Tonight was our annual Trunk or Treat at church. It is always so much fun, and so good to see so many friends. This year the boys were Chinese Emperors. When they were born we were given these authentic costumes by one of Michael's business friends, who lives in China. We loved them because they were such a beautiful gift, but never thought the sizes would work out for them to ever wear the costumes at Halloween. So, they've sat in the top of the boys' closet for two years. But one night not long ago, we remembered them, tried them on, and were pumped that they fit. So, not only did the boys get to wear some really cool original costumes. But they also had some pretty cool meaning behind them too.
Just to show you what a difference a year makes, here is last year's picture of the boys at Trunk or Treat. They were barely walking then, and had never had candy before. This year, they knew exactly what to do! Drew was so funny walking from car to car holding out his bucket for more.One of the best parts about this fun day is seeing every one's costumes. Here are our friends the Normans. And here are our babysitters from our beach trip Miss Wynn and Miss MelissaThe four of us:Drew hamming it up for meBen thinking very seriously about which piece of candy to eat next...and let me tell you, he ate more than his fair share. Most of that --I'm sorry to say-- was my fault because I kept bribing him with candy to keep his hat on and look at the camera for pictures. I know, I'm terrible. But last year I hardly got any pictures at all, and I'm pretty sure that one day of a sugar rush won't kill them.Here are the boys with most of their best buddies. Shown are Paisley and Brax in front with Xander, Jay, Drew and Ben in back. We sure did miss the rest of our gang: Avery, Eli, Parker and Fenley.And just for old times' sake, I included this picture from last year of most of the same buddies: Eli, Brax, Jay and the twins. (On a side note, we REALLY miss the Millers...especially this time of year, when Sallie always throws the BEST Halloween parties! We're thinking of yall!) I'll tell you the truth: afternoons like this are lots of fun. But looking back at the day and remembering that our boys are forming bonds with so many great friends is really what makes things like this special. We really love our friends, and we are so blessed to be raising our boys with so many people who love them, both near and far.
Happy Halloween, all!!!