Friday, October 28, 2011

Costume Prep

Growing up we frequently made our own costumes using our clothes, our parents clothes, or things from the dress up bin.  I remember going as a 3 legged person one year.  I stuffed one leg of a pair of jeans and pinned on a sock and shoe, then clipped it to my waist with a belt.  To finish off the look I threw on a trench coat and one of my dad's hats.  Imagination can take you places when it comes to Halloween. :)  I'm making the girls costumes this year.  Addie is going as a black cat and Ana is going as Dora the Explorer, no surprise there.  Gabe is going as Captain America, using a costume he received for his birthday with the addition of a small shield.  

For Addie's costume I rounded up a black turtleneck, black velvet skirt, black leggings and shoes.  Pretty standard pieces that she can continue to wear through the fall and winter seasons.  I picked up some chenille boas at AC Moore to make wrist cuffs and a tail that I"ll be finishing up this weekend.  I also grabbed some black and pink felt and sewed a set of cat ears to a black headband following this tutorial.  To finish off the look I'll be painting a cute little nose and whiskers on her face.  

Ana's costume was even easier, being simply a pink shirt, orange shorts, and yellow socks.  I wasn't able to find her a purple backpack, but I don't think she minds.  I made her a little bracelet out of yellow pony beads and hot glued on a little green flower from a hair elastic.  I also made her a wig using this tutorial.  I used black card stock, staples, black felt, and hot glue.  It came together very quickly and looks really cute, if I do say so myself.  It has the added benefit of keeping her head warm if the night turns out to be a little chilly.  

I was able to put both of these costumes together for around $7 total.  (Not including the clothes I purchased at consignment, because those can be worn as regular clothing!)  I think they're super cute and have so much more appeal than store bought costumes. I'm not opposed to them, they can be very cute and we used them the past 2 years.  But their use is very limited and they're expensive (between $15 and $25 each.)  

Now I need to put my own costume together. I'm borrowing an idea from my mom (and some clothing items) that I think will be really cute. No spoilers here, I think this one will speak better with pictures. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Singing the Truth

Addie finds me leaning over my exercise ball and asks what I'm doing. I tell her that my back hurts and this helps. She starts patting my back to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus, "The sound of your back is hurt, hurt, hurt.  Hurt, hurt, hurt.  Maybe there's a boo boo on your back.  Ooooon yooouuuuur baaaaack."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What we've been up to

We've been very busy lately.  Trying to get the house ready for the new baby, prepping for homeschool, and rearranging our playroom has taken up most of our time for the past month. Yesterday was our first official day of homeschooling.  The kids were excited by the new set up of our playroom and anxious to begin.

Our first day was... interesting.  Ana actually has developed a fever so she was incredibly cranky during that hour.  We also started later in the morning than I had planned on (we had to make an emergency trip out to our restaurant to take in some food supplies that were forgotten in our fridge,)  so snack time came in the middle of work time and it was hard to get everyone back on track afterwards.  Today is a new day though, and I am excited to start again!