First, this happened:
I decided Ike's Doc Brown costume might be a little too high maintenance to send into preschool ("Dear Teachers, Please put band-aids on his forehead and use the attached teasing comb on his hair. I would like to see at least three inches of volume in all directions."), so this morning I raided the hand-me-down costume box and dug out our trusty Old Navy Monkey suit.
Despite Serious Ike's Serious Face, he actually really likes the costume and refused to take it off once we got home — I believe his expression in these pictures is directed more at the whole "Halloween Parade" business, which was little more than a cluster of costumed toddlers being led around the parking lot by a rope, while three times as many adults shuffled behind them with cameras and phones and a lot of overzealous waving.
For the record, no, the "is that a banana in your pocket" joke does NOT ever get old.
Okay, maybe a little.
For compare/contrast purposes, here's Noah the Old Navy Monkey and Ezra the Old Navy Monkey. Funny how Noah is the only kid I could ever document SMILING in the monkey suit, given his long and illustrious history of HATE HATE HATE-Y HATING anything and everything costume-like since.
And on that note, now Ike and I have to head to Noah's school for THAT parade, a parade that as of this morning, Noah claimed to want nothing to do with, no, eff this Halloween noise after all. But Noah has an equally illustrious history of suddenly changing his mind at the last minute, which is usually the same minute he is confronted with the presence of cake or candy. So we'll see. He'll be dressed up either as Harry Potter when we get there...or dressed as Just Noah, albeit a Just Noah who has a lightning bolt drawn on his forehead with black eyeliner pencil.
But! The second thing! I promised you two things! I was absolutely delighted and honored to be a guest on the (hilariously funny) One Bad Mother podcast. Even if it meant having to talk on the phone. Which is horrible and terrifying. And thus fitting that I was a guest on the show's Halloween episode, which you can listen to below (or over at the show's website, in case the embed gets borked somehow).
So if you've always wanted the chance to get mildly unnerved by the fact that my actual voice probably sounds nothing like the one you've invented for me in your head, THE FUTURE IS NOW! YAY.