So every mom has some self-set expectations for herself. They are usually not going to make that big a difference in the long run, and might be really silly, but there they are just the same. For me this last week it has been whether or not I would get my kiddos Halloween costumes done before I left for market. (In 2 hours.) I know that failing to do this would not really make me a bad mom. My own mom kindly pointed out how she failed to get my siblings costumes done one year and they ended up with store-bought candy bar costumes. She felt terrible, but they still talk about how it was their favorite Halloween. A store bought costume does not equal failure as a mother. However, this has had more meaning to me than just my kids having costumes. It was a sign to me that I could do both-be mommy and designer girl. I did it.
I knew this would be the last year I got to choose Eliza's costume, so I went for something not princessy and pink. I know I will be making those costumes for the next 10 years. She fought me a tiny bit on putting this sparkly witch on, but then realized it's connection to obtaining candy and that was the last complaint.
Ethan is cuddly cute in a shabby lion suit. Coincidentally-if you are in the need of a quick costume, this is super easy and not terribly time consuming. Get some sweats, and use spray adhesive and attach the patches, sew around the edges and throw it in the wash.
See the candy on his face? He gets the connection to costume and candy too. ;) Now the kids are at Grandpa's and have a weekend full of costumed activities planned. They are camping in a tent in the house, which I hear is going over quite well. I have been warned they will come back to me well sugared and spoiled.
I am off to market, my bags are packed and I'm ready to go. I wish you all were going to be there. It seems somewhat odd that all of you won't. You've watched my journey and this is the big one. The hot tamale, the spicy sausage..the.. OK I'm done-I'll make sure and take lots of pictures ok? Have a great weekend everyone! I'll be back on Tuesday with day 1 of my reporting.