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Kids in general are a fickle creature. Not my kids. When they make up their minds thats it. Done. It took a long long time to train them into this, but we're finally confident in our choices. It used to be, with Kale especially, they would get a choice between A and B, they'd choose A and immediately regret that decision and go with B. Drove us nuts. Make a decision and stick with it. Deal with the consequences (however they may fall), and live with your choices. Yeah, sometimes that meant drinking milk, when you meant to pick juice, but someday it could mean something a lot bigger. I want them to be critical thinkers, really weigh the outcome of the options they've been given and when they finally make a decision move forward with confidence. Many times in life there are no do-overs.
What in the world does this have to do with their Halloween costumes? I'll tell you. Haley picked this out two years ago. She wanted to be a devil last year for Halloween, but we sat down and talked about the fact that it might be the only year she could go as Emily Elizabeth (with Atlas as Clifford the Big Red Dog), and she decided to concede, on the condition that this year she could be a Devil. This year rolled around and months before she knew what she wanted to be (and thankfully left the details up to me). She got some mixed reactions (here in the land of Focus on the Family) about being a devil from some pretty important people in her life, but she confidently held strong to her convictions and never once wavered in her choice.
Kale also knew months ago that he wanted to be a ninja. Easy choice since he is a ninja. He'll tell you: "It's okay, I'll protect you, I'm a ninja" comes out of his mouth nearly everyday. So in the middle of September we were wandering through Target with Grandma and he saw this costume. I was wary of him picking one so early, and I didn't want him to see something down the road and regret his decision. He didn't. Not for one second.
Someday they'll have to pick a college to go to (God willing), and a major, a spouse. Serious life decisions. I want them to weigh their options, make informed choices and never for one second regret the direction they pick. Pick what's right for them, not the pressured choice or the easy choice. They're the ones who have to live the outcome.
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