One month

That’s how long its been since I posted to my blog.

Holy shit.  Time flies.

Part of me feels like I need to apologize for such a long absence, but the other part of me realizes that my life demands that I be present and in the moment.  My family and my other responsibilities don’t always accommodate the time I need to put together a decent blog post.  We’re all busy and we all prioritize differently.  So instead of apologies, I’ll just say, HELLO WORLD!  I’ve missed you!

21 kidsThe past month has been a whirlwind of activity.  I’ve resumed my volunteer work as the garden docent for my son’s Kindergarten class.  I was also suckered into being the room mom for his class as well, so now between the school garden and working in the classroom to help his teacher, it’s like I have an almost full time job.  The upside is that now I’m openly revered by twenty one small people who look at me with undeserved wonder and admiration, thrilled that I know all their names and tell them how great they are at drawing stick people and gluing pasta to construction paper.  It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

12019874_869646123089790_8745768548767870345_n[2]A few weeks ago, Dan and I snuck off to Chicago one more time for one last wedding among my college friends.  It was beautiful and amazing.  The weather was perfect for fall and the trees were just starting to change colors.  The bride was stunning and we were all a bit better behaved than at the last wedding.  I’d like to write a full post about it but I fear that I’d really just be repeating myself from the previous wedding post.  We drink a lot, we’re super badass, we love each other, we’re friends for life.  You know the drill.

And of course, there was Halloween!  Halloween is a big deal at our house.  We love it!  This year was especially awesome because the day fell on a Saturday, so instead of the usual week night rush to get dinner done, kids jammed into their costumes and start handing out candy to the toddlers who start trick or treating before dark, we had the time to really set up and participate in the evening.  My husband decorated the driveway with strobe lights, a smoke machine, black lights, and glow in the dark cobwebs all over the garage door.  What was super badass was my costume.  I was

Yup, I looked just like her.  LOL!

Yup, I looked just like her. LOL!

Maleficent.  When the kids rounded the corner of my driveway the first thing they saw was Maleficent standing in front of a strobe light surrounded by billowing smoke and eerie glowing cobwebs.  It was so fun!  The kids loved it and so did the adults.  Some of them asked to take their picture with Maleficent, which was a little weird for me but still fun.  We also driveway party with our neighbors on Halloween, so when the kids are done trolling the neighborhood, we all hang out in the driveway and drink wine.  At around 10pm a neighbor we hadn’t met came over to introduce herself.  She said she just had to come check us out because our driveway was the talk of the neighborhood the whole night.  Seriously!  I told my husband, “Did you hear that?  We’ve got a rep.  We’re the cool kids now.”  LOL!

Anyway, it’s been a busy and fun month.  With Thanksgiving coming I know things won’t be slowing down any time soon.  I look forward to catching up on all my favorite blogs and hopefully I’ll throw together some fun stories myself to share with all of you.  It’s not like I don’t have a ton of material.  Teaching gardening to a bunch of five year olds?  There’s a mountain of hilarity in there somewhere.  😉

Wanda Says…Gourd-geous Halloween Pumpkins!

I love Halloween.  It’s one of my favorite holidays.  On a good year, I will go crazy and decorate the house with all kinds of cool stuff.   However, the past few years I’ve been less enthusiastic about putting the effort into it.  It just seems like so much work, and that stupid bastard we call Depression has done its best to ensure that I have no energy or desire for the project.

Halloween pumpkins are a different story, though.  I never slack on the pumpkins, and my family and I take our pumpkin decorating seriously.  It’s become an annual tradition that we enjoy so much for the creativity, as well as the time spent being together as a family.

We set up the back yard as our work area.  Sometimes we do themes, or coordinate our pumpkins.  Here are a few examples of our work.

This first picture is Halloween 2012.

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Halloween 2013…as you can see, we chose a Peanuts theme.

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We put so much effort into our pumpkins, but typically within two days our pumpkins look like this….

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Last year it took exactly 48 hours for our pumpkins to disintegrate and turn into pumpkin mold soup on my front porch.  It’s disgusting.

I remember our pumpkins lasting forever when we were kids.  We would carve them two weeks before Halloween and they would just be starting to form the dots of mold a few days before the holiday.  But living in a cooler climate was responsible for that extended preservation.  When the temps drop to 40 degrees at night, the pumpkins are basically refrigerated.  That is not the case here in southern California.

So this year we decided to do something a little different.  This year, we painted our pumpkins instead of carving them.  We went to Michael’s and bought props, acrylic paint, googly eyes, fake mustaches and eye brows.  We didn’t follow a theme, but I think they turned out pretty good.

Here is our 2014 completed collection…

Halloween pumpkins

Individually, I would like to introduce you to Bryn’s creation,  Ms. Pumpkin 2014.

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Bryce’s creation (with Daddy’s help), Mr. Mario Cart.

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My husbands creation, The Clown.  I told my husband his clown looked worried, like he may have just accidentally shit himself.

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And lastly, there was my pumpkin.  I don’t have a name for it, but I think it looks pretty badass.

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Happy Halloween!  🙂

PS…Bryn wants to know which pumpkin you like the best.  I kept insisting that this was not a contest, just a fun family activity.  But she would still like you to vote, so if you don’t mind please cast your vote in the comments section.  Thanks!