Friday, November 28, 2008

Money Tree

I think I need a money tree. I mean, I think that it would be way easier to simply grow a money tree than to try and find all of the money I need to be able to get everyone the presents they need. I LOVE Christmas, but I hate that I am always looking for money in November and December to be able to buy the Christmas presents. I know! Maybe if the bank and the utility companies just got together and said, "Don't worry about paying your bills this month", then I would have the perfect amount of money to spend on Christmas.
It's not that I buy a lot of expensive presents, its just that I have a lot of people in my family and so that adds up. However, Anne is going to be doubly excited this year because I was able to get a FANTASTIC price on something that she has been begging for all year and so she is finally going to be able to get it for Christmas!!! She is going to be soooo excited!!!
Oh well, I always get like this right before Christmas. I think that this year it is worse because it is already after Thanksgiving and I haven't finished my shopping yet. . . . I know, most people aren't done their Christmas shopping by now, but I usually am so I am feeling the stress! I know that it will all work out though! So I will try to calm down.
The good news is that tonight is my cookie exchange and so I will have all of my Christmas baking done after tonight! YAY!!! I am so excited for that! It is one thing that is going to be crossed off of my list! Now . . . if only I could say that for the other 99 items on that list. . . . *sigh*

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy American Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and family! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Love Language

I feel loved when...

The Five Love Languages

My Primary Love Language is Quality Time

My Detailed Results:
Quality Time: 9
Acts of Service: 8
Words of Affirmation: 8
Receiving Gifts: 3
Physical Touch: 2

About this quiz

Unhappiness in relationships is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. It can be helpful to know what language you speak and what language those around you speak.

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Monday, November 24, 2008


Well, it seems as though it is that time of year again. The time of year where I sing in Handel's Messiah. I have done this for 9 years now, but it seems as though every time I sing in the choir different parts of the Messiah touch me. This year I have really been touched by the part that we sing while Christ is going through the Atonement. This has been a really emotional part for me because the reality of Christ's Atonement has really hit home. I almost dread singing those songs because I know that it will stir up a whole schwack of emotions for me that I don't really want to deal with in front of 700 people.
I love music. Music has always been able to touch my heart the way that no other medium can. I also love Handel's Messiah because I feel as though I am privileged to be able to sing about the Savior's life for 3 hours every weekend. The scriptures in the oratorio have taught me things about the Savior that I probably wouldn't have realized by simply reading them. I don't know why music can make things so clear for me, but it can. I am in constant awe of the power that music has.
Every year, before we perform Messiah, we hold a testimony meeting with the choir before we begin and it really helps to bring the spirit into our performance. Last night, for some reason, I felt strongly that I should bare my testimony. I was shocked when I realized that I had stood up and gone to the front of the room. I really don't fell comfortable baring my soul to a bunch of people that I don't know, and I am still amazed that I managed to do it. The spirit was really strong during the testimony meeting, however when we were singing the Messiah and we got to the Atonement part where it says "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world" and then continues through the Atonement, I was a mess! I had tears streaming down my face and I couldn't really see the words. Thank goodness I have sung in the choir for so many years that I pretty much have it memorized, but I really didn't think that I was going to get through it.
However, as I have found out many times before, just when we think that we can't do something, God opens a door and gives us the strength to go on. I was really thankful that He helped me so much last night because otherwise I think that I would have hid in the back corner of the choir seats and not finished singing the Messiah.
When the performance ended I felt so much happiness and peace and I was really glad that I had sung in it this year. This coming weekend we have our last two performances and I am only going to be able to make it to the Saturday performance so hopefully I will be able to make it through the oratorio without falling to pieces this weekend!

Friday, November 21, 2008

4 Things Tag

4 Things Tag

4 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Trying to adjust to life as a newlywed.
2. Getting mad at Otto for finding the huge bottle of pure maple syrup that I had bought him for Christmas (we were poor and it was a big deal okay?)
3. Making spring rolls all day with my cousin Amber
4. Working 3 part time jobs. . . Price Integrity Coordinator at Michaels (the brand new craft store), Chef at Silver Springs Golf Course and working at my mom's warehouse.

.4 things on my list to do today:
1. Go grocery shopping.
2. Go teach digital scrapbooking
3. Go to a crop
4. Call my sister-in-law Suzanne to dish about Survivor. . . .man I hope that she watched it last night!!

4 things i love about my husband:
1. He is HUGE! I really wanted to marry a big guy because I wanted to know that if there was ever a fire that he could go into my kids rooms, and pick them all up and carry them out of the house. . . . really! That is no joke!!! I also wanted to marry a big guy so that I could reassure my kids that they never had to worry about anyone threatening to hurt them or our family because their daddy is bigger than any other man (well to them anyways!).
2. I love his dimples! I always tell him that I married him for his HUGE dimples!
3. I love the way that our relationship is. Otto and I are very much a team. We do each have certain roles (like he is the bread winner and I do all of the food and run the house), but we have often switched roles when needed. We also tackle everything as a team. Whether it is raising our kids, cleaning the house, church callings, whatever I have to do he also helps and vice versa.
4. I love that he is the best dad ever!! My kids don't realize how lucky they are to have a daddy who has gone out and found a job that doesn't require him to work a ton of hours! He always makes sure that he is home in the evenings and he always makes a special point of spending time with the kids. Otto is also the one who gets up with the kids in the middle of the night, which I SINCERELY appreciate!!!
4 jobs I've had:
1. Cutting greens and planting trees at Elbow Springs Golf Club. In fact it is the reason that I am completely obsessed with having perfectly straight lines when cutting the grass!!!
2. Painting for Student Painters . . . I really enjoyed painting, however I didn't enjoy the fact that they ended up not paying me! But that was the summer that Otto and I were engaged and it seemed to rain a lot and we both had jobs that you couldn't do when it was raining so we got to spend a lot of time together. . . but we didn't earn much money!
3. Piano Teacher. I can't believe that I have been doing this for more than 10 years now!!! Where does the time go? I love teaching piano and teaching children how to love music! This is one of my most rewarding jobs!
4. Digital Scrapbooking Teacher and Camp Croppin' Coordinator. I got into scrapbooking as a way to be closer to my mom and that is also one of the reasons that I have been doing these two jobs. I really do love to get my photos into albums and digital scrapbooking makes things a TON faster! But the real reason I like these two jobs is because it lets me work with my mom and I really enjoy doing that. I feel as though it helps me bond to her. . . and it has taught me that I am more like her than I had previously thought.
4 Movies I have seen more than once:
1. Cool Runnings (my favorite movie!!!)
2. Titanic
3. Fried Green Tomatoes
4.Lord of the Rings
4 places I've lived:
1. My parent's house
2. The basement suite that Otto and I lived in when we first got married and he couldn't stand up straight in the kitchen.
3. Married Student Housing at the University
4. A couple of other places and now our beautiful home!
4 places I've been:
1. Texas
2. Mexico
3. Belize
4. Winnipeg (yes I had to put that on there because I think that I am still wondering why that place even exists! I was there in the wintertime for a craft show and it is a barren, ugly place!!!

4 T.V. shows I watch:
1. Survivor
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. The Office
4. Desperate Housewives

4 Things you don't know about me:
Hmmmm, since starting this blog I think that you have been able to find out pretty much everything about me, but I'll try!
1. I played barbies until I was 12
2. I would rather be helping at an event rather than attending it.
3. I am scared to death of mice!!! Really! It's kind of sad.
4. I used to pretend that my Aunt Christie was my older sister.

4 People I tag:
1. Jamie
2. Michelle
3. Emily
4. Christie

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Science Geek!

Today I got to spend the entire day with Anne on her field trip to the Calgary Science Centre. My Anne is such a science and math geek! You would never know it, but she craves math problems and science experiments. In fact, today we were talking about the type of Christmas tree that we are going to get for her room in a couple of years when she has her own room and she wanted a math and science tree. Ok. . . now where on earth am I going to find math and science decorations??? Lahni??? Got any to spare???
I had so much fun today with Anne's class. It was so cute because Anne was excited all day that she had me all to herself. She is in the most wonderful stage where she thinks that I am the coolest person in the whole wide world (and who am I to argue with that???). She kept telling her friends how cool I was and how I used to be a chef at a restaurant (apparently that's really cool) and how our group will have the most fun. Well, I think that we did have the most fun. The two boys in my group were. . . well. . . . boys and they wiggled the whole time, but it was so much fun! Anne and the other girl in my group were really good and we made sure that we touched and played with everything that we could possibly find in the Science Centre.
We finished off the day by watching an IMAX movie and I almost fell asleep (that's what happens when you put me in a nice warm room and turn off the lights).
My kids are growing up so fast and I realize that I don't have many years left before I go from being the coolest person to the most terrible person. I made it my goal when Abby started kindergarten that I would always volunteer for field trips because I know how much it means to my kids and it is lots of fun being able to spend that time with them.
So spending all day with Anne was a blast. I loved being at the Science Centre with my own little Science Geek. Hopefully I will get the chance to spend more time with her on her field trips before I become uncool. (Which we all know will NEVER happen right???)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas, Christmas Time is here!

Well, at least it's here at my house anyways. I LOVE Chrismas! It's my favorite time of year. Iove having my house decorated and covered in nativity scenes. I love listening to beautiful Chrismas music (Josh Grobin and Celine Dion Christmas CD's are the BEST). I love how excited my kids get every Monday and Thursday when the flyers are delivered to our door and they get to see all of the toys that are on sale for Christmas.
There just seems to be a magical feeling at Christmas that I just can't deny. People seem to be nicer and I seem to not mind the cold as much. It almost feels as though there is magic in the air. Having children really makes Christmas a fun, exciting and magical time. There is nothing more wonderful to me than seeing Christmas through the eyes of my children.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Family Fun Night

A couple of years ago Otto and I sat down for a chat. We really want our children to learn how much fun being a member of a family can be, so we decided to try something out for a year. We decided to have a "Family Fun Night". This family fun night would NOT replace our Monday Family Home Evenings, but it would be a special time where our family would set aside time to do something together. Family Fun night takes place on the weekend and sometimes it is a whole evening, sometimes it is just a few hours, sometimes it involves the whole day or even the whole weekend. We have done everything from getting ice cream cones to ice skating. Every week it is different and every week we have had so much fun that we have just kept on having Family Fun Nights even though our year has long since passed.
The kids really love Family Fun Night because we all make an effort to make sure that it IS fun. Sometimes we surprise the kids, and sometimes we let the kids come up with the ideas as to what we should do. Well, today was Family Fun night. It actually started at 1:30 this afternoon when we went over to one of Otto's best friends from High School's house. They were having a dessert party and so I brought some pumpkin brownies and we all had a blast! It was nice to see Frank and Andrea and their son Callum again. Callum has autism and he was born on the same day as Anne. It was really neat because Frank called us the day he was born to let us know and we were able to tell him that we had had Anne too! I think that Callum is like 8 hours older than her and so it is always nice to see their family.
After spending the afternoon over there we then headed down to Mountain View bowling (where I spent many an evening as a teenager) and we went bowling with our friends Craig and Joanna Nadeau. We have been really good friends with the Nadeaus since we all got married 10 years ago and we lived blocks away from each other. We usually have a double date night together once a month and tonight was supposed to be that night, but all of the youth in our stake are at a Stake Youth Conference and so there were no babysitters to be found! However, it ended up being a really fun night. We all bowled (and Abby beat me the first game, but I pulled out the win in the second game on the very last set!) and then we went to Wendy's for dinner! It was great! It was so much fun to be able to hang out with a family that we have known for so long and get along with so well!!
So I would definitely say that today's Family Fun Night was a huge success! We spent the whole day as a family and we were able to have tons of fun with a bunch of friends! YAY for Family Fun Night!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This is NOT supposed to happen!!!

Ok, for those of you who haven't seen my baby Lee, I just want to start off by saying that he is HUGE!!! He is the biggest monster baby I have ever seen! You don't believe me? Well listen to this . . .
The other day I tried to fit Lee's 18 month clothes on him and they were too small! That meant that I had to get out the next bigger size of clothes and can you guess what size they were??? Yep! A size 2. My 8 month youngest son is now wearing the clothes that his 3 year old brother wore last winter.
Now do you believe me????
Seriously! This kid is HUGE!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

For a moment . . .

For a moment time stood still. The endless lists of all of the things I needed to do were forgotten and the plans that I had made for tomorrow were put off. For a moment I was able to sit still, frozen in time in a place where the memories of the past intertwined with the hopes for the future. For a moment, I got to spend time with my grandmother who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's and I got to relive some of the memories of her life.
For a moment, the forgetfulness that she experiences disappeared. I got to hear stories about my dad and my grandfather. I got to listen to her laugh and she talked about her grandchildren and I got to cry with her as I relived the passing of my Aunt Linda, her only daughter. For a moment I was able to see my Grandmother as a little girl laying in a bed, fighting for her life and the gratitude and the love that she felt for her step-grandmother who would stay with her whenever her mother had to go out.
For a moment I was able to see my own father as a child, walking around and causing mischief. I was able to see how much fun he had with his brothers and sister. For a moment I got to watch my Aunt Linda take care of her younger brothers and convince them to do things that she wanted them to do.
For a moment I was able to relive those fabulous Christmases spent with all of my Lee cousins acting out the nativity. For a moment I was able to chuckle at the continuous inside jokes that we had about Grandma buns and Grandpa with hair. For a moment I was able to almost smell that delicious smell that accompanied my Grandma Lee as she brought freshly baked Grandma buns to whatever family dinner we were having.
For a moment I was a child again eager for a chance to play with my Grandpa. For a moment I swear that I could hear his fabulous laugh again and listen to his hilarious jokes and stories. For a moment I could almost feel him slap me on the back and say "You did good kid."
For a moment I could hear the music that had been sung on Christmas Eves throughout many years. I could almost hear the Angel's Carol and see the tears well up in my Grandpa's eyes. For a moment the love and the laughter that always surrounded me at family get togethers was there welcoming me with open arms.
For a moment I was able to see how much my grandparents truly loved and cherished all of their grandchildren. I was able to see pictures of almost every single one of their grandchildren being held in the special blessing blanket that my grandmother had made for them. For a moment I was able to see how my grandparents came to all of their grandchildren's special occasions from baby blessings to baptisms to priesthood ordinations and weddings.
Tears welled up in my eyes and I saw the moment that I was able to capture my Grandpa Lee cherishing my daughter Anne. For a moment I could remember him being there holding her and kissing her even though he was sick and frail.
For a moment I wanted to stay there, wrapped in my memories and sitting beside my grandmother whom I love very much. I wanted to be a child again and see my Grandpa and my family. I didn't ever want to leave.
But, alas, time is fleeting and moments do not last forever. But on this Remembrance Day I am grateful for the moments that I was able to spend today remembering.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

But I'm not dancing!

Nobody told me that potty training little boys was different from potty training little girls. So for those of you who are out there, it is VERY different!!! Once my girls were trained, that was it! There were no accidents and there were no messes where there was pee on the floor or wall! With Dustin it is very different! Dustin REFUSES to just waltz into the bathroom and go. In fact, let me show you a little conversation that we had recently:

It's 9 am and Dustin has been awake since 6 and I realize that I have not seen him go to the bathroom yet since he woke up.
Me: Hey Dustin! Why don't you go to the bathroom?
Dustin: No.
Me: Dustin, I really think that you should go to the bathroom because you haven't gone yet this morning!
Dustin: But I'm not dancing!
Me: (after trying to stop laughing) I'll give you a gum ball.
Dustin: (no hesitation whatsoever) OK!

Seriously ladies! I just want to say this is very different from when I had my girlies. Yes, some of them would wait until the last possible second, but they didn't have the added . . . ummm. . . how do I say this politely. . . how about. . . appendage that would allow them to pee in every direction. This has been quite the challenge for me and it seems as though we go through so many pairs of underwear that I have had to buy out Walmart's entire stock on Thomas the Tank Engine underwear and Bob the Builder underwear just so I can get through my usual two weeks without doing laundry.

So to you other mothers of sons out there. . . PLEASE let me know. . . am I the only one who has this fire hose challenge??? Is it only my son who won't pee unless he is dancing??? PLEASE say that there is at least one other mother out there going through this too!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

What am I teaching my children?

Last night I went to a teacher training meeting held by my church. In my church I am part of a presidency that is in charge of teaching the children. Our president thought that it would be a good idea for the three of us and all of the teachers to attend this meeting so that we can learn how to be better teachers for the children in our care. Well, besides us, only one other teacher showed up and so the president was disappointed, but I still believe that it was a very interesting night.
There were lots of different teaching methods shown in the class and lots of great information given. However, the one thing that I really took home with me was the question that I kept on asking myself the whole night. . . What am I teaching MY own children and am I teaching them enough?
I have 5 beautiful living children who are living in such an ugly time. I just get a sick feeling inside whenever I think about what my children are exposed to and what they will be exposed to. I want my children to be able to grow up with a sense of worth and a sense of well being and I just don't think that I am doing enough to give them this. I know that it is now time to sit my oldest two girls down and talk about the facts of life. They are in second and third grade, but I am scared that if I wait too long that someone else will do it first and I believe that I need to teach them about the morals and standards that come along with the knowledge about sex.
I know that my girlies are going to learn about all of the socially acceptable views on sex in school and I want to be able to teach them what WE believe the standards are when it comes to this. I don't want my children to grow up thinking that sleeping around is okay and I don't want my children to think that just because we believe that others have the right to make their own choices that those choices are necessarily the right ones. They need to learn at a young age that just because society says that it is alright that it isn't. I know that my children are being taught about all sorts of things that I don't agree with and I just wish that I had more time until I had to protect my children.
I have been waging a silent battle in my mind for quite a while about this. I have heard and seen children accepting the lack of morals and values for too long. I need to teach my children who they are and where they come from and where they are going. I need to arm them now with the tools that they will need when the time does come that they will be taught something in school that is contrary to what we believe. I need to arm them with the knowledge that just because an adult says that it is true, it may not be true for them. I need to teach my children that the one person who will never lead them astray is the Lord and that they need to ask Him for help when they are faced with two conflicting points of view. I need to teach my children how to love the scriptures and to not just read them. This was not something that I was taught as a child. I was taught that we needed to read the scriptures and I remember being constantly challenged to read the Book of Mormon. However, I was never taught how to STUDY the scriptures and I believe that that knowledge is a great tool in the defence against all of the crap that is thrown at us every day.
I need to teach my children NOW. I feel a sudden urgency. I don't know why I feel it, but I do and I know that it will not be easy and it is going to get uncomfortable for a little bit, but how can I stand before God when I die and tell him that I did my best as a parent when I didn't do everything in my power to protect my children in these days??? These are my children and my family and I need to do whatever I can to protect and help them.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

J Lee 103

For those of you who don't know. . . . JLee103 is my brother's gamer tag. We call him this sometimes. Today is my little brother's birthday. Normally I don't write a whole lot about Jason, besides the odd mention here and there, but I thought that today I would write 10 things I love about him because if I were to ever die, I would want him to know these things.

1 - I love his sense of humor. My brother is always coming up with hilarious jokes and doing funny things. I always laugh when I am around him.

2- I love that he is obsessed with finding new ideas on ways to make money. I always love hearing about his latest venture and it is actually quite interesting to listen to.

3 - I love how much he is obsessed with his dog, Max.

4 - I love how well Jason treats his wife. I love watching him be tender with her and taking care of her. A lot of people don't know that Jason has a soft side because he likes to joke and tease and play around so much, but it's one of my favorite parts of Jason. He can really be a sweet guy.

5 - I love how Jason has taken a special interest in my daughter Caroline. I have had a lot of problems with Caroline because she has been so delayed in her speech and learning, but she always knows that no matter what, Uncle Jason thinks that she is special and he loves her. He calls her his Monster and she used to HATE it when he did that and now she loves it and uses it to her advantage. She also has the same sense of humor that Jason has.

6 - I love that Jason is so dedicated to the church. My brother is currently working with the Young Men in his ward and I know that he does a great job. I know that Jason loves the gospel and I know that he is doing a good job. I have no doubt that those Young Men love Jason because he is such a fun guy.

7 - I love how Jason can turn just about every event into a party. Just having him around makes the whole event more fun!

8 - I love how Jason still loves to play basketball and nintendo after all of these years. This is the Jason I knew growing up and I am so glad that he still does them. I remember going to numberless basketball games to watch him and his friend Jordan play and I remember fighting with him over who got to be Mario and who had to be Luigi in the Super Mario Brother's game.

9 - I love how much Jason does for his family. I know that he helps out my parents a lot. My dad used to tell me that if anyone in our family needs anything that we need to make sure that we drop whatever we are doing and help them out. I know that Jason has really taken that to heart and I know that he would (and has) do anything he can to help one of us out if we were to need it. It meant so much to me to have him and Suzanne come to the hospital after I had Robin so they could come be with me and come see her (right after they got married) and they have babysat for me a couple of times when I have had emergencies come up. Jason has even climbed up to my really high pitched rooftop to put Christmas lights up there for me. Man I love that guy!

10 - I love the relationship I have with my brother. The two of us have always gotten along really well. We don't always see eye to eye, but we really respect each other. Jason and I have never really fought. I can actually remember pretty much every fight we have had because if it does happen it is pretty traumatic for the both of us because for some reason if one of us says something mean to the other one it cuts pretty deep because we have such a deep respect for the other one. I love this relationship and I know that not everyone has this type of relationship and so I feel blessed to have Jason as my little brother.

So there you have it. 10 things I love about Jason. Jay I hope you have a Happy Birthday and I am so excited that you are going to be a DADDY soon!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Birthday

Today is the birthday of two people who are both very important to me. The first one is my Cousin Michelle. This is a big birthday for her and I am so sad that I am not closer to her so that I can go and pick her up and we can skip Young Women's and listen to Green Day in my van while head banging and drinking Slurpee's. Happy Birthday Beautiful Cousin!!
It is also my Big Guy's birthday. He is now 32 and I LOVE teasing him about being so old because I am not 30 yet, but I won't be able to do that much longer as I will be 30 this May. I have always said that I have been so lucky to have such a wonderful husband. We got married really young and we hadn't known each other for very long, but I knew that he was THE ONE!!! Otto is my very best friend. He is the best father I have ever known and I have never complained about how much he helps around the house or how much time he spends with the family because it seems as though he is always here, helping out. The kids have started to dread when Otto gets home from work because they say that he makes them clean, but I have to say that I really appreciate it because even though my house is never quite spotless, it isn't quite a pig sty either. I love that he is an engineer and so he fits into my family quite well. He gets along very well with my grandparents and my cousins. My hubby rarely complains about things and if he could just be with the kids all day he would do that.
I love how much time Otto sacrifices to come and support me when I am singing or performing. He is tone deaf and has never really had an incredible love for music like I have, but he has always made a point of making sure that I am involved in anything that I would like to be involved in.
My Big Guy is a wonderful example to my daughters of how their husbands should be when they are old enough to get married. He treats me and the kids wonderfully.
I sure hope that my hubby has a wonderful birthday and that he knows how much we love him!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Recent posts by some of my friends in their blogs have made me think about things. It has made me think about my religion and my values and about whether or not I am someone who could stand up for what I believe in if I had to. I used to think that I would always be the type of person who would stand tall and proclaim what I believe to be true if I had to do it, but now I am not so sure.
Don't get me wrong, I am very strong in my beliefs and my values, however I am also someone who HATES to hurt other people's feelings and I am someone who likes to stand back from a situation and look at it from all sides before I decide how to declare my alliances. This recent topic has conflicted me because I believe one thing, however I have a good friend who lives differently from me and I love him and I would always want this person to be happy. I feel torn and conflicted and grateful that I don't HAVE to do anything about it at this time because it doesn't directly affect me.
I still don't know how I would react if I had been told what to do on this issue, but I am interested to see how it all pans out. It did surprise me when I couldn't just jump on the band wagon with this issue because of the love I have for this friend. It changes everything.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Day After . .

It seems as though I always write a post the day after a big event. Maybe this is because I am so busy during the day OF the big event that I don't get time to actually write.
I LOVE Halloween! I know that it is a day of scary things, however it is still one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it's because it's a day where you can pretend to be anything that you want. Maybe it's a day where you get bagfuls of free candy. I don't know what it is, but I love it!
It's interesting to me that now that I am all grown up I actually find that I love Halloween more than I did when I was a kid. I love helping my kiddies choose out costumes and try to create a "theme" for our family. I love doing a costume photo shoot in the beginning of October so that we can have fun pictures for Christmas time. I love doing my girlies make-up and hair really special so that it looks great on Halloween. I love volunteering in the girls classrooms at their school so I can spend as much time with them on this fun day as possible. I love handing out candy at my door so that I can see all of the neighbor kids' costumes and say "hi" to my friends. I love to sit with my kids and go through their candy and watch how excited they get when they see their favorites. I love taking my kiddies to my parent's house and then visiting their next door neighbor every year. She gets so excited when she sees them and she always saves them a special treat. I love going to my mom's house and drinking apple cider and showing her my kids' costumes.
It's just so much fun right now with my kids at the ages that they are at to be able to celebrate holidays. This year the weather was INCREDIBLE! It was 16 degrees and so the kids only had to wear sweaters when they were trick or treating. It brought back so many memories of when I lived in Dallas and I didn't have to wear any coats when I was trick or treating. I have NEVER had this kind of weather in Canada on Halloween. Because it was so nice, Dustin had a lot of fun and he lead the way for the others to go trick or treating. When we were at my parent's house he just kept on opening candies and eating them. He loved it!! I have a feeling that today he will spend the entire day eating candy. That's okay with me. I love making my kids eat all of their candy on November 1st because then it gets it all out of my house!!!
So now it's time to start looking forward to the next big celebration in my house. . . . Otto's birthday! It just happens to be on the same day as my cousin's birthday which is on Tuesday! So I have a feeling I will be creating another post at that time!!!
I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!!!