Friday, November 2, 2007

Back in the Days

Remember back in the days when there weren't near as many laws, or at least if there were, we weren't aware of them and our parents didn't make us abide by them? Let me give you a for instance... Growing up, we had a grande van. And I don't just mean a grande van, but a bien grande van. So in the leftover space in the back, we had put up four lawn chairs that we used. They were great. Any little bump that we hit sent us flying. The real big ones, you actually hit your head on the ceiling, which was an even bigger thrill. Loved it. Running out to the van, we would all be calling, "I get a lawn chair." Riding in the car was great fun.
Well today the boys and I were at Target. After doing our shopping, I first put Dallin in the very back of the car (the trunk space in my Pilot). Of course he liked this little spot and said, "Mommy, I no go in my car seat. I sit right here." I loaded Porter into his car seat and decide to give in and let my little man have a "walk on the wild side" and not ride in his car seat. Of course the whole ride home- the less than half a mile on a subdivision street- I'm paranoid as all get out. Is someone going to hit us? Am I going too fast? etc, etc. Meanwhile DB is in the back enjoying every second of it. "That was a good one, Mommy. I go bounce, bounce." Just loving it and making sure to let me know. I couldn't have given him a bigger treat had I spent tons of time trying to come up with something.
So his "walk on the wild side" was also my "walk on the wild side" for the day, and I'm still second-guessing myself as to whether or not I made the right decision! Now 15 years ago, maybe not even that many, there is no second-guessing. In fact, there probably is no thought, period. Now we're all chained down with these safety laws that make us feel like any little illegality (is that a word?) is criminal behavior. Don't know how I feel about it....!!!!

Anyway, here are the Halloween costumes. We had fun nights trick-or-treating. Dallin kept telling us how much fun he was having, so it was totally worth it!!


  1. When Kate was 6mths old we went to England, my brother has a little girl just 3 mths younger and they would just put her infant carrier in the back seat and it was never strapped in, I was the saftey nazi when it came to Kate's car seat and probably bugged the heck out of everyone.

  2. What cute costumes! I have to say that I would be super paranoid as well. It's kind of a joke with Caleb and I that my family is carseat nazis and the Pope family is super lax. Glad to hear it's not just me!

  3. They look so cute! I love the costumes...and if you tell me you made them I will be super envious! I cant sew for the life of me. Anyways it was fun seeing your hubby tonight. I wish you could have been there as well! Next time!

  4. those costumes are great. blackmail for when they are 15!

    dude, you are in trouble...they will remember that when they are 4..."Mom, remember when you let me ride in the back!" Jason i'm sure has been a little shady in his car seat riding taking luke to school.

    i'm like the hall monitor. no fun.

  5. Totally cute costumes!! And I agree there are so many lame laws to abide by now, and i can see were your paranoia came from with him back there, but how fun for him!!

  6. Ha - I actually laughed out loud when Cami asked if you made the costumes. I think you already know what my stance would be on the car seats. But I must say that when I was little I remember when we drove up to utah we would leave at night and my parents would take out the middle seat of our mini van and my sister and I slept on the floor in our sleeping bags. I think we have all been scared silly by the retail world.

  7. oh my little cookie monster and elmo are so cute. I miss them so much!

  8. SO SO SO CUTE! I Love your boys! So handsome and getting so big! Hope to see you guys sometime soon!


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