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Special Day

I found it really hard to get used to the silence today. It was very odd having only half of my family home. It was great to spend some wonderful time with my two younger kids but I missed the noise, love and energy of my whole crew together.

Late this afternoon, I took the kids to a Halloween party at a nearby nature center. A-girl and I had fun getting the things together for her princess costume. Princesses are a favorite with her so it was easy to use her crown and wand from her birthday and the princess dress Grandpa A had given her on her birthday. She twirled around the yard and thoroughly enjoyed herself. LJ was another story. He hated his costume. He hates all jackets, extra clothing so this time of year is a treat. He was an alligator but didn't want the hood up.

At the nature center, we enjoyed a trick-or-treat trail, face painting, games and a petting zoo. It was great fun to watch LJ as he explored this rather new costume clad holiday. He often stared, sometimes got scared but for the most part took it all in with sheer enjoyment. I had hoped to get him to take a nap this afternoon but he was having nothing with that and fought me all the way. I was worried he would fall asleep or be so tired and crabby that it would make it hard for A-girl and I to enjoy. He was having so much fun it wasn't an issue.

A-girl was an awesome big sister, helping LJ when he needed help, making sure he got a candy and trying to direct him along the path (which he would rather she didn't). A-girl went confidently around the petting zoo and then was ready to leave. LJ took his time to get comfortable in the petting zoo and then didn't want to leave. He was so excited. He kept walking around the area saying "animals!" "mouse (for mouth)", "eyes" and was fascinated by the different animals. He wasn't too sure about the goat that tried to eat the head of his alligator costume though!

On the way home we stopped at the grocery store briefly and in the few blocks between there and home LJ fell asleep. Poor little guy was pooped out. A-girl and I enjoyed dinner alone together and then cuddle time and reading on the couch. At one point while we were on the couch, she said "Momma, I would like to sleep with you tonight but I think you might wet my bed so you better sleep in your own bed!" (Last night I let her sleep in my bed and she wet it).

Just in case you were worried she would be enjoying this time without her older siblings a little too much, I asked her what the best part of her day was (which I do each night) and she told me "L and AJ coming home tomorrow." I tired to tell her that wasn't really the best part of today as it was happening tomorrow but there was no changing her mind. She is very excited about going and getting the "big kids" tomorrow and that even beat out candy at the Halloween party in terms of being the best of the day's events.



Blurry due to excessive twirling!




Get me out of this thing!






















LJ is really not too sure what to think. He stood there very still for quite a while even after I had convinced the goat to move on.


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