A Li’l Bit O’ Candy Corn …

Oh no, she didn’t …

(Oh yes, she did …)

I filled this container with that sugary goodness about five seconds after the bags landed on the store shelves. And er … look how much is gone!!!!

(Yes, I did eat most of it myself.)

I did have a little help: Although my own kids don’t like candy corn (*gasp! How can that be???*), all their friends do, so when Nate’s buddies come over or Rene’s boyfriend is here, they all reach in for at least a handful. But honestly, I’m pretty sure I ate most of that container all by my lonesome.

Thank goodness Halloween is Monday! 

Happy Halloween weekend! — Hope it’s filled with pumpkin carving, scary-movie watching, costume-making, and all the candy corn your little heart desires. …

How To Make a Halloween Scrapbook for Your Kids

One of the items that comes out of the “fall decor” box every year is a Halloween Scrapbook I made for my kids one year (during one of my scrapbooking-obsessed years).

Here’s the cover:

I made it in a spiral-bound notebook (filled with heavy art paper) that I bought at Aaron Bros. I didn’t use plastic covering because I love the textile feel of paper and photos, but in retrospect (or if I were to do it over again), I’d probably cover it afterall (or use a traditional scrapbook with plastic page covers), because I had no idea how much this particular scrapbook would get so manhandled over the years! (In fact, of all the scrapbooks I’ve done for my kids, I think this is their favorite!)

Each double-page spread is devoted to one child, per year. On the right side is a set of three photos, the child’s age that year, and the date. (For the photos, I tried to have one headshot, then two full-body shots if I had them. For the date, I used a stencil and colored pens.)

On the left side is a page of thematic scrapbook paper, then my own handwriting where I tell a story about how they picked the costume, or a funny story about the costume, or trick-or-treating in it, or who we went with, or whatever.

Here’s one of Ricky’s early pages. This is the right side of the page:

And left page:

Here are some more pages I love: Continue reading

How Homecoming Is Different Between Daughters and Sons

This year I experienced my first high school Homecoming dance with a daughter.

And, let me tell you, it’s leagues different than experiencing it with a son.

First of all, there’s the attire, and shopping for it (or  not). My son really only had to find a few articles of clothing – black pants, a jacket once, a shirt of specific color sometimes, and usually a tie. He put most effort into the tie. I went with him once or twice to shop for these things (actually, my main job was to bring the debit card, but I think he actually did want my opinion once on a tie and once on a suit). But anyway, ties are kind of boring to look at. And he’s pretty reserved, so we were looking at especially boring ties. Basically, it was just him and me and the Muzak, trying to find something quickly before we went home to watch Modern Family.

Dress shopping, though, with my daughter was a whole ‘nother world. … I didn’t even know where to go dress shopping, in fact, but my daughter knew. And she wanted to go with a girlfriend. So the two of them traipsed off to a huge outdoor mall and spent the morning shopping, but they zeroed in on the Shop of All Shops for Dresses and spent the whole morning there, trying on several dresses with about a zillion other girls. Continue reading

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