D's costume this year was Super Grover. This is his first year to choose his own costume. About a month or 2 ago he decided he wanted to be Super Grover, and has actually stuck to it the entire time. Our nanny got into sewing over the summer, and volunteered to make a cape and sew the Super grover logo onto a shirt for us. I then made his helmet following an idea I found on Pinterest, to take a kids play helmet and cover it in duck tape. The end result, I have to say, was pretty awesome.
Q had 2 costumes-- Zach insisted that he go as Quinn the Eskimo (from the song), so we tried that... although he wasn't a huge fan of the coat.
In other news, I had a bit of a photography-related epiphany this weekend... I don't think I like zoom lenses. Most of my daily shooting is with prime lenses, but I use my 17-85mm for things like, well, the festival on Friday night, or parties, or other times when I figure I need the convenience of zooming in and out. Except, zoom lenses are big. And heavy. And I'm never as happy with my pictures with the 17-85mm as I am with ones taken with any of my primes. My dream zoom lens is the 24-70mmL lens which is even heavier than my current one. Last year I bought a Canon 35mm f/2 lens and have been using it a lot lately, and I'm realizing that when I use it I don't miss the ability to zoom in and out as much as I thought I would. And it's much lighter, faster, and better quality in my opinion.
I'm almost tempted to just get rid of the 17-85mm now, though it's still nice to have for the wide angle. But, I'll be sticking to my prime lenses even more now, and have officially erased the 24-70mm off my wish list. Interestingly, this means that now my next "dream" purchase has shifted to wanting a full-frame DSLR camera body (ahem). I really like the 35mm field on my 30D which is approximately equivalent to what my 50mm lenses (Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, aka my top 2 favorite lenses) would look like on a full-frame camera.
And yes, I do realize how ridiculous it is to want a $2,500 camera for a $80 lens (ok, so the better noise handling, HD video, live mode, etc would also be quite appreciated). I have no idea if/when I'll ever upgrade to that nice of a camera-- it'd be quite a few birthdays and christmases put together. But, hey, a girl can dream, can't I?