Our Tuck likes to stay up late!
He is never one to go to bed right away.
There is the usual formalities of rocking, praying, singing "You are my Sunshine" and "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash, then a hug and a kiss, and usually some excuse about how he is thirsty or wants to try and go potty or we forgot to give him a hug and a kiss... you know, the usual stall tactics of a two year old!
Well, the other night as Loren and I sat in the living room on the couch... we saw Tuck peek his head out of his room.
He turned his head to the left, then to the right, taking a quick peek around... then he set a toy down outside of his door.
Seconds later he did the same thing....
Peeked his head out of his room... took a quick look around... then placed another toy down right outside of his bedroom door.
At first Loren and I didn't pay too much attention to it, just smiling and laughing to ourselves at how silly he is.
But this setting up of toys continued on several more times.
Then it was followed by more ruckus in his bedroom.
We could here him playing and talking, playing and talking.
After about 15 minutes of these shenanigans we decided it was time to go into his room and let him know it was time for bed.... or at least see what the heck kind of mess he had just made!
After crossing over the line of toys at his door....
.... we were immediately greeted with another obstacle to step over.
His truck was set up with blocks lining the whole front walk way of his room...
When we finally reached Tucker's bed, we asked him... "Bubba, what are all these toys set up for?!"
To which he then replied and started telling us a whole story about monsters and the naughty Halloween guys!
In a nutshell he pretty much said, "If the bad monster guys try to come in my room my dinosaurs will bite them!
The poor boy must have been a little scared or nervous about something he had seen while trick or treating and wanted to make sure his room was protected!
He asked me if he had to take his toys down and put them away and I said no.
I told him even though there are no monsters and Jesus is in his room all night watching over him and protecting him... his toys could stay up all night long and stand guard with Jesus... just in case!
We tucked him in, gave him one last kiss, and walked out.
About 2 hours later when Loren and I went to bed, we walked into his room to check on him and tuck him in...
We climbed over the ferocious dinosaurs and puppy, and penguins with guns...
.... past the huge semi truck and tons of road blocks....
.... and finally found him all huddled to one side of his bed opposite a tractor, fire truck, car, and barking dog...
All just in case!
We kissed him, covered him up and made our way back through the Monster Booby Trap....
to which all stayed up till morning just to make sure Tuck felt safe and sound.
These are the memories and stories I will love to remember most.
Days when my little boy needed a dinosaur and barking dog to protect him!
Hope you all have had a great week!