October monthly theme: Halloween from the cast of Wizard of Oz!

Happy Halloween everyone! As mentioned in my previous post, our family went as the cast of Wizard of Oz this year. The TinMan costume was finally done, and the husband was on board with dressing up, silver paint and all. The dogs cooperated and even Chewy our blond Yorkie/Maltese dog got into character for this. Molly, presumed cocker spaniel/poodle mix had been growing her mane since February. Kyla had her ruby slippers ready. And the scarecrow was played by myself. This was probably the most labor intensive monthly theme so far!

Toto:

Our blond Yorkie/maltese was spray painted black using PetPaint (http://www.petpaint.com/)

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Toto (played by our Yorkie/Maltese)

Lion:

Molly has been growing her mane since February 2014!

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Lion from Wizard of Oz (played by Molly, our Cockerpoo)

Dorothy:

Kyla is wearing a homemade Dorothy dress sewn by me. 🙂 Ruby slippers are Toms shoes

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Dorothy from Wizard of Oz (played by Kyla)

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Dorothy

Tinman:

Made from poster board and duct tape. The hat was a spray painted funnel and the gloves are spray painted dishwashing gloves:

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TinMan from Wizard of Oz

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Tinman playing his role

Scarecrow:

I made the green top by tracing an existing sweater, made the hat using felt, and the thing-around-the-neck (what do you call it?) using a natural colored fabric and elastic band.

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Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz(played by mommy Linh)

And our family, er, I meant cast photo:

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Wizard of Oz Cast

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Wizard of Oz family photo

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Scarecrow and Dorothy

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June’s themed outfit

Every month so far of Kyla’s life, we’ve been taking monthly pictures of her. After she turned 1, Lawrence wanted to continue taking monthly pictures but I was a little hesitant. How much do toddlers really change over time? Besides us, who will really care about these pictures? Can we really commit to remembering to take pictures every month for another year? We both work full time, when will I have time to do this?

But one idea kept me interested: I can take themed pictures of her every month!

I only started to sew a few months after Kyla was born. It started with making little bows (because I was too cheap to buy $10 bows at the store), then making homemade dresses. When Halloween came, we decided to dress up as a family to our friend AJ and Muoi’s Costume-themed wedding. Two years prior, Lawrence and I dressed as ghost busters and we wanted to re-use our costumes. This past year, marshmallow man had a baby:

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And then from there, I took off. I made Kyla a baby white coat using one of Lawrence’s old dress shirts for Pharmacy Week:

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Then as Thanksgiving rolled around the corner, this happened:

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So when Lawrence insisted we continue taking monthly pictures after her 1st birthday, I decided that we will do it…but we will do it with a monthly theme. Yes. Every month this year, we will take themed pictures of Kyla whether or not she’s up for it. So then, this happened:

February:

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March:

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April:

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and May, by far our favorite yet. It’s our little Cinco de Mayo mariachi girl:

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I think it’s pretty hard to top off last month’s themed outfit. There isn’t too much going on for June except, the wonderful Father’s day, a day Lawrence whole-heartedly deserves. This month will be matching father-daughter outfits. Here’s Kyla’s homemade shirt-dress and matching bow ties:

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So far we are 5 for 5 with this monthly themed picture process. As the year gets busier, hopefully we can keep up with what we signed ourselves up for!