Life can get crazy-busy very quickly and it is so very easy to let it take us for a ride – which is exactly what has happened to me in the two months or so since my husband got home from deployment. First, we spent a few weeks all wrapped up in enjoying having him home and doing all of the family stuff still on our bucket list. Then we jumped into a massive remodel of my parents’ kitchen (so many blog posts to write!) before the husband had to return to his civilian job. Plus, school started before that project was completed and we have all been doing our best to get back into the normal routine of work/school/extra-curricular activities.
And now? Now we are knee-deep in October which is Birthday Month around here (7+ birthdays to celebrate – more on that soon!) and I suspect things are going to keep moving just as quickly.
Which brings me to today’s project, or rather yesterday’s project – my son’s class party for Halloween. His teacher has developed her own traditions and one of them is performing a Mad Scientist show for other classes in the school. I’ve known about this for weeks – after all, I’m the Room Mom this year and my job was to organize the parent helpers and donations to provide lunch for the class in the middle of their busy day of Mad Scientist shows. So it really shouldn’t have been a surprise when my 9-year-old came home the night before the party talking about turning a shirt into a lab coat.
I guess I had just figured that a pair of safety goggles and some crazy hair would be a “good enough” costume (and really that would have been fine) but my little guy wanted something a bit more.
(ah boys – he was dead convinced that Mad Scientists don’t smile and I couldn’t manage to get him to pose any other way)
An old shirt and a Sharpie saved the day. In less than 5 minutes (and $0!) we were able to transform a shirt he no longer wanted to wear into a lab coat by simply drawing a few lines on it with a marker.
It turned out cute, he was pretty excited about it – and after seeing all the other kids, some with full wigs and everything, I was glad we put in the little bit of extra effort.
Tyler received plenty of compliments on his costume and it had me wondering…I bet that’s not the only costume that could be pulled together in a pinch with just a shirt and a Sharpie. Any ideas for other options?!