Halloweenie 2013ie

This year Halloween sort of took a back seat to our trip.  Being out of town for two weeks left little time for costume planning.  Early on Joy had the genius idea of me, her and Katrina dressing as the witches from Hocus Pocus.  We were all stoked for our costumes.  Until it came down to the week of Halloween where there was lots of scrambling.  Katrina and I put our costumes together the day of our friends annual Halloween party.  And you know what?  We nailed it.Halloween_04I think we were pretty spot on with our costumes.  Too bad I went from having a scratchy throat to full blown snotty, stuffy cold in a matter of 3 hours.  I felt like garbage.  Unfortunately we didn’t stay very long at the party.  We planned on going out to Rob’s bar on Halloween so we could dress up again, but then Joy was sick and our time as the Sanderson Sisters was done.

Now for Max’s costume.  We had no idea what he was going to be.  We really wanted to take advantage of this probably being the last year we could control what he dressed as so we wanted it to be good.  I had too much on my plate so Rob became the head of the Max costume department.  He chose Hulk Hogan but we couldn’t find a yellow tank top, and for some reason neither of us were really feeling it.  So we asked Max what he wanted to be.  Of course we had to explain what you do on Halloween and dressing up and trick or treating.  Then we gave him examples of costumes; witch, wizard, bat, robot.  As soon as we said robot he was all about it.  So the day before Halloween Rob carved out a couple of boxes and when I got off of work on Halloween I worked my magic with foil and construction paper and glow sticks that we’ve had in our Halloween boxes for 4 years.  And Max Bot 2.5 came alive.Halloween_02We didn’t really think about how well he could move in it so there was a lot of assistance walking up steps and holding his candy bag (Which I made!!!).  His buttons said Jump, Hi-5 and Laser.  And yes he did those things and made laser noises.  Halloween_01

Halloween_03He got the hang of trick or treating pretty quickly.  We only went to about 6 houses I think.  He got a littler overwhelmed at houses where there were lots of kids, which there were a ton of.  I don’t remember there being so many last year, but man alive our street was hoppin’.  When we got home we dumped out his bag and I separated the candy with nuts from the rest and put it away (for me and Rob).  The remaining candy went into a special bowl on the counter.  Every day if he’s well behaved and takes a nap he can have one piece after his nap.  It’s been a good incentive for napping, but definitely doesn’t always work, and no, we don’t plan on bribing him with candy forever.  Just until it’s gone, which won’t be very long if I keep eating it.

I’d say we had a pretty good Halloween  Max loved his costume and still having fun with it, wearing it and stomping on it because after all he is a destructive two year old.

Pumpkin Hunting

The weekend before our trip we went to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.  The same pumpkin patch we go to every year.  The weather was incredible, and even a little warm.  And the beauty of going early in the season is that it wasn’t that busy.PumpkinPatch_01

PumpkinPatch_03These two have the sweetest relationship.  I’m really glad Katrina’s living in Portland again (and with us!).  Together they found the perfect little pumpkin.  We opted for small ones so we didn’t have to carry huge ones back.PumpkinPatch_04

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PumpkinPatch_05We have yet to do any carving or painting with them.  Maybe we’ll get around to it before Halloween.  Probably not.

Halloween Festivities

Last weekend I was able to get out of the house, dressed up as a sexy chicken (more on that in a minute), and go to a party. My friend Kris V. threw a party at her place, and as usual upped the anty on Halloween decorating. Up until I got pregnant Rob and I threw the parties, and since then she’s picked up the slack.Now for an explanation on my costume: My friend Joy and I were originally planning on going all out and dressing as Sarah (me) and Jareth (Joy) from Labyrinth. That has always been a Halloween dream of mine but this year we were both so busy with grown up life things that it just wasn’t in the cards. Next year though, IT’S ON. We were discussing what we should dress as instead and I, jokingly, said let’s be sexy chickens! She said ok. Because what’s more unsexy? Ok, a lot of things but chickens aren’t sexy. And more and more all you see is sexified costumes that are flat out disgusting. So that was that. I got a feather boa, yellow tights and yellow rubber gloves and threw it all together the afternoon before the party. I looked completely ridiculous, and fabulous.I left fairly early on because I had to work at 8:00 the next morning and I wanted to be responsible and not pass out on my second day on the job. I had a great time and as always I envy all my friends’ creativity.

Now for actual Halloween night: Max was Elvis. And it was AWESOME. When Max was about a week old our friend Chris Faux bought him the Elvis jumpsuit and it finally fit him. All I had to do was bedazzle it. I glued every single one of those damn gems on there and within minutes of him wearing it they were coming off and I was not happy, to say the least. I re-glued them back on, this time with Gorilla Glue, right before taking photos of him. And that just went so swimmingly. NOT. It went terribly. It had been raining all day (duh.) and all Max wanted to do was stomp in puddles.These are the best photos I got and they’re not great. But I’m going to beat myself up on my photography until the day I die. The bottom right would’ve been alright if I had FOCUSED ON HIM AND NOT THE GROUND. His costume was a mess, he was irritated that I kept trying to make him stay still. I was irritated that his costume was a mess and that he wouldn’t stay still. Even though it wasn’t going my way he still looked fabulous and I still got to live out another dream: Dress my kid up as Elvis.

We took him trick-or-treating. We only went to 4 houses and it was really only for the sake of taking photos and to show him off. The first house we went to was our next door neighbor’s, Melissa. And since he’s been there before when she opened the door he just walked right in. I explained to him that he can’t just walk in to people’s houses and I’m sure he understood.After the first house he caught on to what this was all about. He held out his little pumpkin until candy was put in it and it was precious. Sadly though 99% of the candy he got had peanuts in it. Not that we would give him any, but if we wanted to, we couldn’t.

HERE COMES A PSA!

So people, keep in mind allergies when handing out candy. OR! Instead of candy hand out something else like stickers or in my mother in law’s case #2 pencils (Seriously, everyone in the neighborhood loved getting her pencils). I know there are a lot of allergies out there but if we can do anything to prevent a possible accidental exposure to someone like a child, let’s do it.

And with that, Halloween 2012 is in the books.

Check out past Halloweens here: 2009, 2010 apparently I was too busy being pregnant to blog it, 2011, and this post I wrote last year about past Halloweens. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Patchin’ & Pumpkin Paintin’

One of my favorite fall activities: visiting The Pumpkin Patch. Not just any pumpkin patch, but The Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island is where we go each year for our pumpkin needs. And this year my mom came with us!Last year Max was only 6 months old and didn’t care, but this year he was all about it. While he can’t say pumpkin he was “eh-ing” and pointing at them and picking them up cause he’s a toddler with super strength. It was all very precious.We came home with three pumpkins. A large, a small and a tiny one for Max’s tiny hands.

When I was a kid I remember painting pumpkins instead of carving them. So I thought Max could do the same.

Side note: Please take notice of Max pulling his diaper liner out. All. The. Time. AND, check Rita out tasting the paint. Max also tasted the paint, because why not?Painting is definitely going to be happening more often around here.
Halloween is tomorrow and I’m supersupersuper excited about Max’s costume! Stay tuned or that…

On Halloween and round heads

I’m a little late on posting Halloween pictures, but better late than never eh?

Joy and Shauna as Beetlejuice and Lydia.  AMAZING.

Mike as the Swedish Chef, myself as Miss Piggy and Devo as Lew Zealand.  Muppets!

Lumberjack Katie.

My friend Brad, dressed as Heisenberg from Breaking Bad, his hip hop group, Sticks Downey performed at a party we went to and it was awesome.  Sadly, Rob had to work and couldn’t join us in all the fun.

On Halloween day we dressed up Max.

Max was Evel Knievel.  I made his costume, and by made I mean I hot glued ribbon and star decals onto a white romper.  I did make the cape on my own, and if you saw it in real life you’d see how crooked and poorly made it is.  And I forgot to get materials to make a belt buckle, so Rob just printed on from the interwebs.  Then Max drooled and the ink ran.

Also, this:

This was the photo used for the invite to one of our baby showers.  We were on to something…

A couple of days after Halloween Rob and I decided we were done with the helmet.  We were both incredibly pleased with the results and Max was becoming more and more irritable with it.  We had the last helmet appointment on Monday and told the orthotist that we wanted to call it a day.  He was totally fine with that, not that he shouldn’t be, we are the parents and it’s our decision.  He took one last measurement of Max’s head.  He measured at 6mm off.  He started off at 21mm off, huge improvement.

But for us it wasn’t the number that mattered, it was how he looked.  His ears are aligned, his forehead is round and even, his left eye is less sunken in and the back of his head is round.  His lump on the left side of his head has even gone down significantly.  In celebration of his rounded head I took some photos of it.

Aaaaaah!  Look at that perfect head!

There was some leaf tasting.

So. Much. Drool.

In the end I’m glad we decided to go with the helmet.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be (except for the whole allergic reaction thing) and, well, he looked so damn cute with it on.  I think we’ll have it bronzed.