Sunday, October 30, 2011

From Pie to Princess . . .

Halloween family fun and other shenanigans are ramping up.  Yesterday we had a “kids” party where Aurora, the three fairies, and oh yes, even Prince Phillip made an appearance, and today we carved our pumpkins.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dugdale Halloween without some mishaps and missteps along the way. 
Here’s what I learned about fully participating in the madness that is Halloween:
1)      When you attend a party as Princess Aurora, it’s just not as easy to explain why you are drinking Cherry Pie a la mode.  I still had lots of Cherry Pie liqueur left over from Friday night’s party, so I decided I would take it to the “kids” party the following night.  It’s not the same when you're drinking it as a Disney Princess rather than as a Cherry Pie.
Prince Phillip cleans up nicely too, doesn't he?!
I still can't believe I got him to put the costume on.

2)      When you have the bright idea to dress as Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) because your hair has grown so long it would be perfect, and you have three little girls that you think you can manipulate into dressing as three fairies . . . think again sister!  The children absolutely refused to dress as the traditional Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.  So, we made a compromise . . . they could dress however they wanted so long as they were the corresponding color – Blue, Red or Green.  So, I present to you . . . Flora, Fauna and Merryweather . . . Dugdaleified!

Merryweather of course has pants on; Fauna is our rock star, and
Flora is a mish mash of various costume components that come together as a
tutu wearing devil with a red dress on!

3)      Word of caution . . . when you have children who have very very blonde hair, it may not be a good idea to spray it with hair dye.  We’ve now washed the Superego (the oldest) and the Id’s (the baby) hair about three times and it’s still green and red respectively.  I’m soooooo getting a  “Dear Mrs. Dugdale” letter about the Id’s pink hair.  Oh, and when you spray the children's hair, you may want to stand far away from your back door.  If you do not, you may end up spray painting the back door pink.  I still can’t get the pink dots off the door frame.  Is that something we have to disclose when we sell the house?!

4)      And finally, when you decide to carve your pumpkins, DO NOT purchase one of those ridiculous stencil packages with the ridiculously hard stencils to carve.  Especially not the Barbie one that you purchase on a whim because it looks cute on the rack.  That’s like buying the size 2 dress off the hangar because it looked good.  Seriously, I thought it was a good idea to let the baby choose a stencil that has fingers on the hands of the Barbie?!  I'm not even convinced that the makers of these stencils actually try them out on real pumpkins.  The funniest part about this pumpkin . . . at one point we asked Sir (my father) to help us carve the pumpkins and he definitely got the sh*t end of this project.  When I had finally finished my Sleeping Beauty pumpkin (that was its own disaster), he did not hesitate to say “yes” when I said “would you like me to finish yours?”
After!  You can see that there was NO WAY I was going
to carve the name "Barbie".

Recommendations for today – stick with the smiley face jack-o-lanterns.  I think I have carpal tunnel syndrome from trying to stencil out the faces on mine and the Id’s pumpkins.

You could also pay your 9 year old to free hand a pumpkin.  The little booger free handed Jack Skelington.  Where does she get that kind of talent?!  Definitely not from her “Paint by number” mother.

When your kids don’t want to dress up in the “theme” you’ve chosen, go to where they are and be flexible.  It may turn out much better than you expected.

By the way, my family fun shenanigans caught up with me last night.  After the party I came home and went to bed at 8:45pm and slept until 7:15 this morning.  I was so exhausted!

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