A Messy House is a Creative House

JMJ 39 *In the minds of children, Halloween is such an important holiday.  I try to respect that, and get into the spooky spirit of it all.  Lots of conversation revolves on just the perfect costume, unless you have a toddler, who might change his mind every day as to what costume they will wear!

Ring the School Bell 39/180 days

It was a dark and stormy weekend, with owls howling in the night, and the blustery wind threatening to come right through our windows.  Early Saturday morning, Sabrina called upon her scary chauffeur, me, to drive her and her friends, Celine and Mary, to Alhambra to assist the sweet Carmelite sisters prepare for their annual non-spooky holiday boutique.  Sorry, just having fun with a little Halloween language.

Arriving back home after dropping them off, I tackled the untidy mess the “little monsters” had made the previous couple of weeks.  I worked all morning and afternoon long.  If you have been reading this journal you will know that my house has been transformed into a Halloween party preparation, science/history workshop.  It is the small cost of a fun Halloween, and in this case, a great science/history fair. We don’t have a huge house so when there is a project going on, it is in your face.

A gift for you and your child!  For your free coloring page, click to print below.

Halloween Homeschool Coloring Page
Halloween, homeschool-style coloring page.  Click below to print

Halloween Homeschool Coloring Page

Creativity has reigned here in the last few weeks, something to celebrate in this techy age, and remembering that as I put my home back together, made it a not-so-tedious task. While I was teaching in a classroom a number of years ago, an administrator remarked that when he did “walk-abouts” through the classrooms, he much preferred to see a messy classroom as it was a sign of much creativity and productivity going on.  I agree.

Creativity is born in a messy place.  I don’t mean a filthy place with piles of dirty laundry and scattered shoes.  What I mean is, let the projects sometimes infringe upon, and in my case, sometimes take over your home.  Of course, if you are blessed with a larger home than mine, it may not be an issue for you!  You can tuck away those projects into a large project space.   Luckily, my husband is of the sort that doesn’t really notice the state of the house very often, unless it is real bad, like lately.  Although he does appreciate a space left for him to eat!

After a coffee break with John, everyone put on their costumes and had fun Trunk-or-Treating.  Sarah generated lots of buzz with her self-made popcorn box costume.  It was even edible, the popcorn on top, that is!  She made friends with several nibblers.

Melissa was a detective, and Sabrina was a ‘50s girl.  My friend Veronique and her family joined us, on Veronique’s Halloween birthday.

It’s not too late to come up with a great costume, if you haven’t already!

The internet is flooded with great websites for costumes, so I am not going to attempt to describe any here.  Instead, I would advise looking at a few sites such as this one, while thinking what kind of materials you might already have around the house to create the costume.

This website has a section for kids, adults, and also dressing your pets.  That, I  definitely have no time for this year, but such adorable ideas!


Getting back to the weekend.  Sunday started with Mass, then a piano concert in which Sabrina participated, at the Steinway Galleria in Pasadena.  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at Louise’s, our new favorite restaurant in Pasadena.  We are secretly hoping one of our girls moves to Pasadena someday so we can come visit all the time!  The day concluded with Despicable Me, at the theater.   Very cute movie.

On to Monday, which is the actual Day 39 of our school year.  Between the kids being amped up on Halloween sugar, and a distracting helicopter hovering over our neighborhood half the day, it was difficult to keep everyone focused on academics.  Being in a large city, the wise stay inside if there is a hovering helicopter.  I finally tuned in to the local news.  It turned out the police were not in search of a thief, but a wandering bear right in our neighborhood!  Sarah might have confronted a bear while doing her gardening chores!  Apparently, they had to escort children inside, at a local elementary school, after a bear was spotted in a tree.  The bear was running in and out of neighbors’ yards not even a mile away.  All ended well.  The animal people tranquilized the poor bear and took him back to the mountains about 30 miles or so away from the metropolis.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

Start here to get the story from the very beginning:


Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette


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