Thursday, 19 March 2009

The Ugly Bug Ball

Week has got gradually worse, but don't want to talk about it. Still, I do have Izzy to cheer me up every day when I pick her up. Normally it's tales of swimming, PE, minibeast hunts, music and computers. However, today she brought home one of those dreaded letters:

"Class RP are doing school assembly next week. It is the Ugly Bug Ball and Izzy has chosen to be a ladybird. Please bring her costume into school in a labelled bag by Tuesday."

Tuesday!!!?

Give me half a term's notice and I might manage to create a ladybird costume, but four days?!

Could be worse, she could've chosen a grasshopper! So, onto the great god google to find out how to make a ladybird costume - tights, t-shirt, velcro, pipe cleaners, patent shoes, headband, etc, etc.

Oh sod it, I'll buy one from e-bay!

This one'll do, won't it?


Well, what else is a working mum to do?

13 comments:

Maggie May said...

Thats very elaborate!
From my experience the costumes that the kids come in to school with are not that great!
Some black spots sewn onto a red tea shirt! Plus a pair of black tights and a pair of feelers! (Hairband with pipe cleaners on either side!)
Bet you have ordered it now!

Catharine Withenay said...

Ooohhh - hackles rising!! The crisis is irrespective of being a working mum: any parent with a life outside child requirements will fail (or, clearly, anyone with a complete creative incompetence). I've had these sort of requests myself and, despite not working, find them almost impossible to fulfil. If my child does not have a green T-shirt (after all, she only wears pink) how am I supposed to get one before the end of the week?
Glad eBay is able to come to your rescue!

Mummy Cow said...

Buy it!! I didn't hesitate last year when daughter's school demanded a victorian costume AND a 60s poodle skirt costume. For 5 minutes I worried about what other parents/kids/teachers would think, then realised my sanity was more important than my pride. You must not spend your weekend sewing!! MC x

The Dotterel said...

Looks perfect!

Working mum said...

Maggie - yep, it's ordered, I just need to nip to Matalan for black t-shirt and tights.

Catherine - why don't they give us fair warning, surely they know because I've just found out Izzy has been practising the song for weeks!

Mummy Cow - I'm with you! Last year I made a pirate costume and all the other kids were in bought costumes so I thought I'd do the same this time. Saving my sanity!

The Dotterel - I'll try and post of photo of Izzy wearing it for a Photostory Friday, as long as it fits - I do have a four year old who wears age 7/8 clothes!

skywind said...

Oh, sweet and innocent. :)
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Half-baked said...

good plan - and I admit I did buy a bee costume when my kid had to be a bee.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Very nice indeed. Schools are so good at assuming mums (and dads of course) can just magic an outfit out of thin air.

CJ xx

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Best costume ever, and relatively stress free - well done! In my exp, when son was Izzy's age I got the impression his school thought all the mums were at home, so any notice was minimal, and I was even on the Friends' Assoc'n, so should have known better. Please enjoy a restful weekend! x

cheshire wife said...

Aren't ladybirds supposed to be lucky? Hope that Izzy being a ladybird will bring a change of luck for you.

scaryazeri said...

I am terrified of when I have to do something like that! No way I could achiever this, are you kidding me?
:)
well done!

scrappysue said...

sometimes they have no idea what they are asking!!!

sarah said...

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