Art in nature

Over the weekend we went to see the amazing "stickworks" at my school, created by Patrick Dougherty. I have been looking forward to this for months. The community got together to help assist in building this beautiful creation that is right on campus and just minutes up the road. There are such perfect little details within the structure––it's really something to see. To top it off, the grounds are in full autumn bloom, welcoming so many colors and including a constant crunch under your feet.

I want to camp out for the evening in this beauty. The kids adored running through it and peeking at each other through the windows. It was something special for them––larger than life artwork.

I can't wait to see it covered in snow. In the meantime, I am soaking up this beautiful, chilly weather and trying hard not to start the Christmas carols too early.

Happy, Happy Halloween

This year was as sweet as can be. We had a Professor Remus Lupin and the moon! We're still plugging away at the series for the second time around and Elspeth is a real moon lover. If you've ever happened upon the infamous little "da moon" girl, you can imagine what we have on our hands. Sean created a full and crescent moon hanging with cardboard and acrylic paints and I stenciled a sewn little bag to collect her treats in. If you don't know the story, Professor Lupin is a character from the Harry Potter series. He becomes a werewolf at the sight of the moon. Thankfully, no one transformed on us!

We went along with some of the loveliest neighbors and friends. Everyn was his usual polite self and Elspeth started yelling, "Trick or Treat" before even crossing the yard of any house. Likely looking for the biggest treat in a bowl, she grabbed many packages of pretzels and cheese balls.

I hope everyone isn't too candy-induced this morning and that you actually gained an hour (rather than have your toddler wake you up what appears to be far too early and immediately beg for candy). I'll be thinking on the following holidays to come and trying to come to terms with seeing my son with a very realistic mustache . . .