I wouldn’t say we’re big on Halloween at this house. The first year living in Sacramento we both had class on Halloween night. In the years since, we’ve stayed home in sweat pants, eaten soup, and gotten cozy. It’s not that I’m anti-Halloween, it’s just that I don’t really care that much. I’m more of a Christmas and Valentine’s Day sorta gal.
Until I had a baby. And now, everything is different. Who started thinking about Halloween in August? THIS GIRL.
There are a million ways you can dress a baby for Halloween which will provoke even grown men to use the word “adorable” and “cute.” Anna requested to be an owl, and I obliged. Her thought was that an owl costume might be cheap and easy to make, and if a cute knit hat were purchased it could also be worn again. I love her sense for recycling and saving money at such a young age.
With Jonathan’s LEGO costume requiring some work on Thursday, I was glad the owl ensemble came together with just a hot glue gun, feather boa and white onesie. It took 15 minutes and only cost $10. I was happy about this because she licked/spit up all over the feathers within about 10 minutes of being put in the costume. It was in the trash after about 30 minutes of wear. Oh, babies.
While Jonathan took home costume prize (YESSSS!!!!!), his office ooohed and ahhhed over the baby owl. I wore my Betty Draper costume because we were attending a Mad Men 30th birthday party for Sharon immediately following his office potluck. I don’t know if everyone in his office realized I was in costume. I think they just thought I like red lipstick. I assure you- I do not. I felt like a clown.
We had lots of friends in town for the Mad Men bash, which was a total blast. Sam rented a coffee shop space downtown, and we all drank and “smoked” and ate- fondue, pigs in blankets, meatballs and a really funny caterpillar cake. I was happy for a night on the town without our little owl, and Jonathan appreciated the distraction too.
The next morning we had a few of our out-of-towners over for pumpkin pancakes with J’s special brown sugar banana sauce. The morning turned quickly into a long walk, football games on TV, a girls’ run to the mall, and a lazy dinner. Here are the mommies with their girls:
Isn’t this daddy daughter picture just heart melting? All the girls were born within six weeks of each other, and they are all about the same size now. Please note, Anna is playing with her hands in both photos. She discovered them on Saturday and has been obsessed ever since. It’s pretty darn cute.
On Monday Jonathan got great news- his heart looks just fine- so he’s proceeding with surgery on November 11 to remove and biopsy the lump on his neck. In the meantime we have a lot of research, praying, and playing to do.