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​Lately, I’ve been wishing I could have more time with the kids and maybe slow down life, just a little. A whole new crew of friends are pregnant and having babies, and it’s a raw reminder of how fast time does fly.  My babies aren’t babies anymore.  As I pass down clothes, and give away strollers, and toys they have outgrown, it’s very bittersweet.  I don’t miss the sleepless nights, diapers, burp cloths, but I kind of do. 
So, while they still are little, and they’ll still let me, I decided to make their Halloween costumes.  I like to think of myself as a creative person.  And I can kind-of sew.  Michael wanted to be Night Wing, admittedly, I had to look him up.  His mask and costume were pretty easy to make, felt and foam and a few stiches.  Melissa wanted to be a Mermaid.  Not Ariel, but a pink mermaid.  I knew this would be more difficult than Night Wing, but I could pull it off – just get some fish scale fabric and tulle.   That was more difficult to find than I thought.  I bought fabric and came up with a loose plan.  It’s funny how we think we can’t fit one more thing on our plates until we make room.  It’s like all things in life, if we want it part of our life, we will make it part of our life. 
In between teaching, and pick up and drop off, I sewed and sewed and sewed, did I mention by hand, this skirt.  The end result was better than I could have imagined; both kids love their costumes, and they survived the Del Ray Parade. 
From me, Night Wing, and Pink Mermaid – Happy Halloween!!!