It's been a pretty busy October and Fall in general and between life and raising these two littles I haven't found myself reaching for this blog that much lately which always makes me sad but sometimes it's just the reality of life these days. I have always been so inspired by those moms out there who can work and do life and parent AND keep up with blogging at the same time. But awhile back I promised myself I'd let it go: when it works it works and when it doesn't I just have to focus on the other things that make a day busy! And this month that's been operating on less sleep (hello sleep regression!), battling (another) wicked sinus infection (really really need to do something about that) and trying in-between to spend some time outside in the beautiful Fall before it completely turns to winter before our eyes! Also, making Halloween costumes because last October I promised myself that this would be the year I would learn to sew so that I could make June's costume by this halloween. I almost didn't make my deadline and i came in right under the gun frantically finishing these up last sunday in a furious fit of sewing in which I completely left our spare/sewing room covered in millions of pieces of scrap fabric and even more tiny pieces of thread (driving my family crazy in the process!). BUT! I finished. As I told mike and I'll admit here, it was more about the goal of seeing this through then it was about the costumes when it got down to the wire. I needed to make this happen to prove to myself I could follow-through with something I said I would ....that's probably my biggest insecurity if the internet needs to know. So all this to say, I was so happy with how they turned out and I can't wait to show them to you here!
I went with Alice and Wonderland because I've been working on my dress-making skills and this seemed like a natural way to keep up with the practice. Flora was of course the "Mad-Hatter" because is there *anything* cuter than a baby in a lop-eared bunny hat? I mean, I'm biased but I have to think, no! I was so happy with how both turned out!! Of course if I haven't mentioned it once or twice before, we live in an arctic tundra and obviously there was NO way either kid was actually going to get out trick-or-treating without a minimum of 5 layers on (I mean when I was little my mom used to put my snow-suit on UNDER my princess costume which was always at least 3 sizes too big for just this purpose), so these costumes were just used for an indoor party with friends and at June's nursery school party (which was the cutest thing ever btw) but regardless, they were exactly what I wanted and I was so proud when she saw it an exclaimed "fank-youuuuuuuu" (little angel didn't even know who Alice in Wonderland was but she seriously sold it like she was the 15th member of the paw patrol or something, that's how excited she was acting). But while we're talking about it trick-or-treating with June was amazing this year. She never fails to impress me in her desire to keep up with her older cousins and she was just running towards doors yelling after them "Wait for me!!" and sticking out her hand to take the candy (she refused to let people put the candy *in* her bucket which made me laugh each time. Because doesn't everyone just know by now that "Juney does it!" Regardless she was so polite and brave with her little "trick-or-treats!" and "thank-you's" and I couldn't have been more proud of her. I imagine next year we'll have another little one eager to keep up because Flora has already proven that she sits still and waits for NOONE! (more on that in another post because this girl and her determination warrants it!)
can we all just take a moment to appreciate this plank formation?!^^ I mean, never in my 33 years have I been able to plank that well! Girl has some muscle and strength I'm telling you!
ok so I was totally *that mother* begging them to keep it together for a few pictures. I'm not sure how I ended up here after years of evading photos myself but here we are. sorry girls. you'll understand this one day when you're older ;)
what's a mad-hatter's tea-party without a few tears and a complete disregard for costume decorum?
and just in case you were concerned about the bunny's welfare in the making of this post. she was for the most part, a happy little bunny ;)
So that's year one making costumes under the belt. Next year I want to tackle something for all family members. Because I just felt kinda underdressed hitting the pavement. I mean,there were some seriously impressive family costumes out there this year! My favourite had to be a mom-friend who did this amazingly fantastic version of Where the Wild Things Are with her hubby and son and if by chance she's reading this I hope she knows how wicked awesome she did! Crazy skills!!
I hope everyone had a safe and happy halloween!! What did you go as this year? Anyone out there try their hand at home-made?