The New Switch Witch Tradition

IMG_3983I LOVE Halloween!  I really do!  But I have a child who is sensitive to dyes.  As in after her daddy let her have a few dye filled candies yesterday and I let her have the treats (orange cupcake, cheese balls) that her dance class provided, today she had a screaming meltdown which lasted over an hour.  The whole time in Michael’s, 30 minutes in the parking lot trying to calm her down enough to get her in the car seat, all the way home and 20 minutes at home.  I thought a guy in the parking lot was calling the cops on me because she was screaming so bad as I tried to put her in the car seat. It was awful.  So no more.  I can’t take it. Absolutely no red dye tomorrow.

What is a Halloween loving momma to do for her Halloween loving daughter?  Enter the new Switch Witch tradition.  I went to a couple of the dollar stores and got a cauldron and a handful of toys, hair bows and games.  Before bed I will have her place her trick or treat bag on the kitchen table in the witch’s cauldron.  In the morning all the candy (I’ll let her keep a few pieces of chocolate) will be replaced with the prizes.

I think it will be a fun way to keep the candy out of her hands.  There are several ways to take care of the candy.  Several dentist offices do have programs where you can exchange the candy for dental supplies and/or cash.  I’m sending mine to a friend who is currently deployed.

Full Disclosure:  I didn’t come up this idea on my own.  I read about it somewhere and thought it was a great idea.  A big thank you to the genius behind it.

The Latest Halloween Trend – The Mash Up Costume!

Glee made Mash Up songs into a delightful art, my daughter will be tackling the Mash Up Costume.  Seriously!  I am betting next year Mash Up Costumes will be all the rage.  My toddler is such a trendsetter.

It started so innocently.  She said she wanted to be a bat for Halloween.  I sighed a big sigh of relief because I was positive she was going to want to be Peppa Pig and I thought a bat costume would be so much easier than a pig costume.  Then I found the world’s most adorable pig costume for $8 at a thrift store.  I thought I could convince her to be Peppa Pig but nope.  She still was insisting on being a bat but I had already bought the pig.  So we compromised.  I found this brilliant tutorial on a bat wing shrug over at My Poppet!  A bat wing shrug!  And that is how my daughter has become Peppa Pig dressed as a bat for Halloween.

Pig Bat

Pig Bat


This morning she informed me she now wants to be a mermaid.  I said NO!

What do you think would make a great Mash Up Costume?

In what can only be described as a stroke of genius, my husband decided that for the costume party he will be a pig and I will be a bat.  Get it?  I’m so excited this year.

Gifts for the Whovian on Your List

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Have a ton of Whovians on your gift list this year?  No?  Just me?  Well, let me show you what I would like to find under my Christmas tree of TARDIS blue this year.

River Song’s TARDIS Journal – How freaking awesome is this journal?  I love journaling.  I keep a journal on every trip I take plus sometimes in between travels.

A TARDIS travel mug for drinking my coffee or tea while writing in my journal.

Some sweet TARDIS socks are perfect for my next race.

One of my favorite episodes was with Vincent Van Gogh.  This is a sweet Starry Night messenger bag.  Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists so it is really a two for one win.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it right this year.  You can simply hop in the TARDIS and try again.   Pop a few Jelly Belly in a stocking and all will be forgiven.  Do you have a favorite show or book you would like someone to look towards for gift inspiration?

4 Christmas Gifts for the Husband

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I’ve been thinking about gifts lately and wondering if I want to institute some sort of tradition.  Several of my friends go with the four gift rule:  1 thing they want, 1 thing they need, 1 thing they wear and 1 thing they read.  So I started looking for ideas to fall in these categories.  A few weeks ago I explored the options for Baby Bug.  Now, I’m hunting for options for the Hubby.  Does anyone else find their man incredible difficult to shop for?  If he wants something, he gets it.  Unless it is extremely expensive and then we don’t get it for obvious reasons.  I struggle every year on Christmas and his birthday to find fitting gifts.

Something he wants:  I know exactly what he wants but it is $$$.  He wants the new Kindle Fire HDX.  The old one would then become Baby Bug’s IF we got it.

Something he needs:  Need is such a subjective term.  There are a few things he needs like a swift kick to his motivation but that would fall under something to read.  A bike stand for the bike in the garage to complete the home gym but is it really a need?  I’m going with it.   With this stand you can turn a regular bike into a stationary one for a home gym.

Something he wears:  I’m thinking of doing the Christmas Eve box.  A box filled with new PJ’s for everyone, popcorn, hot cocoa, games and a movie.  All the makings for a fun evening of family time.

Something he reads:  He told me he is looking for a book which is from the Christian prospect on being a better father.  His father died right after he was born and I think he is searching for ideas to being a better father.  I will say I think he does a darn good job already but we can use improvement.  I’m open to ideas from others.  I found a couple I’m considering.

What are you thinking of getting your man?  Ideas?  Thoughts?  Do you find them hard to job for because this drives me nuts!

Happy 4th of July!!

My favorite American poet is Carl Sandburg.  Enjoy!

“Fourth of July Night”

The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky
A white sky bomb fizzed on a black line.
A rocket hissed it’s red signature into the west.
Now a shower of Chinese fire alphabets,
A cry of flower pots broken in flames,
A long curve to a purple spray, three violet balloons–
Drips of seaweed tangled in gold, shimmering symbols of mixed numbers,
Tremulous arrangements of cream gold folds of a bride’s wedding gown–
A few sky bombs spoke their pieces, then velvet dark.
The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky.

– Carl Sandburg

How to host a Leap Day Party!

To celebrate our leap of faith in to the world of adoption we decided to have a Leap Day Play Date/ Adoption Finalization Celebration!  What animal comes to mind when you think of Leap Day?  A frog!  Just me?  Whatever.  I went with the frog theme.

First, I decided to make a frog out of a watermelon.  You read that right…a frog out of a watermelon.  I was quite nervous about it and bought two watermelons in case I screwed one of them up.  Turns out I didn’t need it.  What do you think?  Look like a frog?

I caught me a bug.

Second, I needed frog prince and princess cupcakes.  Kissing these frogs won’t get you a real life prince or princess but it will give you a sugar high for a couple of hours.

Resistance is futile!

Third, I had to buy some toys because Baby Bug is kind of lacking in the toy department.  I only bought two toys and the one I thought would be the hit of the party was defective.  Super hubby ran to return it first thing in the morning and got it up and running before the party.  Luckily I had suggested the guests bring a favorite toy to play with just in case the natives got restless.

Fourth, make Baby Bug (insert name of your kid) a t-shirt for the occasion.

What day did you say it was again? And do I have to actually leap because I'm still working on the whole crawling thing you keep going on about?

Fifth, have awesome friends!!  One friend made rabbit (they can leap, too) shaped bread and chicken salad to go on the rabbit shaped bread.  One friend gladly brought over several toys which eased my stress of having 9 bored toddlers on my hand.  I did have the TV ready to pop on the Sprout channel if they started to riot.  One friend even brought a nice toy to leave as hand-me-down with a great box of clothes!  And one friend brought some pineapple upside down cakes.  Yummy!

Hopping around the tray.

Sixth, have fun!!!  How can you not have fun with frog cupcakes, rabbit shaped chicken salad sandwiches, good friends and smiling toddlers?  Baby Bug fell asleep about 20 minutes after the guests arrived and woke up about 20 minutes before they left.  Hostess with the mostess!!!

Seventh, always have an element of surprise.  My friend had told me there was this thing were people look in other people’s showers.  I had heard of rummaging in the medicine cabinet but not looking in the shower.  I decide if someone was going to look in my guest shower I should have something for them to see.  I’m snotty like that.

See Something You Like?

How about you?  Did you do anything fun to celebrate Leap Day?  Ideas for a Leap Day Party?  I wanted to play leap frog but my audience was a bit too young.  Do you look in people’s showers?

My Christmas Letter 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Growing up I loved Christmas.  My mom had a way of making it magical.  One year I was concerned because we didn’t have a chimney so my mom donned boots and tromped snowy boot prints in through the porch and to the tree.  She dropped presents all along the way for me.  It does not matter I now know it was her and not Santa.  She created magic for me that year and I always look back with fondness and love.

After nine long years of struggling, trying, crying and sacrificing through infertility and finally adoption, I am a mother.  On October 13th, we got a call about a month old baby girl about to be released from the hospital and in need of parents.  We dropped everything and rushed to her side.  The moment I laid eyes on our little Baby Bug, I fell madly in love.

I spent many years broken hearted about who was no longer with me at Christmas especially my mother.  It pained me so much, I eventually avoided the holidays preferring to be alone.  This year I will start looking at who is still with me and who has joined us.  I pray I will be able to give Baby Bug the gift my mom gave me of many joyous memories.  Every day I wake her up with a song and she beams at me with her big gorgeous smile curing my heart bit by bit.  I believe my mother had a hand in our little miracle finding us once more providing magic and hope into my life.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  It is my most sincere wish 2012 is when the deepest desires of your heart come true.  Although if your desire is to win the lottery and you win, I will be expecting a small finder’s fee.

Love, Junebug


Simply Junebug will be on hiatus for the rest of the year as I relish in my first Christmas as a mother.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!  See you next year!

Flying High

Two holidays in a row!  What am I thinking?  I’m thinking I have company and I’m married to an aeronautical engineer.  :-)  Today is National Aviation Day!  Whoot!  Whoot!  Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed it so in 1939.  It happens to be the birthday of Orville Wright, who piloted the Wright Flyer – in case you have lived in a box your whole life.  What I find remarkable is that from that 12 second flight in 1903, a mere 107 years ago, we have developed so many planes and airports.  We take for granted that we can hop onto a plane and be in another country in a few hours.  How awesome it is if you really think about it.

So how do we celebrate.
1.  If you can afford it why not hop on plane and fly somewhere today.
2.  Visit an aviation museum.
3.  Watch Top Gun or Airplane. 
4.  Make your own egg carton flyer.  The directions are here.
5.  Make a paper airplane.  The directions are here.
6.  Park by the airport and watch the planes fly in and out.  You can even sit in the lobby people watching and make up stories about all the people.  Where are they going?  Why?  What do they do?
7.  Stand outside.  Spread your arms out.  Run around the in circles going “rrrrrrrr”(not sure how to write the sound planes make).  If someone tries to have you committed educate them on National Aviation Day.  They will appreciate the news or if they don’t smack them with your wing arm.

PS.  Hubby’s interview is today.  Times they maybe a-changing.  :-)