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Once upon a time when we were living in Brooklyn, I made up a story for my kids about two superheroes: Super C and Super Bee. We were probably riding the train or something and I needed to entertain them for a minute. The Adventures of Super C and Super Bee have continued since that day.. The stories always take place somewhere in New York, and have involved saving someone from the top of the Statue of Liberty, or helping a stranded seal at the Central Park Zoo, or a runaway bumper car down at Coney Island. These super crusaders have powers of course: Super C can run lightning fast, and Super Bee can fly faster than a jet plane. (There is sometimes a Super Tate, who was C's best buddy in Brooklyn, and he is super strong).

So when I started talking about Halloween this year, the kids decided collectively that they wanted to be Super C and Super Bee. (But what about our family costume tradition, I cried? How about Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, and daddy can be the woodcutter? No, they cried. We want super powers!! We want capes!!) 

I finished up the capes before I left for Houston. Thanks go to my talented friend Katie who had given C a fantastic cape for his birthday last year, which I used as a template... I'm sure it saved me hours of headaches. I love that the capes will get played with all year, not just tossed aside after a few hours of trick or treating. 

While I was away, my husband sewed the shirts and pants so the kids could attend a weekend Halloween party. He even used zippers and bias trim with piping (things I never would have attempted). Did I mention my husband has skills with a sewing machine? (it was one of the things I discovered early in our courtship that made me think, hmmm.. maybe I could love this guy. That, and his subscription to Dwell magazine.) Thank you JR for not sending the kids out in just their skivvies and a cape.

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If I had my own alter ego, I'd go dressed with my super powers too.

11.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterSasha

I love it! I like that they look sorta retro. so JR couldn't be convinced to wear skivvies and tights? that could have been right up there with his transformation into Steve. I wish they would have used their super powers to zoom on over to Brooklyn and do a little trick or treating with us. next year, right?!

11.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterscout

These are AMAZING!!! Very cool that your husband can sew. So can mine, but only because he learned to suture in medical school. I can't even do buttons reliably, so it's a good thing he's independent. I am VERY IMPRESSED. Abbott was Superman a la Target.

11.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

The kids are super cute in their super costumes. Props to JR. When he wanted to buy a surger while you guys were dating, we knew he had some talent up his sleeves.

11.3.2008 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

As if the cute kids, and the great costume idea, weren't enough. A husband who sews, too! Enough to make a gal swoon, for sure. :-)

11.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

A husband who sews?! My adoration of your cute family is ginormous.

11.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

Those are so cute! I love it! Tell Super C and Super Bee that i miss them so much and hope to see them next year!!

Those are "super cute"! Jackson was Super Jackson last year and still wears his cape all the time...so here's to many months of super hero play! I'm glad we're not the only ones missing Brooklyn Halloween this year...sniff, sniff.

11.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen S

Hi! I found your blog from Design Mom. I just have to say, those are the cutest costumes ever!

11.4.2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim

I loved that you used the word courtship...I do too! My husband sew a bit as well - which is great cause I can ask him questions! those costumes are fantastic - I adore them. Great inspiration, thank you!

11.4.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryAnne

c's skinny legs!! john's awesome and so are these costumes. i especially like the big button.

11.4.2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

The costumes are great - and love the image of you telling stories on the subway to keep the kiddos occupied. JR does have some mad sewing skills. Can't wait to hear about market.

11.4.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRB

You're amazing. You always have great costumes. My favorite is still the puppet. Oh, that was seriously the best costume ever!

11.5.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Heck - I'd wear those costumes all year 'round - they're awesome! So cool, and I love that you both sew, that's even cooler!

11.7.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlexi

I love the costumes! It's so great that they have significance to the children. It's also fantastic that your husband worked on them. You've got to love a well rounded man!

11.9.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I had no idea your husband had those kinds of talents. Tom talks constantly about how jealous he is of his carpentry skills, and I am now jealous of his sewing skills.
And they are adorable!

11.9.2008 | Unregistered Commenteralyshabean

I love this story. Love the capes, love the sewing skills, love the enthusiasm for your kids. Thanks for sharing.

11.11.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLive More Now

That is so cute! I hope i will get to see them next year!

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