Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nico's school pictures* - take our poll!

We just received Nico's school photo today. I don't know if we should schedule a retake or just let things be. Nico went to school with his hair washed and neatly combed, but when he got there, he enlisted a friend to help him style his hair into a mohawk (or more accurately, a fauxhawk). Voila! Here is Nico's third grade picture:

Nico's 3rd grade pic

Last year's photo was OK. Nico wore the corduroy jacket I picked out for him and he kinda smiled. He told me later that he had actually practiced this particular smirk. Here is Nico's second grade picture:

Nico's 2nd grade pic

The previous year, for his first grade school picture, Nico put on the nice blue sweater I picked out for the occasion. Unbeknownst to me, he wore a Transformers Optimus Prime t-shirt underneath that he had planned all along to wear for the photo shoot. So, when he got to school, he took off his sweater and "forgot" to put it back on. For his photo, he has an odd smug/guilty expression on his face. Here is Nico's first grade picture:

Nico's 1st grade pic

Vic and I are not sure if we should settle for this year's current photo or schedule a retake. We don't know if the grandparents will want an 8X10 photo of their grandson being a prankster, but then again, the image really does capture his essence. Help us decide.

Should Nico sign up for a school photo retake?

* Sorry for the blurry, weirdly orange-tinted images - I don't have access to a scanner, so I just snapped cameraphone pics of these photos.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nolan's school picture - progress!

Apologies for being one of *those* parents who overshares every detail about her kids all the time. I just picked up Nolan's school photo today, though, and am so delighted that I have to post it:

Nolan's school pic 2010

I have to admit that I completely forgot about Picture Day this year, which is why Nolan is wearing a hoodie (it's pretty much what he wears every day). This year's picture is a huge improvement over last year, when I was prepared and dressed him in a lovely sweater. I thought I had everything covered, but, well, see for yourself:

Nolan's school pic 2009

We should be getting Nico's school photo any day now. He has already warned me that it's not going to be pretty. Hmm.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Indecision 2010

Fine, fine. Nico won the Halloween costume battle. He gets to wear the Grim Reaper costume after all.

Vic and I discussed it at length and since my husband can relate to our first-born son much better than I can, I reluctantly consented to let Nico wear the grisly costume.

BUT he will not be allowed to use the fake blood pump. AND I didn't get him the scepter, lest you think I've completely ignored my instincts as a strict and frugal Taiwanese mom.

Also, here's a slightly edited chat transcript between me and my friend Jon about Nico's Halloween costume this year:

Jon: i want to offer up that we had to either make our costumes when we were kids or buy them with our own money. so if nico wants to make something scary, at least he has to be creative.
me: that's how it was for me too
especially with cheap chinese (taiwanese) immigrant parents
i told nico that even
Jon: right
no dice though, eh?
me: my mom would have been all, "here's some construction paper. good luck"
Jon: right
and if it came down to it
it was ghost or stay home
if you didn't want to put in the work
me: right, here's a pillowcase
and some scissors
Jon: do they even make costumes that gruesome in his size?
me: yes, isn't that ridiculous?
i hate the freaking blood pump
why is that necessary?
Jon: seems over the top to me
me: yeah, he said halloween is about being scary
Jon: well, it could be worse. you could have a daughter that thinks halloween is about being slutty

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween costume conundrum

Nico and I are at odds about his Halloween costume. My 8-going-on-18-year-old son wants to wear a Grim Reaper costume we saw at Target and I completely hate this idea. The costume features an exposed skeletal ribcage you can pump fake blood into.

A few weeks ago, he said he wanted to be Boba Fett, which I was totally OK with. In fact, I encouraged this idea because his little brother could then re-wear the Ewok costume from last year and I could be Chewbacca again and we could get a family Star Wars theme going (again).

Then, kids at school convinced Nico that dressing up as a character is for little kids and that Halloween is really about dressing up as something scary. I told him I think Halloween is about dressing up as anything you don't normally get to be, but he gave me such a look of disdain when I said that.

I pointed out other skeleton costumes he could consider, but Nico is fixated on having a thoracic skeleton and blood pump.

Last year, I had the boys' Halloween costumes settled in September, but this year we are stuck. Am I being unreasonable in thinking it's inappropriate for a third-grader to wear such a gory costume?