Category Archives: Holidays

Halloween 2011: Part One

Posted by: Maggie

Okay so I’m going to ease into this getting back to posting thing with a couple image heavy, commentary very light, posts!

p.s. I realize this post is very, very late, but at least I’m posting about Halloween before Thanksgiving!

We started celebrating Halloween the weekend before. We spent a day carving pumpkins and then went to check out some child-friendly and free haunted houses!

First we hit The House At Haunted Hill in Woodland Hills. It’s a really amazing yard and window display with a talking pumpkin as the narrator and projected images telling a story. It was very cool.

After that we headed to Boney Island in Sherman Oaks. It’s another amazing yard display featuring a cast of skeletons performing in various side shows. Including a musical cauldron water show! I was very impressed.

Up next, Halloween!

Mother’s Day 2011

Posted by: Maggie

I can’t believe I’m posting about this a month after it happened, especially since there’s not much to post about! We kept Mother’s Day super simple this year. I had originally planned for Josh to take me out to brunch somewhere pretty and then go somewhere fun. But as the day got closer, I realized that I was just too exhausted to go anywhere. So Josh planned a lovely brunch at home. I drank grapefruit juice mimosas while he worked in the kitchen making me some yummy rosemary potatoes and the most amazing strawberry crepes with homemade whipped cream. They were seriously incredible. I wish he would make them every weekend.

After brunch Josh took Eleanor out for a while so I could relax with some peace and quiet watching Friday Night Lights on Hulu and getting a little work done. And then I decided to spend the rest of my day cleaning out my closet. Seriously. I really wanted to do it, and had been meaning to for a while. So, since it was my day to do what I want, I cleaned. I know, I have a problem.

Easter Part Two: The Basket & the Hunt

Posted by: Maggie

We awoke on Easter to Eleanor yelling that we had to get up NOW to go see if the Easter Bunny was here. Somehow in telling her the story she got the idea that the Easter Bunny wouldn’t just leave her basket and go, but would instead hang out, wait for Eleanor to wake up and then maybe stay for breakfast.

Eleanor was disappointed that there was no Bunny waiting, but was excited by the basket She had left behind. I think I overdid Eleanor’s Easter basket a bit.

My rule for Easter Baskets is the same as it is for Christmas stockings: keep it small and simple, a few small toys and some candy. I don’t want to make holidays about the gifts. I have a big problem with teaching your kids that stuff is important, and teaching them to expect to get more and more stuff for every holiday. I’ve heard of people filling giant Easter Baskets with DVDs and Video Games and expensive toys. I just think that’s too much!

But I’ll give those of you who do that a break, since this year I broke my rule a bit myself. Although I only spent about $10 in all (thanks to Target’s dollar section), I think I just got her a few too many things.

Her basket included: a bubble wand, an Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book, a mini board book about bugs, Dora the Explorer chapstick (she is obsessed with my chapstick so I thought she could use some of her own), Dora socks, a Where the Wild Things Are book bag, and some bunny ears, and of course some candy–purple peeps, a cadbury egg, and some plastic eggs filled with pastel Skittles. Too much stuff right?

After a relaxing morning at home eating bagels and candy, we went over to my mom’s where she had hid some eggs for Eleanor to find.

Her basket was a bit small for all those eggs. Don’t worry, she won’t be the only grandchild for too long, soon she’ll have some competition over finding those eggs.

The remainder of the day was spent on an insane sugar high. We definitely let her eat way too much candy and cookies. She was outta control. The highlight of the day was when her uncles entertained her. She is crazy about my three brothers. She talks about them all the time. She gets excited when William plays the guitar for her. So William played her some songs and he and Emmett and Elliott sang for her. I think her favorite was Del Shannon’s Runaway. She has good taste.

After a delicious spring veggie dinner and two kinds of dessert, a tres leches cake and a blackberry tart, we headed home where we had a fun time trying to put our strong willed child to bed with her never ending sugar high coupled with her usual dog allergy sneezing and runny nose from visiting any of her grandparents. And yet, I still love holidays! I’m clearly a masochist.