Do You Like My Hat?


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Art, Attitude, Children, Children's Books, Confidence, Contest, Crafts, Encouragement, Life Lessons, Memories, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters | Posted on 16-10-2014

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It’s OK if you don’t. Because I love it!

Do you remember the children’s book, Go Dog Go!? One dog keeps asking the other dog, “Do you like my hat?” He’s a total dick and always says no, he does not. She continues to try so hard to seek his approval and validation.

Until the last hat, which is over-the-top amazing! And, he likes it. Finally.

My daughter and I made some over-the-top hats. Our plan was to wear them at opening day at the horse races.

We started working on the hats a month ago. On one of our trips to our favorite antique store, we scored my daughter a red hat. And lots of bags of junk treasure. We spent that whole afternoon, with glue guns in hand, decorating. That evening, she told me that she had the best day. Yeah, me too.

She transformed her hat into a half-fall-half-winter scene. It is amazing and joyful! But she already knows this.

Mine was half toys and 100 percent full of memories. I rummaged through my children’s toy bins. Plastic horses with no tails. Gold coins from St. Patrick’s Day. Legos. An army guy from a 4th of July parachute. Fake rotten teeth my youngest son loves to wear. A pink barrette my daughter wore when she was three. A Nerf gun bullet. A rubber frog. An alien prize from no cavities at the dentist. A few stray McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. A refrigerator alphabet magnet. A Polly Pocket. A monkey pencil topper. The wrestler that my oldest son played with when he was two. He’s 15 now. The wrestler lost his legs in a battle, so he now anchors the front of my hat. It’s his medal of honor, I guess.

So many wonderful, funny, happy memories are now all glued to my hat.

On opening day, my daughter and I confidently paraded around the horse races with the biggest grins and giggled the whole time. What silliness! What fun!

We entered the “best hat” contest.

We didn’t win. Not even third place. Not sure why we entered. We certainly don’t need external approval and validation to remind us that we are both winners.

Because we already know this.

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Two ladies wearing hats at the horse races.

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Pesky Pippi Picks…The Academy Awards


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Hollywood, Movies | Posted on 25-02-2012

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Did you think I was gonna say Pesky Pippi picks her nose? Silly! I’ll save that for another post.

The 84th Academy Awards will be presented February 26. And watching it is a tradition around here!

Here’s a good printable ballot. Go on, print it out and pick your favorites.

Here’s Pippi’s picks for the 84th Academy Awards:

  • Best picture: Hugo
  • Best director: Martin Scorsese: Hugo
  • Best actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Best actress: Viola Davis, The Help
  • Best supporting actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Best supporting actress: Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Best animated feature film: Rango
  • Best foreign film: A Separation, Iran
  • Best original screenplay: Midnight in Paris
  • Best adapted screenplay: Hugo
  • Best art direction: Hugo
  • Best costume design: The Artist
  • Best original song: Real in Rio from Rio
  • Best original score: Hugo
  • Best documentary: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  • Best documentary (short): The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
  • Best cinematography: Hugo
  • Best film editing: The Artist
  • Best makeup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Best sound editing: War Horse
  • Best sound mixing: War Horse
  • Best visual effects: Hugo
  • Best short film (animated): La Luna
  • Best short film (live action): Time Freak

Just remember. We are all winners. 🙂