Yesterday the boys came home begging to go to Halloween Night at school and since it was going to be just me & them at home by ourselves anyway, and because I've been feeling convicted about saying no to them for far too much and yes to everyone else, I thought why not?
I can dress the kids up, take all four into a crowded school by myself- I've got it covered.
What was I thinking?
Do you know how many little boys exactly Carter's size came as Obi Wan Kenobi, too? And don't get me started about the Hannah Montanas. Those wigs are freaky. I'm just saying.
It went pretty well. Thank goodness for the sling. Ivy slept the entire time. Gray's dino costume lasted much longer than I expected. Long enough even for a quick picture with all their friends. It was right before that Kodak moment that I had to turn my head to hide the tears.
Tears on Halloween Night.
I've just seen Noah come so far, and to see friends run up to him excited that he was there... putting their arms around him. If you could have just seen his eyes and smile light up the entire place.
There wasn't one bit of darkness to be found.
And to watch Carter... the second he entered the school his arms went up and he was saying hey! to every child and adult there. He knew everyone. He would compliment their costume and make sure they knew he was glad to see them. And I could just see Carter, my little class president- pointing his shooter finger and giving a wink as he walked through the halls.
Grayson has no fear, and his Tyrannosaurus Rex impersonation even made a little girl jump, to his delight. He would find every single child there that was his size or smaller and go right up to their face and growl.
I said sorry a lot.
We learned about static electricity...
Carter: This robe is giving me the shocks.
We learned that the brain and the intestines look alike according to Noah's body drawing. (Don't you just love the glasses?). And they do. Quite an interesting gut-brain connection, I say.
I learned that saying yes more to the kids for the right things is quite fulfilling.