Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Tricks

Hooray for Halloween!  We’ve had loads of fun spooking and scaring this year.  Harley and I decided to throw a party and we (read I) had a fantastic time planning, shopping and decorating for it.  I may have enjoyed the prep more than the party itself.  I just love that stuff. 

I sent out the invitations.  Bless you evite for simplifying my life.

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We haunted our apartment.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  It helps that our place is so small.  Plus our neighborhood is already terrifying, so we’ve got that going for us.

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DSC_0211Candles & cobwebs=classic, creepy and cheap.

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DSC_0212Harley borrowed a projector from the lab, hooked it up to YouTube and played Thriller on the wall.  It was big.  It looped all night long.  Huge hit.

DSC_0165 I learned from a great hostess to continue the party theme into the bathroom.  (Why not, right?)  So I added a candle and candy-filled pumpkin to the sink.

 

Of course there were treats.  I asked Maryland Mummies to bring a salty snack and Virginia Vampires to bring a sweet treat.  I filled mini caldrons (won years ago at a party given by the Halloween Master) with candy, stashed fun-size candy bars here and there and made eyeball cupcakes.  I am pretty dang proud of those eyeball cupcakes.

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It pays to marry a mad scientist.  Not only do we have access to projectors, but also to beakers and dry ice.   Perfect for decorating and for drinking.DSC_0180

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It’s party time.   The guests arrived dressed to kill.

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Matt & Ligia:  Sheriff & Pocahontas  (Pocahontas won best costume.)

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Maricel & Adam:  Witch & Dracula

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 Eric:  Tin Man

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  Krysta:  Pregnant Vampire

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Harley & Me:  Munchkin & Dorothy

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The Wizard of Oz Family

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We had a costume parade, read Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, played The Horror-ible Truth (a game where players identify the real horror movie titles from the fake ones) and wrote our own obituaries.  When all that crazy fun was over, I handed out party favors.

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Monday night we joined friends and carved pumpkins.  Harley carved.  Anderson colored.  I collected the insides to make a favorite fall treat.

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Last night we attended the ward Halloween party.  Our costumes made a little more sense once Anderson joined us as Toto.  This is the same costume Cheryl wore when she was 2 years old.  I was Dorothy that year too, my  mom was the Wicked Witch and my 6’7 dad was a munchkin.  We thought Harley should be a munchkin just like my dad.  Only the joke is a little different.   Anderson’s zipper broke 10 minutes before the party started which explains the series of glaring safety pins down his chest.

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This afternoon we’re taking Toto to a Family Halloween Party at the University of Maryland.  Tonight we head to Charlottesville for a weekend of pumpkin patching, trick or treating and baby blessing (Lincoln’s).  I love this holiday!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

CALICOMA

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Once upon a Labor Day weekend four best friends went to California.

They lived in a beautiful house on the beach in a magical place called Oceanside.

Together they entered a coma of sleep, sand, laughter and chips & salsa.

For 6 days.

With (almost) no children. (Not mine anyway.)

It was amazing.

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Love these girls: Jessica, Anna, Mindy.

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And they lived happily ever after.

The end.

P.S. Calicoma Bonus=a lovely brunch date with Sally Diva.

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P.P.S. Check out the left side of the blog for a special feature, Fabulous Right Then: Calicoma Favorites.