Today was “dress as your favorite Dr. Suess character” day at school. Luckily my little M still had her costume from Halloween and it still fit. As for my little B…mommy had to get crafty. Nothing like coming up with ideas at 6:30 in the morning…without a cup of coffee even in my system yet.
I had actually thought of the idea of “Thing 2” yesterday and went to our local Wal-mart late last night to see what I could gather up. Needless to say they had nothing on my list of ideas. N*O*T*H*I*N*G. No surprise there really.
I found the blue beanie buried beneath the last of the winter stuff and bought some blue ribbon to pin to the top of the hat to make it look more like wild blue hair. He’s wearing a pajama top, and that is literally sketch board paper that I used a “Sharpie” to write “THING 2” upon and pin it to the shirt. What a way for me to improvise! **pats herself on the back**
I am always so last minute with everything and I keep thinking that one day it will change. But the fact is I have been this way since I can remember. I just cough it up to I work best under pressure. He was excited about the costume and the smile on his face put a smile on mine.
And to add one more thing that doesn’t really relate to my topic but I just feel the need to share is…sometimes as a parent I am constantly thinking that I am messing motherhood up, but this morning (every morning actually but for some reason this morning it really hit me) as we were walking to the front door of the preschool….my little B man ran to get to the door first and upon opening it said “all my ladies first”. I realized I must be doing something right to have such a sweet boy.
So here we are for our first Halloween in the new house and I am über excited!!! I have waited until today to put up our decorations in fear that the dreadful W word would blow them away…I don’t dare even say that word on this glorious day.
(our skeleton man)
So earlier in the month I went out to the garage to get my “Halloween” bins only to find that somewhere in our moving across state the Halloween decor had been dumped out and replaced with my toddler’s TOYS!!! How the heck did that happen? The good news to this was that they were like brand new toys to the kids and they unloaded the bins into their bedrooms and I didn’t hear a peep for hours. ((Happy happy mommy)) Of course now it’s just more toys for this mommy to step on, pick up, and throw away.
Now before I had children I wasn’t into decorating for Halloween because A: It was pointless being that I had no kids and B: I lived in a neighborhood where we NEVER had any trick or treaters. Therefore I would just attend my friends yearly Halloween parties drinking myself into an oblivion and spend countless Sunday’s in October curled up watching tv with a hangover …fun times ((sarcasm)).
(The one man graveyard)
The fun times are now that I have kids. I love watching Halloween excitement through their eyes. From the moments the boxes of ordered decor arrived it has been a constant “How many sleeps until Halloween?” Their little minds just don’t understand that mommy’s powers, as great as they are, cannot make the day come any faster.
So the day is finally here…they woke me up with screeches of excitement about “no more sleeps!!! Today’s Halloween!!!” We finished up our decorations, we carved and decorated pumpkins, and we got ready for our evening out. This is the first year that 2 of my 3 toddlers really got the whole idea of Halloween. We weaved our way in and out and up and down the streets…moving from house to house as I sent my little people to the front doors of decorated houses in search of a candy treat. So many people and so much commotion going on. Every once in awhile I would watch them and they couldn’t see me and this little wave of panic would rush over their faces and they would call out “MOMMY!” like I somehow was going to disappear on them in the night.
Now my 3 old daughter loves to watch and see mildly scary stuff such as watching Coraline and any Tim Burton film I own or sitting with me while I skim through Pinterest looking at Halloween ideas…she absolutely LOVES to do that.
(the bodiless headsman)
My son on the other hand…once it got completely dark, wanted to come home “cause his feet were tired” as he was spooked by every person in a costume, who walked by. So we made our way back through some streets and found our way home safe and sound something that this mommy is so very thankful for. That and I got lots of “I love you mommys” with sparkles of a successful Halloween gleaming in their eyes. Or maybe that’s just the early stages of a sugar coma coming on….
(Cat in the Hat and Tigger too)
(Cat in the Hat and my skeleton)