This morning I woke up to a small boy standing next to our bed. He was bending down as close as he could to my face, binki in mouth, he tried to whisper (the boy did NOT come with a volume control button!!), but try he did. "Mama, is it twime to go to Wicoles (Nicole's). I wanna put on my costume. Can I wear the mask AND the cape?" It was 5:30am.
By 6:30am both boys were up and I strategically placed them on opposite ends of the couch with cups full of milk and a fruit bar. I figured it would buy us another thirty minutes of sleep, as long as little sister kept on snoozing.
8:15am came with the hustle and bustle of book bags, coats and school shoes. One last check to make sure the costume was in the bag where I said it would be and that the treats were ready to go. Three carseats buckled, Daddy at the wheel, coffee in hand and we were off.
The air was cold, frost on the car windshield. The sun was peeking out from behind a handful of clouds and the trees sparkled in jewel tones. It was beautiful and I wished out loud that everyday could be like this.
Trent and Tommy spent most of the day on search of a last minute STAR WARS costume for Daddy. After a few attempts they came home empty handed. But with a little imagination and a few yards of fabric we had a cape that would make any Emperor proud!
After a quick trip to Wicoles :) for Tommy to show off is Darth Vader costume, we were off to the Halloween parade at Charlie's school. I don't know who was more excited, me or the kids! Penny was a good sport and let us squeeze her into the cupcake costume that I had picked out for her a few weeks back. Seems our little cupcake has had a growth spurt since :)
How fun it was to watch all the little kids come parading out of the school and around the park. Charlie looked so proud when he saw us. He immediately started posing and acting like the real Luke Sky Walker. Light sabers weren't allowed at school, but that didn't keep Charlie from acting as if. He was adorable! We were so happy for him.
After our Halloween fun for the day it was time for party planning. While Penny napped I set to work making tasty treats for Penny's birthday party and putting on the last minute touches for our not so scary Halloween party. When she awoke from her slumber she joined me in the kitchen while we finished up. Daddy helped put the eyes on our ghosts and whipped up that last batch of cupcakes. There is something about being in the kitchen with my family, especially with Trent. I love it.
After a long day I started to feel my energy drop so I headed upstairs for a quick rest. I laid there snuggled in between our flannel sheets, my head resting on Trent's pillow. Downstairs I could hear Trent preparing dinner for the boys. Tommy fussed that he had mustard on his hand, Trent got a wipe to clean him up and spoke sweetly to Penny from across the room. Charlie's laughter filled the house, some show had him going. My heart was full.
I gave Penny her bottle and snuggled her close. Her hair is so soft and fuzzy against my check. She reached up and patted my face then grasped my hand with her fingers. When she was done she buried her face in my neck and gave me a hug, something new for her. She then proceeded to "zerbert" my neck and blow raspberries. A new trick and we both laughed. She is the sweetest girl.
The boys needed second and third warnings. Tommy held my hand and tried to keep sleep from his eyes. I rubbed noses with him and he smiled underneath the bink. I know he is too old, but I don't care. He has one left and then these sweet last bits of baby will be gone. I am going to hold onto them for as long as I can. He quickly drifted off to sleep.
Trent carried in dinner. Our Friday night usual, Chipotle. After a few bites a small voice came from upstairs "Mama, I can't sleep. Dada?" I snuggled with Charlie for a few minutes and listened to him as he spoke about what costumes his friend wore, a video they watched about needs and wants, and HOW excited he was the Ben H. was coming to the party tomorrow. I rubbed his head and settled him down a bit.
And now I sit with my honey on the couch. He is watching another horror Halloween flick, and I am taking the opportunity to jot down the memories of a perfectly blissful day.
Today I choose Joy, it was an easy choice.
*written on Friday, October 28th