Friday, October 24, 2014

A Lot by a Little

 Yesterday we did a lot by doing a little. Like, for example, wearing a big leaf as a hat. These things are important, you know.
 We tried to watch the partial solar eclipse, but didn't really get anywhere. The sun looked pretty cool, we just couldn't see anything with the pinhole projector. It turned out jumping into leaf piles was more fun anyway.
 We also went to the park, which was important. Maeve needed a little time to herself with me, and I needed to get out and play, too. It was not a great day inside my head yesterday, and the park is good for what ails.
This was Maeve doing a high fashion pose to show me how cute her outfit was. 
I love the casual, hip-hop look she was going for. 

Have a good weekend, friends, and enjoy each other.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Patches and his Religion

Sometimes I don't understand Patches, I think one of our big communication issues springs from the fact that he's a different religion from me. And yes, I'm convinced Patches has a religion. I can tell, because he's always trying to educate us about it.

One thing I know for sure is against his religion is dancing. We've tried all sorts, from a mild swing of the hips to pretend ballet, and he will run around, freaking out, barking the whole time, every time. It doesn't matter if you do it alone or in a group, Patches has very strong feelings about dancing. Never. Okay.

I'm also pretty sure that his religion includes a veneration (and incumbent destruction) of leather objects. It distresses him terribly that we wear leather on our feet, and to prevent this desecration, he will destroy the sacred objects rather than allow them to be ruined by our human paws. We try to help him forget our indiscretion by keeping our shoes out of reach... but when he sees them, it all comes rushing back.

The last tenet of his religion, as far as I can tell, is a strong aversion to INTRUDERS. This includes people who walk past our house on their way to someone else, and also the rabbits who lounge around in the yard as if no fierce, religious dog lived here.

So he reveres leather, and despises dancing and strangers. A dog's religion is a strange thing.

Sleeping is also very important.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Skydiving, Apropos of Nothing

Somehow, these two conversations happened yesterday.

Apropos of nothing, Maeve said: Mom, maybe when I'm sixteen years old and I have a baby, I can go skydiving. But, of course, I'd leave my baby at home.

Me: (stunned silence for a few seconds) Um... that's... good, I guess. Babies shouldn't go skydiving. But can you wait to have a baby until you're in your twenties? Sixteen is a little young for a baby.

Maeve: But twenty is a good time?

Me: Better, anyway.

And then when I recounted this conversation to Daddy on the way home, Maeve was asking why skydiving was dangerous. As Daddy and I tried to explain, she broke in with this:

Maeve: Mommy, if you go skydiving, Daddy and I would play video games for like, twenty minutes.

Me and Daddy: (laughter)

That's right, friends, if I risked my life jumping out of a plane, at least Maeve could enjoy twenty minutes to herself playing her all-important video games. Sheesh. Maybe I need to get out more.

At the zoo, hopefully not contemplating skydiving...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Carving for Halloween!

I bet you were all waiting on pins and needles to see how our pumpkin carvings turned out. Well, quit waiting and check it out!

Kristin was carving a Cheshire Cat, we left before she finished, though...

Dad hard at work on Jack

Maeve doing her job with the hole poker

Dad kept an eye on K's pumpkin, too.

K went a little... Picasso... with his pumpkin.

Jack, the Pumpkin King!

Maeve's Jack o'Lantern

Here's all of ours! I didn't want to touch any more pumpkin squish.
We had such a great time, I think having a pumpkin carving party makes it extra fun! And Maeve loved seeing her dear K, of course, she loves him a whole lot. Now we're ready for Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Friday, Happy Fall

I feel pretty awesome right now, considering I just pulled off two iconic fall activities for Maeve in one day, without Daddy here. We actually had a good day, even though I was mentally battening down the hatches for the worst, just in case.

First, we decorated Halloween cookies with a friend. This kiddo is generally regulated to organic, non GMO food, but what can I say? Maeve and I are a bad influence. I keep bringing frosting into her life.

After that little bit of excitement, the girls managed to play nicely together for two more hours, which just blew my mind. It was awesome.

We went home, had some lunch, and watched Nightmare before Christmas. Again. Then we were off to the pumpkin patch!

Seriously, I was nailing the Fall Mommy Activities thing yesterday. We scored two pumpkins, plus a small one for her best friend and apparently-betrothed. (she went proclaiming her love for him all over the pumpkin patch, it was like Linus and Sally)

So, joyous fall activities were had by all. Then we are banana splits and went to bed. And Daddy gets home tonight! Happy Friday, friends, and happy Fall.