Sunday, November 20, 2011

Halloween 2011

Yeah, I know my posts are always a little anticlimactic because they're always at least a month late, but here it goes anyway...

I think it's no secret now that I LOVE Halloween...everything about it. I start dreaming up what costumes we could make sometime in July (actually, most of the time sooner...I usually tuck away ideas throughout the year. I already know what half of us are going to be next year :)

Shane and I didn't really dress up this year...I know lame. Not sure what happened, but we still had fun with the kid's costumes.

Now I want you to know that I don't force my kids into their costumes. I do ask them what they want to be (yeah occasionally I plant ideas, but still :). Just lucky for me, they haven't wanted to be the commercial stuff yet (you know like Disney and what not...nothing wrong with those at all and i know they'll want to be those soon enough, but I can have a lot more fun with the generic stuff.).

Max requested to be a robot. So without further adieu, meet the xam bot 3000.

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Max and I had a lot of fun together planning his costume. He gave a lot of great ideas and even drew a few blue prints. Here is one of them:



Xam bot slices, dices, vacuums your carpet, and even lights your way on a dark night.

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He is also very eco-friendly. As a hybrid, he runs on fuel and electricity. And he's made from recycled materials. I know, we're very green around here.

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Don't forget to put candy in his fuel tank or he'll go into meltdown.
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Can't get enough of that cute robot bootie :) This is the part of the photo shoot where he was "powering down" if you will. He was d.o.n.e.

Luckily, we fueled him back up later on and got a little robot boogie out of him

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So technically, I didn't ask Jayne what she wanted to be and wait for the response, but I did ask, "Do you want to be a cupcake?" and thankfully she was all for it. I saw this genius idea from a friend's sister-in-law and I was instantly smitten and had to do it. Just made a couple changes to make it our own and voila...

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...a delicious cupcake with a cherry on top. Made with a lamp shade, spray paint, an old sheet, some plastic bags for stuffing, ribbon, rolled up paper and a little felt.

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Jumping in a cupcake can be tricky, but she pulled it off :)
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cupcake squat

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Now for Lucy, I could not decide what I wanted her to be. Thank heavens for my friend Sig...she came to the rescue and sent me a link for this awesome idea and as soon as I saw it, I was on board...

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Lucy: hot air balloon pilot extraordinaire . It doesn't get much cuter than that folks. Sorry, it just doesn't.

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balloon top

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Well, so I said Shane and I didn't dress up, but as we were running out the door to go to our neighborhood trunk-or-treat, Shane whipped together this little concoction

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I think this partly came because of the fact that I almost had us dress up as Magnum P.I. and Higgins. (Maybe someday soon :) Yep, I'm a sucker for a good 'stache, what can I say :)

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Happy late Halloween y'all!

8 comments:

Ashlee said...

Adorable! You never cease to a amaze me. The hot air balloon is amazing!

Lindsey Johnson said...

I have been eagerly awaiting this post. And I am blown away! You are amazing and these costumes are amazing!!! These should be in a magazine.

Catlin said...

Absolutely incredible! I am so impressed!

Heather Williams said...

WHAT! Elise, your genius I tell ya, puuuure stinkin genius. I just can't believe these costumes. Wow! Can't get enough of your creativity in all your detail and that little Lucy, what a beauty. LOVED this.

Lacey said...

You could possibly be the most talented person I have ever known!!!! Could your kiddos be any cuter!!!!

Spenny and Nellie Morris said...

Oh my goodness, you are amazing!! You are a creative genius....seriously. Love it. Did you get my e-mail last week? I was wondering how much you charge for family pictures. I would love for you to take our family pictures, and we are coming up for Thanksgiving, but I'm not sure our limited time would match your schedule. Lemme know! I love your style. :)

Courtney Taylor said...

I love those costumes! Where did you find that jacket for Lucy? And I have to say I love that end picture of your family. Everyone is making a different face/saying a different thing. Priceless!

Emily M said...

Amazing costumes. You are so talented in so many ways! Love you guys!