Ever since I was a preschool teacher a long time ago, I've had a vision of my future children and Halloween costumes. Around 7 years ago, I was the lead teacher for a 2 1/2 year old classroom, fresh out of college and just starting my graduate certification for my elementary license. Eric and I had been together around 8 years and living together (horrible, I know), so I knew we were going to get married someday and have children. So, my vision was pretty realistic and doable. The first class party was Halloween and I dress up as a pumpkin or maybe it was a farmer, not sure, and thought I was pretty cute. Then the children arrive and I was shocked how much Halloween had changed since I last trick-or-treated. Of course I went out in college on Halloween and dress up for date parties, but I never saw children at these events. In my classroom, I had princesses with real sequins and wigs, ninjas, a real fire truck and fire fighter, I mean amazing things. Then, walks in a little girl, Brooke, as a Nebraska cheerleader and her baby brother was a Nebraska football player. ADORABLE! Except for the Nebraska stuff. This is where I had my vision. My children could be cheerleaders and football players from Kansas.
Lets fast forward to November 1, 2009 when I begin to prep Jack into being a Kansas basketball player for the next Halloween. He had just been Thomas the Tank Engine for the 2nd year in a row and I wanted my vision to become realty. He is a man of gradual change and starting early never hurt anyone with introducing something different. I decided basketball instead of football because 1. We live in Texas and it's been in the 80's the past few Halloweens. 2. Kansas football isn't very good 3. Kansas basketball is wonderful! Go Jayhawks!
Here are the steps I took to achieve my vision:
1. Was more shocked at how elaborate Halloween is now compared to a few years ago...how much are the Pottery Barn costumes? Do they know Halloween is just ONE night in the year?
2. Started prep talk with Jack November 1, 2009
3. Ordered Molly's cheerleader tutu, KU shirt, and matching bow on Etsy in July
4. Dug out of Jack's old clothes the KU basketball jersey onesie for Will and yeah, it fit!
5. Jack plays at a friends house and when we pick him up, he's all excited about his Halloween costume. What? They have a KU basketball jersey and shorts in a size 5 or 5T? Amazing! Instead, it was a green dinosaur costume our friends son didn't want to wear for Halloween.
So, sadly my vision wasn't complete. He didn't match the family, even Eric and I dressed as KU fans. But he stood firm and proud of his dinosaur costume and that is what he went as on Halloween while the rest of us were decked out in our KU gear!
Rock Chalk Jayhawk, love a very devoted family from Texas and one lovable dinosaur! Maybe next year?!