Again, sorry for the trip back in time here, but we had a lot of Halloween fun this year - by the skin of our teeth...
Here's a round-up of our activities in costume as a ladybug (or Ivy bug), a bird (Alice), a Queen Bee (duh) - complete with anatomically correct wings and antennae, and a bug and bird watcher/collector/general enthusiast. The title of this post comes from something Alice says all the time - "bugs about a beeeee!" - and we have no idea what it means or where it came from. It just seemed a fitting theme for this year's family costume!
On the Friday before Halloween, Alice's school put on a carnival in conjunction with our church. I took the day off to take care of some things, including finishing up the last bit of my costume and making some treats for the bake sale. Alice helped me with my projects and then we started to get ready to go. I won't go into the whole story here, but all of the sudden, my daughter who had been perfectly potty-trained for over a year was refusing to go to the bathroom. I admit, I did not handle the situation as gracefully as I could have and it escalated into a tantrum (on both ends) which ended with Alice going to bed early and us planning to skip the carnival so Alice didn't have an obviously imminent accident there.
Jon had chili simmering in the crockpot all day that he was planning to enter in the chili cook-off. So at the last minute, he ran over his chili and my baked goods. Of course it looked like a wonderful time that we knew Alice would enjoy, so we rallied everyone and arrived halfway through to make the best of it. It was a good thing we went, because as soon as we got there, they announced Jon as the winner of the chili cook-off, unseating the champion for the past three years! Alice enjoyed trick-or-treating at all the school and church doorways, and playing the carnival games. She totally impressed us with her bean bag throwing abilities and actually aced just about every game she tried.
Here's Ivy looking skeptical about the Halloween carnival...
|the bird and the bee wings.|
My work always has a fun lunchtime extravaganza, including a costume contest that features some truly amazing costumes, so Jon brought the kids in to play. A friend of mine happened to have some great red lipstick, so I gave myself a royal make-over.
The whole happy family!
This is about how I felt after all that, too...
And we STILL hadn't gone trick-or-treating! We headed out as soon as it was remotely dusk-ish.
She finally did it though, and pulled out about three seeds before calling it quits. Unless she could wash her hand between each scoop, she was not interested...
|"can I wash my hands, now?"|
Our carving tools were a little bit too small and precise for her little hands, so I helped her carve a simple face.
Mo Willems' pigeon.
I was skeptical, but thought it turned out really great! I, of course, had to go FROZEN and carved my favorite snowman. I think Olaf would really enjoy Halloween!
Alice is already talking about what she wants to be next year, but I have a feeling it will change plenty of times in the next 11 months - unlike this year, when I had to talk her out of recycling last year's costume! Hope your Halloween was safe and not at all scary!