So being the first class party ever, of course, I had to sign up to help! Decorations? Check.
Entertainment? Matt’s day off! Check.
Healthy Halloween party food? Check-double-check-check-check.
I borrowed a costume from Matt’s co-worker and he was in charge of finding himself a wizard hat and a beard. Weird Waldo the Wizard evolved
instead. He brought his guitar and played silly Halloween songs, we played games, did a craft, and ate some yum yum food. My heart melted when I saw several of the boys with their cupcake toppers and mummified juice boxes, put them in their backpacks to take home. I wanted each child to feel celebrated and special, as if this party was for them alone. They are worth every ounce of energy and goofiness expended. I look forward to many more parties with these little goblins for the next five years. :)
I love all the magic of Halloween; the transformation of little people into princesses, heroes, critters, and all the creativity that goes into making the costumes. The one magical night you can be anything or anyone you want! We loaded up all our magical party junk on this serving cart …
and rolled in our supplies and food to set up outside her classroom.
Of course, all the treats were healthy and fun. I scoured pinterest and found some really cute and healthy ideas!
Banana Ghosts with organic chocolate chips …
Mummified organic apple juice boxes …
After the stage set up, it was costume time! My hubby was in charge of finding a beard and a wizard hat for himself. This is what he came home with … Waldo, THE WEIRD Wizard.
I transformed into Glenda, the good witch … who apparently does not have enough magical powers to stupefy her son for a quick photo.
Promptly at 9:00 am, we marched our horse and pony show into the classroom and began a little singing with Weird Waldo. Glenda’s bubbles were a huge hit. A little too huge. They drew quite the crowd. It got claustrophobic very quickly …
After we got them all hyped up (they didn’t need much help), we sat them down for a little craft time …
Ooey, gooey, sticky fingers!
Little bubby got his craft on too …
Senor Jorge gets into the festivities and serenaded the ninos and ninas with a little Spanish cantata!
Everybody loves a game of bean bag toss! Another classroom mom made an awesome CD of Halloween music and played it during the party. Everyone got a copy as a party favor!
Loving her face! I will dress up and act like a fool anytime to get this sweet reaction. :)
Our big, weird, happy family!
And here is the Spooktacular theme products available to order from the McClure Couture Facebook page… invitations, straw flags, banner, cupcake toppers, and bottle wraps. Have a hooky spooky time, until next year!
It’s been too long. I’ve missed my little blog, sharing our family adventures and our quest for living brighter and healthier. So much has been happening. So much change in our little family. A summer packed full of adventure and growth. A new job addition to my schedule. Preparing myself for the biggest parental rite of passage since the days of potty training … kindergarten. 10 more days until I release my oldest into the world of public school, a classroom of 29 five-year-olds and two Spanish speaking adults I know nothing about, with whom to spend two-thirds of her waking day. The concept is so foreign and strange to me now that I am a parent. She, nor my son, have ever attended pre-school or a mother’s day out program. Homeschooling was definitely on my radar. But after labored prayer and studying God’s Word for specific answers, we know this is God’s plan for her. Believe me, I will be clutching the hem of her little uniform dress all the way into the front door and will leave most likely in a straight jacket, rocking myself in a fetal position until Matt drags me home. I know she is ready and will absolutely love every second. I will be counting every second until she is back in my arms sharing every detail about her day. My baby girl. I could cry right now writing about it.
Ok. No more tears. In the meantime, we are in the throes of health food boot camp to make sure her immune system is supped up and ready to fight all the sniffles and bugs that plague school classrooms. Probiotics are one of the best forces to fight off illness and homemade raw butter is a great source. I joined a local raw dairy co-op so that we could buy raw milk, raw cream, and raw cheeses. This morning, I made this beautiful butter from two pints of raw cream. I love how it naturally turns this pretty bright yellow, with no chemicals, additives, food coloring, or other unidentifiable junk you might find in margarine or butter substitutes, which are not real food. There are also no hormones or antibiotics in the raw cream used to make this butter.
If I would’ve stopped short, before the cream turned into curds, I could’ve made a beautiful, fluffy, white whipped cream. I have added maple syrup, organic powdered sugar, and even xylitol to sweeten it and to top cupcakes and fruit parfaits. I LOVE whipped cream. :)
When you leave your food processor running for awhile, the cream eventually turns into butter! You then scoop it out, squeeze and rinse it under running water to remove the butter milk. You can reserve the buttermilk in a glass jar for future baking purposes, or if you’re like my father-in-law, you can pour it on top of cornbread and eat it like cereal. :)
Store your raw butter in a glass container in the refrigerator. Some like to mix in a little salt, but I kept mine unsalted. Yummy goodness on top of gluten free pancakes! Enjoy!