So I've got myself in a pickle over Tae's halloween costume.
Last weekend, she saw our next door neighbor's dementor costume. (He's 10.) When I asked her what she wanted to be for halloween, she told me that she wanted to be what our neighobor was dressing up as. Not that Tae has any idea what a dementor is... But she told me she wanted to bedressed in black...
So, I made a trip to Target without her... and guess what? No kid-sized dementor costumes. Why am I not surprised? I was however, happy, because a long time ago, she told me that she wanted to be a carrot for halloween, and I was going to be a rabbit. I hope she's TOTALLY forgotten about this.
So, today, we made a trip to the fabric store where I intended to buy plain black fabric to make a dementor-ish costume. And I had Tae in tow to help pick things out. And whe she saw the patterns for all the costumes, she finally realized that she could dress up as a ballerina for halloween.
Which is ok by me... because she'll understand that it's a costume, for play. Not clothes to wear. So now, I'm sewing a pink sparkly skirt. Except that today, as Tae hovered over my shoulder, I discovered that my sewing machine is jammed up or something. It's not working.
I was disappointed not to start sewing her skirt. I think Tae was a little disappointed too. But, she told me that I could surprise her one day when she wakes up. She's so sweet when she tries to help solve problems like that. But I think she really did want to see her skirt immediately. She picked some pink and sparkley tulle. And ribbon with ballet shoes on it.
I'm happy to indulge her with a halloween costume and some play ballet gear. She loves it when I teach her the positions and throw on some classical music to dance to. And I'm happy to involve her in the process of making a halloween costume. Growing up, we always had mom-made halloween costumes, and I like picking out materials together, and having some room to be creative.
On the flip side, October is a super busy month, and I could have just as easily bought a ballerina costume on my first trip to Target, and I would be done right now. This, however, is one thing that I'd like to be able to do for Tae. Because, yes, I continue to be over-achieving, and because yes, I can do it all. (Ha.)
For me, it's actually a fun project to pull out the sewing machine (if I could figure out what was wrong with it). And nice to have a task that has a fun reward at the end, instead of tasks that seem endless - namely laundry and dishes and cleaning up the house.
(Ask me again how the project was when it's all said and done.)