This year, we had a very cool Spiderman (with web wings - and you should know that is the most important part of the costume according to Jacob).
And a Tony Stark!
I'm Hulk's girly twin sister. Obviously.
When I finished my costume, I came out of my room to show the boys and they squealed with excitement. Jacob lit up and said, "Oh mama!" He ran to me and hugged me and said "I love you so much!" He stared at me in wonder and asked how I made myself green and laughed when I put on his Hulk hands. In that moment, I could see in his eyes how much he loved seeing me dress up with him, entering his world of play and pretend and imagination. He beamed with pride at me all night, "Look at my mom!" he would say to everyone.
We made a few stops to see all of the Grandparent's. The boys filled their buckets with all of the candy and knocked on a few doors. Each time, Jacob would show the person at the door his web wings and Tommy held his Ironman glove out. I tucked away another year's worth of silly and fun memories in my heart, praying I would always remember the fun we had together. Of Jacob's running and posing as he would use his web shooters. And of Tommy's swagger in the way he walked and carried himself all night long.
I'm not certain how it's November already. 2017 feels like the year that went by in a blur. Time seems to be going my faster, my boys growing tall and confident right in front of my eyes. I find myself in that place in motherhood wanting time to slow down a little bit. The years I have with them like this are going just as fast as every other mom told me it would. Tommy will be a grown man in ten years. Jacob starts Kindergarten next fall. A couple of gray strands here and there show up on my head of hair reminding me that I'm growing and aging right along with them. It can't be stopped but it can certainly be lived fully.