Tag Archives: Marie Curie

Knowing When to Give Up

27 Oct

Halloween Costume Parenting Pony Twilight Sparkle

I may be reserved and nice, but I’m also surprisingly stubborn. As in, so stubborn that my husband once joked I could have a C-section without anesthetics, if I got it in my head to do so.

Stubborn plus parenting doesn’t always mix, let me tell ya.

It’s been a bumpy road, but I’m slowing learning the art of knowing when to give up—and that it’s not always a bad thing.

Case in point…

For those of you who’ve been following my escapades for a while now (if so—thank you!), you know that my daughter’s Halloween costumes have been kind of a big deal.

It started when Szaba was a mere four months old. My mother-in-law, Sue, was coming to visit. Her cancer had taken a turn for the worse, and I wanted something to cheer us both up. So I asked Sue to come up with Szaba’s costume.

I only had one rule: something aspirational, no princess girly nonsense.

Sue came through in spades with an incredible Amelia Earhart costume.

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Women in History Costumes

22 Oct

Girl Princess Halloween CostumesHow do parents put up with year after year of the same Halloween costume ideas?

Just the thought of a rack of princess-in-a-bag ensembles makes me want to gouge my brain out. Sure, Szaba will probably come to me one day (as soon as next year?) wanting to look like everyone else, but until then, I’m making the costumes I want. Selfish? Maybe. Fun? Definitely.

This year we’re rounding out a trio of inspiring women in history costumes.  Continue reading

The Halloween Gift

31 Oct

I’ll admit: It was a little intimidating coming up with Szaba’s Halloween costume after Sue set the bar so high last year. Szaba was a mere 3.5 months, and Sue was coming out to spend the holiday with us.

I knew she was excited about the getaway, even though she had been feeling really crummy. To help her feel better—and frankly, to take something off of my plate as the mom of a newborn—I asked her to come up with Szaba’s first Halloween costume. I only had one stipulation: not something typically “girlie,” something aspirational.

I knew Sue wouldn’t disappoint, but I had no idea how creative she’d get.

Szaba was the world’s cutest mini Amelia Earhart. Every detail was taken care of, from the brown leather bomber jacket down to the khaki flyer pants and brown aviator boots, topped off with goggles and a hat-and-scarf set that Sue hand-knit herself.

So this year … what to do … what to do? I finally decided I would stick with Sue’s “inspiring woman in history” theme and finally landed on

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