Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Through the Years with Zack

I thought I'd share some pictures of Zack from the beginning of his trick-or-treating years up to today.  

Zack has a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  Most kids love to dress up and get as much candy as they can grab, but Zack has skipped several Halloweens, totally by his own choice.  I was pretty excited this year that he wanted to participate, so today we've already had the costume on to make sure there are no wardrobe malfunctions during his march across the stage at school tomorrow.

This one is Zack's first Halloween.  He is completely overjoyed.  Brimming with enthusiasm.  Ready to take on that candy ... no, wait.  Tired baby is tired.  Sweet baby.



This is probably my favorite series of photos.  

At age not-quite-two, I made a Zack Pumpkin, complete with one of his pacifiers.  After struggling with a wriggly baby who did NOT want to be a puppy that year, we sat outside for a photo op.  Here, he discovers his lost paci.  

"Hey.... that's mine!"


"...and it's STILL mine!"

This is when I dropped the camera and dashed for him so he wouldn't put a pumpkin-coated paci in his mouth.  Doggy Baby was not amused.  Bad mommy.  Bad.



At three-years old, Zack was a little more interested, although he did NOT want a costume.  Orange sweatpants and a pumpkin t-shirt was all he'd do.  I love those old-school pumpkin buckets, don't you?  And his first candy was from Mommy, a roll of Smarties (remember those?).   It should be noted that Zack collects candy at Halloween and Easter, eats a piece that night, and then promptly forgets he got it.   Good boy.



Oh boy.  Age four, and he was ADAMANT he did NOT want to go trick-or-treating.  Lucky for mommy she'd bought a Halloween shirt and Zack was still into orange, because an hour before the craziness of doorbell ringing and passing out fistfuls of candy, Zack decided he wanted to go after all.


What in the HECK was I going to do?  In an hour????


Luckily, I came up with making him an airplane, and cut out wings and stars for tie-on aerodynamics.  And thank goodness Zack rolled with it!  He really could have cared less that Halloween about candy -- he just wanted to run down the sidewalk zooooming and pretending to be an airplane with a huge smile on his face.  Score one for Mommy and her closet full of craft miracles.


How darling is he????

Enter age five and my initiation into how expensive costumes are.  Zack loves everything car-related, can identify cars zooming down the road by tail light or body frame, and collects Hot Wheels with glee.  So after several years of his struggling with the no-costume-mommy issue, of course I spent what I needed to for him to have just the right get-up.  And he got to enjoy it a lot, too -- his preschool paraded down the sidewalk to a park and had a little festival.  Proud mommy.  Proud boy.


Skip a few years, and we come to today.  Zack surprised me a month ago by stating he wanted a costume, he was going to walk across the school stage with his class, and he was going to recite a Halloween poem with the group, too.  I wanted to make sure that a) we had everything ready for a 6:45 am wake-up, and b) I could actually coax photos out of him.  I have trouble getting action shots so tomorrow I'm liable to get NOTHING when he's on stage.  So I present Anakin Skywalker, age eight.


Heart.  Melts.


When I asked him to give me a sweet smile, he said patiently, but with a hint of exasperation, "Mom.  Anakin doesn't DO smiles."  

Love my boy.  Love.



Books:  "The Hunger Games"


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

37 comments:

  1. Best Anakin ever. And the most handsome by far. I sincerely hope he'll have a fantastic day!

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  2. Best remedy for what ails me. You know how much I love him and he does too, this goes directly into his album. Did you know I still have that video of him dancing by the refrigerator? Time goes by and love grows, and truly that is all that matters.

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  3. Loved the Halloween through the years story Lori. The early Halloween pictures are so adorable. Zack is a great kid. He is so cute dressed up as Anikin Skywalker!
    Therese

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  4. <3 that Anakin Skywalker and his fierce new haircut. I am, as always, amazed by how much he's shooting up. It won't be long before he's taller than you, even when you're wearing Dansksos.

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  5. A Star Wars fan! lol YAY!! You make an awesome Anikin, Zack!

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  6. Oh my goodness, so very cute/sweet - no let me rephrase, very handsome!

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  7. What a handsome adorable boy! Thank you for sharing the years of Halloween with us, it is a delightful read!

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  8. we had an anakin at about that same age! (and light sabers are still the most fun once we set the clocks back)... enjoy tomorrow lori -

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  9. Wow he sure has grown in just the time I have been following your blog. Zack is such a handsome young man and I love the costume.

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  10. To Anakin Skywalker and his proud mama, from a mama whose son was a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger for three years in a row a long time ago, happy Halloween! Enjoy some smarties for me!

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  11. Wow....so much fun to read and look at the pictures. He IS adorable. He makes a great Skywalker! Happy Halloween, and have fun!!

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  12. So Very Precious. Great memories. Proud Mom!!! Adorable Zack!!!

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  13. great costume, hope he has a great day.
    thanks for sharing past Halloweens too

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  14. Anakin doesn't DO smiles *rofl* LOVE that kid! He's so fantastic! Love the pics through the years! I hope he has so much fun tomorrow!!!

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  15. I'm all teary and snufflywuffly looking at those pictures...he reminds me of my boys when they were little. Fierce creatures wielding light sabers, swords, and whatnot. Sweet creatures who are now far past that point of which Jen warns. Enjoy every moment.

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  16. I enjoyed the Halloween photos through the years. That pumpkin with the pacifier was hilarious. I'm glad to see after a few absent years, that Zack is okay with putting on a costume and going trick or treating again! He makes a seriously adorable Anakin. :-) Tell him I said so!

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  17. How adorable! I love his smile in the little racecar driver picture!

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  18. Oh, yeah, no doubt about it, great Anakin Skywalker!

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  19. He's the most handsome Anakin Skywalker ever! Thanks Lori I enjoyed the photo's. "Happy Halloween Zack."

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  20. Lori, I love that you are organized enough to quickly pull all of these pictures through the years for a post! So organized. Smile or no smile... He is crazy handsome! Have fun!

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  21. Loved this post. Zack sure does have his standards. My mom used to make all my costumes but unlike Zack, I couldn't wait for Halloween!

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  22. How fun to see Zack change through the years! What a handsome Anakin he makes.

    Its funny that he has this love/hate relationship with Halloween and costumes. And you're a great mom to roll with whatever mood he's in, even if it changes an hour before trick-or-treat time.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos!

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  23. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Lori, great, just great. Here's to Zack, oops, Anakin!

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  24. So Cute! Anikin Skywalker great costume.

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  25. Love these. I need to get out the old pics and scan them so I have one's of my little one (who's a teenager now!!).

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  26. Great photos!!!! Have a wonderful Trick or Treat tonight.

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  27. The "hey, that's MY paci!" photo has to be my favorite. ADORABLE.

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  28. What a delightful post!

    Ambra

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  29. Oh my goodness!!! What a cutie-patootie! Hope he really enjoyed the day!

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  30. Cuteness! Ben was ObiWan until he grew out of that costume -- every year!!

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  31. My favorite is the "Tired Little Pumpkin"...what a cute little baby he was! And such a handsome young fellow now!

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  32. So cute! My kids are at the tail end of the trick or treating. Tiny Dancer announced she wanted to go as a genie. We ended up with a pretty cool thrift store creation that looked more gypsy. And I have not one picture. (I wasn't even home during it - I had to work ;-(

    Last year she was Hermione and Rocket was Charlie Brown complete with the ghost sheet with all the holes that I spent days working on. Nope. Not one picture either. I guess I will have to be happy that I lived it. ;-)

    I have similar pumpkin baby pics and bunny pics to those. Love the nuk in the gourd!

    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  33. Wow what a great series of photos, so great to see them all together.

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  34. Awwww what sweet memories!

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  35. Nice pics. Halloween kids are
    so cute when they're little.

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  36. Cute! I have never seen any of the Star Wars films but of course I am familiar with imagery from it. I love Zack through the ages at Halloween :-) What a gorgeous wee man you have!

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  37. Haha. It's so fun to look at all those memories in one post! :)

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