The Purple Fairy Visits

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

We have an adorable niece. Her name is Emily, and she's five years old. Her favorite color is "purple," and that's also her word for imaginary things. So if she tells you she's calling her "purple mommy" on her "purple cell phone," you know that's all in her imagination. So cute!

For Halloween, she wore a "Butterfly Fairy" costume that she picked out herself. Clearly she loved being a sparkly fairy. (Can you make out the sparkly butterflies at the end of her antenna? Click any photo to enlarge it.)

So anyway... Robin and I have habitually taken each of our nieces and nephews individually for one weekend each year and done something special with them: visited a museum, given them a surf lesson, taken them to Arizona in a convertible, whatever. We take them away for a couple of nights and do something really splashy for them.

Well, Emily hasn't had that opportunity yet. And after Halloween, we found ourselves in the local Ross store "channelling" Emily and thinking "purple." And so we went a little overboard collecting some purple things.

Now Robin's been traveling quite a bit lately, and it doesn't look like we're going to squeeze in a weekend visit with Emily before the end of the year -- so last weekend while they were out of town for Thanksgiving, we broke into my sister's house and did a "makeover" on Emily's bed.

What dya think?

FYI: this is the bottom of a bunk bed she shares with her older brother.

Now you would think that bedspread is scratchy, but it's not! It's smooth and cuddly. Serious! There was a sticker on it that said it had been available at Kohl's Department Store for $134.99 or something. (Are you kidding me?!?) I got it for $18.

The fuzzy pillow just felt good, the memo board seemed fitting. Can you make out the kidsize purple sunglasses we hung on it? The purple star is actually a lighted plastic Christmas decoration from Ikea.

We laid the butterfly headband from her Halloween costume on the pillow so she would connect it all together in her mind somehow.

And of course we couldn't resist the sparkly book about Christmas that cost all of a dollar!

Isn't it cute?

My biggest fear was that Emily might get upset about my demoting her "Dora the Explorer" bedding. So I folded it neatly on the end so it didn't look abandoned.

They got home yesterday, and I would have given anything to see the look on her face. All I know is that her older brother IM'd me last night and said [quote] "the purple ferry came by and gave emily some new stuff for her bed." So I figure Robin and I are representatives of The Purple Fairy now -- and I infer from my nephew's message that the bed was a hit!

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Halloween 2006 Report

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween was a tad bizarre this year. We didn't do pumpkin carving OR trick-or-treating.

First of all, we had a guest in from Germany this month, so that required some attention. Second of all, the house is still in mega-pieces from all the remodeling projects I'm into. Third of all, Robin and I alternated coming down with a truly nasty cold that landed us each in bed for several days in a row (albeit not the same days, which is good and bad news -- figure it out).

So the Halloween celebration turned into a variety of mini-celebrations strung over a number of days.

We attended the Magic Castle costume party on Friday night, where we also worked as volunteer Castle Knights. We got dolled-up for that party. He's a magician and I'm the Queen of Hearts -- of course! (Click any picture to enlarge it.)

We had a lot of fun, although I think Robin nearly passed out after I pushed him a little hard on the dance floor. He turned a shade of green I don't think I've ever seen before. He actually had to go lie down and recover for a bit.

It was fun to see all the costumes, and I always enjoy the amazing creativity that gets generated on Halloween. I used to love attending the West Hollywood costume parade, but usually we go to my sister's house and enjoy Trick-or-Treating with her kids. But since Robin was out of town on Halloween this year, we went up and did a little costume parade on Saturday afternoon at my sister's home. The whole family got in on the costume parade! We have the Superhero Parents, of course. The boy on the left is a "chick magnet," the little girl down front is a butterfly, the boy is a knight from "The Chronicles of Narnia," and the girl on the right is a half-dressed "Tokyo Pop Princess."

I had to get in on the act (of course), so I donned a little witchy-poo costume for the Saturday soccer game. The umbrella isn't normally part of the ensemble, but man it was HOT that day. I thought those striped stockings were going to melt right off my legs! ("I'm melting, I'm melting!"...)

I hope your Halloween was happy! BOO!

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