THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 15

Feel free to grab the button and email me the answers to the following questions to join The Society!

Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: My boy got his first shiner (black eye, not drink) and I am so proud. The funny story that goes with it? That’s what’s funny…there’s not one. He thinks he bumped heads with someone.

And, I’d be crazy if I didn’t mention my FABULOUS blog makeover? Shauna from
See My Designs worked her little heart off to have it ready by my first blogoversary tomorrow! Thanks Shauna. Y’all MUST go visit her and treat yourself to one of her affordable sassy blog designs.

She is quick, inexpensive and so creative! She is also one patient girl to put up with my specific, non-specific ideas and I couldn’t blog without her!

And now, I’m happy to introduce you to CanCan of Mom Most Traveled! She submitted this funny story as her THAT family moment!

1. Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

My blog is Mom Most Traveled. I started it because I enjoyed the friendships I formed with other bloggers in my old blog (I need to say blog one more time…blog. Okay; no more blog talk). It was also supposed to be away for extended family to keep up with us as we travel and/or live on the other side of the world. Somehow it turned into a review blog as well.

2. How long have you blogging?

I started what I called an “internet diary” in 2000. I didn’t really know the term “blog”.  

3. How would you define THAT family?  

THAT family is the one that gets all of the stares and the under-the-breath comments. “Here comes that JONES boy again…”  

4. When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  

I wish I could blame my children but I realized it first when as a young married couple my husband and I entered a talent show at an ESL teacher’s conference in Thailand. We wrote what we thought was a funny song about using a squat toilet. We of course expected the talent show to be light-hearted, but to my horror the act before us was a mother-daughter team doing sign language to the song Love in Any Language. We did go on to perform our act but those in attendance were obviously disturbed. One girl rewound her video camera to record over our skit. And the next year before the talent show they made a general announcement about not performing distasteful skits (and they actually said this), “like a song about a squatty potty or something.”

Later when my first child was born I sort of got “bad mom vibes” from the other mothers at playgroup because I let my son eat paper. They would say, “Oh! He has PAPER IN HIS MOUTH!” and I would be all, “What!?! OH NO!” even though secretly I didn’t care. I had to put on my “good mom face” in public.

5. Where can we find your blog?



My kids love dressing up! We normally shop a little resale shop in our town, not only for school clothes, but also for dress up accessories.
But this year, we decided to make our own costumes. My girls are going to be bopping to the 50’s in their matching poodle skirts, on the arm of their brother, also known as Elvis.
I found an easy, no-sew poodle skirt instructions here. (And I mean, easy!)
Basically, buy a couple of yards of felt (I found mine for 75% off!!).
I folded the felt into a square and made two basic cuts, per instructions.

We actually pinned the waist, but you could add a snap or velcro.

I got the little fabric poodle and embellishment for a couple of dollars at Wal Mart.
And then I hot glued them on!
My son made poodle skirts for the local spiders and ants.
For Elvis, we took a white t-shirt and glued some rhinestone bling that spells out ‘the king’.

We added a wig and some glasses and our icon is complete!

“Thankya, Thankyaverymuch”

To see more fabulous costumes and great ideas, visit Living Locurto!

Why I Let My Children Dress Up for Halloween

I’ve always been afraid of scary things.

I can still remember the raw fear I felt watching “Nightmare on Elm Street” at a sleepover birthday party in the 5th grade.

I called my parents to come and get me.  

Because that’s what chickens do. And because, Kujo was next on the movie list.

For weeks, lo months, the terrifying images from those movies haunted me.

My kids, especially my oldest have always been sensitive to frightening stories and images, so we don’t allow them.

And so, it might come as a surprise that I let my my children dress up for Halloween.  

At least it was to an acquaintance of mine who berated me the other day for my unholy choice.  Her words, “We avoid the day entirely. We shut off our lights and pretend not to be home because nothing about the day glorifies God.”

I must admit I felt some indignation rise up. And so I said, “Instead of hiding, why not use the opportunity to shed The Light on a dark day. It would be powerful to teach your kids that we don’t have to be like the world to live in the world.”

That pretty much ended our conversation.

But I couldn’t get away from it. Especially since I wasn’t exactly doing my brilliant idea.

I know there are a lot of Christians who share my acquaintance’s view.  And I know there are a lot of Christians who let their kids dress up in fun costumes and participate in some way.

My kids love candy. They love dressing up. And even though we usually just participate in church or neighborhood activities, I wondered what they thought about Halloween.

And so, I asked them.  
Some of their answers surprised me.  And so we sat down and explained some of the darkness behind Halloween.  My kids looked fearful. Not so much about the evil choices some people make on Satan’s holiday, more about the idea of us removing costumes and candy from their future.  Like the TV.

So, here’s what our family is planning:  My kids are going to don their homemade costumes (that I’ll be sharing at this week’s DIYP). We are going to stuff as much candy into our bags as we can at our Church Fall Festival the day before Halloween.  And the next day we’re going to our community activities, to replace all the candy we will eat the night before.  And on Halloween night, we will sit in our driveway and pass out the best candy we can afford.

Along with these little booklets that have a great Christian message: The Hidden Treat

We’re going to do our part to spread a little light.

I found this really great article about Christians and Halloween. The author talks about our options, most of which are extremes. Here’s the part I like:

There’s another option open to Christians: limited, non-compromising participation in Halloween. There’s nothing inherently evil about candy, costumes, or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. In fact, all of that can provide a unique gospel opportunity with neighbors. Even handing out candy to neighborhood children–provided you’re not stingy–can improve your reputation among the kids. As long as the costumes are innocent and the behavior does not dishonor Christ, trick-or-treating can be used to further gospel interests.

Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God.  Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing.  Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It’s a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it’s a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. 

What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween?”

So, what do you do?

How About a Little Tour?

I am hooked on houses.
I love getting a peek into other people’s nests, with permission. I am not a peeper, just so ya know. But I find it inspiring to see how other people live in their decorated world.
My perfect day would include a looksie at the newest model homes in my town (camera and
notepad in hand) and a drive through the country, picking out my next house.  Really, just ask my hubby. (He likes doing it too).
I enjoy hunting the multiple listings of homes all over the United States. I dream of moving to an old home or a new home on old land. It’s a hobby, And it’s free! Weird, huh?
But when the day turns to night. There is one place I love to be: HOME.  
Welcome to my spot of the world, where all my little people live. Today it is here, tomorrow? Who knows…..
{The Kitchen, It’s a nice place to heat up Take Out}

Here’s how I painted my kitchen cabinets black!
And here’s some other Do-It-Yourself projects.
{Breakfast Nook that opens to the Kitchen}
My favorite spot in my kitchen is my pantry!  My hubby built the screen door to give it the country feel I’ve always wanted!

More of our house:

Someone Gets to Check Off Their List!

Y’all know how to show a mom-business some love! Thanks for all the virtual shopping and comments. The winner of the $25 gift certificate to  LynLivy’s ArtHouse

is Mom Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.  Congratulations! 
And thanks to the Etsy stores and mom-owned businesses that contacted me yesterday. I’m excited about featuring your stores.  I have a couple of spots left before Christmas, email me if your interested!

Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You-Pumpkins Aren’t Always Orange

Welcome to Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You! (carnival details) Before I share my flashback, I want to invite you all to participate next week in the first THEMED ‘Fro Me to You.  Dig out your SCARIEST photos to link up next Thursday!! You can share costumes photos or scary junior high pictures or scary….
Our baby one year ago in the patch: You don’t have to orange to be a pumpkin.

Last week, one year later and in the same pumpkin patch, look how big she’s grown!  Good soil or something…
You want to read something classic?  I had these adorable fall cards made at Wal Mart last year to send out to friends and family so they could celebrate our baby’s first autumn.
Well, guess who forgot all about them?
Yeah, I just picked these up, nearly a year late. 
Because I’m that organized.
Maybe I should send them out anyway and scribble across the top, “falling behind!”