We have had a lot of days like this recently. Not that I minded this rare moment of quiet, sleepy, togetherness (and it is very rare; the last time I tried to lie down with London she pushed me off the bed with both of her feet exclaiming "Get off mama, I sleep by myself", how do you respond to that?) but I feel like we are all running on empty lately (and the Holidays are approaching, much too quickly I might add). As I type this I'm thinking, "shouldn't I be napping right now?", but then the guilt of the unfolded laundry and the empty suitcases starts looming over me. Maybe just a little nap....
Wow, it feels like it has been forever since I posted; I don't know where the time goes (not to our laundry basket, sorry James), and I don't even have the holidays to blame yet. Speaking of the holidays, we went against our (well, James really) hard fast rule of no Christmas until after Thanksgiving. James didn't have class last Thursday, their teacher gave them a 'work day', and so he came home, and we all know how much James gets done when he's home with London and me. Since I am boycotting housework until my nesting hormones kick in, I had the great idea of getting a jump start on our Christmas decorating. I LOVE Christmas, and anything that has to do with decorating for Christmas, so James conceded, being the sweet, caring husband he is. If I had really planned it out, I would have made apple cider, cookies, and played Christmas music in the background (and of course, the camcorder charged and ready to capture the moment). But I am not a planner and so we just hit the boxes. But I do wish I had captured some of it on film, London was soooo excited. She thought the idea of a Christmas tree was just amazing, and those things we hang on the tree, sooo cool. My favorite moment was when, upon opening a box full of decorations, she yelled, "Oh Daddy, I found Christmas!" I apologize for the lack of clothing, this is London's new look. "No, I don't want pants mama" is part of our morning routine. Maybe that's why I haven't been taking as many pictures:). My happy girl, and another advocate on my side for early Christmas decorating!
Halloween was a lot of fun this year. London really got into dressing up in her fairy costume, and she quickly picked up the 'candy' part of the holiday. That actually became her mantra as we walked down our block Friday night, "Candy, candy, candy!"
We started out the week by 'exploring' a pumpkin. It lasted all about five minutes, surprisingly London isn't a slimy texture kind of girl.
Visiting friends at the Fountains. London did a good job going up to people and saying 'Hi'. Although, she did visit the ones with candy several times.
Posing for a group pic at the Fountains.
If you asked London what she was for Halloween you could get any of the following as her answer a)fairy b)ballerina c)purple butterfly As of Halloween evening she was a purple butterfly ballerina; she just doesn't want to limit herself.
We have 'Trunk or Treat' at our church, and to go along with London's 'fairy' theme, I decided to make a 'forest' reminiscent of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" in the trunk of our van (think way back to high school lit., I know you theatrical people get it, thanks Stephanie!) James is always such a good sport and participates in all of my fun. But he did draw the line this time, he was not about to be Oberon (king of the fairies), he preferred t be Nick Bottom (who if you remember, was turned into an....donkey (Hey, I have some young readers) But me, being so not on top of things, only had time to construct 'donkey' ears for his costume; you look great honey! I love Halloween!
I just wanted to share what London looks like after a party. I unfortunately don't have a before picture, but take my word for it, she was 'together', hair pulled back in big (coordinating) bow, cute matching polka dot shoes, clean clothes; you get the picture. Well, several hours, cupcakes, cookies, sprites, and popcorn balls later, ta-da! Why can't I ever remember to take pics at the beginning (which in London's case, would be the first thirty seconds after she's dressed, if I'm lucky). At least she enjoyed herself!