Boo from BoonionStation!
Happy Halloween! We are recycling costumes over here. Arlo is the bee, which Remy wore her first year at 6 months, and Remy is wearing the koala, that Remy wore last year! I had found a puppy dog costume secondhand, and washed it and it was perfectly soft and fluffy, but Remy wouldn't even try the thing on! She said she would be the bee and Arlo could be the dog. Remembering I stored last years' costumes, I suggested the koala and that was a hit. So now we go with whatever costume they put on, right?!
I SO wish I was THAT mom, like a friend of mine who HANDMADE her boys' costumes- aliens and decorated their wagon as a spaceship! Or, another friend his is doing a theme with her son as Curious George and she as the Man with the Yellow Hat. So clever! I thought about it and mentioned to husband that I think it is the planning ahead! I could get creative, but how do you choose when your kiddos, or at least mine, change their minds and their opinions so much! Planning anything for a toddler in advance, at least for me, is really hard. Maybe next year we will get a group costume thing going!
So Thursday night we made it down to Denver Union Station for their Halloween parade, trick or treating and music! Thanks Nicole! After naps, we ate, changed and got in the car and headed downtown. Right during rush hour...took us an hour to get there! I was determined. The night before, we all stayed up late and got in the car and headed all the way down to the Botanic Gardens for their Glow at the Gardens festivities only to find a SOLD OUT event! BUMMER! The whole way there Arlo was rubbing her eyes and Remy was holding her sleepy baby, and I was like will it be worth the entrance fees? Is Arlo going to lose it?! What are we doing out this late?!?!?!? It was 6 pm of the record. We turned around and came home. Remy kept saying she wanted to go to the party. The party I had promised. I felt horrible!
Union Station's event made up for it! It started earlier for one thing, great for families. FREE entrance, and a fun train ride outside! They BOTH could have totally gone home happy after that train ride! Inside the terminal area all the shops had trick or treat stations, there was a balloon artist, and a LIVE band! Arlo danced and bopper her little head and put on the best show of all! That little bumble bee can really boogie! Such fun to see her personality emerge at this age! Remy twirled to a Little Mermaid soundtrack outside but was pretty into her ice cream and sprinkles from Milkbox.
They both had red licorice twists and dum dum lollipops to polish off the party night. On the drive home Remy was being so sweet and fun with Arlo and I could hear her in the back seat, "Here you go Arlo," I complimented Remy on her actions, saying she was such a great big sister and so generous. I decided to start to explain what it meant to be generous. Sharing, giving. I explained that some are less fortunate. "There are some little boys and girls who don't have many things. Clothes, shoes.." As I trailed off, Remy said, "Teeth.." I thought about it, "Yes, some children don't have teeth because they can't take care of them properly." Then she said this, "like pirates?" I couldn't help but giggle, even though it was a serious discussion. We love to read the book, "How I Became a Pirate," and the book mentions pirates having green teeth, "when they have any teeth at all." This clever girl...So so fascinating to see how your kids connect dots and put things together.
We are wishing you all a very HAPPY & SAFE Halloween weekend, with plenty of treats that require teeth extra brushing.
If you want to catch a little video of Arlo dancing, see it on Instagram @haleebandhoney.