Thursday, October 31, 2013

These are the Voyages...

I love Halloween. It ranks up there in my Most Favorite of Holidays. I love the costumes and the cute decorations (I do not like the super gross decorations, though) the fun music and movies-the black and whites are the best.  Around our house, we start talking about Halloween around the end of the summer. By the second or third week of school, my kids have a pretty firm idea of what they'd like to "be" for Halloween. This is done for two reasons. One, who doesn't want to plan out the PERFECT costume idea? Two, in our house, I usually make the costumes, and so need a good month or so to formulate just exactly HOW I'm going to create the vision these kiddos have in their heads. I even go so far as to make my own patterns. It sounds crazy, I know, but I try to make them as simple as possible to avoid some of the more complicated patterns that exist out there, not to mention keeping my costs down by not having to purchase the patterns. I take an item of clothing that my kids already own and use that as the template to make the pattern on newspaper. Depending on what they want to be, I just alter it until it becomes the desired character.

This year has been a little different. Instead of only 2 costumes to make, I made a total of 5 (actually 6 if you count the do-over on mine). My husband (and I) spent some time watching the original Star Trek on Netflix this summer. My kids naturally wandered in and asked if they could watch, too. Of course! was the answer. When we got to the Trouble with Tribbles episode, my kids had basically decided that they like it. Somewhere along the way, the idea came out that they could dress as Star Trek characters for Halloween. It all got sorted out, we could have Kirk and Spock, Dad would be McCoy, and I would be....a female member of Star Fleet. You see, Uhura dates Spock, and since my son is going as Spock, that seemed a little weird. So, I'm a Lieutenant in Engineering. Either way. But what about our little one? She could be a Tribble!! So, it was settled.

I spent a good month brain storming how to put the uniforms together, and we watched the newest movie a few weeks ago. I spent the entire time studying their uniforms to get the right idea. I looked up uniforms, ranks, and insignias in the Official Star Fleet Technical Manual (yes, my husband owns a copy). This was important. I needed to get the details right. This was the first time in many years that my husband has decided he wants to have a costume! I typically don't dress up, sort of because he doesn't. But this he was excited about. So I had to get it right. I don't think I've ever paid so much attention to details for Halloween. But it was fun. I sewed for a week straight.

Here is Captain Kirk. Captain of the Enterprise. His rank as Captain is indicated by the color of his tunic, the insignia on his chest and the two and one-half stripes on his cuff.

This is Mr. Spock. He is the Commander on the Enterprise, as indicated by two stripes on his cuff. He is a Science Officer which is noted by the color of his tunic and the insignia on his chest.

Here we have McCoy. He is Lieutenant Commander, giving him one and one-half stripes on his cuff. He is a Doctor on the Enterprise, and so a Science Officer as well.

This is a standard female Lieutenant (one stripe) in Engineering, as is indicated by the color of the mini dress and the insignia on her chest. By the way, according to Trek: The Encyclopedia, "women have the option of wearing pants or dresses in "Where No Man Has Gone Before,"" and so I must be from that episode because there is no way I'm wearing a mini-dress and nylons for Trick-or-Treating. Or any other occasion, really.

Here is our darling Tribble. Defined in Trek: The Encyclopedia as a ball of fur that purrs. I hope she doesn't give us too much trouble.

And more of Kirk and Spock because they look so AWESOME!


Happy Halloween!

October Finishes

Monday, October 7, 2013

Unconventional Parenting

This is where our daughter would like to be fed:

And this is where she wishes she could be bathed:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

If You Give a Mom a Steam Mop

If you give a mom a steam mop,
She'll remember that it has been so long
That she can't remember when she last mopped.
So that mom will go into the kitchen to get the mopping started.
But when she's in the kitchen,
The mom will notice that the dishwasher needs unloading.
So, she'll put her daughter in the high chair with an ice cream cone,
Sans the ice cream.
Then the mom will unload the dishwasher.
When she's done unloading the dishwasher,
 She'll notice that the sink is full of dirty dishes.
So she'll need to crank up the Glee on the CD player
and fill the dishwasher with all the dirty dishes.
When the dishwasher is full,
The mom will notice that not everything fits.
So she'll take her daughter out of the high chair
and put on her long purple gloves.
While the daughter dances to the music,
The mom will wash the non-dishwasher-safe pans
and the other stuff that didn't fit.
When the mom has placed all the clean dishes on a dish towel to dry,
She'll notice that floor needs sweeping.
So she'll move all the chairs out of the kitchen, and sweep that floor.
Sweeping the floor will remind her that the floor needs mopping.
She will use the steam mop you gave her to clean and then sanitize the floor.
And chances are, if you give a mom a steam mop,
She'll have a clean kitchen to go with it.