Movie Spooktacular

Since moving from an apartment with no yard to our cottage with 16.5 acres of yard 30 miles north of the coast, we have spent a lot of time outdoors. We would like to have our family and friends over, but there’s still a lot of work to do on the cottage. We do, however, love the idea of an outdoor movie. Since south Mississippi is home to many interesting insects, rodents, and pests and summers here seem to last 14 months out of the year, it only seems logical to host an outdoor movie during the “colder autumn” months. And what better occasion than Halloween.

So the preparations have begun. The hardest part so far has been picking a movie that everyone of all ages will enjoy. I think an outdoor viewing of any of the old, black and white horror films like Frankenstein (Dir. James Whale, 1931) or Dracula (Dir. Tod Browning, 1931) would be fun, but they’re probably not quite child friendly. Then we thought about ParaNorman (Dir. Chris Butler, Sam Fell, 2012) which is a cute little ghost story but scares the bejeepers out of my nephew {the one with the peanut allergy who cannot go trick-or-treating and one of the main reasons for a Halloween party}. It seemed as though we would have to settle for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Dir. Bill Melendez, 1966).

Thankfully, while in Walmart a few weeks ago, the kiddo begged for us to get Hotel Transylvania (Dir. Genndy Tartakovsky, 2012), and since we had already thrown quite a few no’s her way about other purchase requests, we caved. So our Halloween movie feature will be Hotel Transylvania. Of course we can watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown after the feature presentation.

Now that that’s out of the way the fun part can begin. The invitations have been created and are quite spooktacular {if I do say so myself}. We will be experimenting with dying envelopes in tea soon.  We have red wax seal with a monogrammed seal and calligraphy pens to address the envelopes. {Now to figure out some spider-webbing for inside the envelope.}

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On to decorations, treats, maybe some tricks, and just exactly where will everyone sit!?! We’re thinking B.Y.O.C. Bring Your Own (lawn) Chair. Problem solved.

A Promise of Purity

Today’s the day.  Today is the day the kiddo makes her promise of purity to God.  On her own she decided that she wants to make a purity promise.  We purchased the unblossomed rose Chastity Ring for her to make her promise and couldn’t be more excited and proud that she made this decision.  Makes me feel that we are doing something right.

Purity Ring

The Chastity Ring™

This ring’s a special symbol
of the promise that I’ve made.
With your help, O Lord, I know
its glow will never fade.

With your help, Lord, I’ll stand firm
though some may criticize.
For whose opinion matters,
if I look good in Your eyes?

Who can give me anything
to take the place of You?
Who on earth can justify
a love that isn’t True?

So, I make my statement,
on my hand and in my heart.
I know, one day, I’ll hear You say
I chose the better part.

The world calls this old fashioned;
still, I’ll wait – it’s just a while.
For Honor, Truth, and Faithfulness
are never out of style.

By James Louviere
©1995 Stuller Inc.

Just a Friendly Reminder

Since our recent move to the Cleave, the kiddo has become quite forgetful.  Maybe not more than she was before.  It could be that I only noticed how forgetful since turning around to go back home and get whatever it is that she forgot isn’t an option.  “I forgot my drink.  I forgot my hoodie.  I forgot my belt!” All on the same morning.

So what does this Aw-that-stinks mama do? She created a morning checklist with everything the kiddo needs.  {Note: I’m not a make-your-bed-in-the-morning kind of mama, so you’ll notice there are no chores on this list. It’s hard enough getting her out of bed and in the car on time.  I’m happy as long as her hair looks like it’s been combed this year and she doesn’t have dragon breath.}
 
And since purchasing a laminator, I LAMINATE EVERYTHING! The kiddo uses dry erase markers to check off the items and wipes it off for the next morning.
 
Feel free to use this as some inspiration for your own.
 
Morning-Checklist
 

New Addition

We have a new addition to our family.  Meet Angel.  She is a rescued rescue dog.  You read that correctly.  This sweet little Angel was rescued by someone who didn’t treat her well.  When we heard about her situation, we had to add her to our family.  We’re not sure how old she is or even what she is yet, but we believe she’s around a year old and a Cursset (Black Mouth Cur and Basset Hound designer mix).  Angel loves to play with Ruby and harass Bella.  She fits our family well.  {She won’t sit pretty for a good picture either.}

Angel

Birthday Festivities

What better way to celebrate a TWEEN girl’s birthday than with a group of tweens at a paint party! B.Y.O. Brush was the best idea for the kiddo’s party with her friends. The girls got to keep their painting as their “goodie”. A fun time was had by all. {Including a couple of moms!}

Push Pop Cakes that match the kiddo's new room!

Push Pop Cakes that match the kiddo’s new room!

Happy Trees!

Happy Trees!

Let's get this party started!

Let’s get this party started!

BFF's and cousins

BFF’s and cousins

BFF's and cousins

BFF’s and cousins

In the zone!

In the zone!

Cake time!

Cake time!

The finishing touches

The finishing touches

And the finished product

And the finished product

Big smiles from all!

Big smiles from all!

And the best smile on the face of the birthday girl!

And the best smile on the face of the birthday girl!

New original artwork for her room.

New original artwork for her room.