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.


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."


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.



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?"



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 ..."


  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. :)

  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.

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

    Joe :) I enjoyed reading this.

  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.

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

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

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

  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!!

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


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