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FUN HALLOWEEN FACTS

What do you truly know about Halloween? Most likely, not as much as you think. I recently learned much more than I previously knew and now I’m sharing it with you.

It is believed the holiday originated in Ireland from the ancient Gaelic Festival “Samhain,” pronounced Sow-in which marked the end of the harvest season and the start of winter. During Samhain, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits. It is actually more Irish than St. Patricks Day.

Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought Halloween to the United States in the 1800s. Haitian and African immigrants brought voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.  America’s first incarnation of Halloween were called “Play Parties.” Public gatherings where people would dance, sing and tell stories of the dead.

The tradition of trick-or-treating originated in England where poor children would ask for “Soul Cakes” in return for singing or saying prayers for the dead. Eating one is said to release a soul from purgatory. Eventually, others took on the tradition and gifts began consisting of money food and ale.

Some of the first types of costumes consisted of animal heads and skins. Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.

When trick-or-treating became popular in the United States in the 1800’s, more children played mischievous pranks than asked for candy. By the 1950’s it had switched to good old-fashioned family fun with sugar hyped children dressed in costumes.

In parts of England, children carry lanterns called punkies (which look like jack-o’-lanterns) and parade through the town on the last Thursday of October. In Ireland, rural neighborhoods light bonfires, and children play snap apple, in which they try to take a bite from apples that are hung by strings from a tree or a door frame.

Jack-o-Lanterns started an Irish legend, referring to the story of “Stingy Jack” who after death wasn’t let into Heaven or Hell and had to roam the earth with a lantern carved out of a turnip. Jack-o-Lanterns were originally carved out of potatoes, turnips and beets.

The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.

In many countries, such as France and Australia, Halloween is seen as an unwanted and overly commercial American influence.

All interesting facts I didn’t know. Did you?

Happy Halloween My Friends

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Feeling Marvelous!

Today is a Fabulous Day!

Yesterday was Fabulous too as well as everyday before that. Today is different. I woke up (still sick) having this feeling. As if something marvelous was about to happen. It has made me excited to get up, get ready and rock this day.

Levi woke with a smiling face and happy disposition. That is marvelous!

The weather here, at this particular moment, reminds me of back home. Cool, brisk mornings that burn off to a beautiful 85 degrees. Not too hot and not too humid. I might just do my hair today to see if it stays with the humidity down!

I am sad that I don’t get to carve pumpkins with my best friend and her brood this year. A tradition we upheld  since our littles were 1. At the same time, I am excited that we still get to carve pumpkins and that even though it’s different from what it has ever been, they still want to!

I have been going through the rooms, getting rid of unwanted clutter and deep cleaning more. It was hard when we moved in with me having surgery shortly after. After working hard in a room yesterday, I am ready to tackle more and feel my house coming along! A feeling that makes me like my house more and pride that I am accomplishing this monumental task. Our house is Ginormous! Painting will soon ensue.

I don’t know what marvelous thing I feel is about to happen. Maybe it’s just the fact that I woke up sick but feeling Fantastic! It really doesn’t matter. I am embracing it.

Wake up and be Fabulous!

Happy Friday My Friends

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Expressing Gratitude

Just because you don’t verbalize it, doesn’t mean you aren’t thankful. Verbalizing it helps other people realize what it means to you. Some people don’t like to share their feelings and some people over share. Once you start to share what makes you happy and what makes you thankful, it will bring a smile to your face. It will surprise you that others might feel the same way or that they never thought it about it that way and you opened their eyes to something new. There is no such thing as being thankful for something stupid!

We got Levi’s report card. 2 A’s, 3 B’s and 1 C. I am so thankful for that, you have no idea! His progress report came home with 2 A’s, 2 B’s and 2 F’s. For him to work so hard to bring up those F’s makes me so proud. Without arguments and punishments. I am so thankful for that!

I am thankful for good friends. Near and far. My best friends from far away share text messages, letters, pictures and snap chats with me. My new friends make sure I’m ok when Travis is at work, hang out when I’m lonely and check in to see how I’m feeling. (sickness is kicken it at my pad)

When Delylah is sick I get a text message from her teacher. Who does that? It’s pretty awesome! The teacher knows Delylah is a little sickie and sometimes needs to come home even if the nurse doesn’t think so. Just the other day the nurse said she was fine but the teacher asked me to come get her. I am so glad I did because she all of a sudden had a spike in temperature! I am Thankful for good people!

Puberty. Yes, it’s an odd thing to be thankful for but I am. We had such a rough beginning with Levi. For years we struggled with attitude and anger. Countless therapy sessions only helped momentarily. When he hit puberty, something changed in him. He is able to control his temper. Stop and think about it before he acts or reacts. He is more caring and loving. Which is the opposite of puberty. I keep saying that maybe he got it all out in his early years. Maybe I am right. Whatever the case may be, I am thankful puberty hit and we got an attitude change. (Not thankful that he looks more like a man than most 11 year olds!)

Sleep. I don’t think I have ever slept so good since I was a partying 18-year-old sleeping off the tequila. I’m sick, sober and exhausted from doing nothing. Letting my body recoup from the sickness. I go to bed at 8pm (literally) and wake up at 5am to get the kids up and ready for school. I sleep hard with the exception of a few wake ups for pee. I wake up feeling and knowing I actually slept. I didn’t toss and turn or have trouble falling asleep. Apparently, I need to get sick more often so I can sleep better!

I am thankful for the little things. The things that seem miniscule and that you don’t really think about later. Things, that at the time, don’t seem to have a large impact on your life but when you take the time to look back, you realize what a profound moment that was for you. It was a big thing and I am so glad I am thankful for it all!

What are you thankful for??

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Staying Home

I am a stay at home mom. My kids are both in school and I still stay home. On numerous occasions I have heard things like how bored I will get, it won’t be long before I get a job to get out of the house, I will start spending all our money out of boredom. There is something the good people of Magnolia don’t know. That’s ME! No one in Anza would have said those things to me because they know I will always find something to do. Back there we had a ranch too so how could I ever get bored.

Now I have time to do anything and everything I could possibly want. Which started with working out. I don’t go pay a gym to work out either. Working out from home is easy and fun. I can do it on my time and don’t have to share anything with other people. My space and my time. I am proud to say this is the first time I haven’t stopped working out after 2 or 3 weeks of starting. It has been 10 weeks and I am still going strong. With the exception of taking a few days off last week from being extremely sick.(in which case I was soo bored) I am still sick but not sick enough to skip my workout.

The look you get when you tell people you’re a stay at home mom and then they ask the age of your kids is disturbing. I don’t look at you like that when you tell me how much money you spent just because you think you can. But really, all your cards are maxed out, your bills are late and you still have your latte in hand from Starbucks. That’s your business and this is mine!

I never thought of what I would want to do after both of my kids were in school. They are 5 years apart and it seemed like that day would never come. When it finally did, I knew for sure I didn’t want to spend it at some job I wasn’t in love with. I am in love with this job. They drive me crazy and my house is a work in progress but I wouldn’t change this job for the world! I get to be at all of their stuff for school. We have time together everyday to do whatever we please. This is where I belong.

When I hear your shitty comments and I know you are a stay at home mom too, I know you aren’t happy being one. I am! With my kids, without my kids. Husband half the time. It’s the life we live and we love it! Without doing the things we do, we wouldn’t have much of a life we love.

Live the life you love!

Happy Wednesday My Friends

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