Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Totally Outclassed in the Halloween Costume Escalation*

*with apologies to Lady M

Behold my Halloween photography prowess!

A mother who can't aim the camera:



Children who won't look at the camera:



But a very handsome butternut squash (otherwise known as: what happens when you go out to buy a pumpkin on October 30):



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And a wholehearted thank you to Cinnamon Gurl, who has nominated my Rage post for an October Perfect Post award. I really had no idea when I hit "publish" on that one that it would be met with such a sympathetic response. And it has helped, so much, to read your stories and insights. I continue to be sleep-deprived, but there's a little more cushion now between me and that teetery edge. My children (and husband) thank you.

The Original Perfect Post Awards

As always, more Perfect Posts can be found here and here. Happy reading!

39 comments:

cinnamon gurl said...

Hee hee... I love the butternut squash o'lantern. We couldn't even get our act together to do any kind of carving... but we did give out nutfree candy. Lckily swee'pea is too young to see our shortcomings. Next year we'll be much more on top of it.

Ooh... and I love the October PP button... so pretty.

Mad Hatter said...

You dressed them. You carved the squash. From where I sit, you are an ideal Halloween parent.

Kyla said...

Your pictures came out about as good as mine. *lol* Of course I got a few good shots of BubTar, because he is such a little ham...but I don't think I got a single decent shot of KayTar. I probably should have taken pics at the festival we went to...or at trick or treating...but I was a photographic slacker yesterday.

PS- At least you bought and carved SOMETHING. You win. :)

mamalang said...

Hey, this was the first year in 3 years that we managed to carve the pumpkins we bought. We always managed to get to the pumpkin patch at some point in October....but actually carving, not so often. So I'm with Kyla...you bought and carved something (and that something happens to be a fall gourd like product) so you win!

Beck said...

The butternut squash makes a very ghostly jack-o-lantern.
Congratulations on the perfect post nomination! Well deserved.

Pieces said...

Your squash is better than the patch of air my kids had for a jack o lantern this year.

I love the tutu picture!

Crunchy Carpets said...

hee hee

T. said...

Love the squash. It rocks.

Mouse said...

We didn't manage a pumpkin, or even a squash, this year.

And on the first picture, it's not a problem with aiming the camera... it's artistic.

bubandpie said...

I should give credit where credit is due - it was hubby who did the actual squash-carving. I was going to take a photo of the quirky expression on the opposite side of the squash, but my digital camera ran out of memory, so you have to make do with the rear-view "neutral" expression (cut to increase air flow so the candle wouldn't go out).

Mother Bumper said...

Rage is a perfect post and I'm glad you wrote it.

That squash is a prize winner and the babes looked awesome (even though we can't see their faces - the costumes rocked).

Jill said...

I find that there is little patience for picture taking when there is trick-or-treating to be done. We had similar success with our picture taking last night.

nomotherearth said...

Heh, heh. I'll take your "outclassed" and raise the ante. I can't even seem to upload photos at all. I am going to try one more time tonight, and then that's it for the Hallowe'en pix.

Love the squash, btw!

Mayberry said...

At least with the squash'o'lantern, you can eat the guts.

Jess Riley said...

Is that a lamb costume? *sighs at the cuteness*

Love the squash-o-lantern; I may need to carve some squash next year! :)

Mom101 said...

Congrats on your perfect post! And selfishly, thanks for publishing shitty photos that make mine look...well, just a tad less shitty. (But not much. )

Binkytown said...

If you squint your eyes a little that squash looks like one of those fancy white pumpkins that popped up all over this year- way to go!

Oh, The Joys said...

That is likely the world's largest butternut squash ever in the universe for pete's sake.

ewe are here said...

The photos are cute; it's what kids actually do! And I love your butternut squash. Sadly, we had the pumpkins but didn't manage to actually carve them this year. Sigh. Might do so this weekend just 'because'.

Congratulations on your Perfect Post. I just read it and I can absolutely relate. I think all mom's can at one time or another.

kate said...

love the squash! i didn't even dress my kid up. . .or give him any candy. where does that put me? feeling guilty, that's where.

Kristen said...

So creative with the butternut squash! And the kids are adorable, even from the back...

Momish said...

Love the butternut squash, gives Halloween a whole new twist! Congrats on the PP!

Her Bad Mother said...

We couldn't even manage a squash. But we did manage costuming - beatnik chicken. No sauce.

Aliki2006 said...

I was going to post my Halloween pics but they come out so awfully that I'll leave them be!

Congrats on the Perfect Post!

Jennifer said...

The squash-o-lantern is great!!

crazymumma said...

Butternut squash. You slay me. Congrats on that post. It was incredible. and honest. and courageous to lay your soul bare. You know that.

PeanutButtersMum said...

I love the Jack-0-Squash! I'm going to have to copy that next year!

PeanutButtersMum said...

I wanted to add: About that "cushion" that you now have between you and the "rage?" Can I borrow it? My rage is snuggled right up beside me tonight. In fact, it's smothering me. I could REALLY use that cushion...

Lady M said...

Congrats on your Perfect Post - well deserved!

And thanks for the link for your cool post title. ;)

penelopeto said...

the chilluns are gourd-geous!

next year, squash-o-lanters for sure.

congrats on the pp; well deserved as always.

moonstruck mama said...

I love the squash-o-lantern as well! Although we did buy two small pumpkins before the 30th, we didn't actually carve them until Nov. 1st!

ali said...

i couldn't get my little batman to pose for a single picture. he kept putting his hands up over his face...and my little belle wouldn't stop hamming it up for the camera...so i have about 150 shots of her and one of josh...

karrie said...

My iPhoto is filled to the brim with pictures of the back of my son's head as he races away.

Love the squash.

Lisa b said...

I love that first shot!
cute little tutu and dummy.
mine passed out and missed ANOTHER halloween entirely so my shots (non-existant) are far worse.

Blog Antagonist said...

LOL! I laughed at your butternut squash, but only because I, in the same position, was able to secure a few bedraggled pumpkins. Otherwise, I would have shamelessly stolen your idea. Very inventive.

Congrats on your PP Award! That was a fabulous post. Very real. Very raw. It's the kind of stuff women need to read about each other. Not how perfect our lives and our children are. Well done.

Denguy said...

Ha-ha, a butternut squash jack-o-lantern.
Awesome. Totally awesome.
Alright Bub and Pie.

Suzanne said...

Love the squash -- it just kind of looks like a stylishly pastel pumpkin.

I'm of the opinion that taking good photos of kids is one of the most difficult tasks out there; a from-behind photo is often the best one can hope for!

jen said...

they look gorgeous, no matter what focus. and congrats on your perfect post - very well deserved.

something blue said...

I honestly thought you were going for the artsy approach! Next year everyone is going to be carving butternut squash.

Congrats on your PP!