Sunday, February 13, 2011

An F For Me In Homework This Week

I love the wee ones' schools. They are at different schools for different reasons, and both are very strong schools with lots of support and "extra" things that make them awesome. Both wee ones are currently involved in reading programs - albeit very different ones with very different structures and rewards.

Sometimes, the extras for the wee ones mean I have homework, too. Both the wee ones had occasion to dress up this week. In costume.

I am the mom who goes to the costume store to find a costume for my children. I can't imagine actually managing to create and sew a costume for the wee ones for Halloween. And no, I am not creative enough to simply find things for a costume at home. I'm just not that person, and I'm ok with it.

First up was Mister Man who had to dress as a 100 year old man for the 100th day of school. Are you kidding me?

Fortunately, he has corduroy pants. That helped. I wanted to make a potbelly for him (thank you to someone for that suggestion) by tying a pillow to his tummy; he was having none of it. Ditto with trying to make a hump for a hunched over old man. Fortunately, I found a plaid shirt that looked sorta old man-ish. Ish.

I was planning to put baby powder in his hair to make it look grey, as well. He wasn't happy with that idea at first, as he's the child who refuses to have the baby powder at the barber because it irritates his already roughed up neck and makes him itch more. Once I explained it was only going on his very thick hair, he was good with it. That said, I assumed I had baby powder I had received in a baby kit somewhere (I never, ever used any). Apparently, either I never did or I tossed it somewhere along the way. Instead, he went as an old man who's a big fan of Just For Men.

The coup de grace that actually made it sort of work? As I was checking my parents' house for any snow damage after the blizzard a couple weeks ago, I discovered a walking cane in the basement. Score!

Little Miss was even more fun. She was supposed to go as her favorite word. Ummm yeah. Her favorite word? I was afraid to even ask her what it was, knowing it would be a nightmare to try to create a costume. Fortunately, Twitter to the rescue, as a few friends graciously provided me with some dumbed down suggestions that even I could create.

Little Miss's costume? She went dressed as a tree. I even made leaves. That said, the leaves started to fall off as we put on her coat. Oops. I explained to her that she was simply a deciduous tree (look, new vocab word!) whose leaves were falling off as it went from summer to fall to winter. Thankfully, she bought it.

Next year, I've learned the teachers provide a list of vocabulary words for us to choose from. Disguise? Cyclone? I'm pretty sure I'll be hitting Twitter again for help.

The wee ones were happy with their costumes, but I have to admit I'm a little ashamed, especially as I saw students with age lines drawn in with makeup (ohhhh, good idea!) or dressed in full on costumes like a present and the like. Not my best parenting week.

I am also giving away a Progresso Souper You Debut gift pack here.

Oh, and while you're at it, I finally set up a Facebook Fan page for my blog. It's way overdue. Go like me on Facebook if you would so I can get an official username - once I get enough likes. You can also follow me on Twitter, too, if you're so inclined.


Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog February 13, 2011 at 10:54 PM  

Justin never would have let me do powder or face make up. I don't even try anymore.

Nice leaves!

Melisa with one S February 14, 2011 at 6:13 AM  

I think you did just fine. They look great!!

Megryansmom February 14, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

Nice job!

Michelle February 14, 2011 at 8:27 PM  

Tracey - I was suprised he was up for me trying it, but ... that was a fail on my part.

Melisa - Eh, you're just trying to make me feel better. You should have SEEN some of these other kids!

Megryansmom - Slacker parents unite? ;) Nahhhh, I'd never call you a slacker. But thanks for making me feel better.

Mrs4444 February 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

These pics are absolutely adorable!! Nice job!!

Tara R. February 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

Your costumes are great! I'd give you an A for sure.

Michelle February 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM  

Mrs4444 - Only because the kids are so adorable ;) My costuming was not on par with the other students' - but I'm getting to be ok with that!

Tara - No wonder there's such an issue with grade inflation ;)

Pat February 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

Those are the kinds of costumes I used to come up with for my three sons. One of my favorite "accessories" for my youngest son when he was supposed to be one of the three wise men in a play at church: I spray-painted some old tennies (sneakers) with gold paint, and voila, he was one of the three wise guys, He had a robe and crown, too, of course.

septembermom February 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

Very good! They look great :) So cute!

Michelle February 20, 2011 at 11:29 PM  

Pat - I'm glad I'm not the only one who does costumes like this. But spray painting shoes? That might have passed me by. Love it!

Kelly - You're too kind. But hey, they had fun, and that's really all that matters, right?

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