Halloween was a good one this year. We never made it to the pumpkin patch and no pumpkins were carved, and I never pulled the decorations out from the attic, but there were costumes, parties, and plenty of candy.
Three out of the five children had homemade costumes and they were fun to put together. Molly and her best friend Sasha were Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Henry went as Russell Wilson. We purchased his costume because authenticity was important to Henry. Henry loves sports more than most anything else.
William was also had very specific requirements for his costume. He wanted an entirely homemade knight costume out of cardboard. I found some tutorials on Pinterest and it was surprisingly fun to put together. William was super pleased with the outcome.
Adelaide was Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen. I made a comfortable and modest version of the standard Elsa dress because I knew it would be getting a lot of use. Between the co-op costume parade, the ballet Haunted Theater performance, our ward harvest festival, and trick-or-treating, she had plenty of opportunities to wear her costume.
For the ballet performance, we threw together a bunch of items from our dress-up bin to outfit Oliver as a pirate. But then I started feeling a little guilty about not trying harder, so I went to Value Village and picked him up a dragon costume to wear for the rest of the festivities.
It was warm, cozy and easy to keep on and it only cost $5 which made it a winner in my book. It was a bonus that he also looked super cute next to his brother Sir William the valiant knight.
I am sad that we didn’t make it to the pumpkin patch this year. Family photos in front of rows of pumpkins is one of my favorite family traditions, but soccer has kept us incredibly busy and when we did have a spare hour or two, it seemed that someone was sick. Yesterday we arrived at church and I looked down to see that Oliver wasn’t wearing shoes, Addelaide’s boots were on the wrong feet and her shirt was on backwards, and three of the littlest had candy smeared on their faces. I pulled Addy into the bathroom to switch her clothes around and candy fell out of her boot. She had been trying to smuggle it into church. I think I’m about ready to be done with Candy. Later when I found a week-old dirty diaper in my purse, I had to laugh. I am doing the best I can. We are doing the best we can. Our family is big and busy and full of small children. We may not have found time to carve pumpkins or apply fake spider webs, but our home is full of love and laughter and we are still making memories.