Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Sneak Preview

We got a new camera! It was time. It has been time for awhile now. The bad days for our camera progressed from mere lines through the picture, to this:

And then finally, it reached the point where the photos were completely unintelligible and no amount of banging, slapping, or knocking it would solve the problem. It reminds me of when our last TV started to give out. It never fully died, it just got to the point where the controls were messed up. You couldn't use the remote and the buttons on the actual TV sometimes didn't do what they were supposed to do. You couldn't change the channels down, only up. And then they would keep changing out of control. Still, I was willing to cope because I'm that cheap, but when we got to the point where pushing the channel down button instead caused the volume to skyrocket up out of control, we started considering a new TV. Even then, I was feeling guilty about spending the money. I didn't give in until M brought me to the realization that I had taken to sitting on the coffee table to watch TV because of not having a remote and needing to repeatedly fiddle with the controls hoping that I would get lucky and land on the correct channel and volume. Fast forward to the present. I finally realized our digital camera had gotten to the point where I was "sitting on the coffee table." Luckily, the new camera arrived yesterday, just in time to record all things Halloween at our house. (Okay, it was more than luck. We paid for a rush order on Newegg to make sure...)

So without further ado...

We carved pumpkins as a family last night. The family pumpkin (the big one) was "designed" (from a limited set of options) by Claire. She kept saying, "Happy pumpkin, I love you SO much!" The other 2 were done by M and I after we got the kids to bed. How computer geeky are we??? I dub them our emotikins. And I've decided that carving pumpkins with a drill and mini-hacksaw is the only way to go.

And, most importantly, I put the finishing touches on the kids costumes today. Just in time too, since we have a church party tonight!

Here is Claire's Belle from Beauty and the Beast ensemble:


Don't forget the accessories: shoes (courtesy of Grandma), hair bow (Claire INSISTED), mock gloves/gauntlets, and matching trick or treat bag


Scott, true to life, is going to be The Beast as Claire's sidekick. Here is the main "prince" part:


Again, don't forget the accessories: shoes (they aren't as mismatched as they look in this photo), matching trick or treat bag, and Beastly head cover. This is the back view showing the stylin' pony tail. The next photo shows the front view.


Now hopefully the kids will actually keep the costumes on...
And now that the costumes are done, maybe I can start living again!

6 comments:

Leann said...

I LOVE THE COSTUMES! You did a FABULOUS job! They are amazing. I hope you have a great time at the activity! (p.s. I have a secret wish to be bell in that yellow dress someday too!)

K said...

Wow! Those costumes are amazing! You are quite the seamstress! I can't wait to see the pics with the kiddos wearing them!

Bart Bradshaw said...

I'm happy for you and your new camera. It's so frustrating to get home after a nice vacation only to find that all of your pictures are blurry because of a crummy camera.

Ralphie said...

Drool, drool over your costumes. Now what are you going to do when you have 6 kids to prep halloween for???

Janssen said...

VERY impressive! You can come make me a costume if you like (except I don't really like dressing up).

Pickles & Dimes said...

Those costumes are SO GREAT! You did a fantastic job!