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Ara’s 1st Halloween

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To begin, I have to reference this link from one of my favorite parenting blogs, the Ugly Volvo. It’s so funny and mirrors exactly what we were asking ourselves for Ara’s first Halloween: what in the world do you do with a 7-month old baby for Halloween? We don’t have grandparents living in the area so we couldn’t show her off, so you can bet we went with Option 6- put her in her $20 costume and run errands all day to make the most use out of it. Not only did we do that, we hauled our sweet little owl to a couple Halloween events earlier in the week as well, including Garden after Dark at the Red Butte Garden, a MOMs Halloween Party, a Little Gym class, and trick-or-treating at Nick’s office. She was a good sport and we had fun. There really isn’t anything cuter than an infant in a Halloween costume. Especially if there’s a padded butt.

With Mommy at the Red Butte Garden

With Mom Owl at the Red Butte Garden

With her daddy at the Red Butte Garden

With Dad Owl at the Red Butte Garden

Meeting her friend Sophie the Giraffe at the Little Gym

Meeting her friend Sophie the Giraffe at the Little Gym

Ara’s outfit was easy. I saw a little pink owl costume for sale at Carter’s and boom, she was done. I was feeling a little ambitious and thought we should do some kind of family costume and looked up Mom and Dad owl costumes online. Not wanting to pay a ridic amount for an adult costume ($50+!! Really??), I found an online tutorial for felt owl masks. Let’s say this again if you haven’t heard already. I’m not a natural DIYer. Missy is SO MUCH better at this kind of thing than I ever will be (those family Care Bear costumes?? Amazing!) A couple dazed trips to Michael’s later (I have no idea what to do in that store), and after a quick Youtube tutorial on how to back stitch, I was on my way to becoming one. It took me a few evenings of sweating and sore fingers to finish the masks but I think they turned out cute and Nick, bless his heart, wore his without complaint. Maybe next year, I’ll be ambitious enough to make full-fledged costumes for all of us. Probably not.

Our owl masks with the not-quite-big-enough eye holes

Our owl masks with the not-quite-big-enough eye holes and uneven stitching

So glad Mommy didn't make her costume...

So glad Mommy didn’t make her costume…hoot!

2014 Halloween

I never considered Halloween a holiday that is one of my favorites, but that all changed this year.  In fact I can’t wait until next year already.  Our halloween was SO MUCH FUN!  I just can’t explain how it feels, but when your little kid is having so much fun it just makes you have the time of your life too, it’s so contagious!

I love making things and I have made all of Nola’s costumes so far.  We will see, next year with two it may not happen, but if I have the time I hope I can because I really enjoy doing it!  This year we wanted Nola to choose what she wanted to be so she would be excited and have fun while being dressed up.  She really wasn’t sure what Halloween was all about still and so we would show her photos of kids in costumes and asked her frequently on what she thought.  At first we thought she’d be an animal, but then decided on being a care bear.  She seemed excited and it was settled!  CJ and I do like to be witty with our costume selections, but since she is older now and has a mind of her own we are all about her choosing something that will make her happy.  Would I prefer that she let us pick something more original, sure, but I think it’s important for her to choose even if that means she will be a princess for the next 5 years, aye, yai, yai.

This was our first year living in a house in a family neighborhood.  Even after looking online for the time for our neighborhood we weren’t sure when it started, if we had enough candy, what we would do when we were out trick or treating with Nola.  All things important of course.  Thankfully we figured it out and will be prepared for next year.  We saw kids out and about around 5:30 and took Nola out then.  It was so cold that evening and wanted to go as early as we could.  We weren’t sure how she was going to be going to each house, but she loved it!  Every time we left each house she would say, “this is fun!”  Every time, bless her heart!

We got back later and put our porch light on and got kids immediately.  Let me tell you, Nola had just as much fun handing out the candy as she did getting it!  So our fun night continued.  She would stand by our glass screen door just waiting for the kids.  Eventually CJ and Nola sat outside because she was too excited to be inside waiting for the kids, even though it was freezing out!  Thankfully the layout of our place is all open so I was able to watch Nola and CJ the entire time while I was making dinner and still be part of the fun.  The pumpkin candle was going and we just had the best evening.

Here are photos of the evening if you care to see:

DSC_0008 cj noticed that sunshine and rain make a rainbow!!  he’s a smart one, that guy! DSC_0014 DSC_0021 DSC_0046 anxiously waiting for the kids to come! DSC_0048 which eventually led to waiting outside

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If you want to see more photos from our Halloween last year you can check it out HERE.