This morning, I spent the entire hour between waking up and leaving the house on myself (other than packing lunches) because Jax slept in (amazing!). Just as the clock turned to 7:45–the time I have to leave the house in order to make it to work on time–I realized today is the Thanksgiving feast at pre-K. This meant that I needed to send Jax to school dressed like either a Pilgrim or an Indian, per his teacher’s instructions. Rifling through his dresser, I couldn’t find anything that fit the description (in my head), so I had the bright idea to craft him a Pilgrim’s hat out of construction paper & whatever other supplies I could gather in under 5 minutes.
I struggled for a second between which of my two hats I needed to put on more: on-time professional Editor with a workload that needs all my attention versus crafty mom who doesn’t want her kid to be the only kid at school not dressed like a Pilgrim…
Mom wins. Always.
Here’s what I created when I should have been commuting:
Not terrible, right? Except for the pieces of tape showing…
But when he woke up, I couldn’t get him to put it on! Can you guess why? Guess what he told me!
His teacher already made each child a Pilgrim hat or Indian headdress! Apparently, SHE had even measured their heads!
So…what do I do with my super cute Pilgrim hat? I’m thinking I make one for each of us and show up to Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house wearing them. :)
Do you think I made the right choice in going into work late so I could craft this hat, despite the outcome?
I did manage to sneak in a photo of Jax trying it on…
And by the way, I managed to get to work only 9 minutes late! Not bad!
I might be the last to know about The Switch Witch–you tell me. Have you heard of her? Have you introduced her in your home?
In case I’m not the last to know, the way I understand this concept to work is this: Parents who are tired of all that Halloween candy sitting around the house (you know we are the ones eating most of it!) introduce the concept of The Switch Witch to their littles, telling them that they can trade in their candy for a toy to be delivered by her while they sleep.
How we worked it in my house is that I had Jax write a letter to The Switch Witch (I used a pencil to dot the words he dictated to me, and then he traced each letter with whatever color marker he wished to use–this was a fantastic exercise for him to practice letter writing, by the way). We left the letter next to his bowl of Halloween candy when he went to bed the other night. First, though, I let him choose a handful of his favorite candies to retain because I felt bad having him turn it all in.
This is the stash Jax asked to keep.
“Take my candy, leave a toy…”
The next morning, the candy was gone and a toy was waiting for Jax when he woke. The Switch Witch had come in the night, much like The Tooth Fairy.
The Switch Witch delivered!
He was so happy. I was so happy. My co-workers who stop by my cubicle for a candy fix are happy.
I think we will continue this tradition for a few years. If we didn’t, what ultimately would have happened is that I would have continued to eat a little candy here and there each day until I needed a bigger size, Jax would have had a bunch of sugar highs, and then in December I’d have ended up throwing out a ton of leftover candy to make room for Christmas candy. Ugh.
What do you think? Will you be using The Switch Witch? Or are your kids more into candy than toys?
It’s almost over. Finally. My busiest month of the year.
Just 4 more days to plow through.
And then October.
Pumpkin patches, hayrides, Halloween, crisp nights, cider…
More of the fall things we’ve started doing in September, perhaps a little prematurely.
Like boots and cardigans and pumpkin spice lattes.
September has been crazy. Some of it was fun. Some of it was hellish. You figure out which was which: DC work trip, the start of pre-K, the start of soccer, a trip to the aquarium, a baby shower, more trips to Target than we should have made, walks to the park, a day trip to the Grounds for Sculpture, crafting, Photobooth selfies, and much more.
Wait a sec, not much of that sounds terrible, does it?
But still… really looking forward to October.