Thursday, January 8, 2015

the avengers assemble on halloween

**Please excuse my constant lateness of posting.  I realize it is January and I am posting something from October.  I am pretty sure I did the same thing last year.  My computer is acting crazy and freezing up a lot, but even without that issue, November thru December get so crazy for us.  I have a lot of catch up to do.  I mean is anyone really reading this anymore?
This year's Halloween theme was The Avengers.  The big decision went through many transitions in my family.  Gus had been wanting to be Hercules for quite awhile, but then somehow got his heart set on Batman since we already have the costume.  There had been talk of our whole family doing DC comic characters, but Jimmy really didn't want to.  He had a few different ideas, but once he heard his cousins were doing Avengers, he really wanted to be part of the group.   Just being a superhero was not enough, he wanted to be an Avenger even if it meant being one he had never heard of.  After playing with his cousin's Falcon action figure for a few hours, he decided Falcon was pretty cool and he wanted to be him.  I thought Gus might really want to be part of the group when the time came, too.  I told him he could dress up in his Batman costume for his birthday and be Iron Man for Halloween.  When he saw an Iron Man costume at Costco, he was sold.  He was so excited and told me it was, "his coolest costume ever."  Seeing as I have made all his other ones myself, I thought that was pretty rude, but I let it slide.  After quite a debacle Nora ended up with two costumes.  I had wanted her to be Wonder Woman when we were maybe all going to do the DC thing.  Since Zach and I were still planning on being Clarke Kent and Lois Lane, I thought she would be the cutest little Wonder Woman.  My sister was really trying to get me to have her be Miss Marvel from the Avengers so she could be part of the group, but I didn't really think anyone would know who she was and she wears a mask that I knew Nora wouldn't keep on.  I  had ordered a Wonder Woman onesie weeks before our pre-Halloween photo shoot, but it still hadn't come in the mail so I started to panic.  I had already been contemplating how to have her costume double as Miss Marvel, but with no Wonder Woman costume, I was suddenly forced to get creative.  A good friend happened to have the perfect onesie to borrow and she helped me whip up a Miss Marvel costume the day of.   She ended up looking adorable even if she is obscure.  Okay, so that is all the boring details about how much thought goes into this craziness.  Now for the fun part...

Always hard to get all the kids looking appropriate at the same time, but they are cute no matter what.
And now for the full character run-down:
Jack was Tony Stark turning into Iron Man (his glove and chest all really lit up which was very cool):

 Gus was the full Iron Man (and he thought his glow-in-the-dark hands and chest were pretty cool, too):
Lily was Captain America:
Finn was Hawkeye:
Dot was Black Widow:
(I think that is her Scarlett Johansson pout-face.  Always the actress this one.)
Kateri was Wasp:
Nora was Miss Marvel:
Jimmy was Falcon:
Lucy and Audry were Thor and Loki and managed to hold up their long tradition of going as siblings:
Pretty impressive helmets right?  
(On a side note, what is the deal with Thor in the movie never wearing the helmet?)
They did some re-enactment poses of them attacking Loki which were pretty funny....
Gus wanted to get in on the pretending to fly action too...
They were good sports about all the pictures for awhile and then Miss Marvel told us she was done and walked away to get food.
So did the Hulk...
But, of course, on real Halloween we made them take lots of pictures again...
Nora's Wonder Woman onesie finally came in the mail so I couldn't resist breaking away from the theme.  I mean, this is too cute not to get some use out of right?...
Me and my Superheroes:
As usual Zach is a good sport and does whatever I tell him...
Mimi and Johnny always love coming to join in the fun.
The kids had a great time Trick-or-Treating...
As usual they loved visiting the "Haunted House."
One of the best parts, of course, is coming home to check out the loot.
And then very carefully organize it if you are one of these crazy kids....
Dot brought out costumes from Halloweens past and kept taking turns having Nora wear the one she wasn't currently wearing.  Both Rapunzel and Alice made appearances...
Gus thought the Iron Man Pumpkin was made just for him...
Another Halloween come and gone.
How will we ever compete with ourselves?
I am sure we will try.  We are crazy like that.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

pumpkin carving and costume parade

The title of this post should be self explanatory so I am not going to provide any more text.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

bub turns four

Gus turned four.  He wasn't excited about it or anything...
 His one present request was "a light saber like Obi-Wan, Anakin, or Luke." 
The Force is strong with him so he got his wish and immediately practiced his Jedi moves.
 But Jedis aren't the only thing in his life right now.  Superheroes have become really big of late.  Not sure where that comes from inherently in some boys, but Gus has that bug.  He has never really watched any shows with Batman or the rest, but he thinks they are the coolest ever.  He had wanted to be Batman for Halloween since last year, but changed to Iron Man to do the Avengers with all his cousins.  Once I told him he could dress up like Batman at his birthday party, he was happy to be as many superheroes and possible and get to have as many costumes as possible.  The morning of his birthday he wore this ridiculous get-up that we inherited from someone...
 He is always happy to show off his moves for the ladies.
The costume didn't last all the long though and he opted for just his Batman t-shirt for the most of his party.
 This is the first year my boys got separate parties.  Last year, we only did very small family things, so this year Jimmy was really pushing for a real party with his friends from school.  That, of course, makes it trickier to limit who all to invite.  Gus is still at the age where is friends are all my friends' kids.   The idea of two parties stressed me out a bit, but ultimately two smaller parties worked better than some of the bigger ones I have thrown in the past.  For Gus, I decided he is at the age where he doesn't need anything fancy, but really just thinks the idea of having a party just for him is awesome.  Basically, I threw a glorified play-group with other mom friends that have kids Gus is friends with.  He was so excited to have all his favorite friends over and eat his Spiderman cupcakes.  Basically, other than cleaning my house, that was about all I did.    I really didn't have time to plan too much since my brain was also dealing with the pressing issue of finishing Halloween costumes by that very night.  I told the mom's they could bring food if they wanted.  Some of the kids came dressed in Superhero attire.  I put out some lemonade and crackers and we sang Happy Birthday to Gus.
 The moms hung out and the kids played in the backyard...
Lucky for us, Mimi was there to entertain all of the kids.
And ride the swings with way too many off them for one small lady...
Gus was a little desperate to open his Duplo from Mimi, but since I didn't want to risk all the pieces getting lost in our yard, I had to tell him he had to wait until the party was over.  I think he was about to cry or possibly ask all his friends to leave, so I had to think fast and come up with some kind of distraction.
 I started tracing all the kids with chalk and decorating them to look like superheros.
 Gus thought this was awesome and was so proud of the Batman he made (with some help from Mom).
In the afternoon, Jimmy came home with the Woods' cousins who brought Gus some Star Wars action figures that he was thrilled about.  Jimmy hadn't loved the idea of missing the morning party, but I kept reassuring him it was just going to be littler kids.  The bigger boys got the enjoy some extra cupcakes so it felt like a party to them, too.
Then that night we had our now annual pre-Halloween photo-session party at the Speier's house (more photo session pictures to come).  
Everyone was nice enough to remember it was Gus birthday and make the night about him as much as possible.  
He thought it was awesome that he got to have two parties.
 Dot sure thinks her Gussy-Bub is pretty awesome...
Heck, everyone thinks Gussy-Bub is AWESOME!!!
Happy Birthday you hilarious and wonderful boy!