Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What was your child for Halloween?

It is still Halloween as I post this, but my kids are out with their dad, so I have time to play with the pictures I took before they went out in the cold (and wind!) Here in Anthony, we have a "parade" downtown where the merchants hand candy out to the kids and it ends up at Municipal Hall where there is a costume contest. It is broken down into age groups, so thankfully my son and daughter were in two different groups.

My daughter's group was before my son's, and I stood on stage with her as the three "judges" discussed their favorite costumes. I saw them whispering about Anna and hoped for the best. I gave her one last whisper of, "remember if you don't win, be happy for the person who does..." just before they awarded the winner- a huge pink purse- which was really cute (of course, not as cute as my Anna!) but you could tell a lot of work went into it. Later, when we got into the van, Anna was just happy that people recognized that she was dressed as Pippi Longstocking! Apparently that was enough for her! (And it helped my ego when people kept asking how we got her hair to stay up. I couldn't believe they couldn't see the wire!)

Thomas went up with the first grade group, and we got into position so that we could see the action. We scoped out the competition. Anna wanted me to hoist her up so she could see, which made me think that the braids weren't such a good idea after all. I must have gotten poked in the eye three times! But when I saw the emcee walk towards Thomas with the "envelope" and announce, "the judges don't want to get arrested after the contest!" I forgot about my eyeball and beamed with pride. (Of course, I immediately worried about Anna feeling jilted, but she had just been handed a half-dollar for her contest so she didn't really notice.) Thomas stepped to the front of the stage where pictures were taken of the winner from each group. Of course, I didn't have my camera for some strange reason, but we took pictures later at home. Isn't he adorable?!
If you would like to share your child's Halloween pictures, please feel free and I'll post them on the blog.
Here are Lisa's children from Busy Buds


Unknown said...

I came across your blog while trying to figure out if it was feasible for me to stay home with my newborn. I didn't get to stay home with my first two and that has always been a regret. I am originally from Hutchinson KS but now live in TN. I love the picture of your daughter as Pippi. I was Pippi when I was about her age and used wires as well to keep my hair up BUT it rained that night and my braids fell and noone knew who I was supposed to be. I am thrilled that your daughters experience was better than mine. Great blog you have. Keep it up.

Evie said...

I'm so sorry that happened to you! I was Pippi when I was 8. I am originally from GA and right now I'm wondering why in the world we moved to KS! I hate the cold! I woke up this morning and the entire van was frozen! LOL I hope you are able to work it out to stay home with your baby. It is very rewarding for both children and parents and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. Every day I feel so blessed!