Halloween

Well, I am going to get up on a soapbox. I hope you just bear with me and don’t take this personally. Today is Halloween and I must admit that this is one “holiday” that we don’t get too excited about. We did buy the girls costumes – only because we were going to go up to church for the fall party – also the girls can use their costumes for dress-up. I am not a big fan of Halloween because of its origin. According to Wikipedia “The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, where the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.”
Honestly that is not something that I care to be a part of. I realize that most people don’t even know the history of Halloween and just see it as fun – and that is fine. Untill this year – Norah didn’t know (or care) what witches or ghosts were. I was okay with that. Now I have to explain to my innocent 3 year old “why that mommy wants her child to be something scary – like a witch.” Or as we go for a walk in our neighborhood (actually, when we look out the window) I have to explain why people want scary things outside of their house.
I also don’t understand the trick or treating thing (we never did this growing up – and none of us cared either way). Why, in a country of EXCESS, do we send our children to other people’s houses (people we don’t know) begging for food? Ummmm – there are children in this world who are STARVING!!!!
Don’t worry – we don’t ruin the fun for others. We do pass out candy – so far we have had 112 trick or treaters. Like I said, the girls have costumes. We ended up not going to church for the festival, though, because the girls were incredibly tired. We went to Kevin’s office and Norah had a party at school.
My point is that I would rather celebrate life and peace – not death, witches & ghosts. I would rather give money or food to those who can’t even put food on their table – than candy to children who already have more than they need. It is only Halloween that I don’t like. I absolutely love fall – enjoying the colors in a world that only God could create.
I guess this could be an early Thoughts for Thursday post.
What do you think about Halloween? Did you ‘celebrate’ as a kid? Anyone have the same feelings as me? What did you do tonight for Halloween? What do your kids think of the scary costumes or scary decorations?
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Uh-oh

So I’ve been trying something with Lucy that we learned at the Love & Logic Parenting Seminar we are attending. It is called the Uh-oh Song. Every time she steps on the bricks of the fireplace, I say (in a sing-song voice) “Uh-oh, time for a little playpen time. So sad.” Then I put her in the pak ‘n play that I put in the dining room. I have done this about 15 times today. The first couple of times Lucy just laughed and then waited for the minute or 2 until I got her out. Now when I pick her up from the fireplace she says “uh-oh” and then hugs me as tight as she can. I have to peel her off of me. Then as I set her in the pak ‘n play she says – so sad – which comes out “doh dah.” Then she fusses for about a minute – once she stops, I give her a minute of calm and then I get her out. I don’t know if this technique will work, but I am going to stick with it for a couple of days. We’ll see.

She doesn’t look to unhappy, does she?

Starbucks

Ok, so those of you who know me well, know that I am a Starbucks addict (don’t worry – I don’t have ANY caffeine after like noon – see post below). Today, Lucy had a minor accident – she tumbled down the stairs. I took her to the doctor – just in case – she is fine. While we were there I decided to get the girls’ flu shots. Since I totally sprung this on Norah at the last second – she was not happy. I told her that we would have some hot chocolate when we get home to cheer her up. She gets her flu shot and I said, “Let’s go home and make some hot chocolate.” Norah begins screaming (she had just calmed down from the shot) and says, “You said we were going to Starbucks! I want a Starbucks hot chocolate!!” I have obviously created a monster. (We also pretend play Starbucks).

No Guarantee

So my plan of not making Norah nap and putting her to bed early – not so great. Yes, she did fall asleep right away. However, around 11:30 I woke to BOING, BOING, BOING. I went into her room and she was JUMPING! I told her to lay down and go to sleep – it is still night time. I go back to bed, fall back to sleep (which is an accomplishment in itself since I have been dealing with insomnia for about 2 months now) and I wake up at 12:30 a.m. to BOING, BOING, BOING. She was jumping again!!! This time, I went into her room and laid her down and walked out. I think she fell back to sleep pretty quickly. I, on the otherhand, was awake until 2. So, now I am EXHAUSTED! Norah woke up with a cold – which for her means extra breathing treatments. So, we will try to get in 4 today.
I am going to remember Isaiah 40:31 “Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the Lord with renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint.”

So I guess this is a good Thoughts for Thursday topic. Do your kids do crazy things in the night? Do they still nap at 3 1/2? How about insomnia – anyone been there? If so, any suggestions!!

Ahhhh. . .

It is just after 7:00 and the girls are asleep. Yes, that’s right, asleep. It was one of those days – no nap for Norah and just a little cat nap for Lucy. They were both crying and whining all evening – so off to bed for both girls.

I am struggling with the whole nap thing for Norah. Monday, she napped for about 2 hours – she seemed exhausted so I let her sleep – but then she didn’t fall asleep until after 9. Yesterday, I woke her after about an hour – she didn’t fall asleep until after 8:30. I know that may not seem like a big deal to some people, but we like our kids going to bed at an early time – 7 or 7:30. Today, I didn’t make Norah sleep – she just had a rest time or play time in her room and as I said she could barely make it to 7. I can’t seem to find a happy medium. Maybe a nap every couple of days will work – who knows. If you have any suggestions – I would love hear them!!

I know it has been awhile since I last posted and we have actually been pretty busy. I won’t bore you with all the details – just a few pictures.

Friday – My Little Pony Live with Norah and her friend, Kate

Late Friday night – Max, Denise, and Contessa came to town

Saturday morning – Playing with sweet little Contessa

Saturday afternoon – Will’s birthday party

Sunday – Church & Kevin’s parents came to town

Monday – School for Norah, I went to the gym and grocery while Kevin’s parents played with Lucy

That’s it in a nutshell.

7 random thoughts.

Several friends have taken their turn – so I thought I would take my turn at 7 random thoughts.
– Quiet – girls are both alseep! Ahhhh!

– Perfect temperatures – we sat outside for dinner! It was perfect!
– Laundry – now that our dryer is fixed, I better get busy.

– Miracles – Beth Moore Bible study week 3 – Miracles do still happen!

– Birthdays – My nephew, Will, turns 1 on Saturday! I can’t believe it!!

– Baking – Norah wants to bake cookies! Like mother, like daughter.

– Silliness – A new favorite for Lucy is to dump the blocks, climb in the basket and tip herself over!!!