October 2, 2013: Costume Throwback
|Pals: Woody and Buzz|
When the boys were little, I would make their costumes. One of my favorites (and Zach's) was the year we went with a Toy Story theme.
With a chubby baby Ben Lane and Zach's love for everything Toy Story, I created Buzz and Woody costumes for the boys. Ben was an adorable stout version of Woody. Zach was thrilled to dress up as his new favorite character, Buzz Lightyear.
I painstakingly created Buzz by piecing together various superhero patterns while mirroring what I saw in Zach's Toy Story picture books. The final product was so impressive that Zach won the "best costume" award at a kids Halloween run. I was one proud mama.
|A chubby Ben is more interested in the candy on the floor|
And then my costumer days came to a crashing halt. All it takes to stop a mom dead in her tracks is a child crying real tears. This is what happened and led to the end of homemade costumes in the Lane house.
After a day of school that included sharing Halloween costume ideas with classmates, six year-old Zach came home in tears. As I comforted and coaxed the misery out of him, Zach finally looked up at me with his big blue eyes and delivered the blow.
"Mom, why can't I be like all the other kids and just buy my Halloween costume at the store?"
With those words and a few tears from mom, an era came to an abrupt end. I complied in allowing Zach to select his specially made costume from Target. And we have never looked back.
I have since added an art room in my basement to fill my artistic void. And to my boys' delight; none of my projects involve matching outfits or wearable art.
|The last hoorah|