Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Next up my second and third grade years. In second grade I decided to be a scarecrow and in third grade I was Raggedy Ann. What was awesome about these costumes is that we were able to recycle them later on and use pieces of them for various costumes needed for our church show each year, I remember we lengthened the Raggedy Ann dress to be a dress for me to sing the Wells Fargo Wagon from the Music Man in the show one year.
I dressed up each year through high school. I more or less stopped trick or treating around sixth or seventh grade though. I went out with friends at a party once in high school but that was about it. Sadly I don't have the greatest pictures to share of my high school costumes. One year Nate and I dressed up as a magician and his rabbit and I remember going on a wild goose chase the day before Halloween to every thrift store in town trying to find him a magician's hat! I can't find the only good picture I have of us from that year though!
Believe it or not in college I took a break from dressing up for Halloween. I'm not even sure why, I know my sorority had events and what not. I do remember going with my sorority sisters to volunteer at these awesome haunted caves they used to have over in St. Paul. We got to dress up and be part of the scare crew. I had the best spot to hide one year and would jump out at people from behind this dark tree and scream at the top of my lungs. It was fun seeing the reactions. As someone who's easily startled it is oddly cathartic to startle other people!
Anyway, I didn't really do much dressing up for Halloween again until after Nate and I were married and I'm pretty proud of the costumes I've managed to pull together as an adult. The year after we got married I decided to dress up as Rainbow Brite. Other than buying a shirt at Target and a wig at Party City, every item I bought for this costume came from the thrift store and I was super excited by how it turned out.
The following year we kept it extremely simple and did Mario and Luigi from Super Mario Bros. Nate was Mario and I was Luigi though I think it should have been the other way around seeing as Luigi is supposed to be taller than Mario! This was a super simple one to put together, we borrowed overalls from my dad for Nate, I had some from past costume needs as well and then Nate sewed us some very simple hats out of felt.
Finally, the last time we truly dressed up was in 2010. We went to our local roller derby with some friends and decided to dress up for the occasion. It was a last minute choice, but we took a suggestion from a Facebook friend and dressed up as garden gnomes. I thrifted a dress and apron and Nate sewed us hats and a tunic (yes Nate sews and I don't, we're weird I guess!). I also, um, bulked up the girls if you get my drift, added some flowers and boom. We kind of modeled ourselves after characters from a show we enjoyed as children called David the Gnome.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Hello everyone and happy Monday! I've decided no matter what, this week is going to be tons better than last week. We're all getting healthy at our house and back to normal and it's a fresh start. And it's Halloween week! How can that not be a good week? I know last year I said I was the Halloween Grinch, but I'm pretty excited about it this year. Anyway, I decided a way to kick off a great new week would be taking part in this week's Inspiration Monday with two birds. Here we have an edgy look from Paula Patton.
My look isn't quite as edgy as hers, but it was a nice outfit for a Sunday afternoon at any rate! I didn't do much more with this besides go to the thrift store to look for Halloween costumes, but hey, I want to look good when I go to the thrifts - don't you?
Jacket - Mossimo (Target), Flannel - Ruff Hewn (thrifted)
Jeans - Old Navy, Purse - Coach (Poshmark)
Shoes - from friend
We had a great weekend. My meetup on Friday evening with Ally was absolutely delightful, we had a great dinner and conversation and my only regret was needing to cut things short to get Oliver to bed and head off to practice with my music group. Saturday we let Nate sleep in since he was the last one to go down with the ship on getting this awful headcold. After he got up though he was willing to go out for some lunch and pick up a birthday gift for his mom, so we enjoyed an outing to do all of that. Saturday afternoon after Ollie's nap we went and had a family picture done at our church for the church directory and of course we ended up liking the portraits enough that we bought some. I'm still planning to do some outdoor pictures for Ollie's first birthday though in the next month or so with the fabulous Erin of Babes in Thriftland so I'm hoping this nice weather lasts just a little longer!
Saturday evening we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday with dinner, cake and games. Sunday we got up and attempted disc golf though it was a bit chilly and we got a later start so Ollie was a little less patient than he usually is, so we only played about half the course and then brought him home for a nap. Nate made us delicious biscuits and gravy for breakfast. After Oliver's nap I brought him on adventure with me to the thrift store to get the rest of what we needed for our Halloween costumes - yeah I know, way to be last minute right? During Oliver's afternoon nap, Nate also made one of the pieces for his costume too and I have to say, he's going to be pretty dang cute.
We capped off a beautiful day with a walk in our favorite park and Oliver got to swing in the swing so that made him super excited. He went to bed and we had some of our favorite barbecue take out for dinner. Overall it was a great and very much needed weekend! How was your weekend?
Visit the two birds over here for more Inspiration Monday outfits!