Halloween Costumes

11 Years of Halloween Costumes

As you can see, some years we all four dressed up and some years Scott and Molly didn’t. Participating in our local church’s Trunk or Treat motivated us all to get into costume for the last few years.

2015 Halloween

Ares (god of war), Hera (queen of the gods), Zeus (king of the gods, god of lightning), Artemis (goddess of the hunt) = 4 of the 12 Olympians (the rest of the 12 + Hades were depicted as figures, like on a Grecian urn). Audrey drew (with art instruction) each of the figures and learned about each one and the concepts they represented. This school project took over 2 months and grew out of her interest in the Percy Jackson book series. She and daddy enhanced the accessories with LED glowing lights — which is my most favorite Halloween concept for safety reasons – makes us much more visible. She also created Finnian’s helmet using paper mache. (Originally, we were going to sew all the robes, but they ended up being store bought due to time constraints.)
2015 Halloween: Greek Gods and Goddesses
2015 Halloween: Greek Gods and Goddesses

 

2014 Halloween

Scott and Molly reused costumes from before the kids were born to dress up like the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. The night cap and red cape were hand sewn all those years ago. Egyptian Pharaoh King Tut was a meld of store-bought and sewn at home and Eighties Girl (1980s Chic) was the most fun costume to piece together from current day items and brought back fond memories for Scott.

2014 Halloween: Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, King Tut and 80s Chic
2014 Halloween: Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, King Tut and 80s Chic

2013 Halloween

Inspired by Finnian’s school project about dinosaurs, Scott and Molly dressed up as Paleontologists. Finnian was a robot, using a computer monitor as a helmet and the guts of the computer attached to a gray sweatsuit. Audrey repeated the previous year’s costume for Trunk or Treat and dressed as her favorite animal – a kitty cat! For Halloween night, she dressed as a zombie (not pictured).

2013 Halloween - Palentolgoists, Robot and Kitty Cat
2013 Halloween – Paleontologists, Robot and Kitty Cat

2012 Halloween

Molly sewed wings into a black robe Finnian had used years before as the Emperor and added ears to make him a bat. He was very clear that he was not Batman, but just a bat. After hours of sewing fluffy fabric, Audrey got to dress as her favorite animal, a cat. We covered a headband in matching fabric to create the ears. Lumberjack costumes were easy, comfortable and warm on the chilly Halloween night.

2012 Halloween - A bat and a cat and two lumberjacks
2012 Halloween – A bat and a cat and two lumberjacks

2011 Halloween

It’s the Muppets! This year was the first year we participated in the local church’s trunk or treat event. We went all out on our costumes as Kermit and Miss Piggy. Audrey was Disney’s Rapunzel, which had just been released as an animated movie earlier that year. Finnian’s costume, as is usually the case, was chosen according to the weapon he was most drawn to when shopping. Native American Indian had the best tomahawk.

2011 Halloween - Kermit and Miss Piggy, Rapunzel and a Native American Warrior
2011 Halloween – Kermit and Miss Piggy, Rapunzel and a Native American Warrior

2010 Halloween

Cruella De Vil, from 101 Dalmatians, almost perfect…except the white hairspray we bought only showed up under a black light….so it didn’t work out at all. We found out too late to fix it. Disney’s Snow White and Dr. Doofenshshmirtz (Phineas and Ferb) were unmistakable. Finnian dressed up as the Emperor from Star Wars and of all our costumes, this was mom’s least favorite simply because he disappeared into the night. There weren’t enough glow sticks to make him visible while walking through the neighborhood.

2010 Halloween - Snow White, The Emperor from Star Wars, Cruella De Vil and Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb
2010 Halloween – Snow White, The Emperor from Star Wars, Cruella De Vil and Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb

2009 Halloween

Poor daddy had the flu this year so mom braved the rainy Halloween night for a brief walk around the block to trick or treat.  Pirates and Princesses pretty much sums up our interests for the entire year.

2009 Halloween - The Princesses and The Pirate (this year Scott was sick and didn't get to go trick or treating with us.)
2009 Halloween – The Princesses and The Pirate (this year Scott was sick and didn’t get to go trick or treating with us.)

2008 Halloween

Finnian was living his life as a Cowboy and thankfully Audrey played along at Halloween. These costumes were easy to wear and pretty much came from our dress up clothes stash.

2008 Halloween - Cowboy and Cowgirl - part of a year-long phase Finnian went through.
2008 Halloween – Cowboy and Cowgirl – part of a year-long phase Finnian went through.

2007 Halloween

Molly’s aunt brought back these wonderful costumes from one of her visits to Japan. These costumes were the perfect mix of “special” dress up and comfortable clothing.

2007 Halloween - Audrey and Finnian are wearing outfits brought back from Japan by Molly's aunt.
2007 Halloween – Audrey and Finnian are wearing outfits brought back from Japan by Molly’s aunt.

2006 Halloween

Goldilocks and the Three Bears brought no complaints about itchy costumes from Audrey and sweet little Finnian just smiled in his baby bear costume.

2006 Halloween - Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
2006 Halloween – Goldilocks and the Three Bears

2005 Halloween

Saved all these years, this little German outfit from Molly’s childhood was Audrey’s costume. We sewed matching outfits to go along with the family theme of Bavarian Germany.

2005 Halloween - Bavarian Costumes - Audrey is wearing Molly's actual outfit from when she lived in Germany as a baby.
2005 Halloween – Bavarian Costumes – Audrey is wearing Molly’s actual outfit from when she lived in Germany as a baby.

2004 Halloween

Audrey’s first Halloween! Cute cuddly little duckling.

2004 Halloween - My Little Duck
2004 Halloween – My Little Duck

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5 Instagram Tips for Tweens

Tips for Tweens who just got, or already have, an Instagram Account

Instagram is about connecting with friends and having fun! My name is Audrey and I have had Instagram for about two months, so I am still a relatively new user, but I have learned a lot in the time that I’ve had it. If you follow these tips you will be successful and safe on Instagram.

I like to post about cute animals on Instagram.
I like to post about cute animals on Instagram.

Instagram Tip #1

My first tip is about consistency. Do not to post only about one thing unless you will only post about that one thing on your account. An example is if you post 20 animal pictures, then lots of flowers, the people who followed you for animal pictures will be disappointed and might unfollow you, which you don’t want. If you post one thing, your followers are expecting just that one thing, but if you post different stuff all the time your followers will expect that.

Instagram Tip #2

My second tip is don’t post too many selfies. I posted one or two selfies and got more followers, but the followers that I got only posted selfies and I don’t want to see a bunch of selfies. Selfies are not “about” anything. So I did not follow them back, which brings us to my next tip.

 I like to post my artwork on Instagram and I like to see people's encouraging comments so I can get better.
I like to post my artwork on Instagram and I like to see people’s encouraging comments so I can get better.

Instagram Tip #3

You don’t have to follow everyone who follows you. Some people out there will follow you but post stuff that you don’t want to see, so you don’t have to follow them back. Some people will post stuff that you like, though, so if you want, you can follow them. You should only follow people that post stuff that interests you.

Instagram Tip #4

The fourth tip is about how often you should post. You should post about once every week, but you can always post whenever you want. If you post a lot every day it can be annoying if it is all about one thing because some people get notifications that make noise and they might block you.

This is the search screen on Instagram. Use it wisely!
This is the search screen on Instagram. Use it wisely!

Instagram Tip #5

The fifth and final tip is be careful what keywords you use when you search people or pictures on the search feature because there are some inappropriate people and pictures out there that your parents might not want you to see. The way to avoid seeing that kind of stuff is to be careful how and what you search by using keywords that are only related to what you want to see.

This is my Instagram Page where all my posts are. Obviously, it goes without saying that you should add your interests to your profile, but never your personal contact information.
This is my Instagram Page where all my posts are. Obviously, it goes without saying that you should add your interests to your profile, but never your personal contact information.

Instagram is Fun

Instagram has tons of pictures on it and tons of people too, so Instagram safety is very important, I hope you found my tips helpful. Instagram is about pictures so make your experience about something interesting! If you want to see pictures of my adventures and interests follow me at audreyhgilbert on Instagram.

Sometimes I like to post silly stuff to make my friends laugh.
Sometimes I like to post silly stuff to make my friends laugh.

9 Tips for Whittling and Pocket Knife Safety

My First Pocket Knife

My first pocket knife was from my great grandfather. He gave it to me as a Christmas gift. It was a multi-purpose knife. I had to do a little pocket knife training with my dad before I could use it to prove that I was mature enough to not hurt anyone, including myself.

Finnian's first pocket knife was a Christmas gift from his great grandfather.
Finnian’s first pocket knife was a Christmas gift from his great grandfather, Papaw Louie.

Learning to Whittle

I learned to whittle from Cub Scouts. My dad taught me and let me use his jack knife. My first project was to carve a bar of soap into a fish. The first step is to let the bar of soap sit out all day so that it can soften up a little bit from the moisture in the air. The second step is to put a drop cloth on floor to protect it from the shavings. The third step is to use a stick to make an outline on the soap. And then, the final step is to carve it. On my first try, I started to make a fish, but it didn’t work out so I decided to make a bear.

Bear Carved out of Soap
Finnian’s First Whittling Project: A Bear Carved Out of Soap

9 Tips for Whittling and Pocket Knife Safety

  1. I recommend a jack knife. It has one big blade that locks so you have to push down a button to close it. It keeps the blade immovable so that when you are guiding the knife you don’t have to be afraid of chopping off your fingers.
  2. I find it easier to use your thumb to guide the knife. Push your thumb down on the back of the knife so you can put more force into some strokes and less into others. You are shaving the wood, not cutting it.
  3. Keep your knife closed when you are not using it.
  4. Always keep it in its case if you have a case.
  5. Never cut toward you because one slip could stab you.
  6. Don’t whittle near other people.
  7. Take your arms out and spin in a circle. If your arms touch anyone, then you need to move. This is called a “Safety Circle.”
  8. Always sit down.
  9. Stay in one spot when working unless you close your knife, then you can move.

Every Boy Should Whittle

If you cut wood with one stroke, it counts as whittling. Out of a stick, I made a spear which I used as a fork on a Cub Scout camping trip. My friend made a wooden knife, but I don’t recommend it because it is really hard to make. If you want to make a spear, then you need a stick about as thick as a pencil. Scrape off the bark and then you can carve the wood into a point.

Whittling is a good way to pass the time on a camping trip. Every boy should know how to whittle and know about pocket knife safety.

This is a fish carved out of a bar of soap my dad did - he is really good at whittling!
This is a fish carved out of a bar of soap my dad did – he has had more practice and he is really good at whittling!