How well do you know your Neighbors?

Making sure you know your neighborhood is vital these days in the protection of your children. I am lucky with Regan having limited mobility, that there is no where she goes, that I am not with her. Rebecca, on the other hand, is a natural wanderer and explorer. When she has friends over one of their favorite things to do is go for walks. Fortunately, I consistently check where Sexual Predators reside in our town. In accordance with Megan’s Law that shows the residences of all know sexual predators, the girls have a designated walking route and armed with my cell phone just to keep them safe.

One if by Land

I constantly dream about my next house. It is a complete sickness with me. I actually love my home (just not really the school district….and the town is just a teensy bit on the ugly side). I dream of the day that Regan can have her own large room and bathroom with a walk in shower built just for her needs. I want a gorgeous bedroom with built-ins from floor to ceiling to house all my wonderful books. John Mark wants an outdoor kitchen to host parties year round outside (maybe even poolside?????). The whole point is it is such a dream. We can’t even find land in the school district we want, and housplans like Schumacher Homes seem unrealistic in this economy. Time is running out and Regan will graduate 8th grade next year which is kind of our deadline to get out of this district.

Okay real estate market work with me here!!!!!!!

Going BOOing

Tomorrow evening Regan and I are going out to Boo some friends of ours (Rebecca and John Mark are planning to entertain themselves at the football game). By no means does this mean we hurl insults or throw tomatoes. Instead I am hoping to start a new tradition at Halloween to spread the love amongst our friends. This fun little Halloween trend was introduced to me by my sister, Jennifer, as her house has been Boo’ed twice this month by friends and neighbors.

The basic idea is to put some fun litle Halloween treats in a basket and print out a little Ghostie that says “You have been Boo’d”. I had made some cute little scrapbook mini albums for Halloween, and figured I would buy a bag of candy, and print out some fun activities, and put them all in my little “Boo” basket. Then Regan and I will sneak over to friends of ours (who hopefully are all at the football game and don’t call us in as stalkers) and leave the little baskets on their front door steps as a wonderful treat to find on their return.

The basket has a little poem that instructs the receiver to put their ghost on the door to show they have been “Boo’d” and then they are charged to find two other families to spread the tradition on to. With any luck I’ll have started an avalanche of goodwill in our small little town. My sister sent me three great “boo” poems that I can choose to attach. Feel free to start your own goodwill Halloween Boo in your neck of the woods.

POEM #1
It all started with a little BOO
A knock upon the door and off they flew!
Halloween is almost here, the leaves are flying by
The pumpkins are ripe, there’s a witch in the sky!
Wee Ghostie came by the light of the moon
Put him in your window, it’s not too soon!

You have been BOO’d!
Choose two families and pass on a treat, make a copy of the ghostie and add
it in so they can join in the fun! Put your Wee Ghostie in the window so
others will know you’re part of the party!

BOO!!

POEM #2
To our good friends on the street;
Our homes’ locations made us meet;
You now have been Boo’d, but who could we be?

We’ll never tell, it’s a secret, you see.
We placed these goodies for you and yours; then we ran fast, after knocking
the door!

Happy Halloween!

Directions:
1. Enjoy your treat.
2. Place the picture of your BOO on your front door.
3. Now you can copy this twice, make 2 treats and 2 BOO’s and secretly
deliver them to 2 neighbors who do not have BOO on their front door.
4. Then watch how far this spreads by Halloween.

POEM #3

“You’ve been boo’d”

The air is cool the season fall
Soon Halloween will come to all
The spooks are after things to do
In fact, a spook brought this to you
“BOO” is a shield from witching hour
Just hang it up and watch its power
On your front door is where it works
It wards off spooks and scary jerks
The treats that came with crypted note
Are yours to keep, enjoy them both
The power comes when friends like you
Will copy this and make it TWO
Then others here among our friends
Will give warm fuzzies that do not end
We’ll all have smiles upon our face
No one will know who “BOO”ed whose places
Just one short day to work your spell
Or a big ZAP will strike your tail
And don’t forget a nifty treat,
Like something cute or something sweet
Please join fun, let’s really hear it
And spread some “BOO”s and Halloween spirit.