The Tradition Continues

What were we mom? Hobos? Scarecrows?

What were we mom? Hobos? Scarecrows?

When my brother and I were little, my mom used to dress us up each fall and take us around to family to deliver fun treats like cookies or mini pumpkins, and to show off our cuteness. I have the best memories of these visits.

I wanted to continue this tradition with my own kids, but we kind of got off to a rough start.

The first year I attempted this, Theo was less than a year old. He was adorable, but not overly cooperative.

One very cute, but uncooperative, baby carrot.

One very cute, but uncooperative, baby carrot.

The next year, well I don’t know what happened. But then, last year, we were about two weeks into baby Oliver’s new life and we simply weren’t prepared to spread our festive cheer quite yet.

But this year, this year was everything I had hoped it would be. The boys looked adorable in their costumes, everyone was thrilled by their surprise visit, and I had such a blast.

I couldn’t contain my excitement as we drove to the first place. I kept saying, “Isn’t this exciting Theo???” Theo wasn’t quite on board with the whole idea until people started coming up to us wherever we went and handed him candy. Let’s just say he came around to the idea.

Although the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, here is the gist:

1. you dress up your kids in cute costumes

2. you surprise your friends and family at work or home

3. you bring them a special fall treat

4. you take lots of pictures and have more fun than your kids (This one isn’t necessary, it’s just what I did.)

 

 

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The fall treat of choice: slice and bake cookies.

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Boo

My little helper.

My little helper.

Yes he helped. And yes he was in his underwear the whole time.

Yes he helped. And yes he was in his underwear the whole time.

Already a pro.

Already a pro.

First stop, an inspection of our local post office.

First stop, Officer Shipper inspected  our local post office.

We love Aunt Crystal!

We love Aunt Crystal!

Officer Shipper, hard at work.

This officer job is serious business.

Next stop, a visit with "yoo-hoo" aka, great grandma

Next stop, a visit with “yoo-hoo” aka, great grandma.

Great grandmas are great!

Great grandmas are great!

An officer, a kitty and a frog. Sounds like the title to a kids book!

An officer, a kitty and a frog. Sounds like the title to a kids book!

The news have you down? Never fear, Officer Shipper and his partner Captain America are here to save the day!

The news have you down? Never fear, Officer Shipper and his partner Captain America are here to save the day!

Excuse me sir, where were you on the night of the 21st?

Excuse me sir, where were you on the night of the 21st?

Raiding the hospitals candy stash.

Raiding the hospitals candy stash.

Getting a tour from Uncle Josh. He is a real live radiology tech folks, that's no costume!

Getting a tour from Uncle Josh. He is a real live radiology tech folks, that’s no costume!

Brother-sister nonsense.

Brother-sister nonsense.

Visiting our friends.

Visiting our friends.

This officer decided to take a cookie break.

This officer decided to take a cookie break.

Baby O with our friend Derek.

Baby O with our friend Derek.

Coffee break!

Coffee break!

Pop-Pop hanging with his favorite characters.

Pop-Pop hanging with his favorite characters.

Comparing police dogs with pa pa Shamp (great grandpa).

Comparing police dogs with pa pa Shamp (great grandpa).

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bad cop

 

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Bringing treats to his best bud and bestest neighbor friend, Ben.

 

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Aunt Rhiannon!

 

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The cuteness continues.

 

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Surprising Daddy at the library. Theo has morphed into a police dog by this point.

 

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Pitt stop to play with trains.

Best. Tradition. Ever.

We will have to do a version of this for Christmas!

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