Sunday, November 8, 2009


I've decided that Halloween just isn't my holiday. I mean, don't get me wrong - it's all sorts of fun and excitement - but it's all just a little overwhelming to me. This year was especially that way. Between the dance performances, the school parties, the pumpkin carving and the trick-or-treating, I'm just glad I'm still standing.

Seriously though - your kids have their EXACT ideas of what they want to be - and heaven forbid you don't find it.... so you drive to every Walmart, Target and ShopKo in the valley to find it. I literally walked in the door to my house at midnight on the night before Mason's school party with his costume. It would help if every freaking kid didn't have to be "Snake Eyes" along with him. But of course, that's the main reason why he wanted to be him - if every other 7 year old boy didn't want to be Snake Eyes - then why would he?

Then of course when I ask Hal what she wants to be - she comes up with "A Marrying Girl" (aka: a BRIDE). A Bride? Seriously? Not a princess or a fairy or heaven forbid something NOT wearing a poofy dress - A BRIDE! And of course, with her being the only girl in the house - like always, I get a little (just a tiny bit) out of control with the whole thing. My awesome friend Kristy made her a veil, hooked us up with a killer dress and helped us find her all the necessary accessories to be the perfect bride! Seriously - like I've said many times before... perfectionism and Halloween just do not mix well. She would have been perfectly happy in any old white dress with some flowers - but I of course went all out. I have issues. And then of course, the entire time trick-or-treating, she was tripping over her dress, trying to keep up with all the running "big kids". So most of the night was filled with tears and lots of whining.

And by the time I made the 2 oldest ones happy, I was too exhausted to worry about the 2 youngest ones. So Cole ended up in Hal's old "Chicken" costume - with no clue what was going on - and Noah got Dashy's old "Tiger". (What can I say - I used up all my effort on the other 2)

So with much hard work I present to you -




& last, but not least...



...and here's Hal as a the"MUMMY" at her Dance performance. Cutest Mummy I ever did see!!


Hope yours was as fun as mine!


Kristi said...

I didn't get a chance to talk to you at the kiddie carnival (oh what fun!) Hallie looked so cute and pretty as a bride, so I say the effort was worth it. :) Luke wanted to be a rocket - and I had no idea how to do that, so I'm glad he ended up ok as a fireman. I can see how complicated Halloween can get when the kids get older!

Greg and Heather said...

That bride is TOO CUTE!!!! I love it! All your kids looked DARLING, and I think it is TOTALLY fine to reuse such cute costumes for those who are not picky.

Thiago & Teri said...

You make me laugh...good work though mom, costumes turned out perfect. Cute stuff!!

paula said...

Cutest little Tiger ever (except for Dash of course). And I know you can't wait to do the trick or treating thing next year. Love the pctures!

Andrea said...

Oh, Amy! How I miss you guys! Seeing those cute kids of yours brings a smile to my face. Hallie looks gorgeous as a bride and the effort was well worth it. And the other kids look cute as can be. I'm glad you were able to find Snake Eyes for Mase. Your Mom and I were down here trying to brainstorm for you. I'm glad it worked out. Can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks and hold that cute tiger :)

Leslie said...

You always do an amazing job! Your kids looked adorable and your pumpkins were amazing! At least you DID pumpkin carving! I didn't even attempt it this year.

I think my favorite part of your pictures is Ross in the background of the last one...hilarious.

You're awesome!