October, October...the month of changes when (in Oregon) fall makes it's crisp debut telling us it is here to stay; well, at least for a little while. One of my favorite changes in October is the transformation of my kids from little boys to heroic men of days gone by. Yes, we participate in the innocent festivities of Halloween.
Thinking back to pre-children days I would have said "No...there is no way I am taking part in that pagan ritual." Well, I have changed a lot since pre-children days. Enough said.What a blast we have tromping around the downtowns of our area with other members of the community.
We did, however, set in place some "rules" for our costumes which will hopefully add in some redeeming qualities to the holiday besides baskets full of candy. Looking ahead to homeschooling, I thought it would be great fun for the kids to pick a person from history to dress up as. The month of October is spent learning about that person in depth. As they get older there will be reports both written and oral to give. For now, I do most of the guiding of costume selection. :)
So here are some favorite photos from blasts of the past October 31sts.
2005: Jake as Martin Luther (October 31st is, for those who don't know, Reformation Day: the day when Luther nailed his 95 thesis on the door of the Whittenburg chapel.)Max was dangling in the carrier as the 95 thesis, but to my dismay, we did not get any pictures.
2006: Jake as Merriweather Lewis, Max as William Clark. Fitting for an Oregonian family I should say! Jake's puppy even got to participate as Lewis's dog Seaman. Daddy made the much loved gun.
2007: Jake and Max as the Wright Brothers. It was after this escapade which Jake refused to be called "cute" anymore. He did NOT appreciate the comments from passersby. We also got the go to the Air Museum to see the Spruce Goose along with many other planes.
2008: coming to a sidewalk near you (or not for those who live far away) will be Buzz Aldrich and Neil Armstrong.
Tagging along with these two heroes of America will be Barack Obama and John McCain: no doubt attempting to "get out the vote" for the following week.
Wish me luck...I've got a lot of sewing to do in the next few weeks