Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Halloween Aftermath and Stuff

What do you get when you have:

1 messy, cluttered, dirty, disgusting house
1 over-turned garbage can
1 yard full of wet, wet, wet, leaves covering the entire front yard, sidewalk, driveway, and half the porch
5 rotting pumpkins on the porch
5 kids on a sugar crash (and begging for more)
1 pregnancy creating a restless night's sleep
2 boys obsessed with watching The Power Rangers (sigh)
12 loads of laundry
1 exhausted momma?

Oh, just my life. That's all.
The good: Perfect weather. Great costumes. Lots of fun. Happy kids.

The bad: Too much candy. Grumpy parents. Disobedient kids.

The ugly: Turned off the porch light because we were out of candy. We had finally gotten the kids to go to bed. Grumpy parents were exhausted. Needed to rest. But just as I finally convinced the kids to settle down, the doorbell rang. I was not happy. On my porch were about 8 teenagers and they all yelled "trick-or-treat!!"
Did I politely tell them we were out of candy?
I regret to say that I was angry and annoyed and frustrated and took it out on these poor kids. I said, rudely, "Guys, we're out of candy! That's why the porch light is OFF, okay!?" And slammed the door before they could finish apologizing.

Do I regret my actions? You betcha. It was petty and rude. Sigh.

Brandon, btw, is on the Board of Directors at Spectrum Academy in SLC. Today, a very special person is going to visit the school --Temple Grandin. Don't know who that is? Well, last night we watched the movie, Temple Grandin, and learned all about her. Go here to learn more about her life (long story short, she was lucky enough to be born to a family that refused to institutionalize her when her Autsim was discovered back in the 50's; she went onto college (Masters, PhD) and is an advocate for autism awareness. She's amazing!). Claire Danes played Temple in the movie and I was blown away by her performance. I seriously had to remind myself that it was CLAIRE DANES and not Temple. If you get a chance to watch it, do! it's such an incredible story. Be prepared to cry, though, especially if you have a child or know a child with Autism or Asperger's or (in our case), 4S. In fact, anyone who has a child who suffers from being "different but not less" will love this movie! It's not preachy (well, there's one point at the end, but they had to wrap the story up), and the characters are great.

Speaking of last night --GO VOCAL POINT!! I'm so proud of those guys! They are now in the Top Six in The Sing Off. If you didn't already know, my cousin, Robert, is the bass for Vocal Point, so we've been watching it faithfully. I'm so proud of him! It's great to see their amazing talent recognized --especially since they are so clean-cut and refuse to sing songs that couldn't represent BYU and the Church. Love them!

The toddler is now asleep. I need to go and clean! Au Revoir, dear reader. Have a fantastic, rainy, pot-of-soup-and-fireplace Tuesday, okay?
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. ~Langston Hughes

1 comment:

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

I second the motion to have everyone watch the Temple Grandin movie...it's really the first movie I've seen that shows autism from the perspective of the individual with it, instead of just everyone else's observations. Does that make sense? :)