Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Pumpkin Moon is Coming

I love Halloween. I think this is because I love pumpkins. Love, love, love pumpkins. They're beautiful in their many shapes, colors (mostly shades of orange, of course), and sizes. And they're tasty - I love all things pumpkin! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin ravioli...if it's got pumpkin in it, I'll likely eat it. (As long as it's vegetarian, not budging on that one.)

Anyway, so I love Halloween and decided to get the decorations out today. I don't go crazy-over-the-top in decorating because I like simplicity in most things. But a strategically* placed pumpkin around the house does a lot for bringing big pumpkin smiles to all who pass. The witch is from our visit to the Black Forest in Germany last summer. A total cheap tourist item, but I couldn't resist. We'll bring her out every year and she'll remind us of the trip - good enough for me! "Pumpkin Moon" is one of my most favorite Halloween books and of course, I brought it out today. The leaf was picked up on Jackson's and my walk back from ECFE class today.

Let's stop for a moment to consider how beautiful today was:

• temps around 55 degrees (maybe 60ish in the sun)
• bright sunshine
• crunchy leaves all over the sidewalk
• light breeze - could be jacket weather but that sun is still warm...
• bright blue lake contrasting with green, green grass and trees positively on fire with fall color

The world was alive today! I think I'm enjoying fall even more this year since my latest career move as a SAHM requires me to go for many walks and to sit on the front stoop and watch the leaves fall from the trees. It's much different to just come home from work and find that they've fallen. Now I get to watch them fall. Maybe it's just so much better this year because it's Jackson's first time seeing all of this. I mean, leaves falling from trees. This is exciting stuff when you're just 8+ months old! (Tasha, I forgot to answer you before, but yes, Jack is a little over 8 months!)

Speaking of Jack, the artwork begins. Not his yet, but I can't wait for his crayon drawings and finger-painting masterpieces. I already have places in mind in the dining room to exhibit his fine work! No, today I'm showing you my artwork from class with Jackson. His contribution was to lay down and be traced (which he did beautifully, not one squirm!). Mine was to pick different affirmations from our handout and write them all over for him. Just a neat exercise, but I thought it turned out pretty well considering that I did it in ten minutes while holding the walking/crawling babies at bay from grabbing the markers. Some of my favorites:

"You can be interested in EVERYTHING."
"You can be interdependent and independent."
"We are connected and you are whole."
His outline may not seem that big in this little photo, but the paper is 36 inches. He's huge!

Happy Halloween-y!!
*Strategy is required in the pumpkin placement due to the fact that the Boy is now crawling. So much for the jack-o-lantern candles on the coffee table!
Video of the Boy crawling is coming. It's not exciting enough yet. He's still a turtle and is just barely getting that hand over hand thing going. Oftentimes, he's on two hands, one knee and one foot! Not exactly graceful yet. Though perhaps we'd have a better chance of getting video now while he's slow rather than waiting for later when we can't keep up with him? Hold on to your hats, you'll see it soon!


Knittymama said...

Today Little Man asked me in a very ornery voice why there were so many pumpkins everywhere all of a sudden. For some reason he was not happy about it:-)

Tashaaaaaaaah said...

Just you minute Zoe was crawling and life was still she has been walking for about a month and a half and all hell has broken loose!

We did an outline like that of Grace a few months ago, but it was only colored in by can see it on the wall in the last picture of them I post on my blog...I want to do that now and again with both girls, to show them how they grow as well as showcase their art in a special way.

Now....have you made homemade play doh and made Jack's handprint yet? I don't recommend it until he is a few months older. Zoe couldn't sit still long enough for it and I had a hard time pressing her hand down hard enough. I didn't want to hurt her, you know?

Oy did I ramble....LOVE LOVE LOVE the Witch....she is awesome!

Autumn said...

I love Halloween, I have more decorations for it than any other holiday

LaVerna said...

Have you tried the Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte from Starbucks?You can get it decaf and it is AMAZING.And I don't even like pumpkin pie!

Kate said...

C~ your socks are so cute...I must try that self striping yarn. I don't love to knit socks..I just can't seem to get the heel comfy.

I am all excited to do Halloween decorations, your witch has inspired me.

Love and light to you

Autumn said...

I took the photo of your witch and adjusted the lighting on it for you. I will be happy to email it to you if you want to it. I didn't do it to be critical. I just happen to love witches (I collect them myself) and wanted a better look at it. You can contact me via my webpage

Rebecca said...

What a cool idea! I'm going to do this with my 3 mo old.
Found your blog through Farmgirl Connection.

Bim said...

Ahhh... Your book... Pumpkin moon... it look like a book for a person who don't is a good english reader, ;) I love books, and love to read them too ;). Not only put them in the bookshelf... (I can't write in egnlish, sorry if you don't understand a word, ;))
And your package from your Hot Socks Swap pal... It made me, not sick, but almost, ;) You get a wonderful pal, I think... ... ...
And when I look at your sockknitting I see your lovely needles... I just love them...
We could say I love lots of thing I see on your blog... and I think I will be back, ;)
Hugs... Bim...
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