my late halloween post

Here is my update: Mark had hernia surgery- tough, but he is doing better.

Shot a bunch of Cool Mom vids yesterday.  Exhausting.  Will do one more shoot day before the end of the year. Not sure what my shoot sked will be like next year as I may need to get a new model for this “business”. More on that as it goes along.

It’s my mom’s bday!!  11-11-11  Very special day for a very special lady.

Good Halloween.  Here are some pics.
My mom is in the background here.
The black fedora and trench made Vivien a cold war era spy, so she since she has no idea what that is we also bought these spy glasses. Makes it more “Spy Kids”. The were also good for finding her when she and her friend were ahead of us in the dark with the crowds of kids. When she got tired of wearing them it became more challenging.

Our new home came with an odd lampost. It was built by the owner before the last. His son came by and told me his dad liked to go to flea markets and bring things home. That explains why the back of the address sign says “Whiskey Alley”. This lamp post use to be on an LA city street and was decommisioned. The man built a brick post around it. Which I have banged my car door and fender a few times. My friend Larry almost got a concussion when his head hit the address/whiskey alley part of this folk art. It became a ghost for the occasion.

Where I grew up a neighbor use to dress up as a witch and really do up her house. It was awesome. She always had a pot of vampire guts on her front door. Over cooked spaghetti noodles that in the dark when you are 6 really feel like vampire guts! We loved it. So, we got a black plastic cauldron and tried it here. Viv loved the idea. It felt like vampire guts to me! I think are front porch isn’t creepy enough to support it. I need to change the light next year and have creepy sound effects. I had Thriller, Monster Mash and Ghostbuster running on a loop. I left our babysitter to give out candy when we went out and she was about to lose her mind from the repitition by the end of the night.
Vivien wanted me to dress like her and Mark improvised a look at the last minute. The motorcycle jacket he is wearing he has had since he was 19. We were impressed he could still zip it up, though he said he was having difficulty breathing.
spy family

I thought we need some stolen secrets to sell our spy motif. But, props are quickly a burden when balancing candy, a small childs hand and a glass of red wine.

spy family

Just getting the kids dressed ( or not) was enough for my mom. She tries to escape here. But, the spy family held her for awhile.
 Rex refused to put on his cowboy costume at the 11th hour, but liked the candy part.
The spirit award goes to these guys who live near our friends. They make people dance for their candy and have a different them every year. Here they are the Cheerios from Glee. I want to be that creative and good at planning when I grow up. Mark strikes a pose with his fake tats.

I would show you a picture of the American Flag we put out this morning, but I wouldn’t get to it till Thanksgiving.

Have a great long weekend.

Vivien chose to be a Spy.  Love it.  There is my mom who came over for the start of the candy hunt.


Happy day after Halloween!  We are so lucky.  Vivien’s school closed today so teachers can do something… that teachers do. Wise, so the hungover and tired families were able to sleep longer.

This morning I told Vivien she could have two pieces of candy.  She opted not to pick a Tootsie Roll, “It get’s in my teeth”.  Which brings us to todays video.  Oh, and here is a picture of me and the kids last night.  Rex did have a superman costume, but hated it so much it made him cry, so I threw the cow pants and Vivien’s Halloween shirt together for his first Trick or Treat outing.  My orange cone says “caution: gas leak below,” because fart jokes are ALWAYS funny and I thought it would make me stand out while escorting the kids. It was great that Halloween landed on one of Mark’s night off.  He made a great pork roast that we brought over to our friends house and their daughter and Viv are BFF’s so fun had by all.  We were in our old neighborhood and I kept making loops in different directions so Vivien would see our old, big house.  That can upset her… and me.  Best to airbrush it out of our evening.

Trick or Treat

Not that long ago Halloween meant two things to me. Either stay at home and watch TV while I gave out a little candy or get some really slutty, fun costume on and go to a party. The best outing in that incarnation was 1999 at a party in Oakland as a naughty doctor. It was lousy with athletes who had gone to Cal (sigh, brief staring off into space as I think about those bodies flirting with me and asking for a check up. sigh). A friend of mine is one of the owners of Trashy Lingerie.  They have great stuff, and if you are so inclined to be a hot mommy, you can order online.

One of these days I will slip on my naughty gas station attendant or whatever, but not when I’m walking my daughter around the hood. So, what does a mother wear and not embarrass herself or her family? I think I came up with it.

Halloween on the Fashion Team

Oh, look at the little doggy!  He cried if I put on the part that went on his head, but take my word for it it’s a doggy costume. Rex’s second appearance on the Fashion Team. The first was when he was 9 days old ’cause momma can’t miss a paycheck.

Vivien was suppose to have appeared as Sleeping Beauty, but that’s was when we were afraid she had the flu. Rex was very good and didn’t cry. The baby to the left of him is Easton, our Executive Producer’s baby. He is about 10 weeks older than Rex. When we brought out the real dog and their costumes Rex grabbed Easton and held on to him. It was so cute. But I was next to Rex; I’m not the world’s worst mother. And he did get to keep the outfit.

If you can set your DVR for The Fashion Team this week (it repeats a bunch of times.) If you miss it, in a week or so it ends up on

Wednesday I’ll show you what I wore. Kind of funny.

Halloween at the Fashion Team

When Viv was younger (under 3) she was happy to be a model on my TV Guide show, The Fashion Team – or at least, she tolerated it. Now, not so much. It’s nice when she does the Halloween show, like she did last week, because the producers get her a costume and lazy mom (me) doesn’t have more work to do for the big day. But this year, Viv had really had it – and showed it on camera.

Halloween Is Coming

At three, my little one is getting hip to Halloween. Last year my mom and I took her trick-or-treating. She was dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (she had no idea who Dorothy was, but I dug it). This is Viv in her costume when she was one. It cost $40, so I had her wear it for two years running. I was a doctor. When we went trick-or-treating, Vivien often tried to give the candy back to the people who gave it to her. It was so cute.

This year she is noticing other people’s decorations and she wanted to get in on the fun. So we went shopping today for Halloween decorations, at a party supply store. My gal is a bit sensitive, so everything was deemed “too scary, Mama” as we walked the aisles.

“Well, Halloween is supposed to be scary, but in a tongue-in-cheek way.” Surprisingly a three-year-old didn’t understand that. (She no more understood it when later in the afternoon she was fighting me on her nap, and I told her she was being contrary.  She stopped wailing, “I don’t know what contrary means!”)

I found a tissue-paper pumpkin but that was rejected as well. Finally she agreed to some smiling pumpkins and a “happy” cardboard ghost.

It did make me think.  Halloween is kind of weird.