What a difference a year makes! This time last year when we went trick-or-treating, Braden was in his stroller catching is first cold and Jackers had his bald little head and was very limited with what he could actually do. We passed out candy last year in our driveway with all the other neighbors doing the same but we had a table set up with hand sanitizer and after Jack would hand out one candy he would sanitize his hands as would we.
This year was so much more fun for the kids and of course that made it even more fun for us to watch! The only thing missing this year was Zac. If you have wondered why he hasn’t been in the last few posts, it’s because he has been out of town for work and unfortunately couldn’t be here for the football game or for Halloween. Obviously this isn’t how we would have wanted it, but we are very lucky that Zac has a job that has allowed him so much flexibility while we were going through so much with the boys and if he has to go away now and then, we just have to deal with it. He was very missed though this year and he would have been so proud of the boys!
This year the neighborhood did something different, our neighbor decided we should have a block party and it was such a great idea. We all brought food and we able to gather before the trick-or-treating began to eat and for the kids to run around. This year Jack was out there playing football in our front yard with his cousins and the neighborhood kids all day and then we were all in the driveway before the night began. We took off to go around to the houses and I decided not to bring the stroller this year for Braden thinking we wouldn’t be out very long. Was I wrong! The boys walked and walked and walked to as many houses as they could. Jack was running from house to house with all the kids and told me many times how much better this year was than last. Braden didn’t miss a beat. He walked almost the entire way and carried his little bucket like a big boy. It was so cute!
There is one house in the neighborhood that does a haunted house every year and we walked down that way because we figured some of the older kids would want to go in it. Guess who wanted to go…Jack. I was a bit hesitant at first since he has been having nightmares but he really wanted to go so off Jack, Nikki, and I went. How scary could it be? It was scary! Nikki and I were terrified and Jack was laughing. We walked through it kindly telling the scary guys in it that we had a little boy with us and not to jump out too fast! They didn’t really listen and when we walked out at the end, Jack was all smiles. And no, he didn’t have nightmares last night. Thankfully.
We all came back home and passed out candy to all the rest of the kids that were still hitting the houses. Jack was so outgoing with everyone and just had a great night. Nikki stayed over and brought her puppy with her too and Jack got a kick out of that. We all stayed up late which equaled to sleeping in a little later. The boys had so much fun and it was pretty much a wonderful night.
We are now in Novemeber and once again have a busy month with the PCH benefit this weekend, CA trip, scans, Thanksgiving, endocrinologist appointment, Jack starting school again (tomorrow!), and so much more. Scans are in 14 days. Oh boy. They will be clear. They just simply have to be.
Captian America and Bubble Bee the Transformer