Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween!

Afropolitan family Halloween 2014, african family blog

I decided, both girls would be ballerinas this year. Why? Because her cherub choir director asked that we choose one costume from an approved list for the christmas presentation in December. I chose for her to be a ballerina. So I could chop two carrots with one knife.  Simple.

Noooo…not so simple…

Ellie wanted to be Kwazii Cat from the Octonauts; “A daredevil cat with a mysterious pirate past…”


It’s a cat with an eyepatch, ya’ll.

The compromise: (drumroll please…)

Kwazii-cat Ballerina!!!

Kid Model, black family blog,

Ollie too, is past that stage of simply going with what I choose for her. She wanted to be Master Shifu, “trainer of many kung fu warriors,” from the movie Kung Fu Panda. This is what Master Shifu looks like:

Master Shifu kungfu panda

(I’m not making this up, my two-year-old has a mild obsession with Master Shifu).

No luck with that costume, so we compromised. She settled for tigress instead.


But I’ll be damned, I bought the ballerina tutu already! So here we go:

Ballerina TIGRESS!!!!


Pathetic, I know. But I’m proud of myself regardless…

Halloween2014PreviewAfropolitanKidsfor two beautiful people.

Think I totally botched this one? What are your halloween plans? Do you celebrate halloween? Or are you one of the many who don’t celebrate “the devil’s holiday?” LOL! (You know what I’m talking about!) 

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Flashback Friday: Backyard Fall Photoshoot

Backyard photoshootI took some Fall photos in the backyard one crisp September morning and I promised to share.

backyard family photos

FallShoot09 Ellie2

FallShoot10 kidsphotoshoot Ollie1 Ellie1

Ellie’s “Alex the Lion Dance” (from the Madagascar 2 movie)FallShoot01Enjoy…your weekend!



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Autumn Traditions

Autumn starts tomorrow…

The crisp air blowing inside through this window feels good…

September’s light is perfect for photoshoots, so this morning, my subjects and I went outside. Here’s a sneak peek:

Fall traditions, first day of autumn

falling leaves

We don’t really have any fall traditions besides decorating for fall; setting out pumpkins and garden mums. We go to the pumpkin patch of course. And every year I tell myself we’ll go apple picking, but we never do. We do, however, manage to go on some sort of family vacation during the fall. It typically works out that way, since we don’t go anywhere in the summer. As of now, there isn’t anything planned for the family, but I am going to Vegas.

Yep, instead of New York City, for our annual girls’/mommy trip tradition, I’m meeting up with my girl, Janet, in Vegas!

VEGAS Baby!I can’t say that I’m super-duper excited about the destination; casinos, gambling, unintelligent debauchery confined to a strip of sensory-overloaded space won’t float my bubble.

But, I’m amped up about lounging in the airport with good music and a good book–all by myself–uninterrupted. I love my life, I really do, but I need a trip like this every year (sometimes twice), to keep me balanced. I’ll come back refreshed and ready to tackle the season: Ollie’s 2nd birthday, our 7th anniversary, Ev’s birthday, Halloween, my 30th birthday (party!), and Thanksgiving.

I need all the freshening up I can get. Maybe this time I won’t cut my trip a day short (like I usually do), because I miss my kids, and I’ll channel all that “missing” into a trip to the apple orchard, finally.

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