Happy Halloween 2016!


At the Schwellenbach-Rigley household, all holidays are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious but Halloween is a special meld of several of my favorite things including make believe, candy, and autumn.

This year, we decided to attempt a group costume around the theme of one of my favorite movies, Mary Poppins. Colin bravely accepted the starring role; I have always yearned to be a dancing chimney sweep and finally fulfilled my ambition; Cat Cat was an admirable Admirable Boom; Cat Cat was an appropriately whiny Jane Banks; and our newest addition to the family, the xoloitzcuintli tripawd Leander played the dancing penguin, which is also one of my favorite roles.

This was our first group photo with three furkids instead of two and the chaos was worthy of a holiday dedicated to mayhem and cavities. Typically, we divvy up the cats, leaving Colin with one hand free to push the button on the camera. We hoped we would be able to convince one of the animals to sit still so we would still have some mobility but Leander gets nervous about photo shoots, Jack gets mad if he has to share my lap, and Cat Cat was not a fan of her bonnet. So … I tried to wrangle two writhing, shrieking cats while Colin ran to press the button, picked up Leander, and tried to pose as Mary Poppins. After several efforts, I was laughing so hard I was crying, we definitely were not going to achieve the polished, posed photo we were going for, so we figured we’d work with what we have.

Is it perfect?


Is is an accurate reflection of life in a household with two cats, one dog, and two pseudo-adults?




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