Bah Halloweenbug

Jim Halpert, from the television show The Office, and I share the same views on Halloween. We both fail to muster an ounce of enthusiasm for the holiday, though I admit that it's much more tolerable with kids. Gavin is old enough to understand Halloween now and select his own costume, but I asserted my parental authority this year by dressing the boys in my choice of Jim Halpert-inspired costumes for a quick photoshoot one afternoon several days before Halloween.

In addition to showing these "Three-Hole Punch Jim" and "Dave" costumes on the blog, I'll share the behind-the-scenes scoop of how difficult it is to get any type of planned photo of the boys. It's always … an adventure!

First, we brought them out to the front porch and they were thrilled as always to have their pictures taken. By the time I got this first amazing shot, we had already been on the porch for a while trying to get them to merely stand near each other and needed to give Jasper a cup to distract his hands so his feet would stay in one place!

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Yeah, this is going really well! Bored Gavin and whiney Jasper…

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Then, Jasper tripped while Gavin was holding onto him to keep him from walking away.

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Still thrilled, but now red-faced and tear-stained as well…

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… but laughing two seconds later! Yep, typical Jasper!

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OK, Jasper is finally content and stationary, but Gavin decides to be goofy…

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… and jump around. Meanwhile, the cup is no longer enough entertainment for Jasper so we give him my camera lens cap, too.

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Phew! Got one!

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