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Magic Hour

I have been busy working on Christmas projects but I'll save details on that for later, so as not to miss out on the fun of Halloween.  (Matt and Jen, tune in next week!) 

Today was the first day in a long time for which we had no plans of any sort, and last night BFJ and I stayed up late and watched State of Play.  That was a much better movie than we were expecting.  At one point, we paused for a bathroom / snack break, and both commented on the constant tension.  So Mom, not one for you!  

This morning, we slept in.  Or tried to.  I do not understand how my kids can get up at 6:30 on Saturdays only.  BFJ spent the day doing yard work, including cleaning up all the leaves.  As soon as he was done and coming in for dinner, we had a huge gust that swept through the neighborhood, scattering leaves all over our yard!  What I "accomplished" today was minimal, but I did get some laundry done, and nothing was rushed. 

This evening, we enjoyed watching HGTV's Halloween Block Party.  What I like about Halloween is how (most) people are willing to suspend their low expectations for a day.  Suddenly I can be anything I want, and when I tell people at the office, at the store, what I am, they nod because of course I am.  They admire(?) me because I'm not too grown up to have some childish fun.  And just maybe, there is a little bit of something magical in the air.  Friday night, we'll be watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!  Now, it is at long last pumpkin carving time.  We told our children we would get that done today, and Speed has been asking, "How many hours are left in the day?" lest we forget.  I helped cut the top off of his pumpkin tonight and was smacked up side the face with the nostalgia of all my childhood years, that distinct smell of pumpkins which means one thing: jack-o-lanterns.  We are not all carving pumpkins now, though; one of us is blogging, and our little one conked right out on the couch before the magic hour arrived.  I was informed by Zoom this evening that he is old enough to do his by himself. 

In the coming week, we are planning to squeeze in some family time to make a haunted castle, a la Ann Wood.  If it turns out well, we'll post a picture! 


  1. It's just not right to mention the C-word before Halloween, so thank you for waiting a week to show us LOL. I haven't even thought about homemade gifts this year -- sadly, that's probably a good sign that there won't be many. Have fun making your haunted castle!

  2. Hope you get to work on the haunted castle--sounds like fun!

  3. I loved that HGTV special - gave me lots of ideas:) Halloween is a great holiday, so much fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. I jumped right over to my Netflix Queue and added the movie, Karen! Can't wait to see what you do with an Ann Wood project - how fun!


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