Pinterest Mom is back. Turns out, she comes in hot just before my favorite holidays. Halloween leading into Dia de las Muertas has been an exhausting slam dunk.
It started sooo innocent. Teagan and I were at the library for “Baby Rhyme Time.” The teacher announced that October 31 would be an “optional” costume parade. Optional my ass. The minute T went down for her nap, I got down to business.
A quick scour of the internet weeded out the obvious “cute and fluffy” animal costumes, bugs, TV characters. Next, I dove in to family themes. Cookie Monster + Cookie + Milk. Life Guard + Surfer + Baby Shark. Disney Casts. Finally, I got into the fun family themes. Three’s Company. The Golden Girls. However, since S and I would likely not dress up, I put those in my back pocket and dug into the “DIY” lists.
The winner? A cute (and simple) candy corn outfit from The Mom Creative. All I needed to do is buy felt, cut and pin it and send it to work with S. His team of seamstresses would crush this in 10-minutes. Max.
Then, an unlikely chain of events transpired.
Halloween morning, I was up early to jog in the dark. Scary! T got up ready to party and so after breakfast, I put on her "under" outfit (an orange long-sleeved onesie and striped pants) and packed her costume in the diaper bag. Wouldn't you know? Another series of unplanned events.
No big deal, we still had all afternoon. Wouldn't you know? She slept until 3:15, ate her snack until 4. We got out the door at 4:02 and met S in Carlsbad where he was meeting a vendor.
Apparently, Carlsbad had Halloween on Sunday - - we skipped the outfit and had a fun time tracking T through the Farmer's Market and local stores. We ate nothing. Pinterest Mom had a plan.
Spider Web soup and Jack-o-Lantern quesadillas. Teagan didn't notice her quesadilla had a face and S couldn't "see" the webs (to be fair, they looked like spirals) in his soup. BUT, if we are going to have family traditions, we need to make them. It's up to us.
At 6:30 (normally bath time), we got T decked out in her costume. She gave "treats" to our dozen or so trick-or-treaters and called the day a win.