I get really into sports every two years when the Summer and Winter Olympics roll around. All of a sudden I care about sports that I never follow otherwise – figure skating, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, gymnastics, swimming, track – It’s all so exciting.
When I was a kid, my mom signed us up for all sorts of activities – swimming, piano, girl scouts, dance, basketball – whatever she could think of to keep us busy and out of her hair. When we weren’t outside playing, we also had a ridiculous number of toys and crafts that kept us entertained inside for hours on end. We did not have any video games, I’m pretty sure we didn’t know what those were. And we weren’t really allowed to watch TV. We would always try to say we were watching TV to improve our Spanish, and sometimes that excuse would work, but usually not. For the longest time my sister and I thought Muzzy was just a movie, not a Spanish as a second language instructional tool.
Crafts can sometimes get expensive, but one of the more economical crafts we had was knitting. Probably in third grade mom bought me a knitting book with a kit of needles and knitting accessories, and some cheap acrylic yarn and said, “Have at it.” Looking back, I’m not sure how I learned how to knit from a book. It’s so much easier now with Youtube tutorials. Once I got the hang of the knit stitch, I became a proficient knitter of squares and rectangles. It took me a REALLY long time to complete one project and somehow there would always be a hole or two in it, but I knit many scarves, doll blankets, and more scarves.
I’ve hosted a Christmas party ever since I got my first apartment my Junior year of college and this year was no different. Fortunately, each roommate I’ve had has been into party planning, and decorating. Two years ago Amber (who has since moved to a different city) and I hosted a Narnia Christmas Party and last year D (my current roommate) and I hosted a 12 Days of Christmas Party. This past weekend we hosted a Very Potter Christmas.
As you may know, Harry Potter receives his first Christmas presents at Hogwarts during in his first year.
As one of my friends put it on Facebook “The first seven Harry Potter movies all have Christmas scenes in them, making them appropriate for the season.”
We were of this mind when we were thinking of a theme for our party…back in September (yes…we are type A). We may have gone a bit overboard with the theme…but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Enjoy the photos below!
Bad news – it’s Monday, witches. Good news – it’s almost Halloween! I know many of us have enjoyed Halloweekend, but the official day is tomorrow, which means there’s one more chance to dress up!
Whenever I bike to work I think of the Wicked Witch Theme from the Wizard of Oz so I thought, Why not go all out for Halloween and be the Wicked Witch of the West / Mrs. Gulch?
Have you ever had something you worked really hard for? Or a challenge you overcame? I recently had an experience that reminded me of the value of good, old fashioned hard work!