Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Apart from stealing her toys, Luke dotes on her. Her tries to rock her. Her brings Esme her binkie. He talks to her. He laughs at her. And he shows off for her.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I was in charge of the games at this year's witches night out. We played charades/ catch phrase. Kathleen taught us all how to play Mafia. I was the last Mafia member killed, so the townspeople won. I guess I'm not cut out for a life of crime. But anyway, the thing that took me the longest to prepare was a Halloween trivia quiz. The winner won a pumpkin and carving tool. Let's see how smart all of you who couldn't come are. Answers will be posted in 3 days.
1. Complete this Superstition: If you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you will see what?
b. Bloody Mary
c. Your future spouse
2. A black cat was believed to be which of the following?
a. A witch’s familiar
b. The devil
c. A demon
3. The term Halloween is shortened from which name?
a. All Hallow’s Eve
b. All Saints Day
c. All Soul’s Day
4. Why did the ancient Celts believe October 31st was a dangerous day?
a. The boundary between the living and the dead dissolved, and the dead became dangerous to the living
b. Satan was given free reign on October 31st each year
c. The new year and the old year would fight a battle on that day in which the old year recruited help from the dead
5. Which was the first wrapped penny candy?
a. Peppermint disc
b. Werther’s caramel
c. Tootsie Roll
6. When did Halloween first gain popularity in the United States?
a. During the influx of Irish immigrants during the Potato Famine of 1846
b. During the period of Scottish history when the Jacobites were banned to the Americas (starting in 1716)
c. With the English settlement at Jamestown
7. What does the word “witch” mean?
a. Evil one
b. Wicked one
c. Wise one
8. Why does a witch commonly appear with a black cat?
a. For companionship
b. For spell casting
c. For protection
9. Jack o’lanterns were originally made from what?
10. Complete this superstition: If you hear someone’s footsteps following you on Halloween night, you shouldn’t turn around or else, what?
a. You will see a ghost
b. You will meet death
c. You will be cursed by a witch
11. Who is the predicted most popular couple costume for 2009?
a. Barack and Michelle Obama
b. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger
c. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan
12. Why would people originally dress up on October 31st?
a. to honor the dead
b. to hide from evil spirits
c. To scare off demons
13. The name jack-o-lantern can be traced back to the Irish legend about whom?
a. Farmer Jack
b. Lazy Jack
c. Stingy Jack
14. The first person to successfully retrieve an apple (when bobbing for apples) would…
a. Be the next to marry
b. Have good fortune in the new year
c. Be blessed with fertility
15. What does the name Dracula mean?
a. Evil one
b. Devil’s son
c. Blood drinker
16. What year did the Halloween novelty song “Monster Mash” reach number one on the Billboard charts?
17. Which singer from our past has a Halloween birthday?
a. Vanilla Ice
b. Cyndi Lauper
c. M.C. Hammer
Hayley broke her foot last week and isn't supposed to put ANY pressure on it. That made cleaning and decorating a little bit harder. Luckily, the fact that she was an invalid gave me plenty of opportunity to hang out at her house last week which made for at least 10 X the adult conversation that I usually have. It was awesome! And Luke and her daughter Emiline play really well together. Luke was happy to have so much interaction with a friend.
Greg got thrown into all kinds of errands for us. An hour before the party started, Katy called to say they couldn't find any bowls. So Greg was sent out to rescue us. As soon as he got back, we were ordering him around to hang up our tissue paper decorations. And periodically throughout the evening he would be called out to become photographer. He was a great sport.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
From here we headed over to the Natural Bridge (see next post) and then home for dinner. Our campfire was somewhat not what a campfire usually is because Luke wouldn't leave it alone. So no family bonding around the fire. Luke and I played in the cabin while Jared made our tinfoil dinners and hotdogs and then we ate inside. Luke went to bed early and Jared and I read on the porch. It was so, so fun to have a whole day to do nothing but play.
Farther down the path, past the bridge was a small reconstructed Indian village as well as beautiful scenery. When passing over a small wooden bridge, we could see a stream that was seen through the crevice of a rock. Crevice is the wrong word. It was a whole that someone had dynamited out of the rock so they could find the river (I guess it was bigger then) and locate it's source as well as where it empties. Neither was ever found. Jared and I speculate that it's because the river flows directly downward as it is most likely feeding the River Styx.
Luke has a few obsessions right now. One of them is trying to distinguish between cars, busses, and trucks. He was positive that this one was a truck. He kept shouting it over and over getting louder and louder. People probably thought he had Tourette Syndrome. In any case, he didn't want to leave it.