The Untold Story of Oz

October 31, 2008

My head was spinning, it felt like a tornado had hit me. I found my bed and drifted off to a deep sleep.

I awoke in the most colorful of places and looked up as the loveliest person drifted towards me.She introduced herself as Glinda, the good witch of the North.

All of a sudden, another person, well a rather green person, took me by surprise.

Her name was Elphaba, the “Wicked” Witch of the West. She went onto say that she wasn’t really wicked, but just misunderstood.

That is when all three of us noticed the most dazzling shoes…
Then, both girls started bickering about which one of them was going to keep the ruby red slippers, apparently they were both shoe-a-holics. Suddenly, the shoes disappeared from their place and appeared on my feet.
Elphaba was a bit disheartened as she wanted to keep them as a remembrance of her sister. Glinda explained it was necessary that I have them, as it would guide me on my quest to go back home.

Frustrated with Glinda, the Witch of the West, hopped on her broom and headed home.

Glinda then instructed to me that I needed to find my way to the Emerald City because there would be answers on how to get back home to Kansas.

I asked, “How do I get to the Emerald City?”

“Simple, just follow the yellow-brown grass.”

She bid me farewell.
Then off I went.

I’d been walking a long time when the yellow-brown grass decided to split into two. “Which direction should I take?” I said to myself.

Seemingly from the air, a voice said, “That way.”

I thought, where did that come from?

“Okay, well, maybe it’s that way,” the voice said. “Look, I am up here!”

Astonished, I looked up to see the most handsome, talking Scarecrow ever. All I could manage to say was, “Wow!”
He asked for help down from the post and I happily obliged. He quickly sled down, while at the same time losing parts of himself everywhere. Then, he hurriedly stuffed himself again.
He said, “I can help you find your way to the Emerald City.”

Once I looked into his eyes, how can I refuse such a generous offer. After all, it was getting lonely walking alone and he was pretty darn cute, even if he didn’t have much of a brain!

As we were walking, I was falling more in love with the scarecrow. He was just marvelous! I didn’t notice for how long we had stopped walking, but were just staring into each other’s eyes when our lips started to gravitate together…

Suddenly, the Witch of the West appeared and was threatening the scarecrow. She said, “Don’t you try to hurt her.”
Then, she turned to me and asked, “Was he trying to hurt you?”

I said, “No. He was being very sweet.”She said, “Oh… sorry, my apologies.”

I think the Witch was quite confused and didn’t realize that a kiss was a sweet gesture.

Quickly floating down, came Glinda.

Glinda asked, “Is everything alright?”
“Yes.” I replied. “Just another misunderstanding.”

She looked at Elphaba, whom she fondly calls, Elphe, and said, “I guess confusion happens again, you are getting yourself into more trouble. This isn’t good for your reputation.”

Elphe just shook her head and said, “I know, I know. I meant well.”

At that moment, my little pup, Toto, was beginning to get a bit anxious stuck in a basket all day long. I took him out to let him run around a bit and it seemed the two witches were both interested in my little friend.

I was having such a grand time with Glinda, Elphe, and the Scarecrow that I didn’t want our time to end. I just met them, yet they felt so familiar, almost like family. That is when I decided that maybe we should all make the trip to Emerald City together.

I said, “You all are so lovely. I love being here with each of you. I feel so at home when you are all around. Do you think it is possible that we can go to Emerald City together?

Scarecrow said, “Hold on. Let the three of us confer.”

So they did.
They came back and said, “Yes! Let’s all go together.”

I was absolutely elated at their decision.

We all linked arms and headed on our way, while singing, “We are off to see the Wizard the wonderful wizard of Oz…”

We knew we had wonderful things ahead of us.
The journey to the Emerald City seemed to go by so fast with all four of us together. We laughed, played games, and had loads of fun. I was sad when we got to the Wizard so quickly.

Next thing I knew I was tapping my heels together and saying, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

Then, I began to stir.

I didn’t want to wake up. It was the most lovely dream and I wanted it to continue, but my body was aching from the long sleep. I opened my eyes to see the three loves of my life staring at me.

With surprise and excitement, I exclaimed, “You were there. And you. And you. We were all there!”
I went on to tell them my most delightful dream. They were a bit bewildered and confused at my story, but they were glad that I was alright and that my headache had gone away.

I immediately hugged my family and exclaimed, “There really is no place like home.”


Hope you enjoyed my short (okay, maybe long) treat for you this Halloween (and I am glad this year’s Halloween sewing is done, the only one I didn’t make was Dorothy’s, I borrowed from a friend). Ben and I watched the musical Wicked, which I highly recommend, when I was still pregnant with Brave, but we loved the story so much that we knew we had to recreate our version of it with our little girls. So with a little mixing and twisting of The Wizard of Oz and Wicked we come up with our own little story. So last year was Red Riding Hood, this year is the Witches of Oz, I wonder what it will be next year?!!

Hmm… I guess we have got another year to figure that one out.

Happy Halloween!!!

59 comments on “The Untold Story of Oz”

  • Sarah Jane says:

    So creative!!! THe best halloween story yet:) I am loving your daughter’s facial expressions…darling. Oh..and love the red heels:)

  • Emily says:

    Very cute! And your costumes look Fantastic!

  • Catty says:

    Adorable! I love tehat you all got involved!

  • Rubyellen says:

    sarah jane- the costume gave me a reason to buy new shoes!!! haha…

    catty- yes, i love that we all played a part. my husband was excited about it too… he really is one in a million!

  • Ellen says:

    can LK and I be your friend tin man the lion.

    i looooove your story and photos…

    it’s sooooooooooo adorable!

    Happy Halloweeeeen!

  • AndiMae says:

    I loved your sweet little story and those costumes are beautiful!

    P.S. I just discovered your lovely little blog yesterday via Ohdeedoh and I am love it so much! I will definitely be visiting often…

  • Casey says:

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  • Jenn says:

    I’m dying here because you guys are so cute!

  • Renae says:

    Your hubby is such a good sport!! Big points for him.

    Darling costumes once again!

  • super story!!! i love the pictures and the narration was adorable. 🙂

  • this is TOTALLY ADORABLE!!!!!!!

  • So cute! One of my fave costumes growing up was “Dorothy” – good times.

  • Lydia says:

    What great costumes!! We love the Wizard of OZ.

  • what a wonderful idea…i bet you all had fun! what great pictures, so cute! :0

  • sharyl says:

    Oh how cute!! your family is so cute and fun and creative!

  • Townsend says:

    Hello…my name is Becky, and I am Iris How’s sister n’law. She recommended I read your blog a couple of months ago and i have been following it ever since. I love your creativity and style and this has to be my favorite entry so far!! i actually have that dorothy costume and have tried for a couple of yrs to get my hubby to be scarecrow but he wont! PROPS to your husband!!! you have a beautiful family and such a gift with words and with your many talents 🙂

  • -amanda says:

    Adorable….a family after my own heart!

  • Rubyellen says:

    townsend- hi becky!!! nice to meet you. yeah, my husband had no problem dressing up. it is kinda funny, our little family is quirky that way.

    • Ice says:

      esse jogo e um massimo adoreiy love esse jogo tamnbem amo o scs™¥yâobIoso seria um filme não?como eu faço pra ver esse filme que eu baixei, pois eu baixei ele esta em formato AVI e não esta pegando nem o Windowns media Player e nem no Real Player.Eu to loco pra ver esse filme, qual o programa que funciona com ele?

    • car cavalier says:

      What’s your number? Did those chicks win a medal for that at the end? They should have, great scene! Every one of those chicks was pretty hot and all great naturals!! mmmm reminds me of something me and a guy friend of mine did…overall I love this video. but the giggling got annoying.

  • paula says:

    love this! the photos, the story, it all is just too fun.

  • mikodesign says:

    oh rubyellen, such a lovely story and those pictures are lovely, you should print it and make a little book for your girls! I’m hoping to send the magazine + a little suprise this weekend!

  • I loved it!!! I’m posting a link to it on my blog right now!!! The girls are adorable!!! And so are you and Benny!!! Happy Halloween!!!

  • Nanette says:

    You are all the cutest of the cute. Am coveting the blue gingham frock!
    Have fun!

  • AmyC says:

    I love this and your pictures are beautiful.

  • What a wonderful foto-story….as great as your RED-RIDING HOOD…
    I Love them!
    Great work…the costumes , the kids, the pictures…So GREAT!
    Halloween greetings from germany

  • jojo-caramel says:

    Bethany is right ! It’s beautiful ! You all are wonderful ! So cute ! So delightful 🙂 Happy Halloween !!!

  • What a fun Halloween story!
    I am soooo happy to find your blog! Everything is so happy and colorful here!
    I’ll be back often!
    Take care, and have a Happy Halloween.

  • Jen says:

    What darling costumes! I love them!

  • Lin says:

    AWESOME story and great costumes!

  • HEATHER says:

    hahah! I meant so say mom and *dad* not dude. hahah.

  • I love your halloween stories!! Great job! :] I love Wicked! :]

    You’re daughters are so cute!!! ;]

    You’re little dollie is coming soon!

  • onawa says:

    ok, you’re amazing. now I feel like a lazy mom. thanks…..


  • erin says:

    beautiful costumes! lovely story! amazing photographs! gorgeous family!

    thanks for the halloween treat!

  • This is one of the most adorable things I have seen! You guys are such a fun family.

  • The Hows says:

    it was actually becky (matt’s sister who commented earlier) who told me to make sure to read your “oz” blog. i loved it! she really does love the wizard of oz too! happy harvest! already looking forward to next year!

  • Happy Apple says:

    What a wonderful way to truly celebrate Halloween with your little ones. This is the first time I’ve read your blog…very enjoyable.

  • creativeenvy says:

    WOW. I am so impressed by your Halloween costumes and just your entire blog, Rubyellen! I just discovered your site today through Oh Happy Day and you are so inspiring! I admire everything you’re doing. I’ve been reading through some of your archives today and I feel so motivated. I posted about your site over on my blog…hope you don’t mind! Keep up the amazing work.

  • Kellie H says:

    one of my fav posts you have done. Oh it is so fun! Your girls are going to remember all their costumes as they grow up. {Dorothy is better oh so better in heels!}
    I too saw Wicked when I was pregnant with my second.
    Can’t wait til next years story=)

    • Augustina says:

      What a pleasure to find someone who ideneifits the issues so clearly

    • http://www./ says:

      Damn, cool website. I actually came across this on Bing, and I am stoked I did. I will definately be returning here more often. Wish I could add to the post and bring a bit more to the table, but am just absorbing as much info as I can at the moment.Thank You

  • Rachel says:

    Such a cute idea! And I love the good witch/ bad witch costumes!

  • Jen says:

    I just finished reading Wicked, so I love your little Elphe. And a great post! I found your blog a week or so ago and I’ve loved getting caught up on your old posts. You have such a sweet family.

  • nina says:

    wow! so cute! love this entry..
    and you took such a lovely and amazing photos!

  • Erika says:

    Beautiful family! That was a really fun read. Oh, and we loved “Wicked” too. Saw it a few years ago here in Denver.

  • Oliver Rain says:

    This was unbelievable. You obviously worked very hard to pull all of it off. It looks like so much fun.

  • dana says:

    Adorable ensemble! SO cute.
    And amazing pictures to go along. You did a fabulous job.

  • Wow! Your photography and family are so very beautiful! Amazing costumes as well.

  • Rebecca says:

    too cute. Don’t know how you got your little one to sit still for green face paint!

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  • nathalie says:

    ohhh my gosh!!! toto, i don’t think we are in kansas anymore!!! what a classic. i love you guys so much! once upon a time i was in a sorority…yeah, me. and we embraced the wizard of oz because each person was broken, but together they were all made whole. i have a little figurine set…i will show you someday. now i know what kennedy will be next year. there we go, let’s set a tradition!!! i love it all ruby!!! and the ruby slippers. i adore high heels too! awesome awesome!!! and benny is too nice! you are all so amazing. happy birthday friend. i was just working again on your little pressie. when you see it you will see why it is taking so long!!!!

  • jellybeant says:

    hi! i loved your little red riding hood story and this one is just as fabulous. it’s really a great way to see how much your little ones have grown!

  • melissa says:

    Ha, ha! I love your story!

  • Bunny B says:

    I'm so glad I read the comments for your 2nd b'day contest, or else, I'd have missed out on this post! Love the picture of you and your family walking off. Too cute!

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