Happy 1st of November

Happy first of November to you and yours.  There’s nothing very clever or insightful I have to write about today.  I’m still trying to wake up and clear my head from the wine and candy from the night before.  Our Halloween festivities kept us out until about 1am.  It’s noon and we just ate breakfast.  Now, what on Earth are we going to do with two grocery bags full of candy?  Luckily, I found a willing 20 year old to pon off one of the bags to.  I’m sure he and his room mates will enjoy it.  I’ve hidden the other bag so that we aren’t tempted to sneak anymore.  Those will be saved to be used as bribery treats.  I see no shame in bribing my kids.

Here we were about to get in line to enter a awesome neighborhood haunted house.  By then Marley and Jackson had ditched their fairy wings and firefighter helmet, and I'd lost the tooth off of the top of my cane.

Here we were about to get in line to enter a awesome neighborhood haunted house. By then Marley and Jackson had ditched their fairy wings and firefighter helmet, and I’d lost the tooth off of the top of my cane.

Goals for this Saturday… after a cup of hot chai tea, I will…

1.  Put Halloween decor away.

2.  Daily house chores in keeping the house tidy; laundry, clean the kitchen, clean the bathrooms, and pick up the kids rooms.

3.  Get some Braille fun worked into the day with Marley.  I’m designing a tactile board game for Marley to practice her Braille and learn how to read simple words.  I’m also going to order more Braille tape, and clear adhesive paper for putting Braille into books.  You know that contact paper you use for lining drawers and cabinets?  I’ve discovered that that is the most cost effective way to go to turn a regular print book into a book with Braille.

4.  Pull out the slow cooker.  The cool weather has finally arrived in Las Vegas.  The temperatures dropped about 30 degrees overnight.  I woke up the the sound of the wind gusting outside, wind chimes going crazy, and the delicious smell of rain.  It’s going to be a soup kind of night.

And 5.  Get in some sort of physical family fun.  It’s a little too windy for a hike.  Perhaps a family yoga session, or a family dance party with a game of twister?

What does your first of November look like for you?

Until tomorrow, make it a great day!




Happy Halloween


I am such a kid when it comes to Halloween.  The decorations of slightly spooky touches are here and there and everywhere in our house.  If my husband let me have my way, there would be cobwebs hung from every doorway, and orange and black everything.  We’ve managed to keep a happy medium with bewitching classy  yet sophisticated spookers.


The other night, I single handly carved both pumpkins.  Hubby had homework to finish, so we all set up shop together in the backyard to enjoy one another’s company while he edited and I carved.


The kids were all about helping, until it was time to stick their hands in the pumpkin and pull out the guts.


Not a bad job for my first solo pumpkin carving, especially since part of the first pumpkin was already rotting away.  We’ll just call this one our aperra singing jack-o-lantern.


And this one?  He’s our Jack-o-lantern with the lazy eye.


What I’m most excited about his Halloween are our costumes.  Last year we dressed up as the Super Rupps, with Supermom wearing a wine bottle opener on her sparkly purple utility belt that matched her sparkly purple cape.  I’m bummed we don’t have a decent family photo of the Super Rupps.

This year,…

Marley is a, “Fairy Princess Pirate from the Pumpkin Patch Neverland Hunting Forest.”


Jackson is a, “Firefighterman.”


Hubby is Hazmat Control from the CDC.


And I’m the Tooth Fairy.


This is my first year EVER incorporating my cane as part of my costume.  I miraculously fit into my high school senior prom dress, had the hubby cut out paper teeth for my toothy tiarra, and topped it all off with a giant construction paper tooth on my cane.

After pressing publish on this blog, we’re rushing out to a park play date this afternoon with a little 2.5 year old boy who just received his first cane.  Both his parents are also blind, and great role models for all kids both blind and sighted.  I’m excited for Marley and Jackson to meet them.  I’m positive this will just be our first play date of many.

And lastly, we will be ending our day with chile, trick-or-treating in a neighborhood where the community actually still celebrates with hundreds of kids running around, and roasting marshmallows around the fire pit.

Here’s to a safe and Happy Halloween to you and your little ghosts, goblins, and gools.