Cow says “Moo,” Sheep says “Baa”.

The boys have been so much fun lately.  They are now 11 months old, which is now my favorite age ever (as has been every month so far…).

And they’ve now experienced their first Halloween!  I’ve never been a huge fan of dressing up for Halloween, but I couldn’t wait to dress up my boys.  And for their first Halloween, I wanted them to have special, handmade costumes.

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So enter the farm animals!  After much deliberation, I decided to make them a cow and a sheep.  What’s cuter than miniature farm animals?

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I made the costumes using all patterns from  Max & Meena Patterns.  For the cow costume, I used the All Ears Hoodie and the Maxaloones.  I made the 18 month size for the hoodie and size 1 for the pants.  All of the fabric for the cow costume came from Joann Fabrics.

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Originally, I made the Rompaloones (in black, with a white bum circle) to go under the sheep hoodie, but decided I wanted white legs instead of black, so replaced them with the white Maxaloones.

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For the cow costume, I used the Rompaloones, in the 18 month size, with the hood taken from the All Ears Hoodie pattern.  I modified the pattern slightly to add in the tail and to create a wider neck opening since I didn’t use a stretch fabric.  (I also modified both the hoodie and the Rompaloones to create a cow and a sheep, since the pattern doesn’t come with those variations).

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I bought the cow fleece fabric from Amazon – it’s available here.  The rest of the fabric came from Joann Fabrics.

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My little farm animals didn’t seem to mind the costumes at all (though they weren’t very willing to sit still long enough to have their pictures taken).  It was so much fun to watch them crawl around in their outfits.

It was a wonderful first Halloween as a mom.

The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

Easter just happens to be my favorite holiday. I know. It’s weird. But there you have it. The weather is usually nice, everyone is cheerful, you get baskets of goodies and there is no stress. What’s not to love?

I think my favorite thing about having the twins is being able to share all of the wonderful holidays and traditions with them. They are still too young to understand now, but I look forward to the coming years so we can create our own traditions together. I do hope they’ll love Easter as much as I do.

So I’m starting them early on Easter traditions. This year, we all got dressed up and went to church.

I’m still looking for a new church home in our neighborhood, so this was their first trip to church ever and our first trip to this particular church. And they did so well! I was very impressed. They didn’t make a peep (ha, Easter pun unintended), just looked around to check everything out and then settled down to naps in our arms. And the service was great. Overall, it was perfect.

Then we had a Skype session with their grandparents who are currently in Mexico. They were great for that, too, despite needing a nap at that time.

And finally, we had Easter dinner with my family. Where they got to see everyone and spend time with their 95-year old great grandma.

I feel so, so, so blessed to have these boys!

And their bunnies, the softest stuffed animals I’ve ever touched, are Jellycat bunnies sold and monogrammed by Peekawhoo.  I love them so much. And I think the boys do, too!