Phoebe talks about "Mingos" (Flamingos) at least twice a day, everyday. We're not sure where or how she got so attached to them, but I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that they're very very pink. I spruced up a store-bought flamingo costume with lots of scalloped fabric and hot glue and we met my sister Amy and nephew Juju for tricks and treats.

Maxy decided he has officially reached spoilsport-age and is too old to dress up. And I'm sorry to say I've been taking the news like a real sad sack! Change is always strange, but especially so when traditions or stuffing your kids into funny costumes is involved. 

Nevertheless, it was a hilarious night with these two little ones. It turns out flamingo Phoebe is a candy mooch who, when left to her own devices, refused to leave a porch without a second or third helping...and poor Juju at one point was found banging himself up against a tree in some sort of robot, short-circuited, candy stupor. It was wild and funny and stressful in the kind of endearing way that only 3 year old's can get away with. Just as it should be.

Happy happy Halloween, friends!

tricks and treats

Hoping you all had a Halloween as wonderfully sugared up and strange as ours was. Ours almost didn't come to be, with Max declaring himself too old to dress up this year and Phoebe panicking at the sight of the 50 lb Minnie Mouse ears and hat I was making for her. But it all shook out in the end (runny noses and weather be damned!) and just might turn out being our favorite tricks and treats yet! It's amazing what little/no expectations can do. haha. And never underestimate the power of a fixed-expression JFK mask to make any situation hilarious (or terrifying, depending if you ask Bee)... 
 Happy happy November, friends!

trick and treats

we had a doozey of a halloween this year...rain and cold and two sick boys with a baby who pooed up the back of her white costume before we even got started. (she had it out for that french clown costume the minute the ruffle collar went on...)
but it's the funny and hectic moments like that that make you glad your little family is a team...that papa doesn't mind changing disastrous diapers while mama tails after her jailbird boy to snap some pictures.
divide and conquer!

so it wasn't the perfect tricks and treats, but max brought home a pillowcase full of riches and sweets and there was something really fantastic about being out and about and breathing in the first bits of cold wintery air.

is it possible for a baby to acknowledge demeaning situations? haha
because i'm convinced sis is well aware...

hoping you all had a wonderful halloween and hopefully you fared a little bit better than we did trick or treating!

5 favorites of fall: tricks and treats

 dressing my buddy up in funny costumes and toting him around town for candy on halloween night is definitely something i look forward to this time of year! he's been some doosy of some characters...a bumble bee (ssqqquueee! baby max!), a jester, a knight, batman, a skele, a cowboy, and this year....a ninja? boys! i try to make his costumes for tricks and treats but he's bucking the system this year. he found a ninja costume at the store that made his heart skip a beat...dragons and ying yangs and all...and mama couldn't refuse. 
(but between you and me...i'm making him a back up homemade costume anyways..haha)
growing up, we didn't celebrate halloween. and i never particularity felt deprived...my mom would usually take us out for a movie or have a "harvest party" on trick or treat night. but it's always been something i've been fascinated by, always seeming just a little bit forbidden. and something i knew for sure i would want to experience through my little ones when i was an adult!

although a harvest party sounds pretty good too!
so let me live vicariously through all of your childhoods! what was your favorite halloween costume when you were little?