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firsts – halloween 2011

I have been a mama for three almost four years now. And this will be my third halloween to celebrate with my kiddos. You can see Cora and Levi in their cute cow costumes here. But this halloween was full of firsts for us.
It was the first halloween that I got to plan and make (part of) the boys’ costumes. Levi was a K-State football player and Griffin was a football.

It was the first halloween that Levi knew what he was dressed up as. He is very into football right now. Once we got through the trauma of getting those shoulder pads in, he thought he looked pretty awesome…and he wanted to tackle everyone he saw…including his little brother.

It was the first halloween that Levi was excited to go trick-or-treating and fill up his little bucket. Oh, and he wanted to show you his “biiiiiiiiig muscles”.

It was the first halloween that I had two little ones at home to dress up. And man did they look cute.

We tried really hard to get a picture of them together, but Levi wasn’t too interested. Sitting still wasn’t on his agenda…only tackling was. 🙂

It was the first halloweento go trunk-or-treating. What a great idea and so much fun! The kids got their candy and the adults got to hang out too.

 It was the first halloween with cousins.

One certain little cousin led Levi around to all the cars and made sure he got his bucket filled with candy. Levi’s other cousin is the little giraffe in the background. He wasn’t too excited about the whole costume thing.

It was the first halloween that Levi got to eat candy…

and man did he love it. In fact, he plopped himself down right in the middle of the parking lot and ate and ate and ate. And he hasn’t stopped asking for candy ever since.

It was the very first halloween for Griffin. But you wouldn’t know because he isn’t in any of the pictures. He slept through trunk-or-treat and didn’t even get to show off his cute costume.

It was the first halloween full of costumes, friends, candy, and two sweet brothers. I can’t wait until next year.

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How about a little tutorial?

I found a picture of a football onsie on Pinterest and used it as my inspiration.

Football Onesie:
brown onesie {mine is from Hobby Lobby}
white fabric scraps
iron on adhesive {I used Heat n Bond}
embroidery floss
1. Iron fabric onto Heat n Bond (follow adhesive directions).
2. Cut strips and arrange on onesie.
3. Iron strips onto onesie (follow adhesive directions).
4. Sew strips onto onesie using embroidery thread or sewing machine (I used a backstitch).
So simple! I realized after I had already ironed on the strips that I should have stitched the middle strip first before adding the little strips. But it still worked. Using a sewing machine would be much faster but I liked the look of the embroidery thread. Also, I think the football onesie on Pinterest was made using felt…which would be really cute and wouldn’t fray. All I had was some leftover white duck cloth…so that is what I used.
 5. Put football onesie on a cute, chunky baby. 🙂

I know Halloween is over…and you are probably already thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, bookmark/pin this idea for next year. Or, make it for your little one to wear to his/her next football party!

  • Tara - oh my goodness, they are adorable!!! LOVE the football player / football thing! so cute. and, the candy … ya … the first words out of haden’s mouth on tuesday morning were “where my candy?” ha.ReplyCancel

  • Karina - ADORABLE!!! I love the theme – and Griffin is the best looking football I’ve ever seen. That is one hunky football player, too…Hats off to you for taking the time to put those costumes together, even if Griffin slept through the big event.

    I have never heard of trunk-or-treating before. What a great idea, especially where people live spread out or you want to keep a bunch of littles contained.ReplyCancel

  • melissamevans - So adorable….it’s beyond ADORABLE to see your older one sitting on the ground eating candy: melts my heart. Trucnk or treat…first I’ve ever heard of this: GREAT idea!ReplyCancel

  • Merrill - What an adorable little football player and football you have! Love that idea!ReplyCancel

  • Meggie - SO cute! They are both adorable and you did great with their costumes!! This was my first time having 2 little boys to trick or treat with too… and my baby slept through it just like Griffin. =)ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - So cute, Jessica! What a great pair the two are!ReplyCancel

  • Lyssa at Living Simple in the South - So cute
    Levi and Weston are so much alike…they make so many of the same faces, funny boys!
    You are so great at capturing your two… It is almost impossible around here i think!
    Super cute onsie! Love it that they coordinated!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - you had the cutest little trunk or treaters ever! I think I will miss the days of getting to pick the theme for my kids and having them coordinate. Mom’s ideas are never as cool.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Those may be the best costumes EVER! How do you handle being around that much cuteness every day?!ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - Trunk or treating hasn’t made it to Australia. I think that is a MARVELLOUS idea. Loving the pics of your beautiful kiddos Jess. As always, thanks so much for sharing.

    Michelle xxxxReplyCancel

  • Aimee - How adorable! I’m so glad you showed how you made the football onesie! The moment I saw that on instagram, I HAD to show my husband right away! Too cute! What a wonderful first Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • MICHELE - what a great costume combo idea! Too bad K-State didn’t fair too well that weekend. 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - That football onesie is the cutest thing I’ve seen in ages! So simple but awesome. I love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - oh my goodness. cutest.thing.ever. they are perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - They’re so cute! I love that you did a theme with your boys! I’m all about themed Halloweens! My kiddos were a circus this year and it was pretty stinking cute!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - oh my, so adorable! love everything about your post. thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Seven Bells - Oh My…Griffin is such a little Joel!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - Jess, oh my word! CUTE! I showed my football loving 6 1/2 year old son and he’s going nuts over it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ich - Extremly cute….i am a little bit sad, there is no halloween like this in Germany too. I think i have to start my own next year. You did a good job on the costumes of your boys. Thank you for share it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Carla - My favourite line in your whole blog so far “and Griffin was a football”. Love it :-). Great costumes and photos, it looks like everyone had a great time. My little guy (20mnts)also discovered candy this halloween..he had tasted chocolate before but never seemed too enthusiastic (doesnt’ take after his mama) but last MOnday he discovered lollipops and jellies and marshmallows and all sorts of hideous junk and oh my, how he fell in love. He was on a three day sugar high!
    Thanks for the lovely post. Griffin is the absolute stamp of his daddy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - love the costumes!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - LOVE their costumes!! Such a cute idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rich and Carolyn Dewey - Perfect little boy costumes!!

    Our church in CA did Trunk or Treat as a HUGE community-wide event, complete with food trucks, bouncies, petting zoo, you name it. It grew into a pretty big event, attracting 1000’s of people. Great ministry event!ReplyCancel

  • Bri!!! - I haven’t read you blog in a long time, and wanted to pop over to see how you are doing. CONGRATS on the new adorable baby boy! You seriously make the most beautiful children. What a blessed family you have!ReplyCancel

  • Sara @ Mom Endeavors - Oh my goodness, that is SO cute! Love the coordinating costumes! Adorable! Would love to have you link it to the college football themed link party! It’s perfect! 🙂

  • Brandi - I LOVE that football outfit! It’s so cute!!!!

    I just found you from Stefanie’s blog. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • in a world surrounded by men - And here I was thinking you used white duct tape….

    Man, you’re impressive!ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - HOW SWEET!
    Jess you are always sooooo creative! Looks like everything is going great! Just wanted to say hi!:) Tell everyone hello from the Schilling’s!:) TAKE CARE and give those sweet boys a big hug from us!:)ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - Adorable as always. Living in Manhattan I saw a lot of K-State football players but Levi was by far the cutest!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberlee - Now that’s the type of football I like to watch! Great costumes!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - That is seriously the cutest thing ever!!! LOVE it! They are both the most adorable little boys!!!ReplyCancel

  • julia - Best costumes ever.ReplyCancel

  • Jeffrey and Michelle - Just saw your adorable picture on pinterest…had to lol when I saw your little K-Stater! My hubby & I went to KSU for a year (he’s the KSU fan, I’m a KU fan)….and we now live in Tampa, FL! 🙂 So hi from a former Kansan!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but the picture of Levi holding Griffin is on this website.. I just thought you might like to know.ReplyCancel

  • Diana - FreeStyleMama - I know I commented before but I’d love to see you link this up at Thematic Thursday. This week’s theme is Super Bowl/FootballReplyCancel

  • Kristin - I LOVE this picture of your two adorable boys! I found it on Pinterest and I would love to take one with my two little guys and surprise my husband with it. If you could tell me where you found the pads small enough for under his jersey I would really appreciate it. I have looked everywhere and most the pads are for older kids. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

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  • grace - I have 2 boys and have been trying to figure out what to do this year. This is a great idea! What did you do to make the shoulder pads for your football star? Also, did you just buy some smaller sized sweat pants? How did you get them to stay so short?ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Grace-The sweatpants were two sizes too small…I think. I just basically sewed a little pillow (stuffed with stuffing) for the shoulder pads and safety pinned them under the shirt.

    • Jess - Grace-The sweatpants were two sizes too small…I think. I just basically sewed a little pillow (stuffed with stuffing) for the shoulder pads and safety pinned them under the shirt.ReplyCancel

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