Happy Halloween!

We had a great night tonight! Quinland had friends over to play Singstar, watch Beetlejuice, and do a bit of trick-or-treating. David and I had Lynette and Joe over to eat treats, watch the Blazer game, and – until we turned the task over to the girls – pass out candy.

The Blazers romped to a win over the Lakers, which was totally unexpected and hugely gratifying. Damian Lillard will go down as only the third player in NBA history to score more than 20 points and have more than 10 assists in their NBA debut… and the other two were Hall of Famers (Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas).

I realized after Quinland was already in bed that this was the first Halloween I did not get a picture of her in her costume. Before school, we were too rushed; after we got home, we were too rushed; and once her friends arrived, they were so caught up in what they were doing that I never even thought of a photoshoot. To top it off, for the first time ever neither David nor I went out with them when they went trick-or-treating. With Q in a wheelchair, they only went around the cul-de-sac, so we were comfortable with them going out alone.

The moral of the story? My baby is growing up! I realize this on a daily basis, but as each of these big milestones goes by, it just makes it that much more clear.

xo – Lori

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful for Joe, who brought over a veritable feast from Barbur World Foods (yum!) and for Lynette, who rejoiced with me in every moment of Opening Night fun. Heck, for that matter, I’m grateful for Damian Lillard!

Trick or Treat!

I was Ben Franklin for Halloween this year.  Little Ina let me borrow all the clothing, as well as her wire-frame glasses and a skeleton key.  I made the kite out of a file folder, some knitting needles her dog, Mitzi, had chewed up, some tape, and a wire hanger.

I look amazingly like Ben Franklin in this getup.  Part of the uncanny resemblance comes from the fact that I have a very high forehead.  In fact, it has been said of my forehead (by me) that it “shineth like a beacon.”  I have spent the greater part of my life wishing I didn’t have to deal with the need for a frontal comb-over, but I must say that my forehead has brought a lot of humor into my life.  Today, for instance, I walked out of the office at 5, and a girl from the ad agency across the hall saw me.  She said, “Wow.  Just wow.  You know, if you look like Ben Franklin, you’ve just gotta own it.”  Hilarious words of wisdom right there.

Had a fabulous evening.  Q and her friends hung out here before and after trick-or-treating, and we ate and drank and talked and laughed with our friends (their parents and Lynette and Joe).  Took a voluntary day off the healthy eating plan and treated myself from the smorgasbord of goodies we laid out.  Pumpkin bread pudding?  Don’t mind if I do!

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for all the food that people brought over tonight!  It was perfect.
  • I’m lighter! I cracked myself up with my costume today.  I wore it to work, wore it at home, wore it out trick-or-treating with the girls.  I had a wonderful time with my friends, too.

Hope-you’re-hungry Halloween!

Between the creative minds of Quinland and my friend Nancy (and the help of Hannah and Sophie), we spent an very fun evening getting ready for Halloween tomorrow.

Q started off by making a cool wire-art pumpkin out of paper clips and jewelry pliers.

I started carving a watermelon brain while Q and her friends made some candy monsters they saw in American Girl Magazine.

Then we started decorating Nancy’s fabulous sugar cookies.  When I say “we,” I mean I decorated one calico cat.

The reason I was not decorating cookies is because I was working on my Alien Pumpkin.  Take one white pumpkin.  Instead of cutting the top off, cut a hole in the back side of the pumpkin, then scoop out guts in the usual fashion.  (Roast pumpkin seeds and eat.)  When finished, prepare a whole bunch of lime Jello.  Pour the lime Jello into the pumpkin and chill.  Tomorrow I will cut out some teardrop-shaped alien eyes and then shine a flashlight through the hole in the back.  It should be cool;  I’m nervous about a potential Jello disaster, but I’ll take a picture and post it if it works out.

I can’t wait for Halloween.  Q is going to be The Joker from Batman;  I am going to be Benjamin Franklin.  I was inspired by some photos from Girl Scout camp a few years back in which there is a striking resemblance to Ben in his flag-wielding prime.   (The Oscar for Costume Design goes to Little Ina, for Ben Franklin.  I look scarily like Ben in my costume.)

How about you?  What are your Halloween plans?  Do you have any costume designs to brag about?  Cookies or pumpkin ideas to share?   Spill your guts!

Five things I am grateful for today:

  1. Keith stepping in for coffee-and-donuts duty when I was running late this morning.
  2. Getting nice compliments on my reading at church.
  3. My awe-inspiring Ben Franklin outfit.
  4. Help from my lovely sister on the proposal (Joe loved it!).
  5. David making a special trip to get the apple rings Q wanted for the crafts.
  • {Live a joyful life and spend time with people I love}:  See above.