Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Happiness

I could ramble on and on about the Kansas City Halloween celebration but the photos should do the talking- they speak volumes.

Nana and Papa thought it would be cute to dress up too, and they donned some scary pirate costumes. Scary because, they are my parents, but scary because my dad wore these hideous Billy Bob teeth that were totally freaky.
Even poor Grandma was repulsed, and since we visited her at dinner time, it was justified. BLECH!

My three little pigs, little red riding hood and big bad wolf were a showstopper at Village Shalom. The older crowd found them irresitable and a few of the ladies dug into their fanny packs and walkers to give the kids quarters.

We got to see Roger too, and that is always an added bonus. If the kids weren't all decked out for Halloween in their official themed costumes, I would have put them in their KU Jayhawks clothes just to irritate the Mizzou fan in Roger. Ha.

The trick or treating went well and the party really got started when all the kids made it home safe and sound. The cousins went into overload and had a dance party complete with dress up clothes and accessories.

We took these photos for future blackmail and Bar Mitzvah video material. .

This explains the Halloween Happiness better than I can say. Enjoy!

LOTS of Treats and a trick from me to you

I delayed this post because I know that Collin and Frankie read my blog-- I decided a post about how Jeff, and I are out of town would be an open invitation for every 17 year old in Central Ohio to invade our house. I could have titled the blog post, HEY KIDS... if you want to smoke dope, get wasted or bop your girlfriend, the Slutskys are in Kansas City, so set it up with Mitchell. Call his cell or facebook message him, he will give you the code to the garage and alarm system.

I have seen Risky Business way too many times to know better -so, if you thought I was not posting for lack of content, that would be a big, fat NO! I was just protecting my home turf a little, sorry. It was my own little Halloween Trick!

We filled every minute of Halloween Day with treats. My kids have come to associate going to visit Nana, Papa and the cousins with a general sense of party like vibe from sun up to sundown. Being in town for Halloween just added to their enthusiasm.

We started the day with a visit to Kaleidoscope. This is an awesome venue courtesy of the folks at Hallmark Cards. Nestled in a space at Crown Center, Kaleidoscope has been proudly recycling paper and art supplies since I was a kid. Admission is still free and the fun is beyond words. This is a hands on experience using all kinds of materials and mediums. The place is stimulation overload in an educational and crafty way.

Our session went by quickly and my kids could have entertained themselves for a few more hours. We came out of there with bags stuffed with treasures and masterpieces. Aunt Rachelle and I even scored some die-cut papers for projects to be named later.

While in Crown Center we decided to treat the kids to lunch at Fritz's. This is a diner style restaurant where a mechanical train delivers the food to your table.

Let me be frank, you do not go there for the food, you go there because it is a novelty place to take the kids. If I were writing a food blog the rating score would be much lower than the Mommie blog which gives Fritz's thumbs up for being a step above Chuck E. Cheese. Barely.

After lumch we took the skywalk to Union Station to see their display of model trains. This is a Kansas City Landmark.

The cousins had fun watching all the locomotives and just being together. This was a completely free exhibit so aside from our crappy lunch, we took an amazing field trip for FREE! Even the parking was free, so needless to say, Jeff was thrilled with our social schedule since it did not cost him much. SCORE!

I will post later about the acutal Halloween celebrations, because I am wiped out- there were too many treats for everyone today.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Arriving at Aloft in Leawood, Kansas

Please note that this post was supposed to post on a scheduled setting but due to human error (mine) it was stuck in draft mode and was left for me to deal with when we got home. Yes, we left the Columbus scene and headed to KC for a variety of fun. I will explain the posting delay in greater detail later.

The ten hour drive went well. I think the kids just know what to expect and are used to the routine by now. I invested $6.99 in a new WOW WOW WUBBZY DVD with Beyonce as Shine along with Sparkle and Shimmer -the Wubb Girls. This annoying 98 minute DVD was worse than the Fresh Beat Band and was just ideal for entertaining the kids along I-70. They requested this particular DVD over and over until I considered pummeling it out the window over the Missouri River. I had to decide if it was better to have the kids quiet and mesmerized in their car seats or whether to open a vein and bleed out in my mini-van. If you have ever listened to WOW WOW WUBBZY for hours you will totally understand why the US intelligence is considering using it instead of water boarding.

I invested in some laptop desks by Crayola. The kids are getting into drawing more and more, so these hard sided plastic clipboards worked well along the route. Eli drew our family. I was impressed with his skills, and kept this for our gallery. It will look great next to the penguin don't you think?

We pricelined our hotel (ha ha ha Michele, and you want a pop up trailer...muahaaahha!) and scored the ALoft Leawood, a fancy new brand of the W hotel. It has been open for about a month and is one of those hotels that tries to be everything hip, happening and now.

I admit it was a very cool scene-wayyyy too cool for a mini van driving 40 year old and her crew. With 4 kids along I was just content to make sure we did not ruin or break anything. I took a ton of photos at various spots in the Aloft so you could see what I mean. This is a great location so I hope we can stay again with Argenida. I was dying to try the club like feel of the trendy RA sushi bar in the lobby but needed child care so that I could enjoy the experience. There was no way in hell I was going to micromanage all four kids in that place. It is times like this that makes me really miss Argenida. She would have had all the children asleep in their beds while I was sipping cocktails and snarfing sashimi.

Let the Leawood weekend begin!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Beggars Night

One of the many advantages to living in New Albany is Beggars Night. Where I am from trick or treating is done on Halloween but here we celebrate with Beggars night. My kids were really excited to participate and their themed costumes were understated and functional.

The three little pigs and little red riding hood took New Albany by storm tonight.

I was impressed with the overall success of taking them this year. They all walked, carried their treats, and kept their costumes on. This was a huge improvement over last year. I did not have the luxury of taking Argenida along tonight, so going it solo was a bit iffy. Fortunately my kids were totally into the whole experience and were good listeners.

I must admit my little beggars did a fine job of wishing everyone a happy Halloween, saying thank you and respecting the pretty and delicate decorations. When we got home I separated the gluten and dye free items into a CJ friendly bucket and donated the rest to Mitchell.

The best part of this festive tradition includes treats for the adults. I was blown away when we got to Aunt Edye and Uncle Marc's home- they had appetizers, red and white wine

and make your own smores in the driveway. Talk about begging- I was totally mooching the spanikopeta. Beggars Night in New Albany kicks Halloween's butt in Overland Park, Kansas.

I secretly hoped that when I got finished putting the kids to bed there would be a very cold martini and a hot bath waiting for me. Beggars can't be choosers you know.

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