Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sugar Times Five

Well it's over! Halloween I mean... it's not my favorite of holidays. I used to love it as a kid. The chance to dress up, to be somebody else. Remember those costumes at the drugstore with the cheap face mask and plastic cape? I could be anybody... Wilma Flinstone to Spiderman with a simple mask and cape that cost about $3.95 and I would be thrilled. Now it seems so much more complicated. Then multiply that times 5...


ETA: Can't you just see my halloween enthusiasm coming through in their expressions?


5 costumes to choose, 5 overly excited boys to get ready, 5 bags of candy being constantly dragged through the house, 5 boys hyped up on sugar who constantly need to be reminded where they should properly dispose of their wrappers...


Anyway, aside from knitting, I'm not what you'd call a crafty mom - I do have my moments of cleverness but they are very infrequent and not to be relied on - so the whole costume thing just stresses me out. I am totally put to shame by other moms on Halloween. Check out Lynda's halloween goodies (I love the jello brain... well... my kids would love it!) And my dear friend Julie was busy finishing up some sewing for her daughter's costume while her kids finished carving their pumpkins when I stopped by yesterday. ***But whatever you do, don't ask her how she got the sewing machine working because it certainly wasn't the instructions from the user's manual that her daughter shared with her! It was merely coincidental that it began working after we finally coaxed her to give the bobbin cleaning instructions a shot. Truly it was. Julie is an amazingly gentle and even-tempered gal so it was a sheer delight for me to catch her in a state of mild halloween frenzy.

Oh well, like I said, it's over... (I mean aside from the sugar-filled week ahead of us). And I noticed that the Christmas goodies are already making their appearance in the stores so I feel like I have a good start since I just finished a 2nd hat for One at a Time Ministries. These are the only Christmas gifts I'm knitting so I'm glad to actually be getting something accomplished (my intentions are usually much better than my results).

As for now, I'm off to Narnia.

5 comments:

Lynda said...

You're right... they just won't let you get away with dimestore masks and sweats/pajamas as a costume any more, will they? Once mine all got too old to go Trick-or-Treating I told them they were on their own, $$ and idea-wise, to come up with their own costumes. They've all the sudden gotten very resourseful!

Another great hat! Thanks so much for supporting the ministry!

I love a Good Yarn said...

And I thought I could trust you with my momentary lack of self-control! You had me laughing so loud I just woke a sleeping child! (12:42 am)

Charity said...

What a bunch you have! It's the dragging around of candy bags that really gets to me... yikes! :0)

Marsha said...

Actually SEWING costumes for 5 kids - can't wrap my brain around that!! You put me to shame. One year we were desperate so the kids were "night of the living dead" - I took some old clothes and spray painted my tires black and ran over the clothes and put ghoulish makeup on them!
Mom of 4 adult boys (thank you very much!-)

Tammy said...

Oh my Marsha - I couldn't wrap my brain around that either! lol We barely managed to throw together some store bought stuff. That's my friend Julie at the sewing machine. (My boys broke mine some time ago... ya know... all those tempting knobs and springs to explore.)