For Mother's Day of 2007, Mark bought me a sewing machine. I was very happy to refresh all those sewing skills that had lain dormant for years. And by October, I was sure I was ready for a challenge.
It was slightly more challenging than expected.
My costume was easy - someone had given me the dress; I can't remember the particulars. From my brief stint in my college's medieval club, I knew it wasn't remotely accurate to the vaguely Renaissance-y/Middle Ages style it was attempting, but I was willing to forgive that for its convenience. Meanwhile, I was in way over my head with the pattern we'd picked out for my husband's matching costume. The hat alone had me in fits. The ribbon work was tedious and took forever. I never did quite get the button holes right. But in the end, we weren't going anywhere that would put my work under close scrutiny, so it was enough. And I could be reasonably proud of it, mistakes notwithstanding. Since Mark started working at a wizard-themed summer camp last year, he's been able to reuse the tunic as part of his counselor's costume. Convenient!
So who were we portraying, exactly? Possibly a generic medievalish couple. Possibly Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn - and as I was noticeably pregnant with Ryan, there was a gleefully macabre aspect to that choice.
As for the kids, Emma decided she wanted to use last year's Cowardly Lion costume for its intended purpose - a monkey. We figured we could make Luke another animal so they were still kind of themed. Sewing a white oval onto a black robe was ridiculously easy after Mark's costume. I just love how solemn they look.
A little over a month later, Ryan came along, and we've been five ever since. :)