Monday, October 30, 2017

The Donut Challenge

It is the Donut Challenge, my friends.

It's a challenge. It's Donuts. It's on.

The chitlins, appropriately pumped up, gathered . . .

. . . but wait!

Hold on, kids! We're not ready. You may be ready, but the Donuts are not. The Donuts are NOT ready.

But hey, it's Halloween! Show us what you got . . .

Cheer up, Mills . . .

Ah, the Joy . . .

In the meantime, Owen, Bruce, Lila and I were hard at work at the world's most difficult Donuts . . .

. . .  or maybe it was the world's most difficult yarn . . .

. . . or maybe it was the world's most obtuse Donut crew.

"Raise your hand ff you have a PhD in Engineering!"

 Okay, then!

. . . Ready . . .

. . . Set . . .

. . . Donuts!

Hey! No hands!

I think we have a clear winner . . .

. . .  no, wait . . .

. . . they're all winners.

Trick or Treat, peeps.

Friday, October 27, 2017

guess i really *was* over it

I love looking back at old photo-heavy posts. I knew there was a fair amount of Halloween action out there already, but I cracked up when I read the last line of this post from 2014 because I was unable to find any evidence of Halloween in 2015 or 2016 here on the blog. I know there was an awesome Rosie the Riveter, I'm going to keep looking....


Almost o v e r i t

I'm so lucky! I am the Queen of Halloween. At least as far as this blog is concerned. I just realized that I got to post costume pics in 2012, 2013, and now again in 2014! Holy shit, did I have 2011 too? Please hold... 

No. Okay, but 3 years in a row! That's impressive.

I do not particularly enjoy Halloween, but I will begrudgingly give it the respect that it is due, and acknowledge that it is fun to dress up my kids. My girl tried really hard to go store bought this year. Silly girl. We compromised. 

Without further ado, though. Enough with the ado. Come on. Here is what I posted last year, which will take you right back to what I posted in 2012, then cleverly circle back to the past present when I ended with "check back in 2014." I think I Just fell into a wormhole.


costume parade

Happy Halloweenie! This is only a partially recycled post, one that I believe is obligatory. Last year I organized a fairly awesome chronology of  the Halloween costumes my  kids have sported over the years, but I left you hanging by asking "what will tonight bring?" Today we solve the mystery of 2012, sort of. And even offer a bonus glimpse of what's cooking for tonight!


Ghosts of (some) Halloweens Past

It's times like this when I wish I was more like Ellie, with her neatly categorized photo albums available within arm's reach. My electronic photos are pretty well organized, at least since 2005 or so. But this morning's search for a legacy of Halloween fodder produced just one random early photo in an old flickr (formerly kodak gallery, formerly ofoto) album.

Look at my baby boy dressed up as enthusiastic elephant.

Awwwww! Efalant.

Now imagine the next few years as a blur of cuteness in the form of Simba, a cougar, and various unfortunate disney characterizations... oh wait... Buzz and Woody:

2002? I'm pretty sure it wasn't even Halloween, but AWWWWWWW.

and then
2003 or 2004. The belly. the mugs. I die.
probably 2005 - Mimi made these costumes for them!

2006 - my girl had to decide between a white or a black unitard for this outfit. Once she chose, she announced to anyone who asked that she was dressed as "a black rock star."

2007. Inexplicable green hair.

2008 - commence dark years. Note the recycled cheerleader costume from last year!

2009. Awww? He won a trophy for that shit.

2010: fave.

2011- really pretty awesome. I spent an inordinate amount of time on her shoes, which you can't even see.
What will tonight bring????


Here is what that night brought:
2012. Now all your questions are answered?

Bonus... a preview of half the gang's getups for tonight's adventures:

rocking 2013, superhero style!
I've got to leave you with another cliffhanger...what will the boy be? Will he be anything at all? Check back in 2014

Hi! It's 2014! Want to see what the boy was last year?

yeeeeeaaaaah, booooooy
Want to see what they are wearing in 2014, when it's finally on a Friday night and we're all *almost* o-v-e-r i-t?!

Check back in 2015 :)

Monday, October 23, 2017


Mistah and I found ourselves in the unique position of celebrating our -- wait for it -- Silver Wedding Anniversary last week. That's 25 years of Bliss, baby.

So we did what any law-abiding, Silver-celebrating, life-lovin' peeps would do . . .

. . . we rented a house on The Cape.

I know, right??

And to celebrate this momentous occasion, we're doing something a little different today. We're going with photos not from the glorious camera, but from the lowly phone.

As my dentist Dr. Bourbon would say, bear with me.

We got to the house . . .

. . . and oh what a gorgeous house . . .

. . . okay fine . . . here's a Mistah photo from the camera. Sent from the camera to the phone. This is getting complicated . . . 

. . . we checked out the view . . .

. . . and we set up the bar . . .

. . . both bars.

(another Mistah photo)
. . . and on Tuesday we woke up to possibly the most beautiful day in the history of the planet . . .

. . . except maybe for the selfsame day 25 years earlier . . .

. . . aw . . .

Mistah surprised me with flowers and champagne and earrings . . . and took my photo with the camera . . . oh, just disregard what I said earlier . . .

. . . and then out we went into the world.

. . . and oh, what a world it is.


Every day.

Chowder on a trip to Provincetown?

Of course.

Beach excursions?


And the best and most fabulous part of all?

. . . were those afternoons on the deck . . .

. . . just me and my Schleck.