“Full Darwin” in the laundry.

laundry pile, primus. Gotta love the mops, too.

laundry pile, secundus. This is clean.

So, for those who don’t know, the term “Full Darwin,” as applied to laundry, means the stage where everyone just does a couple of items that are their own personal emergency without supervising a load for the collective good. In a large family, like this one, we “must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately,” particularly when it comes to housekeeping, so the “Full Darwin” approach just totally doesn’t work. As you see, here.

Nota Bene: I took pictures of other messes, and unmade beds, etc., but that was mostly for my own amusement, because, really, the mess around here is mostly of my making, any given day, and for some reason the children believe enough people read this blog that they’d be “famous” as untidy children. lol.

Homeschooling

Like most aspects of parenting, homeschooling has had almost nothing in common with my expectations of it, and intermittently drives me crazy.

And then there are times like this.

My 8 year old daughter, finishing re-reading “The Hobbit”, preparatory to reading “Lord Of The Rings.”

Concern
sadness
grief

I’ve always loved sharing books and ideas with people. I feel so blessed to be part of this.

Halloween Costumes

The kids were ridiculously inspired this year for Halloween. They all had specific ideas, we went to the Goodwill for some basic items, and to JoAnn fabrics for what I needed to sew. There are no pictures of this project, mostly, because I EITHER have time to do sewing or time to take pictures of it, but I thought you might like the results, with a few short descriptions of the content.

Rapunzel, from Tangled Youngest one wanted a Rapunzel dress. I took an adult purple dress from Goodwill (still with tags on) folded the top down inside. Put a panel of brocade up the front, ran elastic around the waist, Bingo, Finished skirt.The top is a little more complicated, because I make bodices for Ren Faires and ballet tutus. I made a large brocade vest, attached ribbon loops to midpoint up the front to create the crossed ties, but they work. Puffed sleeves at the top, with purple ribbon for the stripes. Found JUST the matching embroidered ribbon for where the sleeves meet the undersleeve, which is just a tube of gauze.

Her finishing items are a beanbag lizard sewed onto a ribbon to represent Pascal (worn as a bracelet) and a styrofoam and duct-tape frying pan, with some little silk flowers in her braid.

Since this isn’t at ALL suitable for the weather we’ve got, she also has a velvet cape. Yes, we have spare velvet capes in the attic. Yes, I’ll blame that on being a costumer. :p

A Sith Lord... he has his own story God bless those Star Wars designers. 30 years of Halloween costumes based on robes, and counting. This one is wearing warm turtleneck and pants, covered by a robe made of black fleece, with a hood that turns into a cape. Without Force Push, hard to fight in a hood. It's held closed by a belt. When fancy belts are in, I wait for season change and pick them up on clearance, for just such occasions.He elected to wear his fingerless gloves, but might consider fingers, for Trick or Treating tonight

A Yeti. I said, creative.This costume is suitable for the weather. He's wearing long white underwear as a first layer, and this costume made of fake fur. The costume was a piece of fabric folded double at the top, with a hole cut in the middle. seamed up the sides to slightly over waist high. He goes in through that side gap. The sleeves are just tubes of fur attached to gloves from the dollar store. The head was built over a bucket from the dollar store, padded on top with a towel, for height. Inside it has a band of elastic for the top of his head, and a chin strap. The face screen is the gauze of his sister's sleeves, dyed pink.It's not attached at the bottom, so he can eat in it. The teeth are cardboard.

A Russian Spy

This all started with the boots, which we bought on mad sale and she had nowhere to wear. Turtleneck and leggings, from stock, coat, purse and belt from Goodwill, hat from the attic. Ridiculous eyelashes, bought after LAST Halloween.

She was like 11 feet tall, but warm. James Bond, watch out.

Harry Potter, of course.

Never be afraid to exploit a resemblance. Glasses, scar, wand, check. 😀

The Weasley parents

Of course, movie stars need no costume. 😉

Happy Halloween.