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.
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.”
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.)
Still no candy in there.
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 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.
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.