Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween 2017

I have lived my entire life awaiting the day when I would get to do a family theme costume. Couple costumes were appealing to me to a certain degree, but nothing can beat the utter adorable-ness that comes from a family all dressed up together.
Last year, Rory was just three weeks old when Halloween rolled around and we didn't get her a costume, (because that would be crazy to dress up our brand new baby, right? Totally crazy, yes? Only an insane person would do that? I asked Stephen multiple times a day) but it was mostly because we were new to the area and didn't have any sort of costume party to go to that year. Plus Stephen ended up working till 9:00 on Halloween and I sat in my living room hiding from trick or treaters while I nursed my new baby. Overall, it was a major let down and I made Stephen promise that night that I would have full control over a family costume for 2017 and he would dress up in whatever I asked him to, and he agreed. So naturally, I began planning our costumes that night.

I made the tutu, the bow collar, and the cat ear headband myself. I became obsessed with both going all out for this costume and also making sure that I kept myself on a tight budget so that the whole thing was only mildly insane. That meant a lot of spread out months collecting materials so that I could use my 40% off coupons for every item. Every time I finished a new piece and tried it on Rory I would cry a little bit because I was so excited. I would make Rory walk around in her tutu or her headband around the house sometimes because I knew that if she wouldn't keep the costume on the night of Halloween all of my hopes and dreams would be dashed. I really shouldn't be admitting all of this... someone is going to come take my child away.

These are the cupcakes I made for the ward party with leftover frosting from Stephen's birthday cake and things I had at home. I thought they turned out pretty cute for such a last minute project. 

Now, may I present... The Aristocats!
*Most people did not get our costumes, and I felt sad for them.
**One girl even asked me if Rory was a unicorn-ballerina-kitty.
*** Stephen cam straight from work, changed into his costume, and met us at the ward party. He was willing to wear cat ears, but that seemed a little gay to me so I didn't make him do that. All night he was asked, "Where are your whiskers and ears?" with one person even adding, "Are you dressed up, or did you come straight from work?" 
**** I still think we totally nailed it. 

 Side story: While I was in New York I got a video from Lucina of Rory walking across the living room like it was no big deal. This was the first time she'd walked more than three or four steps in a row and I was SO PROUD! Of course, she had to wait till the one week I left to do it, but whatever, still proud. Since I had gotten back she'd walk along the walls or the furniture and get herself from place to place, but she hadn't done any walking like I'd seen in the video.

Well as soon as Stephen got to the party, Rory suddenly was dying to get down out of my arms, even though she had wanted to be held all night. I set her down and she immediately took off, once again, like it was no big thing. She walked right down the aisle to Sister Morgan who had her phone hanging out of her back pocket. Turns out she just needed the right motivation. Because I am slightly insane I had hoped, hoped, hoped that Rory would be walking by Halloween because I knew it would make her costume just that much cuter and IT DID. This girl never disappoints.

After having one of my young women snap the picture of us in the dark parking lot, I was really worried that I would have put all this work into the costumes and then we wouldn't have a single clear one of all of us, so after the party I insisted that we try to take more pictures at home. After several minutes trying to figure out my self-timer on my camera while Rory screamed, it was clear that Stephen was DONE and he had already gone above and beyond the call of duty tonight. This is is him smiling even though he would rather not be. He's a good man, that Stephen.

On Halloween night, Rory took a late nap so that she was able to come sit outside with me and wait for trick or treaters. I debated whether I should put her in her costume again or just let her stay in Pajamas, but I just couldn't resist. While I miss getting a true fall in Arizona, I LOVE having warm Halloweens. We sat out on the front porch and ate candy, visited with some of our neighbors, played with rocks, and waited for the small groups of trick or treaters to show up. 

Stephen finally got home from work around 9:00 that night. He rushed inside and then treated us to this:

 Did I say good man? I obviously meant great. Stephen is just so great. My favorite part of the evening was when our neighbor/friends down the street brought their twins by and Stephen was still in this cat getup. Man, I just LOVE HALLOWEEN. I told Stephen he gets to pick our theme for next year, so we will see how he does.

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