Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Last week was a crazy one for our family. I was busy making costumes for Michael and AJ, hoping to get them finished before the church Halloween party on Saturday, October 25.

Michael was very involved in the design and fabrication of his costume. He wanted to be a viking. John joined in the fray and helped finish the costume by designing the fur "boots." We finished his costume by mid-afternoon and felt pretty good about it. At the party, Michael won the costume contest! It was a pleasant surprise, especially since Michael was a bit down. He felt a bit left out. No matter how much you love your kids, or try to prepare them for the difficulties of childhood, it is hard to say the right thing to soothe that kind of hurt. So the contest couldn't have been timed better! It took his mind off the slight, and he had a wonderful time with his younger brother. Here's a picture of the finished costume.

AJ wanted to be a vampire for Halloween, because he received glow in the dark, plastic fangs last year. So I made a black cape lined with red fabric early in the week. But when we felt the costume was missing something, and while we were at Walmart, we decided AJ's costume needed a vest. So we picked out some fabric and buttons, and I made a quick vest. It looks good in the pictures, but it isn't lined and won't last very long. Yet it is good enough for a costume. AJ went around all night on Saturday bearing his glow in the dark fangs and pulling his cape around him. He had a great time.

Personally, this is the most fun I've had in a long time. Planning these costumes with the boys and making them with John, it was simple, but enjoyable. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father that I have such a wonderful family.