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A Screaming Time at the Pumpkin Patch

9 Oct

Literally. She screamed the entire time.

I know that a blog is supposed to be the “highlight reel” of your life, but sometimes living with a toddler is frustrating.  Adorable but OMG frustrating.  Baby Beez is a good sleeper. A GREAT sleeper, really. If she had her way, on the weekends she would wake up at 7am, then lay down for a nap from 10:30am-2:30pm, and then go to bed at 8. I shouldn’t complain about this. A good sleeper is a blessing. However, if we actually want to have family time on the weekends, it makes things complicated. And full of screams.

Mr. Beez and I had the audacity to spend a family afternoon at the pumpkin patch (Hello 30 before 30, take Baby Beez to a U-Pick farm). Baby Beez napped in the car, and when we arrived and woke her up, she was NOT happy. They had pony rides. She asked to ride the pony. I brought her over to the pony. She screamed at the pony. (The pony was good natured, used to bratty behavior, and not offended).

She did manage to enjoy picking up pumpkins and carrying them around.

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She smiled for the pictures, but photos are deceiving. These poses were interspersed with flailing and “no!!”

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We did manage to make a great dent in our grocery shopping. All this produce for $60! Win.

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Baby Beez did  find some small measure of happiness in the corn box. She raked it around and poured it into containers. And she managed to do all of this without throwing herself on the ground, screaming, or punching anyone. She was actually well behaved for that part of the visit.

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Ah, the drama of being 2.

Let’s Talk Halloween

5 Oct

Now that we’re 5 days into October, I no longer feel like it’s obnoxiously early to talk Halloween.  This is the first year that Baby Beez is actually going to know what the heck is going on, and I’m SUPER EXCITED about it. I was very tense on all things related to costume selection.  I was worried she would want to dress as a princess or mermaid or something obnoxiously girly (I’m not the obnoxiously girly type)…or worse, something involving Caillou. Yuck.

Well we got a costume catalog in the mail, and that kid POUNCED.  She looked through all the pictures.  I directed her to the toddler section, where she could choose from all her favorites!  There was Elmo! And Cookie Monster! And Nemo!  And my darling daughter immediately seized upon DJ LANCE ROCK!

She carried that catalog around for DAYS, and repeatedly pointed to the tiny Yo Gabba Gabba DJ costume, and pointed and shouted “GABBA! GABBA! GABBA!”  I resisted at first.  This is a kid that tears off hats and only wears sunglasses for moments at a time (and they’re always upside down).  A costume depending on a signature hat and glasses for recognizability might be a bad choice.  I suggested the Nemo costume. She loves Nemo, and she would still be recognizable without the fin-hat.  But she was insistant.  Day after day with the catalog and “GABBA! GABBA! GABBA!”

I ordered her DJ Lance Rock costume.  It came in the mail along with a musical light up Yo Gabba Gabba toy boombox I splurged on.  I was excited to dress her in it.  I put the hat on her, and she immediately chucked it across the room.  I tried to coax her into the shirt, and she screamed “nooooo!” 

So she loves the costume, she just doesn’t like being in the costume.  I hope that changes in the next 26 days.

We only get about 3 kids per year at our house for trick or treating, so this year we will leave a candy bowl on the porch, and take Baby Beez out around Greenfield in Squirrel HIll (so that she can collect candy for her parents to eat).  I am very tempted to get myself a Muno costume, but suspect that would push the limit from “funny” to “creepy.”

Are you or your kids dressing up this year?  What will be your costume?

Halloween’s last gasps…

31 Oct

Halloween is wrapping up…boooo 😦  I wore festive black and orange today, in celebration, and I ate a lot of candy.  Trick or treating began in our neighborhood at 5:30. I rushed out from work early, swung by Costco and got a huge bag of candy.  We had all of SEVEN kids come by, so now I’ve got about 5 pounds of candy to eat.  I got good candy too– a chocolate mix of M&M’s, Milky Way, and the KING of Halloween Treats– MINI KIT KAT. Yum.

Baby Beez had a Halloween party at her daycare this morning.  They sang songs, played with stickers, and played with musical instruments.

It’s amazing how much bigger this little monkey is than last Halloween.  Last Halloween, she was a sad bumblebee, and a frog.

And more Halloween treats!

30 Oct

Except I can’t take the credit for these ones.  Our friends Christine and Trav came over last night for movies and dinner and Halloween snacks.  Christine made these spooky rice krispie treat snakes and peanut butter eyeballs!

YUM.

Halloween Treats

30 Oct

Yesterday I was in Suzie Homemaker mode in the kitchen, and I made 3 quick and fun Halloween treats all while Baby Beez was napping (I admit she took a ridiculously long 3 hour nap…but it took less than 2 hours for me to put together these treats.)

Blueberry muffin’s aren’t traditionally Halloween treats, but the paper cups make them Halloween-y.  Baby Beez’ daycare is having a Halloween party on Monday, and I wanted to bring a treat that is even just a tiny bit healthier than candy.  I cheated and used the Betty Crocker just-add-water mix, so these were super fast to make.

Popcorn balls are my FAVORITE autumn treat.  They are ridiculously easy to make, and fast–actually speed is the key, because you have to be quick and form the popcorn balls before the marshmallow mix cools.  I always put M&M’s in them because that makes them even BETTER.  To make popcorn balls, just use any rice krispie treats recipe, and substitute 2 bags of popped microwave popcorn (sort out the unpopped kernels) for the rice krispies.  You can buy popcorn balls from the store but they are nowhere near as good as homemade, and since they’re so ridiculously fast and easy to make, it really is worth the effort.

I also made dirt cups.  Yes, I know I’m not in kindergarten anymore, but I still love dirt cups.  I was a little sad that I couldn’t find those weird pumpkin candies they tend to sell around Halloween, but the worms did just fine.  Dirt cups take less than 10 minutes to make (when you are lazy like me and use instant pudding), and it’s kind of fun to bludgeon all the oreos.