Halloween

Halloween was a lot of fun this year. While Allison stayed home to scare smile off intruders, the boys did some serious trick-or-treating.

Conner was particularly impressive. He refused, under any circumstances, to let hold of his bag of candy. When it got to heavy he used two hands and dragged it. When he lost his balance and started falling down a stairway he grabbed onto his candy bag with both hands, instead of reaching for the banister. Fortunately I was there to catch him.

Alex was a consummate professional. He went for density of houses with their lights on, and even conserved energy by insisting that Conner do all of the knocking on doors. At one house, Conner wasn't knocking hard enough to get the attention of the homeowners. Alex, stood right next to Conner and yelled encouragement to knock harder. After a few seconds Alex, not having lifted a finger, turned and asked me to help knock because "Conner wasn't strong enough." As a parent I've come to recognize requests like this as "Teaching moments" and I did my part to teach him by laughing at his request.

When we got home the boys dug into their loot. After a few pieces candy the most amazing thing happened. They asked for apples... Christine and I just stared at each other in disbelief as an unspoken "Holy crap we are good parents!" passed between us...

And that's how the boy's ended up eating apples after trick-or-treating...