last week i had one of those nights when i was done for the night. it was a long day full of homework, piano practice, teasing, chasing, laughing, and playing- with a bit of mischief thrown in. gar had a late music practice, so i was going it alone. i had done the whole nightly routine. story, prayers, tucking in, and kisses. then i did the tucking in and kisses about 10 more times- after i'd find them sneaking down the hall on their hands and knees giggling and thinking they were sly and i had no idea they were there. (i actually remember doing the exact same thing with jeff. dad would be watching tv and we'd be sneaking and laughing and crawling slowly down the hall to see what 'magic' was going on. everything seems more fun when you are supposed to be in bed and you aren't.)
ok, so the kids were doing this for forty-five minutes! the fun had definitely worn off for me. but i had an idea. (a wonderfully awe-ful idea grinch) i told them if they came out one more time, they would be sorry.
i knew it would be a matter of time before they came out, so i had a few seconds. i ran into my closet, grabbed the halloween costume i had just bought, and threw it on. it's a black hooded gown with long sleeves. perfect for the snow white witch. i ran back into the hall and could hear bailey and alex whispering back and forth to see who would go first. i smiled.
alex came first with bailey right behind. slowly crawling and giggling as they came down the hall. i was crouched down- their eye level- and was patiently waiting for them to come far enough down the hall so i could surprise them. alex came first. he saw my face and i just smiled. i decided a smile was better than a boo. it up-ed the creep factor.
alex shreaked a high note, jumped 2 feet in the air, and yelled 'bailey' as he ran past her down the hall. i was dying!
a few seconds later, they both came running down the hall laughing uncontrollably. they loved my costume and wanted to play again. we did.
so, as a parent, i didn't choose the best recipe for settling them down for bed. but it was dang fun!
i guess we started a halloween version of bah.