Friday, November 1, 2013

Conversations with Joe, Halloween 2013.


Me: "What do you want to be for Halloween, Joe?"
Joe: "I want to be a snake. A BIG snake."
Me: "Oh! Okay! A snake!"
Joe: "Yes. And Maggie wants to be a turtle."
Me: "Maggie wants to be a turtle? Did Maggie tell you this?"
Joe: "Maggie wants to be turtle."
Me: "Okay ..."

Baby Turtle.

Baby Turtle.


Snakey!


Joe: "Maggie doesn't want to be a turtle on the LAND. She wants to be an OCEAN turtle."
Me: "Okay, Maggie, an OCEAN turtle it is."

Baby Turtle.



Me: "Joe, what color snake do you want to be?"
Joe: "Green, with black stripes."

Rebecca: "What are you going to be for Halloween, Joe?"
Joe: "A snake."
Rebecca: "What kind of snake?"
Joe: "A big green snake."

Snakey!


Joe: "But I asked for green with black stripes! Not white and yellow and brown stripes!"
Me: "Yes, but I thought this would be more realistic, like a real snake ... look at the head I made! Look, these are the big yellow eyes! "
Moment of tension while Joe considers.
Joe: "Okay. I want to put it on."
Me: Sigh of relief.


Snakey!



Snakey!


Joe: "Daddy is going to be a red dragon for Halloween. You make a red dragon costume, mama?"
Me, surrounded by piles of felt scraps and polyfill, on the eve of Halloween, desperately working: "Um ..."

Red dragon.


Dad: "The red dragon is the snake's only enemy! I'm going to get you! Arrrggh! Nooooo! Snake got me! He's biting my neck!!!"

Snake tackles red dragon.


Me: "Remind me NOT to make the kid's costumes next year, okay?"


Snakey!


Snakey!

Me: "Did you have a fun Halloween, Joe!"
Joe, stuffing candy in his face: "Yes!" Munch munch.

 Me: "Well, making these costumes was actually a lot of fun ..."

9 comments:

  1. So fun! Kids conversations are a joy to read.

    I know making his costumes is a lot of work, but it's something my mom did for me all through my growing up and those are some of my most treasured memories as an adult. :)

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  2. These are awesome! I'm loving the raw-edge appliqué. Also, how great is it that Joe suggested a set of three thematically-linked costumes? Who doesn't crave a group costume? You know what Rowan wanted Mark to be, to go with his stingray costume? Gandalf.

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  3. You did a great job! The kids (and Steve) look adorable.

    Joe :) I enjoyed reading this.

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  4. reading this made me practically giddy! it may be one of my favorite posts of yours, ever. i love your costumes. all of your hard work paid off. soo awesome.

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  5. Gorgeous photos and the best, best costumes since... shark with remoras! (That I will never forget.)

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  6. Amazing! I love love love the snake! You rule!

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  7. I love that last photo! You did good mama.

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  8. Thank you everyone! It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!! It's so fun that Joe really knew what he wanted and really helped this come to life!!

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  9. ha! ha! ha! we all know we'll be doing the same damn thing next year.... sigh.

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