Does anyone else always feel like Halloween costumes are a kludge? I can actually sew this year, unlike in years past, so you’d think it would be better, but no. I think it has to do with all that polyester novelty junk fabric you end up using. Next year, costumes will be made of cotton, I’m just saying it now. That little mosaic up there is of past Halloween costumes. This year Katrina asked to be a mermaid. Okay, we can do that. But wait, there’s more… Mommy, I would like to be a mermaid for Halloween and we can fill the wagon with water and someone can pull me around in it because mermaids can’t walk. Seriously? Who is this kid?
Thankfully we talked her out of the whole wagon thing before it got incredibly out of hand. The costume — Simplicity 4043 — was still a huge pain to make but she seems really happy with it. Thank goodness.
I decided Tristan was going to be a train engineer given his love for all things choo-choo. I fully intended to make his outfit too since I am a maniac about such things but in a rare moment of realism I determined that it just wasn’t going to happen — actually, it would have happened, my kids would just have been faced with scary mommy and a lot of TV — so I decided to see if good old OshKosh B’Gosh could come to the rescue. My poor sick mom stopped by the store after already earning her good mom star of the week by helping me with the kids during Papa’s marathon run on Sunday. It was my lucky day, they had three pairs of engineer overalls, one in Tristan’s size. Despite her total lack of voice I told my mom to ask about a hat too and wouldn’t you know, they had one, and it was the right size too. Phew… and thank you Mom. So here they are together, a mermaid out of water and a train engineer. Aren’t they cute?