Share and Share Alike

Dear Erin,

Thanks for the book ideas; Little Mister loves the last three you mentioned, and I’m sure he’ll enjoy the others.

Here are our Halloween costumes, all finished:


A t-shirt I colored, and a Tigger costume without its hat (I lost it somewhere in the last two months, but I know it didn’t fit anyway). Meh… Good thing the kids are so cute. Here is Little Mister’s costume more fully:


I’d claim he posed, but I really just got lucky. And here is the inspiration:


Charles’s request, and MUCH less work than my choice last year:


I figure next time, Little Mister will want to have some input, but at least we got some geeky stuff in for ourselves while we could.

Captain Wiggles was more or less just along for the ride, but he didn’t seem to mind much that he was wearing a hand-me-down costume with a big piece missing. He slept through all Halloween festivities. He came out better in the photo shoot at the pumpkin patch. Babies and gourds, right?


I put him in the outfit that his brother wore the last time we were there (again, hand-me-downs).


But Captain Wiggles does have his very own hat, so he got his very own, non-hand-me-down elf pictures, too.


No gourds, maybe, but I do like this one a lot.

So it’s basically all about sharing around here – like it or not. I guess I’m lucky that I’m the only girl – I don’t have to share anything!


What We’re Reading

Dear Kristen,

Procrastination looks good on Little Mister!  I loved his costume! Simple. Clever. And unique!

We weren’t so clever or unique – but simple was the name of the game.  Batman and Tweak.

Costume Recipes:

Batman: pajamas with a homemade cape attached with safety pins to the shirt. Perfect for Little Man.

Tweak: Found it on the internet, bought it, and it arrived at our doorstep.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!  What do you do when your daughter insists she wants to be a green bunny engineer from her favorite TV show (Octonauts)?  Well, you don’t try to make a light green sweatsuit with bunny ears, that’s for sure!

So people thought she was the Easter Bunny or weren’t sure what to think.  But she was happy.

And reading is making her happy, too, so I thought I’d share what we’ve been reading of recent.  Munchkin is entering the world of reading all on her own (little squeal of delight!) and so we’ve been working to have fresh, exciting library books available and fun things to explore!

Munckin’s Recent Reads

  1. Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.  51olbjkb2bel-_sx363_bo1204203200_I think I’ve mentioned these before – but there are a variety of them and she can make out many of the words all on her own.  She also has a quick memory, so she can usually recite it after the second reading…so then I’m not positive how much reading is being done….
  2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.  51o8luyt2il-_sx378_bo1204203200_Silliness and rhyming out the wazoo – all good things!
  3. Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess.  51clhaltlfl-_sx355_bo1204203200_We got this as a listening book at the library.  God bless audio books!  But seriously, if I had to read Hop on Pop as often as she listened to it, I might go slightly nuts.
  4. The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson.  51gthz-af4l-_sx385_bo1204203200_Another audio book, but since Halloween is over, Christmas books can come out!  And her brother likes this, too.

Little Man’s Recent Reads

  1. Little Blue Truck (any of them) by Schertle and McElmurry. 51m07baimtl-_sy448_bo1204203200_“Boo Truck!” is how he asks and its adorable.
  2. Frankenstein by Adams and Oliver. 519fcmyv-ll-_sy498_bo1204203200_“Monster!”
  3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Martin and Archambault. 51hsu2qlyhl-_sx378_bo1204203200_“Boom! Booooommmm!”  He likes singing the alphabet song at the end, which is awesome with his gibberish.
  4. Anything his sister is reading……which makes for epic fallouts….. Is it better that they are fighting over books?

So there you have it!  Reading with the 5 and 2 year olds is bringing delight and smiles.  Today, I’m giving thanks for those moments of joy. (And for coffee.  I’m giving thanks for that, too.)

Halloween! Boooooooooooo……..

Dear Kristen,

Sorry for my absence.

But I’m back! And excited to see how Little Mister’s jacket turns out. Halloween time is confusing for the Munchkin over here – and might be the death of me. Metaphorically of course.  (As I am reflecting on Halloween when we were little and comparing it to now – Mom, you were amazing!  The complexity of this years costume is MINIMAL at best.  You far exceeded what I’m about to do 100 times over.)

So we ran the gamut of various costumes for the Munchkin, as mentioned before. She wanted to be a cucumber, fairy, dancer, etc. until finally settling on…

Minnie Mouse.

I think it has something to do with seeing this costume when we were out shopping for pants for her dad.

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From that point on, its been all Minnie – pink Minnie, to be specific. This is the Minnie that appears on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I tried to get her to consider the classic red and white Minnie…nope. Also tried to combine necessities, i.e. pink shoes and cowboy boots that fit (so, pink cowboy boots)…nope.

So, here we are, a little over a week until Halloween and I have all the working for a handmade Minnie Mouse costume. But I actually only have until Sunday afternoon – that’s when her school’s Trunk of Treat is. The key to success? Using things that can be used as other things.

Translation: I’m making her a polka dot skirt which will get done today; the pink top is a shirt she picked out and she WILL wear on a normal day (or else); ears that will take probably 15 minutes to make; black tights and currently non-existent pink shoes. Doable.

Now, Little Man. Poor Little Man. His costume is dependent on his sister. At least for now. I really considered this:

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But, since he was a cow to her cowgirl last year, he will be Mickey to her Minnie this year.

And her cow...

And her cow…

2014 - Cowgirl - Munchkin's choice

2014 – Cowgirl – Munchkin’s choice

To content myself for the time being, I’ve had fun looking at possible things for future Halloweens when I won’t feel pressured by a four year old to match her brother to her costume.


The Doctor

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A Dinosaur

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Or Marty McFly

Happy Back to the Future Day – a day late.

Her 3rd Halloween

Dear Kristen,

Tomorrow is Halloween and I’m not quite ready.  Costumes? Done.  Pumpkins? Carved. Are we trick-or-treating? Undecided. Candy to hand out? Not purchased.  I just haven’t had a lot of time to go get candy.  (Plus we get very few trick-or-treaters, so the drive to buy them is limited.  Except that the candy would get eaten….by us.)

I thought it would be fun to see how the Munchkin has spent the first three Halloweens of her life.  So, here she is!


2011 – Viking; hat courtesy of Aunt Kiki

2012 - Pirate.  Mommy's choice.

2012 – Pirate. Mommy’s choice.

2013 - 80s Dancer.  Daddy's choice.

2013 – 80s Dancer. Daddy’s choice.

Happy Halloween!