Heart eyes cat emoji pumpkin

For Halloween, Ele asked for a heart eyes cat emoji (😻) pumpkin. I couldn’t find any to copy on the internet (THANKS FOR NOTHING) so I created my own pattern. First, I took the emoji and cropped it so it would be big enough to see properly. Then drew a template, pinned it to the pumpkin, and transferred the pattern to the pumpkin but pushing a mechanical pencil tip through the pattern, all around the pattern. The finished product isn’t as detailed s he template because this alone took me hours and I was tired. Here are my steps visually:

Lucky Seven

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Seven! When I was pregnant with Henry and Eleanor, someone told me that in his culture, it was very lucky to have twins, and to have boy/girl twins was the luckiest of all. Seven is supposed to be a lucky number, auspicious in several cultures; it is also a prime number. The past year with these two has been amazing and wonderful — they’ve grown up a lot, but still take wonder in everything. They’re a fun and (dare I say) easy age. They work hard, and they screw up sometimes, but they try. They care deeply for each other and those around them. One example: while trick-or-treating last night, a little girl dropped her candy bag and lost a bunch of candy. It was dark and the kids were up a hill, and all the grownups were waiting down in the driveway. The little girl lost it. She started crying and screaming – she was really in a panic. Ele helped her pick up a little, and donated two of her own pieces of candy to the little girl’s bucket. She came down and told us what she had done, and skipped off to the next house. I’m very proud of both of these two, and I feel that they are lucky. They’re lucky to have each other, and they’re our lucky charms, because our life has been both incredibly hectic and at another level ever since they showed up on the scene all those years ago in 2011. The day they were born, those 15 minutes where a quiet Henry was joined by a squalling Eleanor, our entire world changed. We went from a family of two to a family of four in one fell swoop. Well, not fell — it was a marvelous change, not a savage one… although, in a way it was savage. Irrevocable, full of pain and fury, screaming, crushing, sudden. But it was all those things and also golden and mild, tender, loving, bewildering. A day of awe. And each day there have been moments of each ever since.

Little Grant things

This is not the Halloween post – that will come later. This is just a couple very important things about Grant.

  • He makes his own spoon be an airplane when he’s feeding himself yogurt, complete with plane noises.
  • He says thank you (it sounds like “Kew!”) when someone holds the door for him (actually for many reasons, but that’s my favorite).
  • He is terrified of people wearing masks, and will NOT put on his own costume. He doesn’t mind people wearing other costumes.
  • He loves to dance, and has specific dance moves for different songs. They are full-body.
  • He belly laughs at farts.