Monday, September 18, 2017

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.

Hey, It's Okay.... love Diet Coke like Lorelei Gilmore loves coffee. plan on decorating the house for fall this weekend! have not watched The Emmys. I wanted to watch The Orville, but stupid football went long and took it over. So then my husband and I just watched The Strain. be excited to watch the Justice League in November with my family! It looks like it'll be awesome. Go Wonder Woman! have watched It with my mom, daughter, and son over the weekend. It actually wasn't as scary as I thought. It was more about friendship. also have a costume for Natalie that is less scary. She's a creepy clown for Halloween and for the horror nights at Sea World, but for my husband's Halloween work stuff and for the daytime Sea World Halloween stuff, she's....well, you tell me if you know who she is:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Why I Let My Daughter Be A Creepy Clown For Halloween

So I was chit chatting with some other mothers and the subject of Halloween was brought up. Someone asked what everyone's kid was going to be and the answers were like this:

"Elsa from Frozen!"


"A Paw Patrol character!"

"A creepy clown."

The last one was my response. I had eyes swivel towards me in shock. One of the mothers cleared her throat and went, "I couldn't let my daughter be something creepy. Let alone a clown."

I was all, "Why not? It's what she wants to be."

"Sometimes we don't need to give in to kids," she said with a shrug.

"Sometimes we don't need to get Botox so our face is constantly frozen with the same expression. I mean, can you even smile?" I retorted.

I'm kidding. I swallowed that back.

But seriously. I don't give in to my kid. She doesn't get what she wants all the time. But why couldn't she be a clown if that's who she wanted to be?

I mean yes, clowns terrify me.

But they don't terrify my kid. So because something frightens me, am I supposed to tell her not to be it?

Kale scares me, but if Natalie wanted to walk around like kale, I'd let her.

My daughter loves dressing up like a clown. She's not a MEAN clown. I mean yes, the mask looks mean, but she's not going to go out and petrify children. She likes to petrify ME, but not kids. If she sees kids get upset, she's going to start dancing:

I asked Natalie why she wanted to be a clown and she went, "Because it's fun to act scary."


Being a clown makes my daughter happy.

Yes I might jump a bit when I see her, because, yikes:

But I'm not about to tell her she can't be a clown because it's not the conventional costume for girls.

She's been the cutesy stuff before.

And now she's a clown. She's all, "Some of my friends think it's weird that I'm a creepy clown. But I don't care. Girls can be scary too. Why should boys have all the fun being scary?"

I completely agree.

So why did I let my daughter be a creepy clown for Halloween?

Because girls can be scary too. And because they CAN.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Things You Must Do In Colonial Williamsburg

I love history. It's always thrilled me. I read books about history. I watch shows about history. I talk constantly about history. ("Did you know Henry VIII wasn't supposed to be king? His brother Arthur was, but then he died, so it was Henry. And he was indulged and spoiled as a kid, because no one thought he'd be king, so no wonder he turned out like he did..")

I knew I had to visit Colonial Williamsburg, a place where history comes alive. You're transported into the 1700s. All the workers are in period clothes and speak like they're really in the 1700s. I should have asked them about Benedict Arnold.

Oh and if some areas look familiar, it might be because parts of the show Turn was filmed there. If you haven't seen the show yet, you should. It's about the Revolutionary War and Washington's Spies. Without them, we might not have won the war.

(This was in the series finale of Turn. The King of England was walking with Benedict Arnold. I think they said it was Hampton Court and I was all, "NO! That's the Governor's House at Colonial Williamsburg!")

Colonial Williamsburg is gorgeous! It's exciting! I practically clicked my heels when we arrived but I didn't because I didn't want to embarrass my family. But here are some things you MUST do while you are in Colonial Williamsburg:

1. See the fife players! They always come out at the end of the day. Check the daily schedule to see when they'll appear. Plus the word fife is fun to say.

2. Check out the stores or places of business. You can go into all of them and ask questions. (So long as you have an admission ticket!) I loved the print shop because, well, I love books:

3. Listen to the people talk about what goes on in the buildings. We learned how a court worked back in the day:

4. If you have kids, take them to the Patriot's Play area.

5. Learn to play the game of graces! It's a fun game with a hoop. You'll sometimes see people out playing and yes, you can join in!

6. Check out the animals! You'll see horses. A dog named Liberty. And a cow named George. (Among others!) Yes, you can pet if the handler says it's okay.

7. If you're in the military or a veteran, check out the Liberty Lounge. You can use the bathrooms, cool off, and get some coffee and water. Plus you can get info from the kind people in there. Colonial Williamsburg is generous to military members: an active duty member receives free tickets for themselves, plus 3 dependents. Also, you can save at stores at restaurants whenever you show an ID card.

8. Eat at one of the taverns. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but all the waiters are dressed up in period clothing and there's usually live music.

9. You CAN take a horse drawn carriage ride, but admittedly, we didn't do this. It was $20 a person, and we're cheap, so we just admired the horses as they went by.

10. Stay at one of the Colonial Williamsburg hotels! They are all incredibly close to the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is where you can purchase tickets and take the shuttle bus to Colonial Williamsburg. We stayed at the Governor's Inn, which is the cheapest of the Colonial Williamsburg hotels. We were about 5 minutes from the visitor's center by car.

11. Walk to Colonial Williamsburg from the Visitor's Center. It only takes about 10 minutes and you can see some cool things along the way.

12. Punish your kids if they start to get moody. "We're on vacation. You stay here until your tone changes."

13. Try the ginger biscuit. Not only do they SMELL amazing, but they taste amazing too:

14. Make people in your family wear things like this:

Have you ever been to Colonial Williamsburg?

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