First things first, thank you to everyone who entered the “Ten Little Ladybugs” giveaway! The winner is… #17 PhaseThreeOfLife. Meghan, hopefully this book will help Ryan learn to love books a bit more 🙂 I bet that day will come when he is asking you to read them over and over and over! Congrats. I’ll send you an email to put you in touch with Piggy Toes Press. And remember, everyone else can still get free shipping on your orders with the code “FREESHIP”. So shop away!
Secondly, this weekend is Halloween. For those who have been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I LOVE Halloween. (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, and Exhibit C – Owen’s first Halloween). Every year Benjamin and I start brainstorming costumes weeks ahead of time so I can get a jump on hot glueing this year’s costume creation.
Do you know what we are going to be this year? Something we haven’t been in all the years we’ve been together for Halloween. Something I haven’t been… maybe ever. OURSELVES. Boring. Lame-o. I’m embarrassed even typing it. But this year, work and travel and Owen and this quilt-making class I’m taking sort of bumped my costume-making time, like, off the calendar. Halloween is in 3 days and we got nothin’. The main reason I am ok with this decision is that we don’t have any adult parties to go to, so really Owen was the only person who needed a costume. And while I generally LOVE the “whole family dresses up” idea, this year it just wasn’t necessary. And frankly, I’d rather spend my time making silly faces in the mirror and playing outside with Owen than making a costume any day.
So I did what any other thrifty, busy mom does. I went to our local consignment store and scoured the racks for the cutest thing I could find. And for $5, Owen is going to be the cutest little doggie in the world. A part of me is disappointed, since I’ve looked forward to making my kids’ Halloween costumes for practically my whole life. But we’ve been having so much fun recently that I’m sure my priorities are in the right place. And hey, there are going to be plenty of other Halloweens when Owen actually knows what’s going on and cares about his costume. So no guilt this time! Just doggies. And candy. Since Owen doesn’t need any candy this year (and won’t have a clue about what Halloween really means), we’re planning on playing out in our front yard and giving candy out to as many costumed kids as we can find. Since we’ve never done Halloween in this house before, we really have no idea what it will be like. But there are kids EVERYWHERE around here, so I hope we got enough candy!
Do you dress up with your kids for Halloween? Do you get lots of trick-or-treaters? What are your kids being for Halloween this year?