01 November 2012

Halloween 2012

Halloween has come and gone, and what a great Halloween it was. 

Earlier this week Kev and I carved our pumpkins. I, sticking to what I know, went with the traditional pumpkin carving and used Kameron as my inspiration. 

Kev, on the other hand, broke out the carving tools for his third year of pumpkin carving.

 Each year he gets better and better, and I am thinking of trying my hand in pumpkin carving next year.

2010 is by far my most favorite pumpkin, done by Kevin.

I have spent the better half of the last week turning scraps of fabric, tulle, elastic, zippers, yarn, and thread into decent costumes and trick-or-treat bags. After the birth of Kaydence, I made a promise to myself that I would home make all of my kids costumes. I have a sewing machine, knowledge of sewing and the creativity needed to produce trick-or-treating masterpieces, so why be ordinary when I could be extraordinary and original!

Usually, each year I begin costume making with overwhelming excitement and exuberance but hours into my project I am usually a disheveled fool, cursing like a sailor and ripping thread from the arm hole I just sewed shut. Surprisingly this year was quite the opposite. The sewing went quickly, the errors where few, and my potty mouth was pretty much non-existent. Aside from my procrastination, resulting in late nights the past few days, I would say costume making was fairly easy this year. I am hoping this is a sign of my improved sewing skills, and future ease. 

Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Bags

I kept this years costumes a secret just as I have the past two years. I recognize that I have a short window of time to be the creative mastermind behind the kids Halloween costumes. I have given myself three years per child to create my own ideas of their costumes before I believe their desires and wants will speak up. I have had this years costumes planned out since Kameron was born, so I was excited to finally turn my ideas into reality. The costumes were simple, nothing over the top, and just perfect for my family for four. 

Wilma and Pebbles
Barney and Bam Bam

Due to the weather (and my desire to show off our costumes in the light) we went to the mall for trick-or-treating. Kaydence kept a ten foot distance from anyone in a mask or with face paint, but seemed to really enjoy the experience. Kameron was a little sponge soaking up all of the colors, noises, smells, and people he could. Kev and I had a blast being willing participants in the kids lives. Dressing up with them makes us feel as though we are showing them that we want to be apart of their world. This isn't just mommy and daddy taking them trick-or-treating; this is mommy, daddy, Kaydence and Kameron all dressing up and participating in the Halloween festivities together. They won't remember what they were for Halloween each year, but they will remember mommy and daddy ALWAYS being active participants in their lives. Which I think is the key to successful parenting.

Hope everyone had a safe and very Happy Halloween!

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