The first wearing of the costume was for the annual Zoo Boo at the Indianapolis Zoo, which Bryn and I attended on Thursday with Cathy and Christopher and our friends Kathleen and Emily. Chris was also sporting a free costume--more specificially, Bryn's monkey ensemble from last year. I'm glad at least one child got some joy out of it! Here you can see the kids all decked out and ready for zoo adventures:
We had such a good time, in fact, that pregnant lady here overdid it, and I basically ended up limping out to the Jeep while leaning heavily on Bryn's stroller. Apparently walking all over the zoo while carrying my 29-pound "calf" was not a good idea when 8 months pregnant! If only I could have climbed in and had her push me like she tried to do to Christopher!
On Friday, Ben and I took Bryn for an afternoon tour of the Trader's Point Organic Creamery, where she got to see cows being milked. She loved being up close and personal with the "moos" and definitely did not want to leave, in spite of the fact that we were getting rained on. When we got home, she insisted on putting on her own cow costume and running around the house in it. We had Alicia and Suellen over that night, and they thought she was the cutest thing ever. Ben and Alicia stayed up way too late having a 4+ hour "War of the Ring" gaming marathon, and Suellen and I mostly sat around and then fell asleep. :)On Saturday night, Ben, Bryn, and I got dressed up and attended our friend Stacy's Halloween festivities. ONe of the cutest parts of the whole night actually occurred before we even left the house, when we put Bryn in her costume right after dinner. We'd had chicken strips for dinner (which Bryn actually ate voraciously, in spite of her usual vegetarian tendencies), and she was still nibbling on one as we got her dressed. She ran around the house shouting "moo!" while chomping on her chicken strip. We think Chick-Fil-A should pay us some royalties and use these adorable pictures in their advertising campaign:
Since Bryn was obviously attending the party as a cow, Ben and I decided to attend as cowboys. My costume never did end up being complete, though, as Bryn stole my hat immediately and wore it for the rest of the night. She spent most of the actual party sitting on the couch, nibbling on broccoli and watching "Shrek," but Ben and I had a great time getting caught up with friends.
* Bryn had a successful 2-year check-up. She's still in the 50th percentile for weight, totalling about 29 pounds. She's 33 inches tall, which puts her a little above the 25th percentile for height--finally, one of my genes manages to shine through! Never fear, though, she's still Daddy's girl through and through: her head is still in the 95th percentile for size. I'm dreading what I'll feel like a few weeks from now if her baby sister shares this feature....
* Ben started his NEW JOB at Ingersoll-Rand today. Very exciting! So far he's really enjoying it, liking his boss, meeting nice people, and feeling challenged by new projects.
* Bryn attended my homebound tutoring gig with me today, so then she got to visit with the family's horses afterwards. Several of the horses got right down by Bryn's little face at the fence to inspect her, which alternately thrilled and terrified her. What can I say? My girl loves farm animals!