What this picture doesn't really show:
- The pain-in-the-butt it can be to put young children into costumes
- Me trying not to get frustrated with the lack of cooperation/skill my children had at putting on costumes
- The layers of pajamas and sweatpants underneath the costumes to keep them warm (Why can't we move trick-or-treat to September when the weather is not so cold?)
- Us in the backyard a little bit earlier with two little boys who just wanted to play with their hats and swords and me frustrated with my semi-broken camera
- Bugaboo saying, "Take it off!" when we put on the puffy shirt (and later the hat) of his costume
I'm not saying these things to complain but rather to keep in perspective that behind every adorable picture there is sometimes a family that was a little frazzled trying to get that picture. Sometimes I get so fixated on making a memory with my family that I almost miss actually making a memory with my family. The lack of pictures could have ruined my night.
But by the grace of God I was eventually able to suck it up and enjoy walking around a zoo in 40 degree weather. The Hubs pushed Peter Pan and Captain Hook around in a sit-n-stand stroller. We collected about twenty pieces of candy. We discovered the boys like Smarties which means more chocolate for mommy (win-win). At the end of the night Bubby declared, "Everybody LOVED my costume!" because when you're four the world is a magical place that sometimes feels like it is all about you. And sometimes that is exactly how it needs to be.