Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Some pretty spooky pictures

We have some pretty spooky pictures to share from Halloween. This year all of our costumes we homemade and I'm not really sure if making the costumes costs any less than if you buy them all ready to go, unless of course you just use stuff you already have but that would be too easy.
Finn is a nerd, complete with taped glasses and a pocket protector. Suzie is a fairy skunk or a fairy princess or Cinderella- depending on what day you asked her. She is more or less what I could round up from around the house because by the time I got to her I was tired of putting together costumes. Annie is an old lady with a baby on her back- her being the baby. This was definitely the most original costume she has ever requested. She saw it in a Halloween book and it was surprisingly easy to put together after I rounded up all the parts which wasn't easy at all. And finally, Katie is a bumble bee. We had the sparkly, striped leotard giving to us as a hand-me -down and I was able to make a tutu skirt and antennae. Unfortunately I forgot the wings until it was too late, but Katie didn't seem to notice.

The night of Halloween Finn went trick or treating with his cousin, Michael, who was a cereal killer. Now there's a smart, low cost costume. I guess that is what happens when you, like my sister Michelle, have 6 boys. You learn to streamline.

And Annie, Katie, Suzie and I all went trick or treating with Annie's friends Gwen and Lauren and Gwen's mom, Lori. The best was when we went to the older girls' piano teacher who promises a big candy bar for all her students if they come trick or treating to her house. Their teacher thought Suzie was so cute so she just kept sticking candy bars in her bag and Suzie kept taking them from me and Lori. All told, Suzie ended up with 5 big Snickers bars in her bag! She wasn't born yesterday you know.
Now the next pictures weren't taken on Halloween but they are incredibly spooky. I felt bad that I didn't really do a whole post on my Texas trip and if you are really all that interested Julie's blog has a good summary. And I can't record my memories in a normal way, so I chose to show you what 6 mothers with a combined total of 30 children do when they are away from said 30 children. They play the "Shaky-Face"game. So let me introduce you to some of my favorite people via the "Shaky-Face" game.

# of children: 5 of her own and 2 she has "adopted"
Color-code: Yellow
Bringer of the "Shaky-Face"game and any other crazy thing we do. This girl knows how to have a good time and you can't help but have a good time too when she is around. She is one of the most genuine, inclusive, big-hearted people I know. I am amazed at how she gets people to come of out their shell. My life and many others would be very different without her.
#of children: 6
Color Code: White
Despite looking a bit stoned in this picture, Katrina is one of the happiest, upbeat people you'll ever meet. She is always looking out for others and can talk to just about anyone. You just can't be in a bad mood around her. We are also working on making it to the Varsity soccer team together. So you know we got each other's back.
#of children: 5
Color Code: White
Kjirsten is honestly so strikingly beautiful- inside and out . I mean look, she can't even take a bad shaky-face picture. She looks like she is doing a Pantene commercial instead of looking like she is drunk like you are suppose to look in this game. I would hate her if I didn't adore her so much! I have know her for 17 years, but I haven't seen her in 8. But we picked up right where we left off and friends like that are rare.
# of children: 4
Color Code: Blue
Before this trip I would say Mandy was an acquaintance. We knew a lot of the same people, but never really hung out. But I can now officially say she is friend and a great one at that. We are very similar so if I say how awesome she is am I really just complimenting myself?!? Seriously she is a lot of fun and seems like she can handle just about anything that is thrown at her. Plus she can put Julie in her place and I respect that!
# of children:6
Color code: yellow
I so love this girl. She has a fantastic laugh and can make anything you do fun. Before I really knew her I thought she was one way- read: sweet and innocent. But man does this girl have depth. She can be very mischievious and she isn't afraid to be who she is. Plus she makes you feel like you the most incredible person she has ever met and who wouldn't want to be around a person like that!
Yours truly
# of children: 4
Color Code: Blue
I have posted plenty of embarassing pictures of myself on my blog so this shouldn't come as a big surprise. I just hope my Texas buddies will forgive me for posting theirs. I think they are all beautiful and I'm proud to call them my friends.


Wood Family said...

Missy, I just want to puke at your creative abilities... just stop it. You're making me look terrible! Do you want to go to body pump and lift next to me?!:) I don't even have any girls that can borrow those cute costumes! Could you at least make one that one of my boys could borrow next time- thanks that would be great!

Wood Family said...

p.s. I like your blog's "new dress" and I think you should use that picture for your christmas card! Very nice:)

amberjill said...

Kari's blog has a 'new dress'?? HOLY CRAP!! I don't know what to do with myself. I love the costumes and the shaky face pictures. You guys crack me up! I don't think my Maryland 'friends' are anywhere near that cool. But I'm working on them...

Julie said...

Baby on the back of an old woman....Awesome. And Katies skirt looked great. I am happy we went with the sparkly yellow. Speaking of yellow....How did I get a captial Y on my Yellow and Kelly got a wussy "yellow". Does that mean I am more fun or more selfish...hmmm.

And by the way...."No one puts baby in a corner and No one puts me in my place." Seriously???

Julie said...

And Michelle....who says a boy cant be a bumble bee or whatever Suzie was??

Julie said...

Oh....this is only my 3rd comment, but don't let me forget to tell you why you shouldn't use that pic for your Christmas card.

Mandy said...

Great post Kari. I so can put Julie in her place! Loved the kids costumes. I agree that homemade costumes may end up costing more in the end but I love the fact they are not cookie cutter costumes! Way to go! (I see that creative blue shining through)

Katrina said...

I had this feeling that someone from our group just couldn't resist posting those pictures - But I really thought it was going to be Julie or Kelly - you beat them to the punch. And can we add to yours that you are one of the most creative, best memory, always beautiful, great listener, can't take a good shaky face pic because you're too beautiful, kind a friend that I am so glad I got to know!! Go Varsity!!!

jellykelly said...

K, so I am a little behind in the times, but it's Sunday afternoon, LOVE your posts and I have to dance on the desk right now and yell at the top of my lungs that "I LOVE KARI CHRISTENSEN!!!"

ahhh. I feel much better now.