feb 14

Even though today is the 18th, I labeled this post feb 14 since it's about our Valentine's Day. My kids have always been the kids who find a shoebox, cut a hold in the top, decorate it with paper and stickers and call it good. After her friends started bringing their boxes into class, N reallly wanted to up her game. (I blame the darned Pinterest.) So we, of course, searched Pinterest and found this photo. This is the first time I've ever had to even help on the box, and I admit, I did MOST of this one. Oy.


Then we found these free printable Valentines and attached heart shaped melted crayons. I was glad to include a non-candy treat. Wow, did she get too much candy.

The other kid is just too old for Valentines, except to receive one from Mom and Dad and another from Grandma and Papa. (Quiet cheers from me!)

We went out for an early dinner and then, reluctantly on my part, went to the Lego movie. It was GREAT. It's very visually intense, but it was SO flippin' funny! I highly recommend it for older kids. Even the sulky teenager liked it.

halloween festivities


For the perfect spooky start to the week, we took a trip to the cemetery next to which my mom grew up. The graves are so old and my mom told us stories about how they ran around in there as kids.

Little N was really into Halloween this year. She insisted on switching her costume from Pippi Longstocking to something scary. Wednesday Addams was the easiest costume we've ever put together. We already had the dress which is more like a long tunic now. I quickly added the white felt collar and cuffs, and we bought a black witch wig to braid. Staying in character very well, she was transformed and was quite the hit at school.

She also insisted on the theme dinner- mummy dogs and ghost bananas both found on Pinterest. This is my kind of holiday. And my kind of girl.