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Happy Halloween!

It is a big deal at our house.
We plan all year what we are going to dress up as

as a family.
I will post those pictures tomorrow.
We had a family vote this summer and changed our minds on our as-earlier-agreed-upon costumes

while Monte was out of town.
We called him with the vote

and he was good with it.
Which worked out nicely since  he was outvoted anyway.
We carved pumpkins Tuesday night.

Something amazing happened this year,
wonder of all wonders,
Monte scooped the goop from his own pumpkin!

You see, Monte has a gag reflex that can be triggered immediately by a seemingly endless list of things ranging from

dried eggs on a plate in the sink, 
to blisters, 
to pumpkin goop.
I'm not sure he is going to be able to  read that list without gagging.
Like most things in our household,
we take carving pumpkins very seriously.
We research ideas.
We have a plan.
There is a clear winner.

Her efforts were rewarded.

I was going for a Pinteresty "banners and polka dots" th…

Browsing for Christmas Gifts

Because there are several fall birthdays in my life,

I have begun to think about Christmas gift ideas.
Just think. And put lots of stuff into online carts.
When the kids were little,

the locally owned toy store did a fabulous sidewalk sale in the summer 
and I would buy the girls their Christmas presents then.
In the summer.
Ahh, the good ol' days.
Now, the girls don't really even know what they want.

They are right now as I type, looking at the Target coupon catalog that just came in the mail.
I am mostly hearing things, like,

"No fair! The Leapsters are basically iPads now!"
"What parent is buying their kid a toy Mercedes?!"
So I am hoping they aren't adding anything to their lists from that catalog.

Especially if it is a Leapster iPad or a toy Mercedes.
While browsing around the internet I did find a few interesting things for the people in my life

and me.

This is a reusable spool of conversation starters on material that can be unravelled at the…


The girls didn't have school yesterday,

which was glorious after the intense chaotic pace of the weekend.
Except McDaniel had lifting bright and early  and then basketball in the afternoon.
But we did manage to tackle Ellie's science project in between lifting and basketball practice.
Ellie decided to do a video skit explaining the attributes of the minerals gold, diamond and corundum.
She cast us as the dramatic players,
and Corundum.

Of course, Ellie wrote herself as the star, Gold.

Me as her tiara-wearing nemesis, Diamond.

And McDaniel as the over dramatic,  slightly imbalanced,  Corundum, that has a southern accent  that comes and goes.

McDaniel went off-script with all the drama and imbalance and accents.
But Ellie allowed it.
It was quite the soap opera
with off-camera staring,
bitter rivalries

and a bit of a hissy fit.

All neatly wrapped up by the soundtrack

Basketball and Annie Over and Out

Auditions began back in August for my daughter's middle school production of Annie.

And open gyms and lifting began in June for high school basketball.
It has been a lot of It's A Hard Knock Lifeing

and weight lifting.
(no Tiger Moms allowed in the high school  workout room even if it is just to take  a few pictures). You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smiles

and sprints.
The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrows

and box jumping.
But. It. Is. Finally. Over.

Cue the applause the sign.
McDaniel made the freshman basketball team

[big happy sigh of relief]
and Ellie successfully danced with a mop/broom  for 4 different shows over the weekend.

Not counting the 2 "teaser shows"  she did at school on Friday.
[big happy sigh of relief]
It took a village.
Neighbors and carpool.
My mom made the necessary alterations to  Ellie's orphan dress.
A lifting coach never gave up on McDaniel who started   not being able to even lift the dumbbell bar to actually  adding weight to it that total…