This morning was the Jingle Bell Jog 1.5 k here on base. So we had to get dressed and out the door by 10:30. I quickly fed everyone, dressed them, and threw a diaper bag together. I sent Bennet to go put on his shoes and off he ran to the shoe basket in the front hall. Now, normally, he pulls out his favorite orange crocs and puts them on himself, but today he pulled out his black dress shoes that we bought for him to wear with his holiday outfit. I saw what he was doing and told him to grab his crocs. What happened next was so sweet and funny!! Bennet shook his head, "Uh-uh." Then, with a twinkle in his eye and goofy grin on his face, he said, "Fancy shoes!"
What could I possibly do? Certainly, I couldn't deny such a cute request!! So my sweet 4 year old jogged 1.5k in his "fancy" shoes this morning!
I have to add that the plan was for me to push both kids in our double stroller, but as soon as Bennet saw all the costumes, heard the music, and saw other people running and walking, he hopped out of his seat and literally ran the entire way! He was so pleased with himself! Of course, I wasn't thinking and I didn't take my camera with us today, so I missed out on taking photos of his very first racing experience. Bad Mommy!!
After the run, everyone went inside the gym for some lunch and raffles. Both Jude and Bennet won!! Bennet got a giftcard to the NEX and Jude got a toy. So after the run, we went to the NEX where we exchanged the toy (it had far too many flashing lights and sound effects) and got Jude a few outfits while Bennet chose to buy two Melissa & Doug toys (I may have gently swayed him towards those rather than the plethora of "boy toys" lining the shelves) with his gift card.
All in all, it was a very fun, and thoroughly exhausting, day!