It is officially October. Let’s let that sink in for a moment. . .
For this, is the start of greatness!
Why greatness you ask?
To start, we have jumped into Fall and October reinforces that. The holiday season is upon us, featuring some of my favorite holidays (my birthday, halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas). The weather is cooling and this is the perfect time to bake, try new recipes, do arts and crafts and spend extra time with family.
I’ve always been a fan of the holidays because at least once or twice a year, I get to see and spend time with all of my extended family. However, after becoming a mother, this became even more important to me. My littles became my family, and I just wanted to create memories with them. So, every year (that I’ve been a mother) I ensure to incorporate a craft or two of some sort so that they will have something to hold on to long after I’m gone.
Last year, bug and I made pictures to put up in the windows for halloween. He used his hands as spiders, and his feet as ghosts. He really enjoyed being able to play in the paint.
(Don’t mind that the spider doesn’t have enough legs and are oddly shaped. Getting a one year old to cooperate was a task. Lol)
We also made BOO-nanas and spider PB & Jelly Sandwiches. And Bug ate them without being freaked out! Too Cool!
This year, I was too excited for fall and couldn’t wait until halloween to start our craft and goodie season. So our craft season started with making a Fall inspired welcome sign. We took a field trip to Michael’s and went crazy on craft supplies and decor (details are soon to come).
As I strolled through Michael’s picking up tons of things I didn’t need, but definitely wanted, I kept telling myself that it would all be worth it in the end. This is our first holiday season in the new house, so in my head it was justified. I wanted Fall to know that, “we appreciate you in this household.” More importantly, I wanted to the kids to be a part of it. So, I did what all great moms do, and I went to Pinterest for inspiration. I wanted some ideas of colors, sayings, and how to incorporate the kids.
What I ended up with is pretty great if I must say so myself. I picked colors that reminded me Fall. Browns, oranges, reds. The colors I don’t get to see on the trees here in California. I picked the leaves as accents for the same reason. And I used Bug’s hands and Bee’s feet as leaves to be sure that they made their mark on this season as well.
The kids enjoyed every bit of this process. From having their hands and feet painted (although bee was a bit confused) to seeing the final product go up on the door. Now when we walk in the house bug says, “Mommy, we made that” and he smiles. And that right there is simply all that I need.