Sunday, October 30, 2011

Times are A-Changin'...

…and this was truly evident last night as I spent the hours scrapbooking.


I came upon the photos I had taken of Nicholas in his Halloween costume last year: a character from a horror movie he’s never even seen nor has a desire to. This year he is portraying an Ohio State Fan; well that’s original now, isn't it?

More significantly as a mark of transformation is not WHAT he chose to be but the time and dedication we launched with each and every costume he displayed.

From the time he could articulate his wants and needs Mother and son spent an exorbitant amount of time in October searching for the ‘perfect’ attire. Most often this required me manufacturing his get-ups. What cherished moments we experienced entering the fabric store. We peeked through endless pattern books to generate ideas and choose the material as well as all the flawless accessories. How I adored the time spent together as Nicholas would touch the material to his cheek to check for softness to match the gentleness left in my heart. When I sewed he sat upon my lap and used his tiny hands to guide the material through the machine shouting with glee as we approached the finish of each dressing.

As you stroll through just a spattering of costumes you’ll not only find visual support that times have been altered, but reinforcement within the heart of a mom. Halloween was a treasured time when Mother and son exchanged thoughts and ideals, wishes and fun through a body covering.


Fireman Nicholas...his Sit and Spin was his fire truck.

Nicholas wanted to be Little Foot the dinosaur so this was our version.

Buzz Light Year...to infinity and beyond...

 
This was our favorite..Ice Dragon~


Arrghhh, Mighty Pirate....

Count Dracula...

He’s since given up homemade costumes and chosen the likes of Harry Potter and Scream, but how I would love for him to ask me to create more memories through a Halloween outfit.

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them. ~Marcel Proust

19 comments:

Daisy said...

Great pictures, Tracy! It's fun to look back through old photos and see how much someone has changed and grown over the years. Sweet memories! :-)

Out on the prairie said...

We had a cedar chest with a few costumes and makings for more. I remember being hurt when the clown outfit wasn't going to work for me as well as a younger sibling. You really made some nice ones.

Sylvia K said...

What a fun look back! It's always fun to see my four kids -- now in their 40s -- dressed up in the costumes I had made for them! Wonderful memories! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Ginny said...

I just love the quote. Well, my favorite is the ice-dragon, too! Yes, making costumes together is a great way of bonding!! I hope we get to see him this Halloween, even if it is in a bought costume!

Inger said...

What a sweet post. I can see him guiding the material through the sewing machine with your help. So, sweet.

Wanda's Wings said...

Great pics. So very cute.

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

So bittersweet...the "moment".

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Old Kitty said...

These are some amazing costumes!! Well done mum and son for coming up with these ideas - yay!!

Have a great halloween together! take care
x

Mamma has spoken said...

I SO know what you are talking about. I miss those days of crafting costumes for the sons. Today I was in the costume tote trying to find something for me, and the memories just wouldn't stop....

Lin said...

We were talking about Halloweens past the other night and it was amazing--I could list who was what at what age. I used to make their costumes, so I know exactly what I made and when. And I'd coordinate the two kids if it was possible.

It's sort of sad when they don't want you to make their costumes anymore, isn't it?

Julie Harward said...

He was cute in every one of those years! I can hardly go back and look..makes me so sad they mine are all grown up! :D

Susie Swanson said...

These are priceless. I love looking back at old pictures of my family. Hope you have a nice evening, Susie

Deborah said...

Thy're just wonderful, I remember making costumes ... aaah ... wonderful :o)

LTM said...

oh! These pix are so cute. Last year my girls wanted to be the wicked witch from Wizard of Oz and a ghost. Not too original. But this year, we're TV characters... I'm not sure that's an improvement... LOL! :D Happy Halloween!

Catherine said...

You have inspired me to get down to my craft room and finish my scrapbook project of photos of my son! I have been working on it for over 5 years. Good thing I only have one kid! Ha!!

Excellent work Tracy ~ lots of love here I see!
xo Catherine

Corine said...

That's awesome! I love to see people loving/spending time with their kids!!
Corine :D

bj said...

How adorable is this!
Scrapbooking seems like such fun.
I am giving one of the grandgirls a scrapbooking software. Hope she likes it. :)

Dawn said...

Oh I do so love looking back! It's bittersweet- isn't it?:0

LDH said...

Your scrap-booking pages are beautiful and will just become more cherished as the years go by and your son grows older.

Super cute little guy in his costumes!