Yay, Halloween is finally here! Hope with this huge lead-up I created you aren’t disappointed by his costume, haha. I was thinking about that today. Like, crap, what if people think I’m really going to do something epic and original. But nope, he’s just a cute chicken. Last August (when I was barely into my 2nd trimester) I saw this costume online and had to get it. Eric’s parents have chickens and I decided then and there I wanted to get pictures of him dressed up as a chicken next to the real chickens. Luckily the costume fit perfectly and was nice and warm on this chilly night. I saw an idea on Pinterest (of course) the other week of another baby dressed as a chicken and sitting in a giant carved pumpkin painted white to look like an egg. That was what I originally intended to do until I shopped around for giant pumpkins and realized one big enough for him to sit in would cost me like $50. I mean I know it’s his first Halloween and all but the costume was $12 so I wasn’t going to spend $50 on a photo prop. Luckily a $2 piece of foam board taped to a storage cube I already owned worked perfectly. Combine that with my in-laws garden and chickens and we had us a grand ol’ time. He may not get to eat any candy this year but he’s sweet enough as it is anyway (collective “aww”). Hope you all had a Happy Halloween too!
This was definitely the most difficult photo shoot thus far. First it was really windy. Normally you don’t have to worry about leaves blowing in your boat when you’re in the middle of the ocean, but there I was catching and sweeping them away left and right. Second, you’ll notice the flag moves locations. Someone who doesn’t quite grasp the word “no,” thought it was really fun to pull so I had to keep moving it to throw him off for a few pictures until he would find it again. I also thought he would love the hook, but I could not get him to hold it properly where it would cover his hand. In a couple photos I’m actually holding it in front of his hand while I take the picture at the same time. Oy….or I mean aarrrrrrrrrrr.
There was a silver lining. The one thing I didn’t think would work out was one of the only things that did. I honestly didn’t think he would keep the eye patch on, but oddly enough once I put it on he didn’t even touch it. It was like he was born to wear an eye patch. Hmm…maybe I should get that eye checked out!
I purchased this costume right after Halloween last year on a final clearance rack for $5. I was super excited because I found it not too long after we found out Eric got the head baseball coaching job and their mascot is the bulldogs. Due to an unseasonably warm baseball season he only wore it a couple times and so I figured we would give it one last run today before it gets packed away.
During our walk to the park I started envisioning the different photo set-ups I could do and I thought it would be cute to get a picture of him with a squirrel. Now mind you it’s not like I thought a squirrel would meander up to us and be all, “hey, I have a idea, how about I climb into your kids lap and let him grab my fur while you snap some pics..because you know, I’m a squirrel and he’s a dog and dogs chase squirrels…it would be hilarious!” I mean, first that would be freakishly AWESOME but all I really wanted was one of Park crawling in the leaves with a squirrel anywhere within the frame of the picture. 20 yards away searching for nuts, climbing a tree, I didn’t care – just thought it would be cute to look like he was chasing a squirrel. Unfortunately there must have been a squirrel town hall meeting because they were none-to-be-found. Oh well, lucky for me my little bulldog was satisfied with just fetching sticks.
Being a Skeleton Isn’t So Easy
Being a skeleton isn’t so easy
When wintertime comes
And the weather gets freezy.
It shivers my bones
From my front to my back:
I shake and I rattle,
Somebody throw me an overcoat—
poem found here
And the countdown continues! My parents are bikers (which makes them sound like they ride around in gangs wearing leather – but really I just mean they own a Harley and go on rides whenever the weather is right) and bought him this outfit awhile ago. I thought it would be fun to incorporate during our Halloween countdown. Unfortunately I didn’t have a motorcycle to stage pictures on and my Schwinn just didn’t seem right so the backyard had to do. All went well until the end when I was focusing on dandelions and returned my attention to Parker who was in the middle of eating a fistful of grass. Maybe I should have dressed him up as a rabbit instead. With that, we called it a day.