Friday, October 24, 2014

Playing Dress Up With My Boys

from raisingmyrainbow.com
      
         I am a mother of two boys. I used to dress them up identically when they were smaller. 




    Now, they like choosing their own clothes. I have a field day when they are asked to wear costumes in school or when they attend costume parties. Though I always consult them as to what they want to wear, I do the execution which is loads of fun for me. 

     The first time I dressed my son in a costume was just for the heck of it. Hahaha. We got a hand-me-down Superman baby costume from my Aunt and we dressed our 3-month old Aliq in it and took pictures.




       For our eldest son's first birthday party, the theme was Tigger and Pooh and we dressed him up in a Tigger costume.  




        A few years later, he tried on the same costume just for laughs. 




      Here is the second son wearing the same Superman costume one halloween (We used to do trick or treat. We don't anymore.) 


Zayeed at 3 months

       
           That same year, Kuya Aliq wore an off-the-rack Peter Pan costume.



        The year after, it was Zayeed's turn to be Peter Pan (tipid!) while Kuya dressed up like Captain Hook.  Their lil cousin Lexi dressed as Tinkerbell. Coordinated ang characters, syempre!




          There was a year when we spent the end of October in Marawi. Of course, walang trick or treat doon. So when we went out for lunch on the 30th of October, I dressed them up as cowboys anyway. 





           The year after that, we decided not to participate in Halloween activities henceforth. To appease the boys, we joined one mall's Parade of Nations in celebration of United Nations Day. Gustong-gusto talaga nila. Others came as contingents from their respective schools. Pero ang dalawa, sumali lang ng kanila. 

They chose the countries they want to represent. 
Kuya Aliq represented Malaysia while 
Zayeed represented South Korea. 


     During this event, Aliq saw a boy dressed in kilts. He told me that the next year, he likes to represent Scotland. So, he did. 


During a Costume Party in his school last year,
Aliq dressed as a Scot.
  
         The same costume was used in a Costume Birthday Party just this year. While Zee used Kuya's old Malaysia costume. 




        Now, I would have gladly made Zee another costume, but when asked he said he wanted to use Kuya's old Malaysia costume. He loves following in his brother's footsteps. Gaya-gaya. When Aliq was four and Zee wasn't in school yet, Aliq had to go to school in Barong for Linggo ng Wika. Zee tagged along wearing a Barong, too. 




         In school, there were activities when they have to dress up. And talagang kina-career ko yan. 

Aliq in an apron during
Nutrition Month.
Zee as a farmer.
Eto, nakakahon ang costume.

         As I manifested in this blog post 2 years ago, kahit yang mga korona at pompoms ay kina-career ko. Hehehe. 





            I also dress the boys for Eid. Earlier on, I didn't know where to buy them clothes for the Eid prayer so I had to have them made. Later on, I sourced the clothes earlier from local stores, or from Marawi or even from as far as Egypt. 





        This October, the school  forbade Halloween costumes for their costume party. As the school also discourages store-bought costumes, Aliq went to school dressed up as Emmet from The Lego Movie.




            Zayeed does not have a costume party in his preschool, but he is the first of my sons to become a Cub Scout and he went camping this week (in school lang for the whole day). 


The Cub Scout is Zeerious.

          
             From our trip, we got the boys authentic Arab get-ups. They are in the closet for now .... just waiting for the time when I get to dress them up again.