Monday, October 31, 2011

The Fat Controller

For Halloween, the Husband shed not only his clown costume, but so-help-me-God his brown skin as well! He asked me for a picture of Sir Topham Hatt, which I duly provided and then began the transformation. Did I mention he changed his skin color?? (Michael Jackson, anyone?) The picture doesn't show it as well as I'd like, but his skin was PALE! In other news, the Son was Thomas the Tank Engine.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Clown's Wife Poses as her Husband

For my school's Halloween celebration, I was the Husband minus the Really Student Distracting Make-Up. Due to the lack of make-up and the fact that I didn't wear the hat most of the day, the kids kept saying to me, "What're you supposed to be, Mrs. Wife?" I'd stick out my foot that was wearing the clown shoes the Husband had gotten from the clown at Ringling Brothers. "A clown? Can you make me a balloon?" they'd say. I'd usually reply with, "For Halloween, you dress up as something you're not. Therefore, no, I can't make you balloons."
It was interesting how only the upper grades seemed to question whether or not I was a clown. The kindergarteners all seemed to know without asking...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Amazing Magician

The Son, the Grandpa, and I saw an AMAZING magician on Saturday. His patter's perfect. Each story is beautiful. Above all, he really understands how to work with kids.
One thing he did involved 2 children standing at the sides of a box. One of the kids decides to look directly into the front of the box. "Oh you don't want to do that," he says. Then he looks over all of the children's heads and into the parents' eyes, "You might see your reflection!"
Needless to say, being the evil, snarky wife that I am; I called the Husband soon after to tell him just how bad he looks compared to this guy. :) The Husband's a good sport. He would have enjoyed seeing this guy at work.
If you want to read more about the magician, here's his website:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Festival

The Son and the Husband both dressed as clowns together and they were a hit! The Son spent most of his time in the bounce house (Noah's Ark) while the Husband ballooned to help advertise for his friend's church. Turns out the church paid us, so I feel less weird about the whole thing. Whew!
There were some good chilies; there were some okay chilies. The fried Milky Way (courtesy of the other clowns) was awesome and I had a limeade that was made with real limes!!!!
The Son was excited because he got to be in the kids' costume parade. I think he felt like a real clown! All in all, the day was a success!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wrong or right?

Tomorrow the Husband's going to be clowning at a fall festival. He'll be primarily ballooning, while the Son and I will primarily be wandering about sampling chili.
Here's the rub: the Husband was invited to do this (for free) to help a friend get attention drawn to his table for his church. Are we members of the same religion as said friend's church? Absolutely not! (especially me!!) So what happens to the Husband when the friend figures out that the Wife and the Son are not members of the faith?
The Husband's doing it for fun, to get more practice, and learn more from another community of clowns...
I suppose we should just hope they keep making assumptions about us and continue not bothering to get to know us better.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Costume-October 2011

Here's the Husband in full clown regalia. The picture doesn't show it, but he's wearing the shoes he bought from the pros. (Click here to see more about those shoes)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Clown Pledge of Allegiance

The Husband shows this to me today. His alley must say it at the beginning of meetings:

I pledge allegiance
To a world of clowns,
And that for which they stand,
For red noses and big shoes,
For rubber chickens and kazoos;
One alley, under God,
To promote laughter and
Goodwill to all!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


My son says to me while we're reheating pancakes, "Papá's clown?" I look. He's indicating my Russian nesting doll who has very pink cheeks. He indicates his own. "Papá like this." He wipes one cheek. "Like this." he wipes the other one. He smiles. It's just what he does when The Husband is doing his clown make-up.
What a great and unlikely connection! Clown figurines and nesting dolls have more in common than I thought!
This sort of connection could only take place in the house of a clown's wife...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

You can do magic with anything!

For anything slightly out of the ordinary, its purpose must be doing magic tricks. Keep in mind this inference came from a two year old. Also keep in mind the house he lives in (click here to see the weird stuff he's growing up around).
For instance, the other day, I was doing laundry in the basement and the Son was messing around through our box of what I call Random Junk. Suddenly he comes up to me with a child-sized pair of red tights (perhaps they belonged to the previous owner of our house? They did leave behind a ton of junk....). "Do magic, Mommy."
"That's not magic.  They're tights."
"Oh. Papá magic?"
Taking my silence to be assent, he dragged the tights up the stairs to the kitchen so that Papá would have the opportunity to show him his new magic trick when he comes home.
Needless to say, I got rid of the tights after bedtime.  Thankfully, the Son's forgotten they ever existed.  Papá probably would have had to come up with a tight trick!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Scary Jesus at a Party

Contrary to popular belief, I am not Catholic. Just because my husband is Hispanic, that also does not mean he is Catholic (ok. He was raised Catholic. He does fit some of the stereotype.)
We do however, have many friends who are both Hispanic and Catholic.
Despite these friendships, our son has an astonishingly small amount of exposure to all things Catholic.
So, when we were at a party on Saturday, I took our son into our friend's bedroom to change his diaper. When he's done, he stands up on the bed, points at the wall and exclaims in horror, "What's that, Mommy?!"
I look at the wall. I see a crucifix. Then I think about what my son sees. He sees a man in agonizing pain as he dies a horrible death, has nails through his hands, and a crown of thorns on his head. "Oh that's just Jesus on the cross, baby," I reply, pick him up, and get him out of there!
I suppose if you were raised around crucifixes, they wouldn't disturb you the way this one disturbed my son and me, but wow! Catholicism is not a religion for the faint of heart.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Costume #1

He was sucking up. On my 17th birthday, I open the front door to a clown saying, "¡Feliz cumpleaños, The Wife!"
Somehow my husband had convinced my mother (keep in mind,we weren't even engaged yet) to sew him up a clown suit. He scavenged some clown shoes and had what I now recognize to be terrible make-up.
Apart from the make-up, the costume was not that bad. The worst part for him was when he had to urinate-he couldn't reach the drawstring around his neck so he always had to ask for help.
It's hard to be a good clown when you can't be independent about your bathroom needs.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ghost Balloon on a Whim

The Husband made this on Saturday on a whim. My son thought that this meant he could also make a train balloon just as quickly. Not so much. Apparently trains require preparation...