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When our “inner child” escapes….

Inside every one of us is an “inner child”. It’s that little part of you that still squeals when you shoot down a roller coaster or when you try on one of the kid’s halloween props to get a laugh. It’s that part of us that we often let die as we enter adulthood.

I have to ask myself why?

Why do we feel that “adulthood” clearly demands us to “grow up”?

That is somehow calls us to abandon the childlike fun that we truly enjoy.

But…what would happen if we “tapped” into that part more often.

Could we truly relieve some of the stress that prevaides our adult lives? Could we have deeper, wordless conversations with our children? with our spouses?

I was about to find out the other day..

We were invited to a bonfire with the school of some of my nieces and nephews.  As I passed this huge swing set with my husband, I grabbed one swing and sat down. “How about a few pushes?” I said to my husband. I thought it would be really romantic. Little did I know that his “inner child” ( a natural troublemaker) was about to spoil this moment.  My children looked on as I sailed through the sky, laughing at how high I was. After popping out of my seat three times, I was screaming to “get off!” However, the hubs was enjoying this too much. Every time I begged to get off, he pushed harder and faster.  I tried to kick him, as my words were proving worthless,  and he eventually slowed down.  Pure fear and dizziness had overtaken me, but he was filled with pure delight.

His smile, although devilish, was so attractive. I was experiencing so many emotions: fear, anxiety, excitement….it was also somewhat thrilling. It made me realize that I don’t have enough of these moments of childlike fun.

I believe that this is the beauty  of having children. They can spark these beautiful memories of childhood within us. We can relive our own joys and sorrows while we watch them engage in similar memories.

Today I realized too late that my son had flag football practice. I had no time to grab anything to occupy the two little girls so they would have to just run around.

Well, the school, where they were practicing, had these big, beautiful “perfect for climbing” trees. I looked over as I saw the two older girls dangling from two branches….their hair hanging and blowing in the wind. It took me back to visiting my grandmother and climbing this huge tree in her house. I would dangle, similarly, from that tree and look to see how low my long hair hung.

While the big girls climbed the tree, Mini me and Miss Missy were running around with branches from the trees….they had become “witches” and those branches had quickly become “brooms”. I watched for the next 30 minutes as they were filled with pure joy. The gentle breeze blowing their hair….their giggling and laughter being enjoyed by all the parents present.

I watched as Mini me found one tree that had a collection of leaves at its base. She ran quickly and threw herself onto that pile, throwing up leaves and laughing as they fell onto her hair and clothes. She was in pure delight.  As soon as the other girls saw her, they took off running for that pile. Working together, they helped create a bigger pile to jump into.

And watching this, brought me back to these pictures……

DDD, Sweet Pea, and the Fashionista as little ones playing in the leaves…

They LOVED the fall and spent hours in the leaves….

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Holding all these thoughts in my heart, along with my own love for piling up the leaves and “jumping in”, I went running over to the girls.
I told Miss Missy that I was going to lay down in the leaves, and she could bury me. She was so excited. As she started to pile the leaves on my body, I heard the Fashionista say, “Whose idea was this?”. “Mom’s!”, I heard Miss Missy squeal. Then eight hands started piling on more and more leaves…giggles and laughter ensued. I laid there…..just enjoying all those sounds. One by one, each child was buried and then enjoyed the excitement of jumping up and shaking off the leaves.

“Mom…did you do this as a kid?” Sweet Pea said.

“I sure did! And the bigger the pile, the better!!” I answered.

The sky turned dark and the sweaty boys were dismissed to their parents….and as we climbed back into the van, I reached over to grab a leaf out of the Fashionista’s hair.  “Seems like you wanted to take this home…..Were you playing in leaves today?”

Her smile said it all.

I realized today how important it is to share these memories with my children. I need to not be just the face behind the camera….but the one under the leaf pile. 

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Game planning for halloween!

Halloween…such a fun time to celebrate some added fun with the kiddos.

Halloween 2008 or 2009

Halloween 2008 or 2009

Halloween Parade 2014

Halloween Parade 2014

In typical “procrastinator” style, I’m getting my stuff ready tonight for tomorrow. One of these days, I will send blogs out a few days ahead of a holiday but…for now…you can just get some ideas for next year. Haha.

Doc McStuffins and Lambie 2013

Doc McStuffins and Lambie 2013

Tonight’s blog is about “game planning” for halloween…so here’s the plan:

Set up some fun additions to the house:

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I set the table tonight for breakfast tomorrow. I love this cute tablecloth and plates that I picked up two years ago on clearance after Halloween. These fun “glasses” are actually salt shakers from the local dollar tree. I removed the tops and have used these often for birthday parties and holiday entertaining.

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I would definitely recommend shopping for holiday décor immediately following a holiday. Marshalls, Homegoods, and Target are some of my favorite “go to” stores for their holiday clearance departments.

Breakfast: Jack-o-lantern pancakes and orange juice.

So simple but super loved by all the kiddos. Making these simple pancakes by just making circular pancakes and adding these fun googly eyes and a smile of chocolate morsels.

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Construction paper and Q-tips will help us create these awesome skeletons during our school.

Last year, we read a great story about St. Felix, who was hidden from his enemies by a spider that quickly spun a web at the opening of the cave where he was hiding. With this new found knowledge, spiders have now become a big part of our decorating for Halloween. Since DDD likes spiders, he will be doing most of the decorating with these tomorrow around the porch. I simply got him started along the banister.

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This booklet will be a great addition to our school work. You can click on the link to get the full booklet about the Christianity behind Halloween.

Lunch: little jack-o-lantern diced peach cups, and mummy hot dogs.

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Using these ingredients pictured to make some cute mummys with the use of crescent rolls and hot dogs.

Hot dog mummies

After Miss Missy goes down for a nap, the big kids and I will be working on a Halloween density experiment using just a jar, vegetable oil, alka seltzer water, and food coloring.

We will be making these spooky lava lamps….

And for a Halloween dinner, I have learned over the last few years that it is shear madness around the dinner hour. I am going to throw a pork roast in the crockpot and heat up some broccoli and mashed potatoes that I will make earlier in the day. I can recall several years when my children were too excited for halloween and didn’t eat at all.

As we are having a neighborhood party, these ingredients will help to create these adorable witch hat cookies to bring for all the kiddos.

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Our family will be SUPERHEROES for Halloween…so stay tuned for photos!!

Happy Halloween!

Love,

Tammi

Halloween Madness!!

Our family loves holidays! Any excuse to make the day extraordinary….and we’re in!!! The kids know to expect fun decorations and plenty of activities to “honor” the day.

Decorating the house.

Halloween 2012

Halloween 2012

The kids were super excited about their pumpkins.

Can’t you tell??!!!

IMG_2310The 2013 kids area…complete with Halloween books for them to read. The little ones love to pick at all this stuff and play with it.

IMG_2309Our halloween mantle. I found some really cute Halloween picture frames in the clearance aisle of Target last year. I framed pictures of past Halloweens, which were fun to look at an reminence. The little black lanterns were from IKEA and the spider webs were from the local dollar tree. We grabbed a few small pumpkins from the local farm stand.

IMG_2313The outside of the house: complete with carved pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, a hay bale, and plenty of spiders and webs.

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IMG_2314DDD loves scary stuff and wants to go “crazy” with scary decorating for halloween. I do not like the gory and scary aspect of halloween, and recently found the story of St. Felix. You can read about him here.  He was an amazing saint who was being persecuted by the Roman guards and was protected in hiding by a spider who spun a web to conceal his hiding place. After reading this story, I explained to DDD that he would be allowed to put spider webs up for decorations. They would serve as a reminder to us of the story of St. Felix. He LOVED that idea and was given “full reign” in taking care of the webbing outside. He was totally impressive and took great pride in what he did. I could have easily “fixed” what he did….but…is it really that big of a deal??

So…there’s webbing everywhere….my son feels great…..that’s really what it’s all about.

Activities:

IMG_2279DDD’s scary jack-o-lantern. He managed to grab my cell phone and take this picture. Unfortunately, my hands were so covered in pumpkin seeds that I didn’t get close ups from the other kids.

IMG_2270IMG_2273This year I bought Mini Me a “stick on” face. She had so much fun arranging and re-arranging his face. She was obviously proud of herself!

IMG_2261These little foam shapes and patterns from the local dollar tree were fantastic for helping keep the little ones busy during the day.

Food

halloween 1In the past, we have made orange pancakes with chocolate chip jack’o lantern faces.

Mandarin oranges for my 2yr old niece bday/Halloween party!

I found this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I simply used a black sharpie to draw on the faces. It was a great non-candy treat after dinner.

Dinner has always been something super simple to keep warm and feed the families that come over. Last year, it was chili. You can see my recipe for chili here. This year, it was a spiral ham, and homemade macaroni and cheese.

halloween 2Our table, last year, decorated for our party! I grabbed some halloween plates from the dollar store and found a cute black web napkin holder at the Ross last year. This picture shows our fun art clothes- line that details our artwork from the day.

Costumes

halloween 4Last year, the kids were ALL ABOUT being ScoobyDoo and Mystery Incorporated. How funny are they?

IMG_2282This year I had a Doc McStuffins and her stuffed animal, Lambie.

I could just squeeze them!!!

Sweet Pea wanted to make her own costume. How awesome is she???!!!….she was a table!!! haha. She wore this around her waist. It was cumbersome but every one of the houses we visited commented on how awesome and creative her costume was. She loved it!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any close-ups of DDD, and the fashionista. The fashionista was a little kitty cat and DDD was a power ranger. In our excitement to get out the door to trick or treat, I missed snagging a picture of them.  Boooooo

I just love to watch my kids run from house to house in their excitement for candy. It’s like the ultimate scavenger hunt! It’s not about getting a ridiculous amount of candy….it’s about the fun of the adventure.

Here’s to the next Halloween!!!

God Bless,

Tammi