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My drunk hobo costume nonwithstanding

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The latest for Momversation at the bottom; it's all about slutty and gory kids' costumes. I wrote about this last year and still proclaim that the teen wolf costume is the best. It's taken a year, but Ewan is finally over his Grim Reaper phase. I am finally over my drunk clown hobo mail worker phase.

I blamed my parents. All their idea. 

My mother did it

I am wearing a Schlitz beer t-shirt, yes. Here's another shot. Parties offended: six - actual hobos, Schlitz employees, AB employees (did I mention that I dragged around a string of empty Budweiser cans?), clowns, postal workers, and the homeless. 

OH, and then there was THIS GEM:

Zombie in fashionable 80s tunic-dress

I'm not crafty like Giyen is; I could knit a costume I suppose but it would take several years and the finished product would look like a giant body sock with the arms all out of sorts, I'm positive. as you can see from the photo above, I always made my own costumes, which I still think is cool to do, it's just a bit easier when your kids are older, perhaps. My mother likes to get the kids their costumes and I'm sure would never dream of dressing them us as drunk hobos. 

The boys are going as Jango and Boba Fett, though Liam is careful to make the distinction: "He's my clone son, but only when the costumes are on."

This installment of Momversation is all about how the majority of Halloween costumes - kids' costumes - have lost all imagination. Seriously, put "dead" or "slutty" in front of something and voila! COSTUME. 

Why even Dracula will be there

It's not Halloween until we hear this song. The Shaggs "It's Halloween":

I put decorations up early.


Dried flowers from my cutting garden


I haven't broken out the fog machine, or the spiderwebs, yet. Those are Chris and Liam's departments, respectively. 

Homework shomework

My latest for Momversation wherein we discuss homework and how it's loaded onto kids these days. As I said in the video, it's actually an issue which pushed us to home-educate: I think that each child has a distinct way of learning and the way in which our educational system is structured doesn't accommodate this, thus, some students suffer. Learning should be fun, NOT a chore and I don't ever want my kids curiosity to end with the bell. 

Liam has homework, but as he suffers with repetition on things which he's mastered, his "homework" is more independent study and projects which require him to apply and showcase his skills. For instance: when we go to the store, his job is to find every product on my list and determine the product with the lowest price per ounce. When that is identified, if it's a food product, we study the ingredients and figure out which is the healthiest as the cheapest isn't always the best bet and neither is the most expensive. It forces him to apply a number of skills: math, reading, and science because he has to remember how things such as sugar and starch affect the body and to what food group they belong. Watching the grocery list and the budget is something that has helped his math skills more than any worksheet ever has. I wish schools could do more of this, daily. 

The full step-by-step regimen I undertake to fix my naturally curly hair is below. When I was younger I would blow-dry my hair every morning and try to straighten it with a big, round brush. The effect was not unlike having my own, organic Darth Vader helmet attached to my head. Kids made fun of me and my hair was totally immobile. The upside was during the mid 90s when I was in junior high, the sunset of the Big Hair era? My bangs were the BIGGEST, LOUDEST bangs ever beheld. They were so big that the school photographer had to actually crop them out of the frame in my pictures. I may not have had any boobs or a figure whatsoever when I was in junior high but I made up for it with huge hair. 

That's why we're announcing the Momversation Style Me Makeover. Just tell us below why you deserve a makeover and attach a "before" picture of yourself. The ladies of Momversation will review all the entries and pick the best one. The winner will receive a $1500 Target Gift Card to buy fall fashions and make-up. Enter by October 16.

The winner will be announced on October 28th, which also happens to be my 9th wedding anniversary. FTW!

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