Saturday, October 27, 2007

Halloween with Great Grandmother

Today, we celebrated Halloween early with my Grandmother at the nursing home. I was pleasantly surprised at how the staff worked hard to bring very young children together with their grandparents and great grandparents. Little K loved the dancing and the treats (while we weeded out the candies with peanuts!). We enjoyed a cloudless day in the mid 70s and got some warm sunshine on our faces. Ahhhh.

My Grandmother carefully watched a couple of older men chatting and standing in the middle of the party. Then Grandmother leaned over to us and said, "Looks like they're running for office the way they're standing there." Ha! At 93, she still cracks me up!

If you're looking for some Halloween fun, check out the Children's Museum of Houston.

BASK IN OUR MONSTER MASH BASH!Creepy Creatures WonderWeek and Halloween Party; Open until 8 p.m. on Oct. 31!

Discover what lurks in the dark during our Halloween Creepy Creatures Wonder Week, now through October 31. Dare to trick-or-treat through the haunting hallways of our spine-tingling Mansion each day, plus check out these thrilling activities!

Bat-Mobile: Fly this menacing creature and learn why it’s simply misunderstood!

Spider Web Head: This itsy bitsy spider won’t crawl up the water spout... but up your head to be worn as a hat!

Frankenbugs: Go mad in our Witchy Workshop building a creature whose eyes flash only when its antenna moves!

Creepy Crawly Prints: Celebrate all things creepy and crawly by creating prints of ghostly images of nocturnal creatures on Ultra Violet sensitive paper!

Slimy Grimy: Experiment with mixtures to create the grossest Slime Recipe.

Howl at the moon while you bask in our Monster Mash Bash—Houston’s ultimate Halloween party for kids, on October 31 when we’ll remain open until 8 p.m.!

Grimace and Hamburglar Special Appearances: October 27, 1 – 3 p.m.; October 28, Noon – 1 p.m.; and October 31, 3 – 5 p.m.

Singer-Guitarist Leah White: Monsters creeping on the stage will join this popular children's artist as she performs some of her popular tunes. October 27: 2 p.m.

Mad Science Lab: Chemists from the American Chemical Society will celebrate National Chemistry Week with a Halloween twist. October 27: 1 – 3 p.m.

Ronald McDonald® Magic Show: Be shocked when you get taunted as you try to decipher “just how did he do that?” in this enchanting performance.October 27, 4 p.m.; October 28, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; and October 31, 5:30 p.m.

DJ Beetlejuice: Let the ghoul times roll as you dance to the hauntingly hip tunes of DJ Beetlejuice. Be sure to come dressed in your most boo-tiful or frightfully freaky costume!October 27, noon – 2 p.m.; October 28, 1 – 3 p.m.; October 31, 3 – 8 p.m.

Halloween Costume Contest: Come show off your Halloween costume on Halloween night! Each participant will receive a certificate and a prize. Winners will receive special prizes! October 31, Registration: 5 - 6:30 p.m.; Contest: 7 p.m.

Have a great time whereever you are! Until the next nap time

Friday, October 26, 2007

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

PaPa sent this to me & I couldn't resist sharing it with all the parents out there. Happy Fall!

YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING (Written by a former child)
A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking , I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, 'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'

LITTLE EYES SEE A LOT! Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend) influence the life of a child. How will you touch the life of someone today?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pumpkin Pickin'

Today, we went to DiOrio Farm -- a fruit & vegetable market -- in Navasota, TX. to pick out our pumpkins. Cousin Brent came along to help us find just the right one. He also helped in tickling. Say "Cheese!"

Friday, October 19, 2007

Skin the Rabbit

As a kid, whenever my mom helped me take off my shirt to get re-dressed, she'd say "Skin the Rabbit" and pull off my shirt. A few months ago, my Uncle Sean asked if I do that with Little K since Uncle Sean does that with his own daughter. Then, we talked about how groce the meaning of those words are.

To make matters worse (or more comical), Little K now enjoys picking which animal will be "skinned" that day. This morning, it was indeed a rabbit. Last night, it was the monkey, Curious George. Ewwww.

What do you say to get your kids undressed?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Cookie Starts with C

Since my husband had to work most of Saturday (boo!) & then conquering chores in the backyard, Little K and I found ourselves quite busy indoors. We both donned our aprons and made chocolate chip & pecan cookies for some friends. I have quite the helper. Not only can she cook but Little K makes an excellent TASTER!

It was a fun mommy & child activity. If only we had not shipped all those cookies off to our friends!

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Trials of the Pacifier Princess

So yesterday, I was trying to get Little K dressed for nursery school. With her wet diaper off, she pranced around on her bed while I tried to find the leg holes in her clean Princess Pull-up.

Suddenly, Little K announces, "Uh, oh. I dropped my paci." My 2.5 year old's pacifier had fallen between the wall & her bed, promptly to the floor under the bed. (Yes, I realize that a 2.5 year old shouldn't have a pacifier any more but I'm choosing my battles these days. I promise she won't go to college with a pacifier.)

The next thing I know Little K has jumped off her bed & crawled under the bed to reach for the missing paci. When I looked down to see her, all I could find was a bare bottom! I laughed so hard & then she laughed too. I sprinted for my camera but upon my return to her room, the rump was gone -- replaced by a smiling girl with her pacifiers. Lucily for you, you're not being mooned by Little K right now.

Until the next nap time...

Fun Links for Moms

Here's a link to a hillarious performance by a mom singing her own rendition of the William Tell Overture, including the numerous expressions of moms in a day. It cracks me up.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to share a clever site to help remind you of self examines. The site borrows credible information from the Susan G. Komen Foundation & delivers the info in a fun way.

Until the next nap time...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Technological Advancements Surprise Me -- & Ramona Quimby Returns

Last night, I was fixing dinner while my daughter watched a "Dora the Explorer" video. Since my husband called me to say he'd be home late from work, I had to cancel my plans for the neighborhood Moms' Night Out. Boo! Any how, I'm baking the turkey breast & fixing the vegetables when I glance to the TV. I've heard this video numerous times as it played in our car's DVD player on road trips to the ranch or beach. Amazingly, I'd never SEEN the video but could recite parts of it by heart.

Oh. That's what Dora & Boots are doing. I had it pictured entirely different.

How funny our worlds are with technological advancements!

Here's a great activity for families with children 5 years & older. Hope you all can check it out. We're still a bit young. However, I remember in first grade loving Ramona Quimby books.

"Ramona Quimby" is now playing at the Main Street Theater.
Overview: When her father loses her job, Ramona Quimby learns that being grown up is hard work. But, as her sister Beezus says, “being a kid and trying to become a grown up is even harder.” For more then 30 years, kids of all ages have delighted in the hilarious antics of Ramona and the Klickitat street gang in Beverly Cleary's beloved Newbery Honor book series.

Location: Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market 4617 Montrose Blvd.
Dates: Public Performances Friday, October 12 at 7 pm
Saturdays at 1 pm and 4 pm October 13, 20, 27 and November 3 and 10, 2007

School Groups
Monday - Friday October 2 – November 9, 2007 9:30 am, 11 am and 12:30 pm

Recommended for Kindergarten (5 years) and up
Children under the age of 3 not allowed in the theater
Visit for more info or to purchase tickets.

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Venting About Family

Loads of people vent about their families but not quite in this way.

Last Friday night, we ate dinner at a neighbor's house and a third family joined us. We began chatting about the growth & revitalization of our neighborhood as well as the new homes going up. Then, one girlfriend said that another neighborhood (I'll call him Ron because that's his name!) said this lot down the street from me was going up for sale soon.

"Which one," I asked.

"Oh, it's your Grandmother's lot," the gal said.

"Uh, no. It's not going up for sale," I said.

The conversation quickly moved on to other people's lots.

My Grandmother's lot isn't going up for sale because she's still alive! It seems that some people are watching time pass by in hopes of getting their hands on her property. Hey, Ron. Bug off! Where the heck is your grandmother living these days? Sorry. That was ugly. But this is not the first time he's asked when she's "moving on" or "how's her health?"

I'm appalled by the lack of respect for the elderly & the inconsiderate nature of strangers. I doubt our dining friend even realized she had hurt my feelings but this is my family you're talking about. I relish the fact that I am surrounded literally by family members in Houston. Family means so much to me. And the woman who held me in some of the most troubling times deserves more respect than that. Puts a new spin on "venting about your family," huh?

Until the next nap time...

Fall Fun in Houston's October

Fall is coming. I'm reminded every time I look at all the leaves in my pool. If you'd rather have fun than help clean out my pool, there are loads of fun things happening in Houston this October.
Cornelius Nurseries Fall Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 6 and is an enjoyable way to pick up some fall d├ęcor for your house and yard, while your youngsters decorate their very own pumpkins. This low-stress activity is perfect as a come and go event, encouraging people to get in the mood for fall. Bring your camera for plenty of photo opportunities with scarecrows, pumpkins and haystacks. Little K loved it last year & so did her parents.

If you like speed and strength, get ready for the Wings Over Houston Airshow, October 6-7 at Ellington Field. Flight enthusiasts revel in the daredevil acts and military prowess on display here. Welcome the Canadian Forces Snowbirds as they delight audiences with their seven- and nine-plane close formations, tight turns and head-on passes. Hold your breath as the Air National Guard F-16s haul it above your head with extreme force. From skydivers to World War II fighting planes, this show provides an amazing history lesson in a thrilling environment.

Dewberry Farm in Brookshire has an amazing 12-acre pumpkin patch so your little helpers can pick out their own pumpkins. Then tackle the huge slides, hay stacks and more. A new feature this year is the Pumpkin Light Parade. This nighttime hayride through Halloween Hollow will thrill both kids and adults as popular cartoon characters, movie stars and other critters come to life in a spectacular display of more than 300 carved pumpkins. Mark your calendar for a Saturday night at Dewberry Farm.

If it's still too hot for you outside, here's another option. Starting in October, the Health Museum welcomes Sesame Street Presents: The Body, a kid-friendly way to explore how the body works. Tackle fitness with Grover’s obstacle course or irritate a giant nose to see how a sneeze occurs. This traveling exhibit combines music, dance, physical adventures and more to teach how people’s (and lovable Sesame Street characters’) bodies work. Before the holidays are upon us, learn how to keep your body healthy at this hands-on exhibition. Check out the traveling exhibitions section of the Web site at

Until the next nap time...

Monday, October 01, 2007

What's in a Name?

First, congratulations to Shannon W on the birth of her second child - a girl. Yeah! Also, thanks for the prompting to blog away.

I laughed several years ago when a friend of my mom's proudly announced that he had purchased the URLs of his kids' first names. (Think or This very proud father of two adult children was paying annual fees to reserve the rights to those URLs just in case his kids ever wanted to use them. It seemed like a waste of money to me.

Flash forward to last week when I'm curious about the URL for my own daughter. Have you ever searched for the Web site of your child's first name? Little K has a somewhat unique name. It's not popular like Jennifer or Amy. Maybe I could reserve the URL for her. After I carefully type the URL into the browser, I hold my breath as a lot of Flash animation appears. It's an online portfolio for a former pop singer who also apparently did/does some acting and modeling. Okay, you're thinking, it seems pretty harmless.

(If you know my daughter's name, you really should check out the URL.) The photos are a little more revealing than I'd like associated with my daughter. Maybe I should try to buy the URL from the current owner. Ugh. I felt disappointed... until I realized how crazy I was being. I actually was falling for that trap.

What's in a name? For me, when I hear Little K's name, it brings a proud smile to my face because her name translates to an amazing young girl with an independent spirit. In the end, I don't really care what the URL says. I know my girl. But I had to laugh at my reaction as a mother. Who'd have thought 10 years ago when I was first conquering email that I'd be doing this stuff? What funny creatures we are!

Until the next nap time...