No offense to JJ and our parents but this is truly the best Halloween P and I have had to date. Yeah we did the Knott's Scary Farm thing for more years than we care to admit. At the time we thought (and we are sure JJ agrees since he was there) they were the best Halloweens ever. But this Halloween is what P had been waiting for all his life. He did introduce JJ to the magic that is the Scary Farm, but at 13 JJ was way pass feeling the Halloween magic. When we moved to northern CA we saved like crazy to make our family pilgrimage to the Farm. It was our thing, our island of three thing.
Then SS came along and P appointed himself our daughter's spiritual guide. Before you go into a daddy explains Christianity to his daughter aw moment,let me tell you that P's gospel has been ALL about Halloween. God? Nah, Jesus? Who is that dude? But our daughter is well versed in everything Halloween. That is why this year was a big deal for P. SS chose her costume for the very first time. If her choice surprises you then you have not been following our daughter's latest obsession.
SS was supposed to be a Lady Bug for her first Halloween home. We purchased her cute as hell LB costume two years before we met her. Then at the last minute P decided to drop $50 on a duck costume to honor SS's first English word, and paid an even more obscene fee to have it delivered overnight. I held my tongue because I knew what this meant to P. SS's first trick or treat experience was at the local mall, indoor, suffocating, shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of people and way too overstimulating for SS. We kept her in the stroller the entire time to cut down on the stimuli.
The plan was for last year to take her in her pirate costume to downtown Chico. It is a college town about 90 minutes from our home. College kids take Halloween seriously. As we all know I screwed up last year and had a perforation in my colon that necessitated emergency surgery. But SS still wowed the staff at the hospital with her pirate cuteness.
As we have posted SS is an a Buzz kick. Bless P that he did not have the usual Princess dream for his daughter. I was not thrilled to have her wear so much white because the possibilities for staining were plenty. We know we are biased but she was the cutest Buzz there. We were very surprised about the reaction she got from people, there is nothing fancy about her costume, it is a store bought, run of the mill, mass produced costume. SS was eating up all the attention and was beaming whenever someone called her Buzz. I just hung back and watched a beaming P enjoy his trick or treat outing with his very own super hero. P insisted in getting the gloves that were sold separately (as were the wings). The gloves are one size fits all and our baby girl has the tiniest fingers, but the fact that the gloves were too big did not dampen SS's enjoyment. She even pretended to shoot lasers from her arms at passerbys.
We had the best time ever, and although SS won't remember the first year when she really got Halloween, we will never forget it.
SS with M (P's coworker) last Friday, our ham was into her role as cutest super hero ever and posed with her fans.
If we ever get a dog it will be a Basset Hound. This family invited SS to pet their dog. Their dog is one year older than their oldest child and they have had him since he was a puppy. It was their first child. P talked to them for a while about how the dog meshed with their children and they were full of compliments about that breed for a child, especially young ones.
This teen just had to have a picture of Buzz. I was able to let my neurotic side go with this costume and because of the occasion. There are a lot of people out there with SS's picture, but no one will ever recognize her in real life with her head covered. Besides, it was only fair to oblige since we took many pictures of costumes we liked. And yes, I am that neurotic about my kids, even my adult son.
Buzz listened to Yoda's wisdom and rewarded him with candy. Baby Yoda's parents were blown away that SS would give her precious candy away. That's our girl, yesterday she would not give her Baba a bite of her gigantic cookie, today she gave candy away to strangers. Gotta love her.
SS hamming it up for a a group Asian college kids who were taking pictures of the "little dude" in the cool Buzz costume.
Super hero meeting. SS gave the boys some of her candy, such a kind soul. The boys spoke Spanish and SS used her hola and adios for the second time this afternoon. Glad to know that after two years of hearing her Mama yap in Spanish she has a two word vocabulary. OK, just kidding, don't want P to get mad at me, she has more than two words, maybe five.