When we last checked in on Ezra's beloved Hobbes, he was not doing so great.
SHOCKINGLY, his condition has not improved over time. He is worn and threadbare, his body covered in holes and his painted eyeballs faded into plain white plastic cataracts. Considering he's like, a 25-cent toy from a Dave & Buster's claw machine that Ezra takes everywhere, it's probably a miracle he's held on for this long. But still, I asked if anyone knew where I could procure a replacement Hobbes-like tiger.
Everybody say hi to Hobbes II!
Thank you so so SO MUCH to reader Michelle for kindly and generously donating her time and mad sewing skills to make this adorable Hobbes for Ezra. (WHO IS SO THRILLED TWO HOBBES THAT'S TWICE AS MANY HOBBES GUYS!) He carefully packed him in his backpack last night for today's school parade, then snuck back downstairs to retrieve him because "Hobbes I is having trouble sleeping without his buddy."
(Also last night: "Hobbes I is staying home tomorrow because he says he's too old for parades.")
(Also this morning: I went to take a photo of the state of present-day Hobbes I, only to discover that he is nowhere to be found. I now suspect that both Hobbes I and II went to school today for the costume parade.)
Ike is going (again) in the Woody costume I technically bought him for his birthday, a tradition I hope to continue because DANG costumes are a hell of a lot cheaper in June than October. We lost one of the boots but still. A remarkable showing of Halloween preparedness and organization, for us anyway.
Noah is going (again) as Marty McFly, and although there's technically no costumes allowed in middle school, Noah wore most of the components anyway. "They're just clothes!" he declared gleefully. "I can totally get away with it."
(Please to pause and consider that this super-rigid child, who once wanted nothing to do with costumes or Halloween in general, is now actively subverting rules and fighting for his god-given Halloween right to be Marty McFly during math class.)
Jason is going (again, OY WITH THE RERUNS ALREADY) as Negan from The Walking Dead, because dressing up is super easy when you don't have to change anything about your face or head. He managed to find a more authentic Lucille bat although I gotta admit I do kinda miss the whiffle bat and bloody eyeball DIY job from last year.
I'm going as Eleven from Stranger Things, along with literally everybody else who bought the same dress from Hot Topic as a joke last year and then was like, "Oh, that's easy."
Just needed socks and a wig and a waffle swiped from the play kitchen. I planned to add the blood trickle but was having really bad allergies on Saturday and decided maybe a theatrical nosebleed wouldn't mix very well with actual sneezing fits. (My costume still got high marks from a drag queen at a Rocky Horror showing, though!) I'll try again tonight when we once again show up to our neighborhood block party as the only grown-ass adults who show up in full cosplay mode. You know, just to weird everybody out the day before we send out invites to Friendsgiving.
What can I say? IT IS JUST OUR WAY.