So I called my parents...
Me: "mom, is it dark yet?"
Mom: "um, no... why?"
Me: "Deacon is scared of going sledding tomorrow and I need for him to see how much fun it is. So I need you and dad to go outside and take pictures of you sledding and having fun."
My parents literally had 20 minutes before it was going to be pitch black outside... and they were in their pajamas (had just taken showers and eaten dinner). So my dad runs up into the attic and finds my old sled and they both quickly change... just so they could go out into their front lawn and take pictures for my baby boy.
And it worked. Today after sledding Deacon said that he wasn't scared "because of Grandma and Grandpa"-- and he said this with no prompting from me or Damien.
See mom and dad- it was totally worth it. Love you!!!