This is my hero and my sidekick. He's small but mighty. He's strong and courageous and he loves to tell people so. Liam has selected his Halloween costume since he was 1. I've seen no reason to argue his decision. I mean, I choose his clothes 90% of the days in a year (sometimes he requests a bow tie or straight tie and I roll with it), so on this holiday, I let him run wild with choice. Year 1, he wanted to be a lion and year 2 he was a fierce dragon. And this year, I had a feeling we'd land on a superhero. I was right - only I would've bet cash money that I would've been painting him green and shredding up an old pair of jeans for this Halloween. Liam LOVES the Hulk.... And I would've lost that bet. He requested to be Robin. And Robin needs a Batman.
However, since Liam is in school this year and he has a "Harvest Party" to attend, that means he has multiple opportunities for costumes! So when we talked about him getting to wear two costumes, his next request was Batman. I was not surprised - his 3 year old brain was locked in on Robin and simple association led him to Batman. And with all the superhero movie hype over the last several years, these costumes were INCREDIBLY easy to find and pretty inexpensive. I spent $23 combined, and he LOVES them. The only thing is, when Batman's off keeping the streets of Overland Park clean from bad guys, he needs a Robin...
This will by my first year to coordinate a costume with Liam. And you guessed it... When he's Batman, I'll be Robin and when he's Robin, I'll be Batman. Like I said - he's my hero AND my sidekick.
The last 10 months have not been easy in the Thomas House, but Liam and I have proven ourselves to be quite the dynamic duo. We are teaching each other, helping each other, and watching each other's back. We are both growing. And every single night (as it always has been), it is imperative to me that he know he is loved and protected and you know... He lives in a way that let's me know he believes it.
Whether Liam is the schemer with a crazy big idea he's telling me about and trying to rope me into, or whether he's following along with some crazy idea of mine, he's all in. And he'll be the first one to say "that's great!" when we've carried out our plan to completion. He's an encourager, this one. This Halloween, at this stage in our life, Batman and Robin are kind of perfect for us to play... Tragic heroes wounded by life but choosing the highest good for others in the face of the world that hurt them. Plus, if I've learned anything about Batman and Robin throughout the superhero obsession in my #BoyMom life, it's that you don't need super powers to make a difference.
And then there's this... my GQ model. I shot a series of him on these stairs that nearly killed me. He's so handsome, has so much personality, and this particular one is filled with so much swagger that I can barely stand it. He has my heart... and I take great pride in taking care of his.
"Let the world think your crazy if that's what it takes to be the best you can be." - Batman