365 Project – Day 302 – Best Halloween Ever

Saying that my sister Lindy and I spent a lot of time with our cousins Tonya and Shelly is an understatement. Thinking back to my childhood, it is hard to remember a holiday or celebration or vacation that didn’t somehow involve my cousins. All of us are relatively close in age (Tonya the oldest, Lindy and Shelly in the middle, and me the youngest), and we always had a great time together.

With Halloween always being one of those holidays that kids never actually got off school, I only really remember spending one Halloween with Tonya and Shelly, back when my family was living in Bird City, Kansas. It was the late 80’s, and with a stroke of really weird/rotten luck, Halloween fell on a weekend, but winter arrived early and nearly spoiled the fun. We were all forced to bundle up in heavy winter coats over our costumes, and Dad must have been feeling sorry for us, because somehow we got him to agree to let us drive his golf cart trick-or-treating.

I don’t quite remember what our costumes were that year, or really any other details about that particular weekend, but what I do remember is that we ran that golf cart until the last bit of battery was exhausted, and managed to hit every house in the whole town twice.

Best Halloween ever.

And while any photos of that particular Halloween are still packed away in boxes somewhere in my basement, I did manage to dig up this little gem. I would date this photo sometime in 1986. Tonya and Shelly had come to Bird City for a visit and we girls decided to spend an afternoon playing dress up. And wouldn’t you know, I’m the only one in the group that opted for a black cat Halloween costume and some clown-style makeup over a dress. 🙂

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to all the best Halloween memories. I can only hope that my daughter will have a few as good as this!

365 Project – Day 301 – Halloween Greatest Hits

Well, I was hoping to get a chance to post a photo of Miss Cadence in her rock star outfit for tonight’s blog, but it just didn’t happen. We ended up having a a whole lot of fun with houseful of company today. Cadence played hard with her cousins while Steven and I got to catch up with family and friends and watch the Huskers win. All in all, that’s what I call a perfect day!

So, the plan was to try and hit the Lincoln Children’s Zoo tonight for the annual “Boo at the Zoo” event, but by the time we actually got Cadence into her costume (with a little chocolate sprinkled doughnut bribery) and got out the door, the line to get in was already stretching down the block. So, we decided to head to Famous Daves to hang out and have dinner instead. And I’m thinking that was probably the wisest choice, since Cadence was running on a 30 minute nap, and ended up having to leave the table for two Timeouts before our dinner even arrived. I daresay the Terrible Two’s have arrived a little ahead of schedule in the Romano household.

So, instead of posting a photo of my daughter the rock star and my nephew the T-Rex in the blog tonight, I decided to pull out an oldie but goodie circa 1981. Sally, Brenda, and Kathy will have to let me know if this was the costume they were talking about today when they were laughing about the Halloween when my Dad dressed as a woman, and then, as a joke, climbed in bed with their Grandpa Michl to give him a scare while he was sleeping. I have to say, if I woke suddenly to find this butchly-looking woman lying next to me, it would certainly give me a fright!

Ah, the things we’ll do for fun on Halloween!

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to my Uncle Tim & Aunt Leslie for bringing the kids to spend a day in Lincoln with us, and to Sally, Brenda and Kathy for dropping by and spending the afternoon reminiscing. I hope this photo of Duane makes up for some of the 1980’s classics I’ve posted of you here on the blog! If not, let me know, and I’m sure I can dig up a few more of Duane’s greatest hits!

365 Project – Day 296 – Rockin’ Halloween Preview

“If you are an adult, and you are planning to dress up on Halloween…don’t. I will find you. I will hurt you. You are an adult, and you can dress up whenever you want to. You don’t need permission anymore! If you wake up next Tuesday, and you feel like being Batman, go for it! And then you go to work, and your boss will look up and go ‘Who are you?’ and you can say…’I am Batman. That’s who I am. Who are you?'” – Lewis Black

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Costumes, candy, scary movies, staying out late, scaring people–what can really top it? It’s all my favorite things rolled into one night of ghoulish fun.

And did I mention the candy?

Halloween is just one of those holidays though, that seems to get a little more tame as you get older (unless of course you’re still dressing as a slutty nurse or superhero and attending wild costume parties with your old college friends). But, for those of us who gave up the wild college parties after we graduated college, having kids is the next best way to resurrect a good, healthy interest in Halloween.

When we started brainstorming costumes for Cadence this year, we decided right away that we didn’t want to pick anything hokey. Nothing cutesy or cookie cutter. We wanted something that would be totally, uniquely Cadence.

Our first thought was something Rango-related. After all, our daughter is absolutely obsessed with the movie and, if she could actually get away with watching it 17 times a day, she would. It cracks her up, and it cracks us up the way she tries to act it out as she watches (although, I have to admit I’m not really thrilled about how hilarious she thinks it is to spit the way the characters do).

Unfortunately, the only Rango costumes I could find were adult-sized and pretty damn creepy-looking if you ask me…

So, it was back to the drawing board.

If there is anything that Cadence loves as much as Rango, it’s music. I guess with parents who are obsessed with music and a name like Cadence, you might guess that our girl would have inherited a love of music. We noticed it when she was just a baby–the way she would calm down immediately when you would turn music on or sing to her, the way she would smile and clap and dance along. These days, she even sings along.

So, there was really only one logical choice for this year’s Halloween costume, and after a little bit of searching, we think we have begun piecing together the perfect outfit for our little rock star to make her debut.

Here’s just a little preview of the fabulousness that’s yet to come…

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to making some Halloween memories. Woohoo! Rock ‘n roll!!!!!