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Oldest made me a dot-to-dot today. There were 14 numbered dots. To me it looked like a sunfish. She responded cheerfully that she had been trying to make a bird.

There are many things I like about this clip. I like the admonition to trust in the curiosity of children. I like that another adult in this world is saying, let them pick the petals off the flowers! I like the message of say “yes” more. I like the “strewing” example…leave out the binoculars. He also couples “get out of their way” with “help them explore.” It’s not a stop-parenting thing, it’s actually a different approach to parenting…it’s a help them approach and a stop stopping them approach.

Symmetry

Symmetry Her art has been very symmetrical lately.

A Little Amusement

We are in the middle of a move. The house is half packed up. Many of the toys are packed in boxes. Too many are already in the RV (have I mentioned that we are moving into an RV?).

Today we took a break  from packing and we all went to a little amusement park. We met up with some friends and the day was filled with rides and Icees  and friends, animals, animal poop, a number of tears and many laughs and hugs.

The train got stuck on the other end of the park, so the guys hopped out and pushed it along the track until it got going again on its own.

The Icees hit the spot. Youngest was sad that they didn’t make chocolate flavor, but she settled for watermelon which tasted much more like cotton candy, imo.

The petting zoo was quite a hit until Youngest got poop on her hand, or rather, until everyone looked at her because she had poop on her hand…please don’t look at her…divert your attention. 

Middlest loves roller coasters. She tried both the back and the front cars and learned first hand that the back feels faster.

Oldest  was cautious with the rides. Today she enjoyed the merry-go-round, quite a few rounds actually. 

The hot air balloon ride made me dizzy. Trying to dial the phone and take pictures while riding the hot air balloon ride made me queasy and dizzy. 

This morning, Oldest and I were trying to figure out how the waitress at the restaurant did her hair, yesterday. I thought it looked like this, but apparently it was all wrong. We decided together that next time we’ll ask if we can take a picture. We spent some time browsing through Pintrest hair demos, but none of them were what she was imagining.

So, we have a project this week…find and bookmark hair styles for Oldest…oh yeah, and FINISH PACKING!!

Back to work.

Every Halloween, for the last five years or so, we’ve spent the afternoon trick-or-treating on Main Street where the merchants pass out candy throughout the afternoon or until they run out of it. Middlest (3) calls this “daytime Halloween.”

We started the two block walk to Main Street with quite a few more costume pieces than we had on by the time we got there.

One of my favorite moments of the day was eavesdropping on a conversation between a young teenage girl and her father in which she was explaining to him what my girls were dressed as. “Well, the little one is Strawberry Shortcake and the middle one is Crumbs from Lalaloopsy Land and the other one is a Barbie Princess.” Impressed.

This Barbie Princess kept needing me to remind her what her name was. (It was Kiera, according to the packaging.)

These two discovered that plastic jack o’ lanterns are for bonking into other plastic jack o’ lanterns.

Still no candy in there.

Here is where the boots came off (that’s the driveway next to ours).

Oldest (5) loves to ride the carriage still.

Halfway down one side of the street, we met up with Daddy who walked with us the rest of the way for our “daytime” Halloween.

Then it was time to head home for a little rest and baking before nighttime Halloween fun began.

This morning I overheard Middlest say, “I’m going to pretend it’s Halloween, that it’s always Halloween and never a Monday or a Sunday.”

This Halloween

This Halloween is a little scattered for us so far. I usually like to make our girls’ costumes for Halloween, not because I try to do everything, but because I can usually enjoy doing it. This year was not going to be one of those years. With the upcoming move and downsizing and sorting and general life chaos, this was not the year to be pulling out the sewing machine and taking 12 trips to the fabric and craft stores. Sooooooo, off to Toys R Us it was.

Oldest (5) had said she wanted to be a cat again this year, but once we got to the store she saw this dress Barbie Princess gown and…Fell. In. Love.

And when we got home and she saw that her younger sisters’ costumes had come with wigs, I saw that longing look in her eye and knew I had just the thing to top it off.

I’ve had this wig for ages, well, at least a decade. It was quite tangled and even matted in some places, so we took out some fabric softener and soaked it for a little while and then brushed it like crazy.

It only took a few minutes for it to dry after we finished brushing.

And then she was ready for photos.

Miniature Polka Dot Garland

The girls found these stickers in the sticker bin the other day. Since we had some scissors and thread sitting out, we started putting together some miniature garland, with a little round sticker on each side of the thread. Its alot of fun to twist and twirl and I foresee some fabulous dollhouse birthday parties in our future.

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