Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Halloween 2013: Bugs About A Bee!

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...
We also went trick-or-treating at the LA Zoo's "Boo at the Zoo," but we didn't get to see any of the animals with their pumpkin treats.

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!

And a very dramatic shot of me in our costume portrait studio!
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.

We met up with one of our favorite neighborhood cats, Bones, who greeted us and escorted us down the sidewalk for a bit. Even after five years, he is actually one of the only neighbors we know at all but we were happy to find out that everyone on the street with little kids was congregating at one of the house's annual party. So once we'd trick-or-treated at all of the houses on our street and the girls were running out of energy, we headed over to the party and were able to meet most of our neighbors in one go!
We let Alice have a few pieces of her candy at the party and after she devolved into sugar-fueled gymnastics and started jumping on their couch, we excused ourself and headed home to watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
Since Halloween was on Thursday this year, we didn't want to carve our pumpkins on the weekend in case they didn't last until the holiday, and we didn't have time to carve them during the week, so we did it afterwards. This year, Alice wanted to try carving instead of just painting but she was awfully reluctant to stick her hand in that slimy pile of guts...

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...
eeeew, guts.

"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.

While Jon was working on his masterpiece, an interpretation of 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!

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