... I used to write a blog.
Wow! Has it really been a week since I posted? I've been busy, honest, I have. Just no time to post - although I've spent plenty of time on flickr this week.
Thursday was the Pumpkin Hunt for Aidin's class at school. It was basically an Easter Egg hunt with pumpkins, so the level of difficulty was rather low. Fun. I helped with face painting. The kids also painted on gourds, which I was originally signed up to help with, but there were plenty of other parents helping so I quickly moved to an activity that allowed ME to be in control of the paint. I had visions of tempra all over my suede coat. Luckily with the face painting, no one requested anything too detailed. Well, one kid did request SpiderMan - I talked him into a bat instead. (And so you know, I didn't take the picture of Aidin - another parent e-mailed it to me because when I got out my camera to take a picute I realized my SD card was still in the computer. Good one, Mom!) We carved Aidin's hunted pumpkin, which was already a little rotton inside, so it is in sad shape now, a week later.
Friday the kids had the day off school. We went to Topeka and had lunch with one set of grandparents, went to Toys R Us (one of my LEAST favorite stores) for a crib-sized mattress pad and found rain boots on sale. We needed new rain boots as Aidin's mysteriously walked off the porch at school and Eliot had an unfortunate accident in his that made them a bio-hazard. Ewww. And to commiserate with Lera, while we were trying on boots I turned around an Eliot had an orange M&M in his mouth that he found. Double ewww! We also went to the Girl Scout office and bought 7 sets of uniforms/badges/books/pins. Thrilling, isn't it? Are you still reading this?
Saturday it POURED all day. Which meant no trip to the pumpkin patch, AGAIN! Drat! I did take Aidin to ballet Saturday morning and then stopped in to see Jill at Farmer's Market. What a wet, dismal day. But I got lovely produce - salad turnips, radishes, kale and tomatoes. And the kids had a ball puddle-jumping in their new rain boots.
Saturday night Tim and I went to a concert of Near Eastern music by Simon Shaheen and Dr. AJ Racy. Spellbinding. The kids spent the night at Grandma's so I made another trip to Topeka to drop them off. I actually went out for a drink with my girlfriends after the concert and didn't get home until 1:00 a.m. Wow! That never happens!
Sunday Tim took off at 8:00 a.m. for the Chiefs game and I started sewing. I put together my skirt for halloween. It took forever to gather a 10 yard ruffle on the bottom of a circle skirt, but I did it and LOVE the way it turned out. I can't wait to dance in it - because you know I can't just make a costume without it having some other use (aka for bellydancing). I also got my cloak/cape with sleeves cut out, but still have yet to stitch a seam. And halloween is WHEN?
Aidin had a birthday party Sunday afternoon, so I whipped together another notebook/pencil roll/tote bag set. Okay, whipped together does not accurately describe the process. The fabric (which you may recognize from here) was a stripe that was not printed on the grain, so if I cut it on grain, the stripes looked wonky but if I cut it on the stripes, the folds were wonky. I settled for something inbetween. I hope the four year old recipient won't notice or care. Two more birthday parties on November 4th, so more of these are in my immediate future.
Back into the work/school week we have met ourselves coming and going. Dinner has been mac and cheese out of the box and leftovers. Tuesday we had our Daisy Girl Scout meeting and had a Birthday Party for Juliette "Daisy" Low. The girls all brought "presents" for the troop - scissors, glue sticks, paper, etc. We learned a little about Daisy, played pin the badge on Daisy, and topped it off with chocolate cupcakes iced with daisies on top. Yum. One little girl spent the whole meeting time asking, "when do we get the cupcakes?" I hated to admit, I agreed.
Last night we finally said "hang the pumpkin patch" and went to Hy-Vee to buy pumpkins. They were all huge!! And when can we carve them? I had to race off to belly dance at a restaurnat last night. So, because we've all seen so little of each other this week we decided to forego the two halloween parties we have been invited to on Saturday night (sorry Alicia!) and have family pumpkin carving time. On tonight's agenda is Pizza Shuttle and a classic on TV. Tomorrow pumpkin carving. Sunday, finishing up costumes and Trunk or Treat at my parents' church.
And finally, the big highlights of the week have been the goodness I've received in the mail.
My tea towel swap from Monique. Such lovely things from the Netherlands. A vintage hand-embroidered blue and white dutuch cloth, lovely new towels embelished by Monique and a dishcloth that she knitted that is so pretty I don't think I'll ever be able to get it wet. Thank you, Monique. I love it all!
Monique got her parcel from me last week, and I've just realized I never posted a picture of what I sent her, so here's a look at that. I embroidered the dancing spoons from an Aunt Martha patterm - the rest was vintage. Thanks, Jackie, for organizing!
As Tess said in her latest post, Fall in Kansas = rain and more rain. So here's this week's Fall Friday pictue. (Okay, I took it yesterday, but today looks pretty much the same.)
And now on to another week of tricks and treats and sewing and hugging and loving and drawing and dreaming and reading... Happy weekend, friends.