Halloween isn’t really a big thing in our house, but dressing up definitely is. So Adeline chooses her own costume and for her sisters until they can speak for themselves. She has a big thing for The Magic School bus this year. She chose to be Ms. Frizzle, Katherine was Dorothy Ann (D.A.), and Beatrice was the dearest class pet ever, Liz the Lizard.
I sort of lucked out when Adeline chose D.A. and Liz for the littles…okay, at first she wanted Katherine to be the school bus. Katherine’s costume is simply a purple turtle neck and a pleated skirt. Add some pigtails and ta-da, she’s D.A. for $6. Beatrice’s Liz costume was an $8 eBay find, though I’m not sure if i’s supposed to be a dinosaur or a dragon or what. It made an awesome Liz costume!
But the Friz was a little tougher. There are no dresses commercially made that Ms. Frizzle would ever wear! So, we found a cheap thrift store dress and we (I) embellished it Adeline originally wanted a dress with body parts all over it, but I was happier with the weather idea. A little fleece and felt later, the dress looked great. We bought some clip on earrings from the craft store and made clouds and lighting bolts out of fleece and hot clued them on. Her shoes got umbrellas, one of which was lost in the first ten minutes she had them on. We sprayed her hair orange and she was Ms. Frizzle.
Girly was stoked. We had a great night!
I’ve never been a big fan of store-bought costumes, and it’s just as well because we can never find the costume we want in the store! For her first Halloween, Adeline was a bee, and for her second she was Princess Leia (also purchased).
By the time her third Halloween rolled around, she was old enough to vocalize what she’d like to be. She chose Olivia the pig. Unfortunately, there were no Olivia costumes to be found so I took to the drawing board and came out with this:
I simply bought the dress for a couple of bucks off of ebay and sewed a black stripe at the bottom. The striped tights are leggings from etsy. I made the white collar with a bit of white cotton, a little bit of ribbon, and hand painted stars on the back (they can’t be seen in these awful photos!) The ears are a regular old plastic headband with foam attached to the top. The shoes are her regular old church shoes.
Since then, she’s had a store-bought cupcake costume with baby Katherine being the baker (a baby apron and chef’s hat). I can’t find that picture…
And last year Adeline was The Man in the Yellow Hat and Katherine was Curious George (but we somehow didn’t get a picture!)
Adeline has grand ideas for this year…we’ll see how the group costume comes out!
We’ve lived in Boston for two years. Thisclose to the ocean, but none of us has aver been. Until a few weeks ao!
We had a friend of Matthew’s over for dinner a month or so ago. He lives in Rhode Island and was a bit dismayed that we haven’t been to the beach. He told us to come on down and he and is girlfriend would show us the sights. We took him up on his offer two Saturdays ago.
When we got to the shore Beatrice was famished, of course, so while I nursed her Matthew, Adeline, Katherine and our friends ran off into the sand. By the time Beatrice was finished, the girls were thoroughly soaked.
While they ran, played and hunted for shells and rocks, I pondered how I could have forgotten to put Adeline’s extra clothes in the bag (oops!) and Matthew repeatedly exclaimed how vast and beautiful the ocean is.
When the children were thoroughly soaked and started to shiver a tad, we changed Katherine into dry clothes and set off in search of the nearest store that might have kid’s clothing. Adeline got changed and off we went to…
Crazy Burger in Narraganset! It was once featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The burgers were fantastic! After we were full, we headed out to Beavertail State Park to check out the tide pools. We got there right about 2:45PM which was right after low tide.
Adeline bounded from rock to slippery rock, nearly killing herself a dozen times and almost giving me equally as many heart attacks. Glory to God, the girl (and her mother) made it out alive. The rocks were difficult to maneuver with a baby strapped to my chest and Matthew had Katherine on his shoulders nearly the whole time so she wouldn’t walk straight off into the ocean…because she is as daring as can be and would probably do just that. Thank goodness we had a few friends with us to help (attempt) to reign Adeline in. That girl was in her element though, I tell you. Kinetic activity + plus scientific exploration + water = heaven. Matthew said that at one point he hugged her to try to get her to calm down, and he felt her heart pounding in her chest!
Our friends had to take off, so we explored a bit more and headed home. The girls were tuckered out when we got home, and we were all in bed by 10:00PM!
Random facts about the trip:
- We visited three different Dunkin’ Donuts in one day (to our shame!)
- Adeline became belligerent upon arriving home. She maintained that she was not tired, even as her head hit the pillow. She was out in minutes.
- I was so proud of how all three littles did. They truly were fantastic!
When I was in labor with Beatrice, I did my very best to stay home as long as possible. Labor began at about five in the morning, we went out to breakfast and by the time we were home it was getting pretty intense.
Katherine wouldn’t let me out of her sight, or even out of reach, really. Now, I’m not a yeller or even a moaner in labor. I stay pretty quiet, but she still knew something was up. K isn’t much of a cuddler, but she wouldn’t even take a nap without me. It was amazing to see that she could sense that something was up.
It’s grainy and blurry, but here is a photo of my labor partner asleep on the job that day:
You are two. So very, very two.
In the last year you have come from a shy and reserved one-year-old to a confident and boisterous two-year-old. You are a runner, a jumper, a climber, and a spinner.
You are the biggest joker ever and love to laugh. It doesn’t matter if someone laughs with or at you, your jokes are for your own enjoyment. Laughter is who you are. This house is full of joy, much of it at your hand.
Your favorite things right now are letters (you know all but ‘Q’), counting to 12, cows, your dear sisters, and incredibly silly games with your papa. You adore music and especially dancing. You want to be just like your big sister and you mimic everything she does, but you are your own boss, that’s for sure.
Favorite phrases of yours are, “Are you kidding me?” “Kiki’s turn!” and “I spy with my little eye…” Your vocabulary is growing rapidly every day and your command of language is fantastic. You are a hoot.
Two years, my dear girl, you have been here with us. Often, in quiet moments, I think of the night of your birth. How the two of us, together, kept from that repeat c-section I was so afraid of. Our first moments together were beautiful and fantastic, and life with you has been quite the ride ever since.
I love you, Kiki. I am so grateful for you and all you bring to our family.