Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween costumes from the past

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When it comes to holidays, Christmas is my absolute favorite, but Halloween is a very, very close second.
When it comes to costumes, I don't mess around.  I was lucky enough to find a guy that enjoys creating unique costumes just as much as I do.
The past few years, our usual parties have fallen through, but thought I'd share some of our handmade, unique and/or hysterical costumes from Halloweens of previous years, as well as from a few other events.
Here are me and my girlfriends as an 80's wedding party on Halloween of 2003.  Can you tell I was a child of the 80's?  I already owned most of this stuff!  (If you don't have a thing to make this for yourself, a trip to the local thrift shop and dollar store should get you everything you need.  Grab a pair of scissors and safety pins if you're looking for a more edgy 80's look!)

I met up with Dan later that same evening at a friend's party.  I convinced him to dress up for this one, otherwise, he wouldn't have.  Believe it or not, I think this is one of our first pictures with each other, taken just two weeks after we started dating!  Want to be a truck driver?   Just throw on a flannel, some jeans, a few more layers (like a quilted vest and a vintage Harley Davidson tee), top it with a mesh hat and you're good to go.  Having a grandpa who collects dirty pins (seriously... some of the saying on these pins I cannot repeat out loud!) doesn't hurt, either! No Lot Lizards!

Then there was the World's Largest Disco of 2003 and 2004.  Yes, we're chameleons.

Dan's favorite show growing up was The Flintstones, so we paid homage to Fred and Wilma in 2004.  (My favorite part about this costume was my homemade necklace - I bashed foam balls between two chunks of wood, then strung them together ...and I also got to wear my leopard print slippers to the party!  Who was Yabba Dabba comfy? This girl!)

Best. Costumes. Ever.  Halloween 2005.  We even brought Hooters wings to the party.   Dan was the hit of the party.   Everyone could care less about me.  (Control your laughter, he's quite comfortable in his own hair skin!  Perhaps a little too comfortable?!)  Most everything came off of eBay, and I sold it all the following year.  Weirdest part of the whole thing (besides a grown man wearing tiny orange cheerleader shorts) was that Dan insisted on wearing the "Bridget" nametag.  As you wish, honey. I'll take one for the team and be "Lauren" for the night.

In 2007, we hosted a 1920's murder mystery party for New Years Eve.

In 2006, we grouped up with some good friends to form the Wizard of Oz gang.  Dan, once again, was the hit of the party we attended and won best costume.  Gaint piece of foam, yellow spraypaint, black sharpie, elastic and a crafty wife.  Boom.  (Oh yeah, he insisted on buying this yellow body suit to wear with the costume that made him look like a speed skater.)

Halloween 2008.  Where's Waldo and Lisa Nowak, the crazy, diaper wearing astronaut!

What was your funniest Halloween costume?

Fisher Price

Living in Western New York definitely has it's benefits.   We're 5 minutes from beautiful Niagara Falls, great chicken wings are available everywhere,  we have an amazing football team, (Yeah, right! I'm totally joking!), and Fisher Price's Headquarters is practically in our backyard.
I finally had some time to fill out the forms (notice the date on the letters?  I'm a bit behind.) and obtain the boy's 'working papers' so they are legally allowed to model for Fisher Price.  I know several people who have had their children featured on FP products, and thought it'd be cool if my boys were, too!  We are already product testers for the company and get paid to occasionally test out new things.  If the boys get selected for a photo shoot, it's not guaranteed that their photographs will be used, but each time, we'll get a gift certificate to use in the Fisher Price store... and it's a wonderful store filled with enough kiddie eye-candy to make Santa's elves jealous!

Keep an eye out... you just might see Mr. Dubs and Drewman on a box in a toy store near you!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day of Doctors

Lots of appointments today.
Andrew goes in for surgery next Monday, so we had to stop at the urologist and then we went to the lab to get some blood work.  Andrew did not enjoy this one bit.
Screaming... lots of screaming.
...and how do you explain to a one year old that there will be a little pinch, and then no pain.
You can't.
You just have to restrain him until the procedure is done.
Then you can give lots of hugs and wipe away the tears.
...and boy, were there a lot of tears.
Poor little dude.
Then came the urine sample.
Yes, I'm writing about a one year old's urine sample.
First, to tell you how it's done... and second, to share how a mother of twins will do anything to make life easier.  Driving home, collecting a sample and driving back would not have been the easiest option.
Here goes: Picture a long bag with 3"x 3" sticker at one end (with a tiny hole in the middle of the sticker for the you-know-whatie).
Bag is stuck to child, sample is collected, bag is removed from child.
Very slowly, as to not remove any skin with the unnecessarily GIANT sticker.
Again, poor dude.
I swear, that sticker covered all of his little giblets and more. 
So I get the sticker off without ripping tearing spilling anything and have to dump the contents in a specimen cup.  
...but I left something out of the story.
You think Andrew gave the specimen while we were at the lab? While I had a lab technician's extra set of hands to help?
Of course not.
Did I want to drive back later?
Of course not.
I loaded the boys up in the van (with said collection bag still attached), loaded up their wagon (my double stroller of choice) and decided to check Andrew one last time before leaving the lab.  I got him out of his car seat and checked him on the front seat floor of the van.   That's when I saw that he cooperated and finally gave his sample. back to the story.
After I remove the bag, I have to re-diaper and re-dress Andrew so I stick the bag to the side of my van.
Yes.  There is a bag of pee hanging off the side of my minivan.
I guess that nasty sticker was good for something after all.
I re-diaper and dress my little guy, buckle him in and then transfer the sample;
from the side of my van into the specimen cup.
Unbuckle Andrew.
Unbuckle Wesley.
Scoop up a kid under each arm and head back inside the lab.  I literally walked up to the desk, shoved the sample through the glass window and said "We got it.   You won't see us later."
After this, both boys went to the pediatrician and got their flu shots.
Yes.  More needles.
No crying this time.
Here they are sporting their flu shot band-aids.
What tough little guys.


This past Saturday, the boys and I went to a fall festival at my husband's old grammar school.  I decided to throw the boy's costumes on, seeing that they are far too young for trick or treating, and not many people would see them otherwise.  Despite being the only kids in costumes, an annoying hat that Wesley wouldn't keep on, and skin tight pants that might be considered obscene had the boys not been a mere one year old, they looked adorable and drew some smiles from the other festival-goers!
Here's my little Buzz and Woody checking each other out:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

{Family Photo Wall} It's a hit!

I just posted THIS this morning...  ...and it's a hit with the boys!
I love it!

{Family Photo Wall} Babies and Facial Recognition

Dan: "Say Mama."
Andrew: "Mama."
Dan: "Good! Say Dada"
Andrew: "Mama."
Dan: : "No, say Dada"
Andrew: "Mama."

Believe me, I love hearing my name, but I think the twins are a bit confused.  It's time we start seeing our family and hearing their names every day, not just when they might come up in conversation or when we actually see them in person.

I've created a photo wall (FINALLY) for the twins on an awkward window in our house.  We have a very low window in our dining room, which used to look out into the backyard until a sunroom (aka, my messy craft room) was added to the back of the house.   Now, it's just an awkward, really low window - see the register and carpet?  Like I said, weird and awkward.
Eye Level:  Photos will be placed on other side of window  so boys can point and touch as much as they want.
We wanted the boys to see photos of family, but not be able to tear them down, or ruin the photos with their often slimy, sticky fingers.  This window solved the problem.  We are going to hang family head shots on the other side of the window, so A & W can point out and touch as much as they want without tearing the photos down.   We will start with just us; Mama, Dada, Andrew & Wesley and then slowly add familiar faces.   I can't wait to see them pointing everyone out and to eventually hear them saying everyone's name.

Starting with just these four in the center, then we'll slowly add family members (and pets!) to the mix ;)

Monday, October 11, 2010

{Makes My Monday} Accomplishments

Before the twins were born, I made a big promise to myself.   I promised that no matter what, I would somehow manage to get in a shower every day after they were born, as this is sometimes a difficult task for moms of singletons to even accomplish.
...and let me tell you something,
No matter how quick or lengthy they may be, it's MY time... and the water drowns out any crib crying sounds that might be taking place while I'm in there!

Yesterday, I not only managed to take a loooong relaxing shower, but I also did two loads of laundry (minus the folding part) and baked not one, not two, but THREE apple pies!
Accomplishing more than expected in a busy house of boys Makes My Monday (Oh yeah, and so does warm pie a la mode!)

Friday, October 8, 2010

{Think Pink} Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Free BCA party circle printable courtesy of The TomKat Studio.

Do I check myself regularly? Yes.
Did I know, before this year, that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month?  No.
Did I ever expect the "Big C" to hit so close to home?  No.
Am I scared out of my mind?  YES.

This morning, someone very near and dear to me lost her left breast to cancer.  Everything happened so fast.  A routine mammogram showed abnormalities, the cancer was confirmed, treatment plans were discussed, tests were run, more cancer was discovered.  

This woman is a very strong woman and I know she'll pull through this.
She is determined and courageous.
She won't back down without a fight.
She is a survivor.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Kim over at The Tomkat Studio is offering these fabulous free printable party circles (Thanks, Kim!  You're the breast... I mean, BEST!).  So bake some cupcakes, decorate them and share them with your mom, your sister, your girlfriends, your aunt and your grandma as a reminder to check yourself monthly for anything out of the ordinary.  

It could save your life.

Saturday, October 2, 2010