I have never been more excited to see a week end than I have this week. It is Thursday. The pumpkins have been delivered and once again all the kids made it to school dressed in the appropriate attire for their themed day of red ribbon week. It was only hat day for two kids and mismatch day for the other so I cannot pat myself on the back too much. Callan LOVES mismatch day. Seriously. This morning she told me it was her favorite day of the entire year. She told me this as she layered on five pairs of pants. I sure hope she doesn't have to go to the bathroom much today. Dressing out for PE might also present some problems.
We spent last night wrapping up this Harry Potter pumpkin contest theme that I should've said no to from the very beginning. I should've just said yes to the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters or Papa Smurf, but I didn't. Cooper painted the base layer on the pumpkins on Monday so they were all ready to go. When we got home from church at 8 pm we got busy. Yes, you read that right. Eight o'clock in the evening. Now I know all you naysayers are all like well you knew you had church on Wednesday. You should've started them earlier. We did start earlier. On Monday. And yes, we could've started them on the weekend, but do you know how fast pumpkins rot these days?!?!? When I was little pumpkins lasted forever! Now they don't even make it a week. Global warming I'm sure. And on Tuesday I had that inconvenient but necessary hair appointment. So I sent Matt to Hobby Lobby to get the remaining supplies and we all met back up at the house to decorate pumpkins on a Wednesday night after church at 8 pm.
I told Cooper, "You have me until ten, and then I am going to bed. And I am not painting pumpkins. This is your project. You signed up for it and came up with the idea. You do it. I will work on getting your backdrop to stand up and that is it."
Cooper then escorted me and my supplies into my room, shut the door, and said, "There ya go, mom. Work your magic."
Ummmm...ok. Workspace? Negative. But I had a 5 ft by 7 ft antique library backdrop that I was supposed to adhere to two project boards. So I threw the boards onto the bed, which was filled with laundry, and got to work. Ten o'clock was coming fast and I had just realized that in order to sleep, I was also going to have to fold and put away laundry.
I got that backdrop done with time to spare. I left my office/room and went to check on Cooper. Callan offered to help him with his characters so they were hard at work. On the first face. Oh my word, people, pick up the pace!!! When I work, I do everything at an abnormally fast pace, so I just can't comprehend how my children are so slow. Oh wait. Have you met my husband? Yeah. That's it right there. But as Carys reminded me last night, "Slow and steady wins the race, mom." Yeah. But the slow and steady get less done and less sleep so whatever.
Surprisingly, I took a step back and I did NOT pick up a paintbrush to help. If you know me, you know this is a major accomplishment. I tend to have perfectionist tendencies. Often.
As the night progressed we realized we needed two more Gryffindor scarves so I dug the printer out of the shed and it miraculously had color ink!!! So I printed those for Cooper. And I helped him figure out how to make his characters stand up. BUT I DID NOT HELP WITH THE PUMPKINS IN ANY WAY!!! I just want that to be clear before I post pictures of the completed project. This was all his. I was pretty impressed when Matt sent pics of it today. I mean, we couldn't do a test run at the house (space issues) so the pictures from school were the first time I saw it all put together.
I sure hope Cooper was proud of his creation. In the end, that is all that really matters. I am proud. I am proud that he came up with his own idea and executed it almost entirely on his own. You know that is kind of how life works. We have to come up with ideas and figure out how to make them work. Maybe this pumpkin contest does have applicable life lessons after all. We did get to spend some time together as a family. And we did talk and share ideas. And we did laugh and have fun. And I had a reason to drink two cups of coffee this morning. Maybe this contest wasn't so bad after all.
Tomorrow is Friday and we have to "keep our dreams alive!" Please excuse me while I go Pinterest some easy-to-make-at-the-last-minute Disney characters and run to Hobby Lobby. Until next year, red ribbon week and pumpkin contest! This year, I declare myself a winner!
I am Chamie, wife to Matt; mom to Callan (14), Cooper (11), and