My oldest son was asked recently to stand in front of a crowded room while he was eating a cupcake with bright green icing. He hopped up, no worries at all, with snack in hand and a green mustache, and he continued to munch while being a prop for the speaker. He's kind-of my hero.
I'm trying to think of his spirit - and that of most kids- when considering having people over. They don't need perfection to have a good time! They don't worry about whether there's a wisp of spider web on a light fixture, or if a dust bunny meanders across the room like a tumbleweed on the open plains. So why do I stress about those possibilities? I don't look in the tiny corners of other people's rooms! I don't even remember most houses, except one with a ton of those wooden word signs. Just everywhere; I felt a great deal of pressure to "Live," "Laugh," and "Love."
I was again reminded of the value of easy, simple fun when I took my oldest shopping and asked him what he'd like to have at a Halloween get-together. He suggested applesauce and Lucky Charms.
But then, I had been looking at some Rice Krispie treat mummies and ghosts online, so I got back on Pinterest and searched for Lucky Charms ideas. There's the marshmallow treat from Sweet C's Designs:
And Chex mix (which would probably catch a leprechaun for St Patrick's day, too) from Tablespoon:
And I was reminded yesterday of why kids can eat all these decadent treats. Our elementary school had a run for all the classes yesterday, and I helped tally laps for several grades. Those kids had endurance! I cheered and got lots of high-fives, and I was even inspired to run with Son One for a (very) little while.
Big weekend for us, getting out in the woods with some friends for some archery and campfires and thunderstorms. Let's come together this Fall, wherever we are - especially in our cluttered houses with dusty shelves! - and let ourselves be us!