Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Making Our Dinosaur Costumes

Last Halloween Brian came up with beat-up hockey player costumes which were the boys' hockey pads and jerseys plus some fake blood and messed-up teeth and scars-- which the boys loved. We considered making ourselves into some sort of joint penalty box, but didn't quite make it. The years before that were the more time-consuming astronaut and ceiling fan costumes.

This year Cal and Clark both decided they wanted to be dinosaurs-- T-Rex dinosaurs, to be exact. I tried to dissuade them from that decision because I had no idea how I would make a dinosaur costume without a ton of time and no sewing machine or sewing machine skills. They wouldn't budge though. That's what they wanted.

So I looked up some ideas online and got a good idea for a head and made up the rest. They came out better than I thought they would. I hope this is helpful to anyone making dinosaur costumes!

I used the boys' plastic baseball helmets, but I didn't want to
ruin them, so I first covered them with foil.
Taped it underneath

Duct taped some cardboard on the front

And on the top and sides

Blew up balloons about the size of my fists and taped the tied spots down

Taped it all together so the surfaces could be covered in paper mache

Two dinosaur heads!

Here's where the boys start helping: ripping up newspaper for paper mache

Paper mache explosion! I don't measure anything, just add flour and water
until it's a goopy but spreadable paste.

Requires parental involvement :)

The messy hands are the best!

Done! They dried for a couple days.

We spray painted them green and I trimmed out holes for eyes.

I wedged in Styrofoam balls in the "eye sockets" and the boys' painted
the fronts of them yellow.

And added a black pupil in each.. ta-dah! Wide-eyed dino heads!

For claws: I hot glued brown "claws" that the boys cut out of brown foam
onto some old gloves we had. I eventually also put some foam
green and brown spots on them.

For teeth- poster board-- tape it in a few places underneath

I found a pair of women's camouflage tights and cut the legs out for
the tails. 
Unwound clothes hanger and put stuffing inside

I glued the ends almost-closed and let the hook part of the hanger
poke out a little bit so it can attach to the little dinosaur's pants.

For feet: I bought large gray women's fuzzy socks, put them around
the boys' shoes, and hot glued the same brown foam as claws.

I had to trim the toenails several times to make the dinosaurs happy.

Add one exuberant 5 year-old and a pair of $9 camo jammies
and you've got yourself a T-Rex!

...times 2!

Ready for candy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall: Playin' and Pickin' and Farmin' and More

I see that it has been over a month since I last wrote here. I must have three kids and a clean house. Ha! Only the first one is true, I assure you. We've been having a fun fall. I don't have a lot to say about it, or a lot of time before Teddy wakes up and we need to read the same two books over and over...and over, so here are some pictures.

Fall t-ball! Go Mudhens!
Look at that swing.
And the lefty
Hangin' out with Cousin Clara
Big goodbye hug with new friends-- identical twin girls! 
Pizza-makin' with Uncle A
Teddy's feet on a plate, finished pizza...yumm
Before-school astronaut mission with new space suits
Football strategies at the park with Dad
Baby got mulch
Brisk autumn morning walk
Crashing a local pumpkin display
Hockey started!
One of Teddy's first words: hockey! Rink rat watching his brothers
Raspberry pickin'
Mischievous raspberry patch running
Ready to pick some apples!
Everyone knows the best apples are up high.
How many can I eat, Mom?
I picked some good ones, Mom.
All three boys in one shot?! Never mind that none
are looking at the camera-- still an accomplishment
Teddy loves the leaves on his face.
Mommy and Clarky
Any reason to climb a tree is a good one.
Mmmm caramel apples with nuts!
Being pushed around by exuberant friend at the ball field
You have to be secure in your boyhood to be the only boys
at a Frozen princess party. Our Baby Alex turned 4!
Bringing home LOTS of work from kindergarten!
Bein' weird 
Prepping for the big under-the-lights game
Under-the-lights game spectator
Cal's on first-- who's on second?

Little bit muddy...Cal slides into almost every base.

Caught pilfering marshmallows! I really can't explain
Clark's outfit here...
Teddy would like some Cheerios now.
Both boys are obsessed with the same girl. Ironically she is
an identical twin...but that doesn't seem to matter.
(translation: "Clark and Emalyn")
Stealthily, Teddy hides away to dink his milk in peace and quiet.
But he is found out!
Bundled at Mom and Dad's softball game
Snacks on the way home from school
The inevitable noodles with marinara sauce lunch
Operation Destroy Doctor's Room 
I must live with boys.

Checkin' out the sheep with pals Everett and Other Cal
The smell is disconcerting. 

Off to the tractor races!

Best part of the farm for these three: a mobile generator with a hand crank.
Very compelling.

Let's eat this fence while we watch the gigantic cows.

Farmer Ted

Mom, has anyone fed the chickens lately?

Let me just hold down this tractor seat.

Yippee! Fertilizing the crops... or something...
Farming during naptime-- not for the faint of heart.
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