If I Only Had A Brain


I love holidays.

All of them. Every single one. From Valentines to Christmas, I am a holiday junkie.

But I especially love Halloween.

I think it has to do with the candy. And the fall colors and the glorious anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching. I adore pumpkins and rich deep fall colors. I embrace jack-o-lanterns and kids dressed up and neighbors who build ginormous haunted houses in their garage (I puffy heart you guys!)

I cherish matching jammies, apple cider, cool nights and football.

And I get crazy holiday ideas.

Like ‘Hey Kids, let’s make a scarecrow for the front yard!’

‘OH! And how about a ghost?’

And I dreamily planned out a perfect night where they would all wear their matching Halloween pajamas and we would sip apple cider and play Halloween music (Like, what? Monster Mash over and over?) and craft together.

I do the same thing when it comes to my grand plan of baking and icing cutout cookies at Christmastime and so you think I would know better.

We gathered our supplies, and YES that is the hat from the now famous Burt Reynolds post.

Then we had to try on all the scarecrow/ghost accessories.

More than once.

Carly never stops moving. She is a constant blur.

See that big trash bag near Max? Guess what it is full of?

Shredded paper from my office recycling.

I was trying to be authentic, and shredded paper is very hay-like.

It started out nicely enough.

And then came Max.

After Max came the wine. I had forgotten my whole apple cider laced with brandy plan and just grabbed whatever was closest.

I started to lose control of the situation.

Take note that we are only about one leg into the scarecrow at this point.

It just got crazy. Out of control. Sheer madness.

I tried to capture it for you.

But you really had to be there.

I just gave up, sank into my wine glass and took pictures.

Of course they all abandoned me and I had to make the scarecrow myself.

The ghost too. Isn’t he super scary?

But there is nothing quite so scary as these three and a garbage bag of shredded paper.



About Janice

I am 40 years old. Loving life and (finally) being a grown up. I have 3 great kids that sometimes make me want to drink copious amounts of wine. I have been married to my amazing husband since 2001. I have more great girlfriends than you can shake the proverbial stick at. Join me in this adventure that is my life.
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7 Responses to If I Only Had A Brain

  1. Clare says:

    Great post!!! I made a scarecrow last year, I keep meaning to dig out his remains and assemble him again. Your post has inspired me to do just that! I loooove this time of year too! Just bought a pumpkin candle yesterday and it has just made my week:) Every few days I think, “What is the next fall thing to do?”

  2. Missy says:

    Love your sweet kiddos so much!

  3. sue says:

    looks like a snowstorm in your living room. Just remember, this will be a wonderful memory for them and you. I wish I had remembered that the mess can be cleaned up, but the memories last forever…maybe I should have been drinking some wine at the time since the grape does help with having a more laid back viewpoint.
    How did you attach the seasonally scary ghost?

    • Janice says:

      I found some kind of tool thing I found in the garage (looked like a beer opener) and poked it through the sheet and then taped it to the ball to give it form. Cut up an old t-shirt for the eyes and nose and hot glued them on.

  4. Taun says:

    Really I dont know where this craft streak came into play!!!!!

    Love u babe!!

  5. Grandma Kelly says:

    Janice, you are the mom of all mom’s…. Your kid’s will remember times like this forever. Holiday’s are meant to be fun and look at how much fun there having. They look so cute in their Halloween PJ’s…..You truly are an awesome mom. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! XOXO

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