Clara and Freya are now 7 and 4, respectively. Clara is funny and smart, and very kind. Freya is offbeat and silly, and she truly marches to the beat of her own, wacky drum. As a family we seriously love Halloween and decided to take the girls to Disneyworld in October to show them the Disney version of Halloween. When I asked the girls what princess they wanted to dress up as I got two very different answers. Clara chose Tinkerbell - not technically a princess - but totally suited to my quick witted 7 year-old. And Freya...oh, Freya, chose Malificent. The Queen of all Evil from Sleeping Beauty. You go girl!
Freya took her role as Malificent very seriously. She was always in character. When she got her hair styled at the Bippity Boppity Boutique - she told the Fairy Godmother that she wanted" The hairstyle with the tiara because I'm the QUEEN."
|Freya puts on her "I'm Evil." face.|
|Evil meets Sweet.|
|2 Tinks - twice the sass.|
Our trip ended. and we returned to New York in time for more Halloween fun. I thought I was all set with costumes. Clara was eager to roll out her Tinkerbell outfit for everyone to see. She had taken lessons in attitude from the real Tinkerbell. Predictably Freya had other ideas. For an entire year - since last Halloween - Freya has insisted that she wanted to be a Baloney Sandwich with a Baloney Sandwich hat for Halloween. How did she get this idea, you may ask? I have no answers. I think Freya had a baloney sandwich maybe once in her life. The only sandwiches she will eat are peanut butter and jelly. So who knows. But do you know what I KNOW? You can't find Baloney Sandwich costumes at Target. So during the week leading up to Halloween I cobbled together a Baloney Sandwich costume out of: pink leggings and shirt, toy food from the kids' room, and I miraculously found some crazy person online who makes cat beds that look like slices of bread. Perfect scale to sandwich a 4 year-old.
|Sassy Tinkerbell and Happy Baloney Sandwich.|
|Tinkerbell is hungry.|
Another fun fact about Clara. She absolutely adores roller coasters. The scarier the better, and she's so tall she can ride on all of them. Unfortunately for her, she was born to parents who DO NOT love roller coasters. But we do love her, so we go on these crazy rides with her. On our last trip to Disney, Gerald bit the bullet and went on Expedtion Everest - the SCARIEST roller coaster at Disney with Clara. This time he totally chickened out and made ME DO IT! I present to you - the proof.
There is so much to unpack here. Clara is smiling/cheering. The two people behind us - also clearly enjoying themselves. Me - what has happened to my hair? Is it literally standing on end? I'm the Don King of Expedition Everest. My eyes are squeezed shut - I grab Clara's leg, consumed with terror while Clara's hands are neatly folded in her lap - Ho Hum.