Saturday, November 01, 2008

Through the Wardrobe

It's been a couple years since I've been able to dress the kids in a Halloween theme. When Braeden was very little and out for his first Halloween, he and a two year old girl I had dressed as puppies. The next year, he and Olivia were Mickey and Minnie. Two years ago they were pirates. Last year, they had their own definate ideas and all four that were with me were different: Pippi Longstocking, an elephant, Raggedy Ann, and a scarecrow. This year we ended up with a theme again, though not originally planned. Last May, yes May, but once Braeden has something in his mind it rarely changes, Braeden decided he wanted to be a knight for Halloween! He LOVED the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie (Chronicles of Narnia) and especially High King Peter. He became mesmerized with swords and shields and sheaths. :) I happened to see that Pottery Barn Kids still had a knight costume on clearance from last Halloween, so I bought it. Olivia loves the movie too and when we saw a Lucy costume at the Disney Store in late summer, she decided that that was what she wanted to be and we picked it up. Luckily too because it sold out quickly! So, since Liam is still young enough to not care, I decided he should be Aslan, especially since he loves to "roar." :) So I grabbed his costume on ebay, though it's an Old Navy one. They looked great!!! :)

I had a fellow teacher let me know that she was going to be calling in a sandwich order to pick up for herself on the way home and ask if she could get something for us for dinner. I thanked her profusely, how I would LOVE that!!! BUT, I had to tell her that on Halloween I work hard to be "cool mom." Two years ago I just didn't know how to fit dinner in with work and picking up from day care and getting ready and trick or treating, so I decided to just let them eat candy as we walked and that would be our dinner. You'd think they'd won the lottery (we don't do candy much!). It worked, they thought it was the coolest thing ever, and we did it again last year. And Olivia still talks about it. That is what she was most excited about this year! I figure it's one night a year, why not. :) So we passed on the sandwiches and went with the candy. :)

And had so much fun!!

However, about three blocks or so into the trick or treating, we ran into 6 college agers dressed as witches, and Liam lost it! :) He was scared, poor buddy. He would NOT walk. And of course I didn't plan for this and had no stroller or wagon. Boy that kid can get heavy in a costume after walking a couple blocks! lol I got a very funny video piece of what he was like when I had to set him down for a minute to regain feeling in my arm. I'll try to post it if my dial up won't kick me off in uploading! :) All in all, a great Halloween. And after I threw out the remainder of the candy we still had from last Halloween, we had room for more in their Halloween candy jars. (And mom has her own stash in a bag in the cabinet!)


Shea said...

You are a cool mom. Every so often we go and get ice cream and eat it before dinner. When I was a kid I promised myself that when I grew up I would have dessert before dinner, I mean who really cares lol. Your halloween pics are great! I hope to get mine posted soon.

YEAH! Lisa, candy for supper, I love it!!

My little candy monster has 7 cavities (I blame China) so I ration the candy too. While we are here in south Florida living out of the hotel until Chris goes home - he is getting RUINED!! 2 years of hard work are slipping through my fingers: capri suns all the time, gummies, candy, up all night - YIKES!!!

Holly said...

What a GREAT Mom!!!!
LOVE the costumes! So creative!

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