The Story of a Pumpkin

The only kind of deer Monster likes - fake deer! (or "light deer" as he likes to say)

The only kind of deer Monster likes – fake deer! (or “light deer” as he likes to say)

Waaay back in October, we took Monster to the pumpkin patch and he choose a green pumpkin to take home. Despite my best efforts to get his pumpkin to ripen off the vine, Monster’s pumpkin ended up rotting before Halloween.

Instead of throwing it out in the garbage, I decided to chuck it over the fence in our backyard. Despite there being very little wooded area near us, we still have a plethora of deer and I thought they might like a tasty pumpkin treat. I didn’t think Monster would mind, but boy was I wrong. Within five minutes of disposing of his pumpkin (which he didn’t witness), he somehow noticed the broken pumpkin pieces through the slits in the fence. “Mama broke pump(kin)!” was his oft-repeated lament that day. I told him his pumpkin had gotten yucky and now it was deer food, but he wasn’t buying it.

I really thought he’d quickly forget about it, but he STILL brings it up whenever he sees deer and/or pumpkins (did I mention I only remembered to take down our Halloween decorations this week?). in fact, Monster now despises deer and has attempted to bring his “outside” toys inside for fear of them being eaten by deer. “Mama deer eat truck!” he exclaims, “truck inside!” it would be endearing, if he didn’t follow that statement up with “mama broke pump(kin)” every time.

Anyway, I mentioned my pumpkin dilemma to P the other day (when Monster started trying to bring his outside toys in the house) and he told me I should tell Monster that we’d eat the deer.

P is a genius. Earlier this week when we saw a deer, I asked Monster if he wanted to eat the deer. “Uh huh!” was his jubilant response. Now when we see deer, instead of bringing up pumpkins Monster yells “Mama! Get deer! Eat deer!” Not ideal, but it is an improvement. Looks like Monster won’t become a vegetarian anytime soon!

Moral of the story: when you throw away your toddler’s pumpkin, make sure he doesn’t see you do it (and can’t see it laying broken on the ground either)!

This deer is bright, better put my sunglasses on

This deer is bright, better put my sunglasses on

Snow Outing

Boy am I behind on posting! The day after writing this post about our first snowfall of the season, we woke up to another light sprinkling of snow on the ground. P was working and since I knew the snow wouldn’t be sticking around very long, I bundled Monster up and took him out to play in the snow.

On first arriving outside Monster reached down and grabbed a handful of snow. After realizing all it did was make his hand wet, he lost interest in it and went about playing outside like he usually would. Hopefully he’ll enjoy it more once we get a bigger snowfall (no rush there though – I’m perfectly content NOT having to shovel snow!).

Not your typical snow tools...

Not your typical snow tools…

Apparently we are cutting down a tree today... :)

Apparently we are cutting down a tree today… 🙂

Our Advent – Learning to Wait Joyfully

I’ve given a lot of thought to how I’d like our little family to celebrate Advent this year. Last year we woefully neglected it – we were still adjusting to life with an especially demanding little one and Advent, unfortunately, took a backseat.

After lots of researching, thought, and discussion – we’ve got a plan for how we’d like to observe Advent this year.

There are lots of great ideas that we’d like to make part of our Advent traditions, but some of them will have to wait until Monster (and any future children are a little older). With that being said, this is how we’re planning on celebrating Advent this year.

  • This year we’ll be lighting an Advent wreath at the start of dinner. Eventually, I’d like to do a scripture reading immediately before or after dinner, but Monster has trouble NOT eating while we say grace, so it’ll be a few years before we get to that point! For now, I plan on doing a daily scripture reading after Monster goes to bed for the night. Hopefully P will be able to join me in a couple of weeks when his finals are over.
  • This year, I did most of our Christmas shopping before Advent. Usually I wait until the last minute to go shopping – making it a dreaded experience. I gotta say, it’s great knowing it’s practically done already and I’m able to focus more on Advent instead of worrying about Christmas shopping. This is definitely something I hope to do every year going forward!
  • The one tradition we did do last year was participate in the Angel tree at our church. We continued that tradition this year and hopefully we’ll be able to help every year.
  • We’ll not be listening to Christmas music until the 12 Days of Christmas. I’d like to say this will be hard for me, but I actually don’t really like Christmas music. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good rendition of Silent Night, Holy Night as well as O, Holy Night, but listening to it on Christmas is enough to last me the whole year.  What can I say – I used to work retail!
  • Most importantly, I’ll be focusing on learning how to wait joyfully. After all – that’s the point of Advent, right? I’ve got lots of practice with waiting, but the joyful part could use some work. I’m not really sure what that will entail this year, but I’ve no doubt God will bless me abundantly with opportunities to practice!

That’s what we’ve got planned for this Advent season. Hopefully as Monster (and any future children) get older, we’ll add more meaningful traditions to this season that they can participate in as well.

What does your family do to celebrate Advent? I’d love to hear your traditions!