Halloween Preparations

Hey look! I found that picture that I couldn’t find when I was ranting about Halloween costumes before. This is exciting because I can now document the homemade raffia-and-twig broom, but it’s also a little disappointing because she’s clearly wearing the sort of cheap fabric that shows that the broom is the only homemade aspect … [Read more…]

The Sandy Update

So, how’s everyone doing? Got your groceries stocked, your flashlights located, your laundry all caught up? I feel like Sandy’s taken over my entire day. I spent some time sharing a KidsOutAndAbout article on 100 Things to Do With Kids During a Power Outage, and then I was checking in with people about possibilities for … [Read more…]

Taylor Mali

I’m super-excited because once again Taylor Mali will be appearingĀ at our church, the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady, on Thursday, November 8th at 8 pm. I’ll be reminding you about this later with the listings, but I wanted to give him an early plug, because I went when he performed here last year, and it … [Read more…]

Ghouls in Jail

Cute W and the girls carved pumpkins over the weekend (my only contribution was a couple of eyebrows and a scar on one jack-o-lantern), and the girls took inspiration from Fairy Houses. . . Unbelievable! by Barry & Tracy Kane. In the book, they’d used several pumpkins to create an entire town for (presumably pumpkin-dwelling) … [Read more…]

Halloween Costumes 1: Fake It ‘Til You Make It. Or Possibly, Just Keep Faking.

It’s costume time again, which means another opportunity for parents everywhere to question their worthiness as parents, consumers, and human beings. Or is this just me? I started out planning one costume post, and I realized that I actually have two distinct costume issues. The first is about the treasured tradition of making Halloween costumes. … [Read more…]

Halloween Books, Activities, and Fun

Halloween’s sneaking up on us. It’s spooky like that. If you’re looking for Halloween activities, KidsOutAndAbout.com has two lists of events, divided into “Fun” and “Scary.” Geek Mom had a list of fun Halloween books that I thought you might like. I was actually unfamiliar with most of these, except for The Little Old Lady … [Read more…]

Links for You and Pretty Leaves, Too

It was so beautiful out today that after taking a walk I had to bike back for my camera and take a picture. I’ve got links to share. First, the KidsOutAndAbout.com newsletter for this week is available early–yay! Did you guys know about this forum tomorrow night? Here’s a quick quotation from the Times Union … [Read more…]

Middle School (Warning: Rant)

I am currently working myself into a lather (yes, I mean it, picture a horse in a stall, rearing, mouth foaming, sweat-soaked haunches) about a meeting tonight discussing possible changes to our kids’ middle school. I do this all the time. I say, “Well, I sort of think this, but it’s not that big a … [Read more…]