Halloween 2014

 

The world’s cutest Minnie Mouse right there.

When I was thinking about what Leah should be for Halloween, it didn’t take me very long to decide on Minnie Mouse. This girl is a HUGE Mickey and Minnie fan. She doesn’t watch much TV and she is still oblivious to the new super popular Disney channel characters, such as Doc McStuffin or Princess Sofia, but Mickey and Minnie? Those two she loves. We own a few Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVDs and, when a car ride or doctor’s office wait becomes too long, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse YouTube videos are what we turn to. So, Minnie was the perfect choice. However, when I started searching for a costume I wasn’t happy with anything I could find. Every costume was either WAY expensive, or really fake and cheap looking and I just wasn’t sold on any of the choices. So I casually brought up the fact that Leah wanted to be Minnie for Halloween to my super talented mother, and before I knew it, a gorgeous, custom made, Minnie Mouse costume showed up on our doorsteps!! Gotta love grandma and her sewing machine!! Thursday afternoon Leah and I trekked out to Party City to find some Minnie Mouse ears, which now, looking back, was the dumbest idea ever because, seriously, who goes to Party City the DAY before Halloween!? Everyone. Everyone goes to Party City the day before Halloween. It took me about 2.5 seconds to find the ears, and another 30 minutes to get OUT of the store, as we waited in a line that snaked up and down 2 aisles. But, at least Leah and I were kept entertained as we watched two mothers behind us almost get into a real life fist fight over the last red Ninja Turtle costume. True story. Craziness, I tell you!!

So the ears were then bought and Leah and I spent Friday practicing how trick or treating would work. She quickly got the phrase down and would yell to me “trick or treaaaaaatt! Now I get candyyyyy!!!!” So the girl was a quick learner. Brett and I figured that we would just go up and down our street like we did last year and then call it a night, but this girl had other plans. Once we hit up the first 2 houses and she quickly realized how fun it was, there was no stopping her. Lucky for us, I don’t think she truly understood what it was she was collecting in her Elmo Easter Halloween basket. Even when someone held out the whole bucket of candy and said “take what you want!” she would still look into the bucket and then very thoughtfully choose one piece to stick carefully in her basket. So it was much more about the collecting than the reward for her. An hour and a half later, as she lugged her heavy basket with both hands (which, side note, weighed about 5 lbs at this point and every time we asked if she wanted mommy or daddy to hold it she would respond, “nope! Leah hold it!”) we finally made our way back home. We had so many trick or treaters we ended up giving out all of our candy (over 160 pieces!!) PLUS all the candy of Leah’s that I didn’t want (Tootsie rolls, I have no use for you) and with that, Halloween was over. Luckily, Leah has seemed to have forgotten (or just doesn’t care) about the candy she collected and hasn’t once asked for any of it. Which leaves pregnant mommy to eat all her Twix and Milky Way bars. Win, win! Next year we will have two little girlies trick or treating and you better believe that they will be wearing coordinating costumes. 🙂 Hope everyone had a great Halloween!!

Halloween 2013

Although last year was technically Leah’s first Halloween, this year was her first Halloween experience. And let’s just say she ROCKED this Halloween.

The day started with me at work dressed as a pumpkin. Working at a children’s hospital is always more fun on a holiday because there is this palpable excitement in the air; both with the patients as well as the staff. We do a lot to make the day fun for the kids; funny hats/bandanas given to them to wear into surgery, Halloween costumes given out, parades being conducted, costume contests among the staff and pumpkin decorating contests….let’s just say it’s a blast.

The afternoon continued with a Halloween community party at my hospital, where I took Leah in her adorable pumpkin costume (at this point I was no longer wearing my matching pumpkin costume so sadly no matching mommy/daughter outfits). Leah’s homemade costume was given to me by the mother of one of our amazingly adorable patients and I was more than happy to continue the tradition of having my own amazingly adorable daughter wear it for her first Halloween experience. Every year our hospital has this crazy cute tradition where a local window washing company has their employees dress up as superheros and repel down the side of the building. They then pose for pictures with all the kids and it is adorable and so fun to watch their awestruck faces. Leah cracked me up at the party. Our hospital’s lobby was insanely packed and yet she walked proudly and confidently through it all while gazing around at everyone around her. We escaped after she got knocked down one too many times, but not without a struggle with letting her carry her pumpkin all the way back to the car. Which took a looooooooonnnnnng time.

And then came the grand finale; trick or treating. We weren’t sure how Leah would do, but let’s just say this girl was in her element. She proudly carried her candy bag like a little purse slung up on her arm, marching up to the front door to stand directly on the welcome mat. Time and time again Brett or I would try to move her back so she wouldn’t get whacked by the door being opened, and time and time again she would kick and scream and go back to her spot right on the welcome mat. The door would open, she would grab a candy (or a handful…) and then stick it right into her bag. This girl was just made to trick or treat. Although we didn’t get the “trick or treat!” phrase down in time, we did manage to get a few thank yous in there, (“tank twos!”) so that’s something. Brett and I also had a blast trick or treating since we managed to meet all our new neighbors we haven’t had the chance to meet yet since we moved in last February. And let me just tell you, we have some amazing neighbors! I also loved having trick or treaters at our house for the first time EVER, although we were grossly under prepared for how much candy we needed. Whoops…at least we know for next year!

Overall, it was a super successful first “real” Halloween with Leah. Can’t wait for many, many more years trick or treating with this cutie!! 🙂 Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

A kitten with mittens. Except wearing mittens at work is a bit tough…you never think about how much you need your fingers until you cannot use them. Also, I almost dunked my tail in the toilet like 3 times. And although my face may make you think I was an evil kitten (or maybe a vampire kitten?) I promise I was the nicest of cats. I only hissed and clawed at a few patients today. Just the ones who were bratty.

Brett really loves kitties too. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at this face:

He was not thrilled at wearing a kitty headband and gloves. I basically had to chase him around the apartment and tell him to be a good sport and just put them on! And he did, because people, that is love.

And the winner of the cutest costume award?

Do not fear-super dog is here!

Is she not the cutest? Honestly her costume was a bit masculine in my opinion (everyone kept saying how “handsome” she was) but whatevs, she totally works with what she’s got.

Happy Halloween!