wanted to paint a scary cat with fangs (they do not stock such a piece) and settled for drawing her own pictures on tiles, and M who painted a fish and then sponged it off for about 20 quiet minutes, such that I suspect no paint remained.  








Luckily, C is not a big believer in needing to blow out all the candles in one breath (I believe it took 3 + daddy):








C received an insane amount of presents (themes: crafts, Barbies, and Polly Pockets) and I finally admitted that the kids did get goody bags (attempts to tell them they only got a bag if they too were goody were only moderately successful). No current photos of the 13 goody bags which I sewed the night before (C helped pick spooky material) or the awesome fake spooky teeth that were the far and away hit of the bag.

Much fun was had by all, even by G who on Saturday was surprised to discover that C’s party was the next day, and then on Sunday was surprised to hear that we were going to stay for the party (since I had told him it was a drop off party). Sigh.

Today C started her reign as “Tiger of the Week” in her class by sharing her all about me poster. I did not in fact make it onto the poster as person she admires (in fact, when she was filling out the sheet I did not even come up—Christopher Columbus and Santa were rejected in favor of …. Daddy. Not that I am bitter!) But I am present in “favorite thing to wear” which she filled out as “mom cloths” but which is supposed to mean the clothes I make for her. In fact, she wore the latest skirt and shirt outfit to her party, but as you can only see the shirt a little I will need to get a better photo.


Quick, get in the car so we can drive to Snohomish October 12, 2010

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 10:18 pm

or, why you should always check that the local pumpkin patch is open on weekdays BEFORE promising the kids you will take them there on a sunny day after school.


At least I did check online before loading them into the car (having learned from my mistake this weekend!) and I was able to find an open pumpkin patch not too far away (20-30 minutes) which had pumpkins and some kooky displays. Thank you Craven Farms! We did not find all the specialty pumpkins needed to recreate some MSL goodness, but such is life. We have two different pumpkin carving parties this year so the pressure is on to create, create, create. C declared that in comparison to our previous years’ patches this one was “great for pumpkins, not so great for entertainment.”







Nonetheless, we did manage to score a few pumpkins.







And we were out in a lovely location on a sunny autumn day.















With a couple of sisters who put on their pumpkin outfits (C insisted on the skirt, claiming that it had some orange in it), only fought a little, and were super excited to sneak extra pumpkins into the wheelbarrow whenever I turned around.















Some more M cuteness. Who used a port a potty at the patch and had her second in a row accident free potty training day! Woohoo! Amazing how much calmer I am on days that don’t involve poopy underpants.















And of course Miss Colorful, Miss C. Whose endless cold combined with a friend attempting to jump over her and instead landing on her face has resulted in some chapped and swollen lips (and her top two teeth loosened again…so much excitement there). Who is counting down the days to her birthday party, Grammy/Grampy visit, and actual birthday. She is getting some awesome gifts this year, will be surrounded by a good mix of friends at a pottery painting party, and to top it off is “Tiger of the Week” next week at school. Where she gets to share things like favorite place to visit (“I want to say Cleveland because that is where my grandparents are, but all the kids will wonder why I didn’t say Disneyland”), person she admires (“You mommy! Because I love you!”) and favorite thing she owns (sly smile and then, “M!”).