Saturday, November 1, 2008

30 Days of Thanks-Day 1 (Halloween)

This Halloween season got off to a rough start. It was the costume thing. We thought we had it figured out ages ago. Ben was going to be a Pirate and Clara was going to be Tinkerbell. (We were going through a Peter Pan phase.) Ben chose a Pirate costume out of the Costume Express catalog and my sister-in-law graciously offered to lend us a Tinkerbell tutu. A month before Halloween and my ducks were in a row. Virtually unheard of in the Chaotic household.

Fast forward two weeks and things have taken a considerable turn for the worse in the costume saga. Costume Express called us when our costume was supposed to be arriving to let us know that they were sold out of the Pirate Costume we ordered. And all other pirate costumes in size 4/5. But our eye-patch and sword would be there soon. You know, in case he wanted to be a naked pirate.

And, to make matters worse, Clara screamed bloody murder every time we try to put the Tinkerbell costume on her and Party city, Target, and Wal-mart are all out of Pirate costumes in Ben's size.

Fast forward one more week and I have ordered a handmade pirate costume from Ebay for a reasonable price. I am feeling relieved and proud-of-myself until the costume arrives in the mail.

Ben hates it.
And, Clara has rejected the hodgepodge of other costumes we have from Halloweens past: Ladybug, Butterfly, Princess, Fireman. She screams at each and every one. At this point I am thinking of canceling the holiday entirely, because really, what's the point if the kids aren't having fun? EXCEPT, my Brother, sister-in-law and two adorable nieces are planning on coming in town to spend the night and trick-or-treat with us.

Fast forward to last night and somehow we managed to pull it off. With lots and lots of encouragement from teachers at school:
(thanks guys)

and family members Ben accepted (although never entirely loved) his pirate costume with the puffy shirt. And I was able to trick Clara into a semi-costume by throwing some cat ears on her head and pairing them with a leopard vest. She was adorable in spite of her best efforts.

And last night was so. much. fun.

The dread pirate Benjamin

Lady AllisonPumpkin designed by Allie.

And, as for what I am thankful for today, well that's easy. I am thankful for my brother and his family. They recently moved a couple hours away and I have missed them (especially my nieces) terribly. I was so happy they came last night to spend the holiday with us. It wouldn't have been the same without them.

Ben and his cousins.


painted maypole said...

is that your handsome hubby?

glad it all ended well!

(and I love that you're doing 30 days of thanks again - it's such a great twist and the - pardon me- CRAPPY NoBloPoMo)

Anonymous said...

So glad everything worked out and you guys had much fun!! The pirate costume looks like a very nice costume. I love Lady Allison's costume -- I bet that was fun!

Chaotic Joy said...

Yep Maypole, that's The Man. Being silly in Ben's pirate Bandanna.

slouching mom said...

i love love love ben's costume.

so there.

Kyla said...

They are adorable, even against their wills. And I'm so glad you got to spend the day with family you've been missing, that is extra special.

Lynn Stallworth said...

I LOVE the puffy shirt! Allie was beautiful, Clara-adorable! Your nieces look like so much fun. I wish I could shrink Taylor back to that age!

flutter said...

you guys are all adorable

Lori said...

Oh there always has to be somebody (or two somebody's) who isn't happy about the costume thing. It's Family Law. Nevertheless, they both looked adorable and I'm glad it all ended up being lots of fun.

I made it through Day 1. Is the fact that it already feels hard a bad sign??

the dragonfly said...

I love all the costumes...I think everyone looks great!!!!

Cori@SAHMbles said...

Oh you are all so adorable.

We put such high expectations on ourselves trying to ensure that our children are going to have fun. Sometimes more is less.

I'm happy it all worked out for you.

Chrissy said...

Your kids are so stinking cute. I love the pirate costume. I had bought one for Tommy, which he had planned to wear up until the day before when he declared it unfit, and wore his flimsy cheapo clone trooper getup he had gotten for his birthday. it all ended well, i suppose.

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Ack! I wish you would have summoned the Internetz for help - I have a Disney Captain Hook costume in size 4T - I would have sent it to you!

kramsell said...

I love the pictures, we had such a great time. We can't wait to see you guys again soon!