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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

~It's that of year again~

I have to admit that I never really got excited about Halloween before now. I remember dressing up when younger and handing out popcorn after I raided the neighborhood. One yr. we lived on the most popular street in town and man..was that an experience trying to handle the masses.

Monkey #2 has a birthday a few days before the holiday so her feelings are quite strong about having a good time. In fact, her due date was actually Oct. 31st. I was horrified to think she might be born that day. So I was relieved when she arrived the opening day of the Astros World Series game. In fact, my Dr. had tickets for the next game. And truth be told, he almost needed a catcher's mitt to welcome baby monkey into the world.

The minute Oct. 1st arrives, Monkey is already planning her birthday and her costume for the yr. And one year, she was so torn over the two she insisted on a ballet monster birthday cake. What an imagination that girl has!!

Girl monkey has always enjoyed dressing up and pretending. Not so much for the first monkey. He hasn't really enjoyed dressing up. However, girl monkey has been a positive influence on him, and his stance on that issue. This year... we are all looking forward to Halloween. The yearly tradition at school is for the kids to dress up as storybook characters. They make it a fun, festive and entertaining literary event.

The first yr. big monkey refused to dress up at all.. Not even for Halloween. He found out really fast that little monkey raked in more goodies than he did. Her adorable grape costume didn't hurt. However, she did get quite upset when I had to pop her grapes so she could run and jump in the inflatable jumper roos.

The next year I was amazed when big monkey boarded the school bus as Sully from Monster's Inc. That was a hoot watching those big floppy monster feet make it up those school bus steps.

By the time last year rolled around, big monkey was excited and a pro. He put alot of thought into his costume. Who knew that the big bad wolf was really framed? Those 3 piggies really did a number on him. I was so proud of my incarcerated wolf for just trying to borrow some sugar for his granny's birthday cake.

Little Monster will gladly dress up and deck out for any and all opportunities. In fact, she even has her brudda pretending and getting into play quite easily now.

Which brings us to this year. The monkeys play Harry Potter quite frequently these days. And reading the books and watching the movies hasa brought such joy. So every day..every single day.. the question around here is "Have our Griffendor robes arrived yet?".. We will host both Harry and Hermoine this year. And something tells me that those costumes will be money well spent. Little monkey has been perfecting her spells daily.
Gotta LOVE great books that inspire such imagination and play.

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