So I mentioned that I do love Halloween(if only for all the cute scrapbook stuff, but hey whatever) But there is always the issue of the costumes. Teagen is easy(so far) she wears whatever Summer wore at that age, and I just tweak it a bit to make it her own. And last year we had costumes from my Aunt Julie that she still had from her girls. Summer was Minnie Mouse and Tea was the sweetest clown. This year Teagen will be wearing the woodland Fairy outfit, all I have to do is make her a head wreath of ivy and dried hydrangea blossoms from the yard. And we still have the elephant costume that Grady can wear. So that's good. Summer on the other hand is a different story. What she wants is to be a Native American girl. NO clue where this came from(we have not watched Pochontas in years)And of course I found the most BEAUTIFUL costume online for $40! I cant help but to think of all the other "regular" clothes I could buy her with $40, and with me not working...I try to skimp where I can. But I have a bit of a soft spot for dressing as an Indian girl. Allow me to explain.
When I was in the 2nd grade, my class was to have a Thanksgiving Program. The teacher was assigning parts and there were several for Indian Girls. Even though my mom had recently cut my hair short, I wanted to be a little Indian Girl with braids so bad! When it was my turn to be assigned a part I was told I would be a yam. Yes, a yam. OK so at 7 years old, I had no clue what a yam was and actually believed it was some kind of animal, like a ram, and though that it was cool that I was at least an animal of sorts. My mother later cleared that up for me. I was fully informed that a yam was indeed a sweet potato from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Well, I was not going to be any kind of potato, sweet or otherwise! My gawky, toothless self went to the teacher the next day and asked for a different part. A few kids had 2 parts and I knew that Jocelyn had 2 parts one of which was an Indian girl. She of course was perfect in every way, with the long dark hair and the works. A stunning girl. But I was after her Indian girl part. Instead I got her other part which was a child of the world and I had to dance around with a smelly boy in my class. I got to wear a dress, but I was not happy. And Jocelyn was quite happy to play a yam as her 2nd part. Who knew a 2nd grade teacher could make such damaging decisions? So my dreams of being a little Native American girl have gone unfulfilled. I, of course, cannot have Summer live through such devastation.( I am going to stop here so as to not risk sounding like a complete pageant mom living precariously through her daughter)
Lucky for me that if I do decide to forgo the store-bought costume, Summer is highly suggestible. Last night, I think I talked her into being a farmer and all I would need to find is a straw hat! I also like the idea of a gypsy, and I believe I could wrap that one up at a thrift store. I am again cursing myself for not being able to sew(well).
Oh, but could you imagine the photo ops for an Indian Princess and a Woodland Fairy? That's like Heaven to me;)