Me: M, why don’t you help find Jovie a Halloween costume.
M took over the computer and five minutes later:
M: Mommy, how about this one?
Me: Emmaaaa!! NO! Jovie is NOT going to be a peanut for Halloween!!
M: But she’ll be a cute little peanut.
Me: No! Jovie, what do you want to be for Halloween?
Me: There, go find Jovie a princess outfit!
M: Ok, mommy… (pout pout)
We’ve been looking at Halloween costumes today just in case M wants something that is either cheaper (than buying here) or can only be purchased from the US (takes a week usually but I’ve had packages come six weeks after it was mailed out — per tracking number). In the past all of M’s outfits have been creatively designed by me but this year M wants something more like the character and not a spin off. In the past, since M’s was still easily influenced, I could wiggle myself out of buying an outfit. Last year she was a pirate. I suggested this because she already have everything for it (well, they all had to be gathered but they were all in the house), the year before that she was a ghost. Remember that ghost outfit I did? Yes, it was just a sheet and yes, no sewing was involved. It was just the sheet and my scissors.
The year before the ghost my mom made a kimono and M was a Japanese girl. The other years before kimono I can’t remember although she was a lady bug the first year and one of the year I forgot M’s face was painted all cattywampus — oh yes, her second Halloween. Her babysitter did it! One year I was at a conference and hubby took her… what was she that year? Hmm… I remember hubby said it was really cold and they ended up at a restaurant after just five minutes. M doesn’t like candies so it never bothered her that she never got a full bag of goods. <-- If this paragraph doesn't make sense, it's ok, it's not you, it's me. I was thinking out loud... Although you might say I was creative with my approach I have to admit that it was mostly tightwadness and unmotivatedness to be a part of the tradition as the reason for M's 'simple' costumes. I've probably dressed up three times for Halloween my whole entire life. So this year I want M to have fun with it and get whatever she wants (and I'll try not to persuade her to be the paper bag doll or Punky Brewster <-- easily done by rummaging through M's wardrobe). As for Jovie... we'll find something decent. This will be her first time dressing up. The first Halloween Jovie dressed as a baby and the second time she was a 1-yrs-old. I know, lame mommy, huh? That's that. I hope you like the page I did using Daisy Jane Paper by Carina Gardner and many bits and pieces from Kitschy Digital. Yellow’s one of my favorite color (red is the other) and the background of this layout makes me so happy! You all take care and laters!