Thankful Thursday: Dressing Up!

This is a Thursday series in which I pause and acknowledge something big and important or something small and insignificant that has made me thankful. It is so important and incredibly refreshing to look at the positivity around us, when we are so often surrounded by negativity. 

I love dressing up for Halloween, and I tend to go all-out if I can. I never buy a pre-made costume. For me it's all about grabbing what I can from around the house, using makeup, and getting creative. I still haven't decided what to be this year, but I'm leaning towards a squirrel.

Me last year as Kevin from Up (the Pixar movie) with my sister-in-law as a brilliant giraffe. She made that dress herself. Also I want her shoes.
This enjoyment probably stems from doing community theatre growing up, and from playing dress-up when I was younger. I loved dressing up in things from our costume trunk, which was a giant tote full of hats, wigs, dresses, aprons, etc. I've been excited for years to build my own costume trunk for my future-someday-kids. And depending on the show, theatre was often a hodge podge of what you could find at home that fit your character, or was the result of grandma's long hours behind the sewing machine. It was always so much fun to transform on stage.

My mom, brother (who is turning 17 this month, btw. wtf.), and me during Into the Woods at a local theatre. It was so much fun to be in a show with my mom! 

But possibly my favorite thing is how much Donnie and I love playing dress-up. We work pretty hard to find any excuse we can to dress up. Or to dress up our cats. Our engagement (ie announcement, save the date, "unplugged" video before our ceremony, etc) was all represented through film. And we went all out. The above photo is a picture of us in our "old people" garb which we wore to make our "When Harry Met Sally" inspired Save the Date video.

OK, if you insist... Here it is. :)

Long story short? I'm thankful for the ability to dress up, to have fun, to lose myself for a little bit in a mystery wonderland! How glorious!