Tuesday, November 2, 2010

1st Halloween as a "Mom".

I have heard for years that having children makes you feel like a kid again.  I have to say I had a very happy childhood, My mom always decorated for every holiday...EVERY holiday!  Grandma too, even if it were just paper cut-outs for the window.  I have always loved them too, counting the days to the next celebration, sending cards adorned with stickers and love. 

But, as the years have gone by I must admit that I have been decorating less, watching the calender less and stopping to see all the window displays and festive homes around town less.  I got caught up in schedules, rushing, shopping at Costco (where there are no windows, much less window displays), living in a hurry. 

On top of that, last year our storage unit was broken into and of all things they stole all my grandmothers decorations and my Christmas box, so I was not too thrilled to "get into" the seasons and Holidays this year.

Then it hit me, I am a mom now, it is up to me to make things fun, to bring festivities to my home.  I have an obligation to Mr. Glenn Kelly and even if he IS only a 5 month old he deserves a Halloween as much as the rest of the kids!  So, I got proactive!
I took him to a pumpkin carving party and stuck him in a pumpkin.
I dressed him in Halloween pj's all October.
I put him in a duck costume and paraded him around town. (and dressed up too, along with Nathan!)
And I Finally found a good use for that old pedal car!
3rd Generation in the old pedal car!

mmmmm pumpkin guts!

Glenns treasure.

Daddy is Juan Valdez, Mommy is Prof. Trelawney

Silly Duck!

7 year old me, won the cake decorating contest at Oden Hall!

Thank you Glenn for bringing me back the magic.
And do you know what happened?  I found her...I found little Jennifer.  You see, as we carved pumpkins I remembered how much I LOVE the smell of pumpkin guts!  As we walked around town I heard the leaves crunch under my feet flashing back when I was trick or treating at 7 in a bride costume and moon boots (in case of snow).  I took a minute to breath in October, and really LOOK at the yellow vibrant trees the way Glenn was seeing them for the first time.  I remembered that old pedal car under the cedar tree and how I believed with all my heart that it took me to enchanted places, and hope someday my son will feel the same way.  I felt...like a kid again, who knew parenthood would make you younger?!  So, now I am packing up Halloween decoration and pulling out a few paper turkeys.  planning a trip to Goodwill today to look for a cornucopia, and booked "Mouse on the Mayflower" on Netflix.  And don't even get me started on Christmas!  The calender is getting filled quick!!  I even have Glenns' Stocking already!  Happy Holidays, from a Mom!  Love, Jennifer


The Curious Brow said... Best Blogger Tips

Isn't it magical?! Parenthood brought back all those tiny little fairytale details. Enjoy the season!

the magic shrinking granny said... Best Blogger Tips

The Magic is what you make it. It can be seen a felt by the child within.

Tim Boy said... Best Blogger Tips

What an incredibly lucky and beautiful child. And that little boy of hers is even luckier!! Thanks for the smiles today!

Hollie Joy In The Morning said... Best Blogger Tips

so fun=)...and those memories carry us far, don't they! Thanks for sharing and Glenn is very blessed=)..Happy November!

Kristin said... Best Blogger Tips

I think that is one of the best parts about being parents is re-living our childhoods and getting to experience the magic all over again through our children. As a mom of four...I can tell you...it just gets BETTER!!

Junebug Furniture and Design said... Best Blogger Tips

Without children the holidays wouldn't seem that important. But,to watch the wonder and excitement through the little ones....it's such a blessing. So happy you were blessed. Hugs and Kisses to baby Glenn.

Toni @ Four Seasons Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

We thought this would be our last year of trick or treating, but my sister is having a new baby so we must continue on! I also decorate for every holiday, if only the clean up was just as fun, lol. Enjoy your holidays!

Funky Junk Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks everyone, It is absolute happiness!
Love, Jennifer