Laurie and Bryce live in one of those Suburban Dream neighborhoods where Halloween competes with Christmas for the amount of lights and decorations. Neighbors sit in large groups in their open garages handing out candy - that is if they are not dressed like zombies on their front porches or operating their own fog machines. I love our little street but no one trick or treats, no one gives out candy, and though the stray black cats add to the spooky vibe daily, we choose to migrate across town for the night's fesitivities.... As for the girls costumes...Sophia had been planning on being Snow White for months. She has had the costume since her 1st birthday and proudly wears it publicly in the middle of the summer. She was Snow White all week - school parade, friends school parade, grocery store...etc. At first, Olivia didn't seem quite as opinionated. So I decided make her Olivia the Pig. She shares the name, we love the books, yadda yadda yadda. I figured it was the last year I could get away with it. Until, I heard her answer people all week long, in her little munchkin voice, that she was going to be a princess! I borrowed some princess stuff from a friend, Sophia saw it and...amazingly, Sophia became the Princess and Olivia was designated to be Snow White for the night. When it came time to dress. Olivia didn't want to wear anything. I got a tutu on her and a crown - for a few pictures. [One day when the girls are older we are going to sit down and have a long talk about the hard, politicized, oppressed lives of princesses through history. I will maintain that "Waiting for my prince to come..." is an unacceptable life mission statement, that no one's complexion can be as flawless as animation can paint, and that no fairy's magical powers are as strong as that of Disney's marketing team. In the meantime, let's enjoy some crowns and fancy dresses...]
Look at this band of Merry Makers!
Olivia was just having a rough time. I don't know if she doesn't buy in to this holiday, which is fine, or if she is just going through some pre-two angst.
Sophia, on the other hand, LOVED it! Looking at these pictures of joy actually makes these past few days of detox almost worth it...
Did I mention she LOVED it?
Oh Olivia. Why do I get the impression sometimes that you are just humoring the rest of us?