I have a confession...I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween. Love it because it's the one time of year I regularly get to put my crafty skills to work for the enjoyment of my girlies. Hate...because I have to put my crafty skills to work for the enjoyment of my girlies...and there is a deadline involved. (Which, honestly, is a good thing or costumes would never get finished!)
Out of the 13 combined Halloween costumes the girls have worn, I have made 10 of them...by my choice. OK...more like by my insistence.
- There was the year that our oldest used a store bought costume gifted to her by her grand-parents.
- Last year our youngest recycled this costume which I had originally made for our oldest. (It is by far my FAVORITE costume creation thus far.)
- This year we borrowed the monkey costume as it just seemed like the smart thing to do on so many levels.
Some years I'm so excited to figure out how to put together whatever is requested by our brown-eyed girls. This year was not one of those. No real reason. I just wasn't as excited as say the year Lexi was the Tooth Fairy and Brea a newborn Tooth. Or the year Lexi was a duck...complete with tie-dyed leggings.
Regardless of the requested costume, you will normally find me the night before working into the wee hours putting on the finishing touches. This year was even worse than that as I found myself madly ironing on the last of the tiger stripes just 30 minutes before we wanted to depart for the neighborhood trick-or-treating walk.
Every year I vow to start earlier...to just give in to store bought costumes...to simplify.
And then, just as happened Saturday night, one of my daughters walks up, gives me a big hug and says "Thanks Mommy for making me a great costume!"
As she bounds away with a giant smile on her face, or every time I hear the proud words "My Mom made my costume!", it's right then and there that I know there is no hope...next year on October 30th (hopefully NOT the 31st again) you'll find me sleepily working away on the final details of different costumes.
And I will hate it...and I will LOVE it.
(BTW, more pics of this year's tricksters can be seen here.)