We didn't remember, until the end of the day, that this Halloween marked Maddy's one-year anniversary of being home with her parents. It was exactly one year ago, to the day, that we were finally able to bring Maddy home from the NICU to join Sophie, who had come home two weeks before. We would still have to wait another month and a half for Izzy to escape from the NICU.
So, this was our first Halloween together, as a complete family. As it always does, time ran out and dad forgot to get his Big Bad Wolf costume. In my heart, I was dressed as a wolf. In reality, I looked like I should've been on a boat at sea. I think the girls will forgive me though. I have plenty more Halloweens on which to look foolish and have fun with my girls.
We walked around the neighborhood with Kelly and Keegan. I was a little disappointed in my little ladies and their inability to scrounge up candy for their parents. Those feelings were quickly cast aside when, towards the end of the walk, a mother walked from her house, down to the sidewalk, and put some candy in each girl's trailer. I said, "Thank you" to the nice lady. She probably thought I was thanking her on behalf of my girls, but that would be a lie. Seriously, did she think that any good parent would really let their young kids play with candy? I did the only responsible thing I could think of to save my daughter's lives and ate the candy. They'll thank me for that kind of bravery when they get older.
One other benefit of walking around with your kids is that you're forced to find time to catch up with your spouse and enjoy the benefits of drinking mommy and daddy juice. For those that don't know, mommy and daddy juice is full of life-enriching benefits and has the most awesome side effects, such as making you immune to the cold. Definitely better than all of those other "adult" drinks that our kid-less friends consume.
Fun fact: Did you know that an entire bottle of wine can fit in most standard plastic water bottles that all of those healthy people use when they're working out? Neither did I. Just thought you should know and I can't remember how I figured that out.
Dad and his bacon
They're going to be mad at us one day when we break out these photos. Then, they'll get older and be thankful that we took them. Just a guess.
Sophie, yelling back to her sisters, "Hey! Pull it together back there! We've got a long night ahead of us."
We had to bundle the girls up in multiple layers to keep them warm. The only problem is that they couldn't move an inch.
Izzy, struggling to sit up straight (normally not an issue)
Maddy, looking forward to drooling on yet another piece of clothing
Kelly, helping Sophie enjoy more toddler-appropriate Halloween treats
Hey, look at how green that grass is! Oh, this is supposed to be about the babies.
That's one happy little piggy snuggling with her mom!
A mom's job is never done. After all of the excitement, babies still need to get ready for bed. The tired ones go searching for a lap to crawl in to and warm body to snuggle up against. Moms are good for that.
Maddy, saying "good night" with her eyes