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Happy Halloween!

The big girls, especially Maya, are super excited about trick or treating tonight! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Halloween.

Tired doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel today. Exhausted doesn’t even really seem to do it justice. I seem to have reached a whole new level tiredness that doesn’t even have an adequate name for it.

This past weekend was crazy busy and I got to single parent my way through it. The weekend before Halloween always seems to be so busy for us and when you add 2 big girls who decided to get up earlier than normal and a baby who had a rough night into the mix it spells a recipe for disaster.

Saturday the girls attended a Halloween Bash at The Little Gym and Maya had a show performance with her gymnastics team. We spent about an hour playing around on the gym equipment before Maya’s little performance. There were A TON of kids there, chaotic doesn’t even begin to describe it. I felt like I had whiplash by the end of it trying to keep an eye on both girls! Maya’s performance was awesome. This time they did their performance with the older kids’ show team. The younger ones would demonstrate a skill, like a handstand or a cartwheel, and then the older girls would do a more complex version of the same skill. It was fun to watch. Maya is really inspired by the older girls so she loved getting to perform with them.

Here is Maya in mid-handstand warming up for the performance and demonstrating her straddle hang and dismount on the uneven bars.

Sunday we hit up the Halloween Carnival put on by our community. It was held at Maya’s school. They turned the gymnasium into a little carnival filled with games, bounce houses, face painting and a balloon guy. The kids had a great time. Maya played pretty much every game. Anna’s favorite part was the balloon guy, although she was rather confused when he asked what she wanted him to make, she kept responding “balloon”. He made her a little bear and she looked at it with the most confused look on her face. She clearly would have been happy to just get a balloon! A few of Maya’s friends were at the carnival too and she loved getting to run around and spend time with them.

By Sunday evening I was so incredibly tired I couldn’t see straight and my whole body hurt. At least Nora was back to sleeping well last night and big girls slept until I had to wake them up at 7 (of course, since I didn’t have the option of sleeping in!).  I think this afternoon calls for a nap, hopefully Anna and Nora agree 😉

Maya is a huge fan of Halloween, mostly because it means she gets candy and she has the biggest sweet tooth!, but also because it means she gets to dress up and the girl loves to dress up. Usually the day after Halloween she begins planning her costume for the next year. I can’t remember when she decided on her costume for this year. It started out that she was just going to be a ballerina some time around last Halloween, and, over time, evolved into wanting to be Angelina Ballerina. It was a perfect costume for her. She adores Angelina, she loves dance and she loves dressing up in her dance clothes, so as I said, the perfect fit!

Yesterday morning she got to dress up for school, she was so excited to show off her costume to her friends and teachers at school. Before we headed out the door she had to pose for a few ballet pictures. This one is my absolute favorite!

When she got home from school the count down to trick or treating time started. I swear she asked at least a million and a half times when she was going to get to go trick or treating. I was never so happen to see 6:00pm roll around so the kids could get their costumes on and I wouldn’t have to answer that question any more.

They both looked so adorable!

We hit up the little Halloween party being hosted by our apartment complex first. Maya played a few games and practically filled her pumpkin with prizes. Then we headed out for a little trick or treating. We hit up about a dozen or so houses. Maya got a good amount of candy. Anna was so entralled. She spent the whole time with a firm grasp on her pumpkin and watching all the kids trick or treating. I think her little mind was pretty much blown by the whole experience. It was a great evening.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. Maya is already planning her costume for next year and asking how much longer until it is Halloween again 😉

I kind of out did myself this year. Not only did I make Maya’s Angelina Ballerina costume, but, feeling inspired by that project I decided to make Anna’s costume as well. I better watch it or I’ll turn into Martha Stewart or something 😉

Since Anna isn’t old enough to pick her own costume yet I let Maya decide. When I asked her Maya promptly said “a cute little fairy so she can have a nice tutu like my Angelina Ballerina one”. So, I set to work planning out a fairy costume suitable for a 1 year old.

I started with the tutu. I knew I wanted the tutu to be purple because the fairy wings we already had are purple. But, other than that I wasn’t exactly sure what look I was going for. I hit up our local craft store and found some glittery tulle and was inspired. I used purple tulle, the glitter tulle and some thin glitter ribbon to make the tutu. I decided on a length of 6 inches and cut out my fabric. I used the same method to tie the tulle to the elastic waist band I had made as I did with Maya’s costume as I liked the puffy look it provided. Once the tulle and ribbon were all in place I attached little purple and glittery white flowers I had also found at the craft store. I stitched them around the front half of the tutu. The end result was exactly what I had envisioned. And, I must say, I was pretty impressed with how this one turned out. (I may have a new found obsession with making tutus).

Next up was the wings. I knew Anna wouldn’t be up for wings unless they were attached to her shirt and didn’t get in her way. We had a small pair of purple fairy wings lying around the house from an old Tinker Bell costume of Maya’s. I decided to stitch the wings to the back of an old white, long sleeved onesie, that way Anna couldn’t pull them off and they wouldn’t be in her way. The wings are stitched on in just a few spots so I can easily cut the stitching afterwards and give Maya her wings back, but are still very secure.

Last up was a headpiece of some kind. Anna is not a fan of hats or headbands of any kind and will not tolerate them for even a second. So, I knew whatever I came up with had to be a clip of some kind since she wears those with no problem. She already had a white and purple flower clip so I decided to just tie a few pieces of the glitter ribbon I used in her tutu to the clip for an added touch and go with that. Simple, yet perfect.

The end result is a pretty stinkin’ cute little fairy if I do say so myself. She was very much into checking herself out in the mirror today when she tried on the full costume.

Last week Maya’s preschool had a field trip to a local pumpkin patch. Part of the admission fee covered the cost of a 15lb pumpkin. The kiddos, their teachers and us parents got to take a fun little hayride out to a field filled with pumpkins and the kids got to pick out their pumpkin. Maya was excited that she got to pick out a big pumpkin this year. She was very diligent at first, examining each pumpkin carefully. This diligence quickly gave way to trying to throw any old pumpkin into our cart so that she could start playing with her friends. We eventually found the perfect pumpkin.

The pumpkin has been sitting on our balcony ever since, patiently waiting to be carved into a jack-o-lantern. Late yesterday we finally had a few minutes to dedicate to the pumpkin. The girls and I worked on cleaning out the pumpkin so that Lorne could carve his face.

In years past Maya has always wanted a happy jack-o-lantern but this year she was brave and decided she wanted her pumpkin to have a scary face, but not too scary! It turned out pretty well.

The girls had fun checking out the pumpkin once Lorne had finished carving it. In true Anna fashion she had to give him a hug :)