I had very little time to get the kids dressed today for the trunk-or-treat but I did a better job of it than I did the other day for the Fall Festival. I had time to do the make-up better on all the kids and I just felt more prepared. So, with the kids getting home at 4:00 and needing to be to the church at 5:3o I was surprised when we had extra time. I used that time to take some pictures in the front yard because who knows when they’ll all look this good again!!!
I really love this theme that we have this year! We hardly spent any money on the costumes. With Yoda we spend $1 for the green face paint, $1 for the green hair spray, and then used my sweater and his clothes. I spent a little extra time cutting out some green felt and gluing them to one of Emma’s old headbands that she never uses. For Luke I had luckily raided Jared’s closet and gotten rid of some of his old shirts. I cut it apart to make the tunic and then used a dollar store light saber. Leia was a little more in-depth. I used some yarn similar to Emma’s hair color and another old headband to make the double buns. I’m sure if I had made it more of a priority I could have made a white dress out of a sheet or something but I ran out of time so I bought an angel costume that happened to be on sale at Party City so that was a whopping $7 and a little makeup to finish it off. Darth Maul was all about the makeup. $1 for the red and $1 for the black. I had a bunch of leftover black material from years ago when I did a production of The Woman at the Well that I shredded and draped to get the effect I wanted. With all that done I found a pair of black gloves in clearance at Target for $2 and just used some black electrical tape to tape two $1 light sabers together. I love when you can be creative and use the things you have lying around to create something special and unique!
The kids were great! Everything was so enjoyable and fun! We’ve been entering a different stage over the past few months of independence and self-sufficiency that makes me able to enjoy my children even more. I loved when I was so inherently needed when they were little ones but I can now immerse myself in their personalities and really get to know and enjoy my children. I’ll always miss some of those little baby and toddler times but I enjoyed them fully and so have no regrets in that department which really helps when moving onto the next stage.
We saw so many friends tonight since our ward and the newly established Windmill ward met together. There was a bunch of great food and funny enough all my kids camped out right next to the food tables. It was funny to watch little Miss Leia (Emma) keep up with her brothers and go back for thirds. It’s things like that to help me to know that they’re starting a growth spurt and I need to watch what they’re eating and to be patient with them because for the next couple weeks they’ll be asking for food non-stop.
After eating it was time for some trunk-or-treating. Such fun trunks and such amazing people here tonight. I got a good laugh when I watched Luke (Joseph) fight Batman for a piece of candy. That Batman is such a character I’m pretty sure he was asking for it 😉 .
Benjamin met up with two of his best friends at the church and I couldn’t help but snap a picture of the three of them. Chaz was the Hulk, Willie was Cap’n Jack, and Benjamin was Darth Maul. It was fun to watch these three very different boys, not just in their choice of costume, talk and laugh together. It’s friendships like this that span ward splits and the years to come.