I hope you had a Happy Halloween, or a “Happy Halloweeny!” if Elias is talking to you.
We had a really memorable Halloween this year. I knew that with moving + a lot of fall travel, I would only have time to make a costume for Adeline. Plus, Elias wanted to be Luke Skywalker, which I knew I could not sew.
Well then the Luke costume didn’t fit and he decided to be a pirate, which I totally could have made had we not figured it out a week before Halloween. Thankfully, Amazon Prime saved the day and I found a great costume. He had so much fun saying “RRRR!” and looked adorable.
I was inspired by Pinterest to make Adeline a candy corn costume. It was a hit and she looked adorable. Elias loved telling people, “she’s a little candy corn” in a high pitched voice.
We had a lot of fun in our new neighborhood. It wasn’t super crowded with kids and Elias had so much fun running up to each door, and saying “Trick-or-treating!”. He didn’t get why he should say “trick-or-treat” when we were “trick-or-treating.” Adeline had to be right in the action too. She would hold out her little bag and just smile.
Elias decided he wanted a mustache for trick-or-treating. It cracked me up.
A few thoughts about my photos: I have learned to take pictures in advance of trick-or-treating (like in the morning, or even on another day for babies) so that I can take my time and get some great shots. While this worked for Adeline (and I got tons of great shots like the one above), Elias was not very cooperative and I got about 3 of just him in his pirate costume (thankfully one was the one above- a total winner).
Then, when I tried to take pictures of the two of them, we couldn’t get Adeline to smile and Elias got whiney after about 10 shots.
Then I got frustrated, but figured we’d have another shot before trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, I left work a little late + traffic was hideous and we didn’t even get costumes on until dark. I only was able to take a few photos, and they weren’t very good.
As I was looking through our photos from the night, Matthew gently reminded me that it isn’t about the pictures, it’s about the memories and having fun with the kids.
Nothing like your own words coming back at you.
But it’s true!! I am so grateful that both of my kids had fun on Halloween, that they enjoyed their costumes and that they are healthy. And at the end of the day, the limited photos I got truly do represent this year. I know five years from now I will look at them and smile as I remember this season of our life. And, if this was 20 years ago, I certainly wouldn’t have the number of photos I have to chose from. We are spoiled!
Sometimes even a memory keeper and photo lover needs a reminder of what matters.
Stepping off my soap box now. I hope you will link up your Halloween photos/blog posts in the comments below. I can’t wait to see your cute costumes.
And, if you have ever been frustrated by your photos (or lack of “perfect” shots), I’d love you to share in the comments. Hopefully I’m not the only one that this has happened to.
Also linking up at Small Style’s Halloween edition.