We don’t have a single Halloween decoration up – but I keep putting Halloween costumes on my to-do list! 🙂
This week I’m throwing it back to some of my favorite costumes we’ve had over the years – Steve’s Jack-in-the-box costume is on that list. (To match our fast food theme that year) When I originally told him I was buying an outdoor light globe and turning it into a costume, I think he doubted me. Lucky for me, I surprised us both!
Here’s how this costume was created:
The trick was finding a large round object we could fit a head in. I’m embarrassed to admit how long I searched for something that fit the criteria but I found it as unusual as it was: An acrylic replacement globe for an outdoor light fixture. It was 16″ wide and the opening was 8″. It was perfect.
And although I spent forever searching for this – it took no time at all to create the actual head. I drilled two holes for eyes – measuring as best I could so Steve could see out of it. Then I used sheets of foam to create the face pieces. (These pictures were taken after Halloween and you’ll see the nose got a little abused and bent from moving it around and storing it.) You’ll notice in the picture the eyes are large round circles. I only used those for pictures. After pictures, we replaced them with circles with holes cut out of the middle so he could see.
With the head complete, Steve put on his Sunday best and he was done. The neighborhood loved him!
He’s waited a whole year to be 5 years old and the day has finally arrived! I’m banking on the fact that at least three times in the next week he’s going to tell me he can’t wear a shirt anymore because it says 4 years and he’s now 5! Kid logic makes me chuckle.
We sat in his room this evening recounting the day he was born and then we took turns telling him what we loved about him. With each person who added what they loved most, his eyes sparkled a little more and his grin got just a little bigger. Who doesn’t love to hear people saying great things about them? Even 5-year-olds catch on to that!
He is a happy kid who loves to sit and play board games and do puzzles. He loves playing with friends and loves to run errands with me. He is helpful without being asked. He loves to play with Briggs and only occasionally is frustrated that he’s ruining his game!
I love this happy boy with a head full of crazy coarse hair. Happy birthday little man!
My internet browser crashed yesterday and when I reopened the program, it asked if I wanted to restore windows and tabs…all 57 tabs. My brain is in overload and its seeping out through my internet browser. My mind tends to jump around quite a bit, but even for me this is a little unusual. A tab for the faucet I like, also some tile and cabinets I like. Work orders I’m placing for shirts. 4th grade reading materials. Print orders I’m placing. A shared drive. An idea for Hallie’s birthday gift. Yelp reviews. Color palette for a client. Financial software. School book order. And the list could go on.
I don’t feel overwhelmed I just have a really loud head with a lot of tabs open. When I really evaluate the open tabs I have to question what’s important and what’s just taking up space in my head. Luckily, I know a lot of the tabs (in my browser and in my head) are temporary. We’re knee deep (perhaps even hip deep) in the home remodel and it’s shocking how much time that consumes. Picking this or that. Sourcing. Putting out fires. Coordinating people. It’s not for the faint of heart and it’s going to consume time for the next while. But I can hardly contain my excitement as I start to see my vision come to life.
The funny thing is my kids were begging to put up Halloween decorations. If you saw the bomb that hit this house you would laugh at their request. You wouldn’t even be able to see the decorations with everything stacked around the house. Not only that, the decorations are buried in the garage. But they’ve never not had Halloween decor up and they don’t know what to think. I convinced them our house is scary enough as it is – we don’t need spooky decor!
Bennett has sat on the sidelines watching his siblings play sports and was so excited to finally get his turn to play. But every kid has a unique personality and as much as he wanted to play, he had never really picked up a ball because he just hasn’t had much interest. Hunter carries a ball every where he goes and as a result is comfortable with them. This was Bennett’s first exposure to basketball specifically and he really had no interest in playing outside of his assigned practices and games. Even when we were at home trying to offer him some pointers – his interest was slim. So we let him Bennett be Bennett and we chose a league that fit him and his interest level.
It was just what he needed to spark a little interest in sports. Does he want to come home and practice and try and get better? Not really. But did he love playing sports after school with some of his buddies? Yes he did.
This same club goes through all the sports in the course of the year and Bennett is pleased to be apart of it and I’m just grateful it’s right after school, is done before dinner and doesn’t take up our Saturdays!
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